The Dagenham Sisters Done Good
"I worked really hard and my dream came true," some broad called Madonna once parped. She's not the only one:
Operating from a council flat in deepest 80s Dagenham, lofty siblings Karen and Shellie Poole aka Alisha's Attic, would begin their own slow but sure trek to Chart-dom. In 1996, by now in their bindi-clad, mid 20s (positively old gaffers, in pop terms) their determination finally paid off with the lil' charmer hit single, I Am I Feel.
But how on earth did they keep going through those lean years of anonymity?
"I worked two days a week in a toy shop and Shell worked two days a week in a nursery school," says Karen (the blonder, more assertive one), "so that brought the money in to pay the rent. The rest of the time we were writing and frantically sending off demo tapes.
We had a list of people in record companies and called them every single day. If you could even get through to the secretary, that was an achievement.
We got loads of offers for the actual songs, but not for the band!" interrupts Shellie (the brunette, slightly less confident of the two), "but eventually that's what we want to do - write for other people - it's a bit like a pension scheme, really".