Mamie Van Doren And June Wilkinson Join The Topless Craze

The whole concept of sending someone death threats because you don’t like what they’re wearing (or for any reason, really) is just freakish to me…

The Reprobate


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Nikki and The Corvettes – “Snotty Bubblegum Punk”

Girls like me…


nikki and the corvettesYou can really go to town with prefixes for Nikki and the Corvettes; a late-seventies, all female, garage, surfer, bubblegum, punk band. Formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1977 by self confessed New York Dolls and Bowie fan Nikki Corvette, the band released their one and only album nikki-and-the-corvettes-honey-bop-bompon the legendary Bomp! Label (Nikki and the Corvettes) in 1980. Often described as a cross between the Runaways and The Ramones, the Corvettes took the three-chord punk song and made it pop. Where the Runaways were provocative, and the Go-Gos were busy brandishing their shined up pop tunes on a sleeve of pure ambition, Nikki and the Corvettes plied what seems like a more sincere  brand of poppy brat rock, and although not as commercially successful as some of their contemporaries, their legacy is still burning bright.

“The MC5 were one of the first bands I ever saw and have always been…

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The Gymslips



East London’s The Gymslips, Paula Richards, Suzanne Scott and Karen Yarnell,
stumbled onto the post punk landscape in their Monkey Boots and Levi’s in 1981. For live performances they would sometimes dress in school pinafores, but even kitted out in actual gymslips they still looked more like troublesome and mouthy extras from Grange Hill rather than members of say, the Mallory Towers lacrosse team, which their name might have suggested. Long before Britpop’s “Lad-ette” culture – you know, that time in the mid 1990s when media girls pretended to like football, pints and Oasis for a couple of months – The Gymslips openly embraced drinking, Pie & Mash, monkey boots and double denim right from the get go. Some would have them down as the first female Oi! band, but really they were so much more than that.

Accused of shoplifting riffs and bits of other songs from everyone from…

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