About a month ago teenage pop/punk sensation THE LINDA LINDAS released
their mettlesome debut album Growing Up, singing/screaming about their (young) generation.
Aged 12 to 18, these strong-minded juveniles put all lazy megastar bands
in the shadow when it comes to throwing a get-up-and-go party with spiky
And finally, they did what they wanted to do for a long time, recording their
cover – which they used to play live – of TONITE, the 1981 hit of their heroines
THE GO GO’S, the all-female pop-rock legends from Los Angeles.
The band explains: “The Linda Lindas started out as a cover band, and we’ve played more songs by The Go-Go’s than anyone else. And even after we started to write our own songs, we never stopped playing ‘Tonite.’ We love the idea of us going out and owning our town, and ‘Tonite’ is as fun to play as it is empowering––especially the part where we all sing together. ‘We rule the streets tonite until the morning light’ and so should our fans. Because the cover is such a hit at shows, we decided to record a studio version to pay tribute to the greatest all-female rock band of all time, a crucial part of the L.A. punk scene, and our heroes.”
THE LINDA LINDA’S
THE LINDA LINDAS: Facebook
22 July 2021
Band: BITE ME BAMBI (what a name!)
Who: Ska/Pop/Punk team from Orange County, CA. They bring
sounds reminiscent of British 2 Tone and 3rd wave ska into the
21st century. With energetic songs and masterful musicianship,
BMB gets the crowd on their feet and dancing.
New single: OUR LIPS OUR SEALED
Cover of L.A. legends The Go-Go’s.
“We wanted a fun summer song and have always wanted to do a Go Go’s song.
We had initially planned to do the song during Covid, but it got lost in the shuffle
of other tunes. Terry Hall from ska legends The Specials co-wrote the song with
Jane Wiedlan so we thought it would be a cool one to make into a Ska song. As
it turned out, we ended up recording it pretty close to the 40 year anniversary of
the release date of the original, and the induction of the Go Go’s to the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame.”
Turn Up The Volume: Leave your ghost town and come to Orange County
where Bite Me Bambi throw Ska parties at the beach with shake-and-bake
crackers like this swinging cover of Go Go‘s ecstatic 1981 knockout. BMB
have the beauty and the beat. Time to get up, stand up and fight for your
right to dance without falling over your feet.
Right here, right now
The original version…
BAMBI BITE ME: Facebook
Buy the single here.
(group photo via Earshot Media)
7 August / 9 August 2020…
Five new firecrackers to fuel your weekend…
1. ‘You Say’ by Madame So (Paris-born, London-based)
A middle finger to all hostile killjoys out there. Kicking off with a powered guitar riff,
soon followed by Madame So‘s vox hitting the roof with the titanic You Say chorus.
2. ‘Violent Sun’ by EVERYTHING EVERYTHING (Manchester/London)
A terrifically swirling stomper with a last chance message, so don’t
hesitate to get up and dance like Doomsday is just around the corner.
3. ‘Spanish Bombs’ by HINDS (Madrid, Spain)
“As Spaniards, we don’t usually get shout-outs in songs, like New York or London,
so the Clash writing a song about our civil war made us feel honored.”
4. ‘Something More’ by ROISIN MURPHY (London, UK)
Sensual dance diva returns with “a swan-song to how we once lived. There’s plenty of
bravado in the lyrics and the character is a kind of antihero but the indefinable yearning
and the feeling of arriving at a point of emptiness is universal right now!”.
5. ‘Club Zero‘ by GO GO’S (Los Angeles)
Out of the blue, the legendary power-pop punkettes, led by Belinda Carlisle, formed in L.A. in 1978, surprise us with their first new song in nearly 20 years. The new cut’s copacetic catchiness and vitalizing joyfulness put a big smile on your face. Welcome back, ladies.
See/hear you next week, music junkies…
New sonic impulses…
31 July 2020
Out of the blue, legendary power-pop punkettes THE GO GO’S led by Belinda Carlisle, formed in L.A. in 1978, surprise us with their first new song in nearly 20 years.
While being filmed for a new documentary directed by Alison Ellwood, they wrote CLUB ZERO via email exchanges between band members. A blithesome harmony belter that dances inside your head after just one spin. The track’s copacetic catchiness and vitalizing joyfulness will put a big smile on your face. Welcome back, ladies!
“Hey we’ve got something to say/ ‘Gonna make the world shake’/ Ready or not here we are.”
THE GO GO’S: Facebook