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There are three artists with the name Shampoo:
1. A British pop duo
2. A Belgian jazz rock band
3. A Brazilian rock band

1. Shampoo were a female pop duo recording between 1993 and 2000. Comprising of Jacqui Blake and Carrie Askew, Shampoo were most famous for their peroxide blonde hair, habitual wearing of sunglasses and their single Trouble.

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Jacqui Blake and Carrie Askew met as teenagers at high school in Plumstead where they became best friends and partners in crime. In the early nineties they started writing ‘Last Exit’ the first fanzine for the Manic Street Preachers and later appeared in the video for Little Baby Nothing. The track featured vocals from porn star Traci Lords, although she did not appear in the video.

In their teens, they formed Shampoo (according to their self-propelled urban legend the name derived from the schoolyard nickname ‘the shampoo girls’ due to their repeated retort that they were ‘washing their hair’ whenever the boys in school would ask them out!) Their first single Blisters and Bruises with the b-sides ‘Paydirt’ and ‘I Love Little Pussy’ was released by Icerink records (a shortlived label created by Saint Etienne Bob Stanley and Pete Wigg) on 7’ pink vinyl in 1993. This and their following single Bouffant Headbutt received favourable reviews in the music press, such as the NME and Melody Maker but was largely ignored by the general public.

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