Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Women That Rock special on Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, 8-10pm) include Bonnie St. Claire, Glo Macari, Les Marylènes, Nikki Corvette and the Convertibles, Suburban Lawns, Mydolls (Houston), Dolly Mixture, Bangles, Cristina, Holly Golightly, Nots, Queue Queue (Austin), Autumn Fakes (Austin), Nots, Vision 3D, and Naked Roommate, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: Les Marylènes were a French studio concoction consisting of the three eponymous vocalists backed by the punxploitation band Bulldozer. “Le Beau Tétard Sur Son Cigare” (in English: “The Beautiful Tadpole on His Cigar”) has a snappy Plastic Bertrand vibe with vocals delivered as from cheerleaders at a pep rally. While punks at the time might have sneered at this, 43 years on, it makes for quite the entertaining tune. It was their only release, and came out in 1978 on the Vogue label. As with many picture sleeves of the 70s, the whimsical artwork was uncredited. Listen to it here:
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Sires were a London based band heavily influenced by 60s garage punk. A couple members went on to form the Bristols, a previous Dusty Diamond, including Fabienne Delsol on drums. They had several releases in the mid to late 90s. “High ‘N’ Mighty” is a fuzz drenched scorcher (can there be more fuzz than this?? seriously…) with a pissed off, apparently jilted singer. Dude can scream, too. A sad tale indeed, and yet, it still makes me want to get up and move my body. Recorded and engineered by Liam Watson at the Toe Rag Studios, it appeared in 1996 on the “High and Mighty” EP on Twist Records. Listen to it here:
Promo art from the Bangles’ 1982 s/t 12″ EP on Faulty Products