Introducing Mandy, Laura and Sam – the three members of the latest chart topping girl band, the chiX. This is the story of how it all began, before they were famous.
Oh, but we should not forget the other sister, Gladys. You might not have heard of her before. She’s not in the band because she’s too young and she’s too geeky. But she is the brainiest. And although the others don’t always admit it, they couldn’t have gotten anywhere without her.
Story by Bertie.
Read by Natasha.
Proofread by Claire Deakin & Jana Elizabeth. Duration 14 mins. Picture of Gladys for Storynory by Tania Fernandes
Have you ever wanted to be lead singer in a band? I mean, have you ever picked up an old cardboard toilet roll, held it to your mouth, and pretended that it was a microphone?
Or have you ever found yourself tapping out a beat on the kitchen table with a couple of felt-tip pens? Or come up with a great new dance in front of the mirror?
I bet you have because almost everyone has… Everyone except Gladys. She had never done anything like that. She was much too clever to mistake a toilet roll for a microphone. But her three older sisters had all done it. Their names were Mandy, Laura and Sam, and all three of them loved dancing, and while they were dancing, they secretly imagined that they were on TV and everyone was watching them. They also dreamed what it would be like to be really, really famous. When they went to school, the kids on the bus would say: “Hey girls, you were great on TV last night.” Only they probably wouldn’t go on the bus to school anymore. The record company would give them a black stretch limo as long as the street and with dark windows. That’s how they would go around once they were famous.
One Saturday night, all four sisters were squashed together on the couch watching the Eurovision Song contest. If you don’t know what the Eurovision Song Contest is, that’s probably because you live in Mexico or somewhere twenty time zones away from Europe.
In fact Gladys remarked: “I wish we lived somewhere like Mexico or Alaska, and then we wouldn’t be able to watch this trash.”
But Laura said: “I expect all the Mexicans watch it on the Internet.” And Gladys had to admit that she hadn’t thought of that, because although she was the brainiest, she couldn’t always think of everything.
Just in case you are lucky enough never to have seen the Eurovision Song Contest, I had better tell you about it. It’s when all the worst bands in Europe get together and see who can come up with the corniest, cheesiest, naffest, most annoying tune; and who can dress up in the most ridiculous costume and look the silliest dancing and prancing around on stage. Only the bands taking part don’t always understand it that way. They probably think that they are really it! And do you know what? 100s of millions of people watch it every year. I’m not kidding. It’s that popular!
It’s true that quite a cool band called Abba once won it. But that was like, 7 zillion years ago. In fact, it was so long ago that Dad was still at school, and nobody cool has ever won it since.
Well Mandy, Laura and Sam liked watching it – There was a Danish man dressed up as woman, a Norwegian flamenco dancer, and a rugged Moldovian with blond hair extensions. They were just funny. The only band really worth seeing was from Ukraine. The singers were three beautiful but mean-looking girls with straight black hair falling over their white faces.
“You know what?” Said Mandy. “I bet we could do that. We could be just as good as them, and be on the Eurovision Song Contest. In fact, I bet we could win it.”
“Only the UK never get any points,” said Gladys.
“So? We say we’re from Montenegro. But what I’m pointing out, is that they are on telly, and like billions of people are watching them, and we are just as good-looking as they are and can dance just as well as they can.”
“But we can’t sing,” said Gladys.
“Well neither can they,” said Mandy. “Besides, Laura has a great voice. Everyone says so.”
Gladys still thought it was a silly idea so she said: “But Laura wears a tracksuit and gold bangles, even when she’s going out with her boyfriend. You can’t dress like that if you’re on TV.”
“Well, said Mandy, “when we’re famous, all the top designers will send us free gear, so Laura won’t have to wear a tracksuit unless she feels like it, like when she wants to go shopping and not get noticed by all the fans. Beside, you aren’t in this band, because you’re too young.”
“And too geeky,” added Laura.
Gladys hadn’t really thought about being in the band, but when they said that she wasn’t in it, she felt, well, a bit left out. It wasn’t fair. She could play the piano. If anyone was going to form a band, it ought to be her.
“Well at least I know how to read music, which is more than any of you lot,” she said. “So you’ll have to have me in your band because you won’t know what tune to sing.”
Laura scoffed: “Ah come off it who’s ever heard of a band that knows how to read music? We’re not the church choir! Now go and play computer games like a good little geek, while we get ready to be famous.”
“Yeah go on G-lady,” said Sam. “Stop annoying your older and better sisters. You aren’t in the band anyway, and it’s time to tuck your dollies up in bed.”
It was particularly annoying when Sam spoke like that, because she was born only a year and a half before Gladys, but she looked a lot older, especially when she put on make-up, so somehow people took her more seriously.
“I haven’t got any dollies,” said Gladys as she left the room, “unlike you darling Samantha. You’ve still got six! Besides, your band hasn’t even got a name – so it’s not a band at all. Goodnight.”
On Sunday afternoon, Gladys spent a lot of time on her homework, because she was working on a big project about Ancient Egypt and she had to research the pyramids on the Internet. Her three older sisters watched the music channel on TV and tried to copy some of the dance routines.”
Later that evening, they were still talking about what to call their girl band, because it wasn’t easy to come up with cool name.
“How about the Smith Sisters?” Said Mandy. You see, their name was Smith.
“Boring!” Said Laura.
“Or the Teddy Girls?” Suggested Sam. Because they lived in a place called Teddington.
“Too babyish,” said Mandy.
Dad was there for a while. He had got wind of this idea about forming a band – though nobody had actually told him about it. He said, “How about the Rich Girls?” Because he was hoping that they would pay for his retirement. The girls took no notice of him, however – they never did, so he went out to the front drive to fix his motorbike, which was how he usually spent Sunday evenings.
While they were talking, Gladys had been trying to imagine a name that both sounded good, and looked good when it was written down – like on a poster or an album cover.
When the others went quiet, she said: “I think, “chiX, spelt with a small c and a big X, because it’s a Chick Band and X looks like a kiss.”
“Yeah, or like, “Leave me alone,” which is cool,” said Laura. “But I bet there’s already a girl band called the chiX because it’s too good.”
Mandy searched iTunes and YouTube and she couldn’t find any other band with that name. They couldn’t think of anything else, so their name just sort of became ‘chiX.’ But somehow they didn’t quite remember that it was Gladys who had come up with it. It was just like they had always been the chiX ever since they were born.
Now all they needed was a song – but of course they didn’t have one. A week went by and the chiX almost got forgotten. Then next Saturday, when Dad came home from the football match, he said: “Hey girls, how’s your band going. Have you got a gig fixed up yet?”
“Of course they haven’t got a gig,” said Gladys. “They haven’t even got a song.”
Dad was disappointed. You could see from his face that in his mind, his darling daughters were already rich and famous and had bought their beloved daddy a new bike, a cottage by the sea, and a subscription to the sports channel.
Mandy said: “I’m working on it.”
“Oh go on Mandy, do sing it to me, pretty please. I’m sure it’s such a lovely song,” said Gladys. And Mandy looked annoyed.
“Well don’t cry. I’ll write you some words.”
“How could you write the lyrics for a song?” asked Laura. “You don’t know anything about relationships. You’re too young.”
“Not all songs are about relationships,” replied Gladys. “Some people think about other things apart from boys.”
And Mandy said: “Besides, before we start on any songs, we need to decide what sort of musical genre we’re going to do. I mean, are we going to be more like the Spice Girls, or the Sugababes?”
“Can anyone really tell the difference?” Asked Gladys. But that gave her an idea to work on. So she went up to her room, sat down at her desk and scribbled down a few ideas. Later she came to the living room and switched off the television. Her sisters started to say: “Ah come on Glad, what was that for?” But she took no notice. She stood in front of TV and read out her words:
“You’ve had your sugar
you’ve had your spice
now you’re looking
for something nice.
Not too sweet
and not too sharp
the chiX are here
to take your heart.”
“Not bad,” said Laura, “but sharp doesn’t rhyme with heart.”
“Well what do you want it to rhyme with? Harp? Besides it’s an internal rhyme, and I’ve got a chorus…
“But don’t you think
we’re an easy catch.
Don’t count your chiX
before they hatch!”
“Well at least that rhymes,” said Mandy. “Here, that’s not too bad. Did you really write those words yourself Gladdy?”
“Of course,” she said, and before she handed over her words she signed her name on the bottom and wrote: “Copyright Gladys Smith,” so that the others wouldn’t forget that she composed them.
Now the chiX had some words, all the needed was some music. I’ll tell you about how they made that another time soon.
And don’t forget – there are loads more stories on Storynory.com. So drop by soon, and listen to a few. For now, from me, Natasha, Bye bye!
We would love you to do an animation of Gladys and the chiX. And do please let us see it. There’s another part coming soon. It’s already recorded but we haven’t quite decided when it’s going to be published, but soon !
I think this is a good story for, not just people who like to sing and dance, but to teach people that, not just respect people who you think are good looking and clever, but also the people who are small a bit ugly and actually really clever.
The chiX wrote this song:
listen to Natasha, she is on storynory,
don’t forget that they ROCK!!!
this is an awesome story about a girl who shows her sister she is something.
May 29, 2009
chiX is an awesome name for a band for girls and boys.
May 29, 2009
June 7, 2009
tell me more
June 9, 2009
WE LOVE YOU NATASHA
mary ,abigale , wane —
June 9, 2009
Dear Rosa Taylor – We would love to do stories in foreign languages, but it’s question of time and money I’m afraid. But we do offer you the ability to click the text and get a translation of each word into a number of languages including German. Try it and see.
The reder left out a few words in the story. it also went too slow and too long.
October 13, 2011
this story had a good lesson i learneed you should always be nice to my sister because you might them in yuor life sometime i am going to do that
October 13, 2011
Saw some pictures on google nice story
October 13, 2011
January 13, 2012
graet i love storynory
plz bertie i wud like to i mean is it ok if i join you i mean i would love to write some story’s and pass them on to you u see i have worte 34 story’s & thear gonna get publishid u do trust me dont you ???? plz plz plz plz plz
I love Gladys! Make more stories about her PLEASE!!! The Gladys stories are some of my favorites!
Mountain Girl —
July 21, 2015
September 16, 2015
I like it
October 21, 2015
Love this story! Can’t wait to listen more if Gladys
October 27, 2015
this is an awesome story bertie can u also add little women on this site plz
November 6, 2015
hi im zendaya and i loved to be asuper star like wow im a super star
February 9, 2016
Love this story !
March 11, 2016
March 26, 2016
Hi bertie can you write story
about a new chix sister
that entered the band
but she is a great
siner and the rest of the
chixs are a bit jealous of
voice especially Laura?????〽?????〽?????〽?????〽???〽?????〽??????
April 14, 2016
May I have your email Bertie? I has so many story ideas and I will draw for you guys… I has one very… Very smart idea I just need you to help and put it I to a story… Its probly to much to ask but hey.. A kid can dream!! ????????????????????????????????????????
May 2, 2016
Dear Aparri, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can read your idea and reply, but I can’t get into long email exchanges with kids unfortunately. It’s just to make sure that everyone knows this is a safe site.
Okay! I will totally tell you my idea!!! Thanks bertie -aparri
May 3, 2016
I ❤️ It
July 3, 2016
Loooooooooove it!?This book is sooooooooo cool!But ONE last thing pleeeeeaaaaase do more chiX stories!?Please reply Bertie !XXX
September 19, 2016
too kiddish, too common, but cooooooooooooooooooooooooolllll I guess ?
October 25, 2016
I think girl bands are awesome!
Love ??❤️ This story!
Princess Talia —
November 13, 2016
great story cant wait till the seqawal. i fell rely bad for glades . why is glades helping her sisters if there so mean to her? why are her sisters mean to her? #go to youtube and type in ssundee he is a rely good ssundee #ssundee rules life # cobblestone = life. and that con cludes my coment BYE SEE YOU #THIS STORY ROCKS
January 9, 2017
cant wait to here the other stories 🙂
February 8, 2017
Good story! Change the reader!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 10, 2017
I have a band with a friend and I’ve written 1 ,and she has written 2. This story is good!!
March 11, 2017
love it ♥ .
March 15, 2017
this story is cool,I already read it 15 times and every time it get better
chiX girl —
March 23, 2017
this series is great!
March 31, 2017
That was awesome 😎 I will definitely be reading more stories on story nory 😃😃😃😃😃
April 3, 2017
i mean the story is not bad because…….. every body is different
April 12, 2017
My 8 year old loves this site!!😍
Jolie andrade —
April 12, 2017
i like it can you make another one about the chix
April 19, 2017
it is awesome
April 19, 2017
I love Gladys & the chiX it’s good😊✨💫🎼
April 23, 2017
joy to the wold the king has com
dertie do you have a girlfrand pleas tel me😜😜 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!
SHYANNE G. —
April 25, 2017
I loved it so much. I am in fourth grade and I love reading. It came to me pretty easily when I was in pre-k and I have loved reading ever since. It was so entertaining that Gladys was very brave to do the right thing and help her sisters, prove her sisters wrong, and that she could actually be a part of the band since she really wasn’t that young.
May 12, 2017
this book is so grart
May 15, 2017
sweat story man
May 15, 2017
great story i will read it over and over and over agian
May 15, 2017
I really like it
May 16, 2017
This is a very good story because you learn some thing
12w3e I the —
May 20, 2017
Good but long
Not good enough for me —
June 6, 2017
chiX are CUTE
tigris tanzite lady gaga —
June 8, 2017
June 17, 2017
IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BORING AT THE START BUT AT THE END IT WAS GRATE
annabel glass —
June 19, 2017
my dads in a band called KISS. this story is like, awesome for me and dad to listen to. his names ace freely
July 20, 2017
July 21, 2017
I have taken these stories as practice of listening English. Thanks to him/her who has been made this website for us and also has been given to use it quite freely.
August 22, 2017
That story was ok!!!!
August 23, 2017
I like the Chix stories! They are really good. can you please make more?
August 25, 2017
thats a piece a goodeness
August 30, 2017
I love this story!
September 1, 2017
i love this
September 6, 2017
this story is good. The sisters are so mean to gladdy. Gladdy’s sister don’t even how to make a ryme.
September 7, 2017
i love this all ready!!!!!!!!!!!
September 19, 2017
Cool not bad
September 25, 2017
i am a chiX
September 27, 2017
i like these story
mackinley figgins —
September 29, 2017
I started listening to these stories a long time ago, but never got to finish them. I really like storynory because it is free, and it has good stories for kids to listen to.
September 29, 2017
I love it!!
October 9, 2017
i like the story but why are you not reading the words
October 11, 2017
a little spice a little sugar you got the chiX
October 12, 2017
October 18, 2017
who write the song for the chiX? I mean other than Gladys.
October 24, 2017
November 1, 2017
Wow! This was really good! Also when this came out I was 2!!! I love story nory!!!!!
November 7, 2017
i love part 1
November 7, 2017
I loved this story soooo sooooo much! I will listen to this so often!
November 13, 2017
November 17, 2017
I love this book it’s my favorite. I hope to read more about Gladys and the chiX.
November 29, 2017
December 4, 2017
this book was weird but cool 3/5
December 15, 2017
it was so cool
December 17, 2017
This book is good that it will make someone else read this long good book.