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SOME GREAT GIRL BANDS PLAY LIVE THIS MONTH.
NIC VAN DYKE GIVES US THE LOWDOWN.
If you're into loud guitars, heavy hooks and unstoppable
energy you've got to check out The Donnas. Described as
one of the world's most rebellious and irreverent bands, they're
in town to play at The Big Day Out. 12 years ago The Donnas
formed their musical gang when all four Californian girls were
still in 8th grade. Before they had even left school they found
themselves a cult following, and then considerable media
attention after scoring a record deal straight out of high school.
12 years and eight albums later the girls are stronger and
tighter then ever. So if you're not a Donnaholic yet and missed
out on tickets to Big Day Out you can catch their sideshow on
January 28 at The Metro in Sydney.
One of Melbourne's best loved all girl bands The Spazzys
also joins the Big Day Out off the back of their debut album
Aloha! Go Bananas. Also still at high school when they formed,
the girls were adamant that they didn't want to work nine to
five or flip burgers after the HSC so the best option would be
to start a band. After overcoming a few minor obstacles like the
fact that none of them knew how to play an instrument, had
never written a song or performed live, the girls created their
own brand of Spazzy punk/pop and tore up the Melbourne
live music scene. I can't wait to check out a live show.
The Waifs have just announced a series of gigs in support
of their long anticipated double live album A Brief History.
Over their twelve-year history, sisters Vikki and Donna have
performed some unforgettable shows and this album is said to
capture some of their finest live experiences. The band is
currently wrapping up another successful tour of America
before returning to Australia this month when they commence
an extensive run of dates here. If you live in Queensland you're
in for a real treat. Missy Higgins joins them for three shows
Rockhampton (17th), Townsville (18th), Cairns (20th).
If you're not from QLD it might be worth taking a trip North!
Maria, Binni, Di and Lisa are The Frocks, an all girl cover
band from Sydney who have been playing together for two years.
The girls are currently performing at the Newtown Hotel on
Sunday nights and cover everything from current hits to songs
from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. When asked why the girls don't
have a drummer I'm told, "Drums don't fit in any of our cars. If
any drummer is reading this and has a kit and a spacious vehicle,
please feel free to contact us". So if you're an out of work
drummer, or want to find out more, visit www.thefrocks.com.au
For those who grew up in the 80s one voice we'll never is that
of Alison Moyet, leading electronic outfit Yazoo, and giving us
hit after hit from her debut album Alf. Alison's new album Voice
is a mixed collection of classic songs including standards such as
'Cry Me A River', 'Bye Bye Blackbird', alongside material by
Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach and classical composers.
ABOVE THE DONNAS; AND BELOW THE SPAZZYS
HIGH51 Mistaken Identity Delta Goodrem 2 Ultimate Kylie
Kylie Minogue 3 The Sound of White Missy Higgins 4 Love, Angel,
Music Baby Gwen Stefani 5 A Brief History The Waifs
SOURCE NATIONAL ARIA CHART
BIRTHDAYBABES8th Shirley Bassey (68)
11th Mary J. Blige (34) 25th Alicia Keys (24) 28th Sarah
McLachlan (37) 30th Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi) (22)
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