Aug 28, 2007

JEANIE & the TITS "Slut Fame" 7inch EP

The thing with "Bad Girl" punk is that it either totally charms me or it makes me gag. The "thing" that is the "thing" on both sides of the coin ends being the same "thing" and that "thing" is the Runaways. Maybe it's one of those lazy rock journalism thing that I've been exposed to through the years where that's the first thing that clicks in. I believe I recall reading reviews of the first Go-Go's albums waaaay back in junior high where the Runaways were mentioned. As a matter of fact I think that might've the first place I saw their name. I do remember when I picked up my first Runaways records (A promo single of "Cherry Bomb") I thought "this sounds nothing like the Go-Gos". It didn't stop me from buying Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" album a month or so later though.
I think my "thing" with the Runaways "thing" is that maybe if a "bad girl" band uses them as a template it's how they use it. Do they go for what the Runaways were striving for but didn't quite have the ability for so the bands try to right those wrongs and end up sounding like some Sunset Strip band circa '86 thick frosting and all? Or do they take the spirit of it's simple thud and pit their own primitive urges and lipstick smears all over it? I'm putting Jeanie & the Tits in the latter. Trashy and catchy punk rock with not a big rock solo anywhere in sight but everything catchy/sleazy/flirty wrapped up in an arrest warrant enough to make you by drinks for the ladies all night even though they're gonna do is make fun of you then and take off with some other dude.
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1 comment:

doon kuhn said...

American girls are very good.