|Birth name||Miranda Cordelia Susan Josephine Wiggs|
|Origin||Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, drums, cello, vocals|
|Labels||4AD, Fire, Grand Royal, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||The Perfect Disaster, The Breeders, Honey Tongue, The Josephine Wiggs Experience, Dusty Trails|
Josephine Miranda Cordelia Susan Wiggs (born 26 February 1965, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England) is an indie/alternative rock musician, noted for her work with the bands The Perfect Disaster, The Breeders, and Dusty Trails.
Wiggs is the daughter of Richard Wiggs, who founded the Anti-Concorde Project. Wiggs studied Philosophy at the University of London, earning a BA degree, and going on to get a MA in Continental Philosophy from the University of Sussex. She studied cello for ten years. She joined The Perfect Disaster in 1988 as bass guitarist, playing on the albums Asylum Road, (1988) Up (1989) and Heaven Scent (1990) before leaving to form The Breeders with Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly.
Wiggs played cello on the Spacemen 3 album Playing With Fire.
Career with The Breeders
In 1988, Wiggs met Kim Deal when Perfect Disaster supported the Pixies at Brixton Academy and The Town and Country Club, in London. In December 1989, Deal, Wiggs, and Slint drummer Britt Walford, rehearsed together for a week at Wiggs's house in Bedfordshire, rehearsing for further week with Tanya Donelly in London, before driving to Edinburgh to record the album Pod, with Steve Albini.
The Breeders next release was the Safari EP in 1992. Wiggs was living in Brighton, and Deal came to visit during time off from the Pixies. They worked on the song Safari, and then recorded it in London with Spacemen3 drummer Jon Mattock, a friend of Wiggs since the days when the Perfect Disaster and Spacemen3 had played shows together.
The Breeders recorded the album Last Splash in 1993, which featured the hit song Cannonball with its iconic opening bass riff. The video for Cannonball, much-played on MTV, was directed by Kim Gordon and Spike Jonze. The Breeders supported Nirvana on their In Utero tour, and Last Splash achieved platinum sales.
Their last record was a vinyl-only EP, Head to Toe whose title track was written by Wiggs.
After playing the 1994 Lollapolooza Tour, the Breeders went on indefinite hiatus following the well-publicized drug problems of guitarist Kelley Deal. Kim Deal released a solo album, the Amps, Pacer. She resurrected the Breeders name in the late 1990s, but Wiggs was not a member of this lineup.
In November 2005, Wiggs played two shows with The Breeders in London, at an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of 4AD Records.
On August 21, 2009, with one day's notice and no rehearsal, Wiggs played the last three shows of the Breeders tour, after bassist Mando Lopez had to fly home to LA because his girlfriend had gone into labor. These shows were at the Black Cat in Washington, DC, Diesel in Pittsburgh, and at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2013, Wiggs rejoined The Breeders for the LSXX 20th Anniversary Reunion World Tour. LSXX will be available as a limited-edition, seven-disc vinyl box set, and a three-CD package. Many of the recordings included in the set have never been released before, and for other tracks, it will be the first time they receive a worldwide release.
In 1992, Wiggs collaborated with Jon Mattock and released an album, Nude Nudes, under the name Honey Tongue. In 1995 Wiggs and Luscious Jackson (and original Beastie Boys) drummer Kate Schellenbach formed Ladies Who Lunch, releasing the 7 inch vinyl "Kims We Love" (an homage to Kim Deal and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, played entirely on Casio keyboards) on the Beastie Boys' label, Grand Royal. This was followed by the 7 inch vinyl cover of the Buzzcocks song Everybody's Happy Nowadays.
In 1996 Wiggs collaborated again with drummer Jon Mattock releasing the Bon Bon Lifestyle album on Grand Royal as The Josephine Wiggs Experience. Wiggs played all the instruments, recorded and mixed the album.
In 1997, Wiggs started a writing and production collaboration with Luscious Jackson keyboardist Vivian Trimble under the name Dusty Trails. Their eponymous 2000 album on Atlantic Records included a track written for, and sung by, Emmylou Harris. They also wrote music for Happy Accidents, a movie by Brad Anderson (writer/director of Next Stop Wonderland) starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'Onofrio. In addition, they collaborated with internationally-acclaimed New York-based Brazilian choreographers chameckilerner, writing and recording music for Poor Reality, 2001, and Exit 2007. They wrote the soundtrack for chameckilerner's short film The Flying Lesson, (which premiered at Lincoln Center, 2008) and for their short film The Collection(2011).
In 2009, Wiggs created the soundtrack for chameckilerner's Conversation With Boxing Gloves, one of eleven short films that make up Vita Futurista Redux, a re-imagining of the lost 1916 film Vita Futurista, commissioned by Performa 09 and which premiered at SFMOMA.
Since 2007, Wiggs has collaborated Zohar Kfir, a Montreal-based artist working in experimental video, including writing and recording the score for the short film Still, which was included in the online literary journal Drunken Boat#12, and was also shown at the Jerusalem Film Festival. She also wrote music for a multi-channel interactive art installation titled Parasite, presented by StudioXX in Montreal, January 2013.
In 2012, Wiggs wrote and recorded the score for the documentary, Built on Narrow Lands, a film about Modern Houses in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, which will be shown at film festivals through 2013.
- Asylum Road 1988 album, The Perfect Disaster, Fire Records
- Up (The Perfect Disaster album)|Up 1989 album, The Perfect Disaster, Fire Records
- Heaven Scent 1990 album, The Perfect Disaster, Fire Records
- Pod 1990 album, The Breeders, 4AD
- Safari 1992 EP, The Breeders, 4AD
- Nude Nudes 1992 album, Honey Tongue, Playtime Records
- Last Splash 1993 album, The Breeders, 4AD
- Head to Toe (EP) 1994 EP, The Breeders, 4AD
- Kim's We Love 1995 7" vinyl, Ladies Who Lunch, Grand Royal
- Everybody's Happy Nowadays 1996 7" vinyl, Ladies Who Lunch, Grand Royal
- Bon Bon Lifestyle 1996 album, The Josephine Wiggs Experience, Grand Royal
- Dusty Trails 2000 album, Dusty Trails, Atlantic Records
- Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p.318
- The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Routledge, 2002, ISBN 978-1-85743-161-2, p. 542
- Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 452
- Paschall, Valerie (2009-08-24). "The Breeders @ Black Cat". DCist. Retrieved 2012-02-21.