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Bangs: Tiger Beat CD | Kill Rock Stars | Online Store & MerchandiseAss kicking girl-punk from Olympia Washington, criminally underappreciated and hard to locate......I love these albums to death (no surprise, taking into account my soft spot for chicks that can kick my ass, ie, most of them). Formed in 1997 by guitarist Sarah Utter, Jesse Fox on drums,  and Maggie Vail on bass. These lassies kept some fine company, hangin/opening gigs for, among others, the Donnas and Sleater Kinney, whom you know are two of my very favorites......


Anywy, they released three full length albums, all of which are pretty damn hard to locate. I have only tow of them here, and a hand full of bonus tracks (I have no idea where I got these or where the bonu tracks come from, hey, at least they are "here")......

In 1998 they released their debut, "Tiger Beat", cleverly named after the teen-chick magazine of the 60's-70's......it's fairly loaded, a good album with short blasts of rrrrriot grrl-ish loud, fast short anthems, and hey, what in the FUCK is wrong with that? Geez, I need to hear these after two days of Killing Joke at least (Sidebar: That was a true learning experience, the Killing Joke thing.....just one of those bands I never really got into, they were pretty damn good......I hope that in the course of doing this blog, I come to learn of more bands that I missed out on the first time.....KillingJoke, of course I had heard some stuff, but to really analyze them, listen to all their albums, etc, it was as though they were a new to me.....sometimes this happens, and I really enjoyed the experience.)

Bangs - Sweet Revenge . mp3 - Download Classic Rock, Oldies"Tiger Beat".......what can I say......plenty of good hard rock n roll blasts, try "Chocolate Cobwebs", "Baby's Day Out", "He's a Groupie" ( rumour has it they wrote that one about me), "Death By Guitar"....good album, 3-star on the BigScott scale.

The second album, "Sweet Revenge", is better yet, released in 2000, which was their second and final full length......similar to the first al stuff like "Fast Easy Love", "Licorice Whip", and "Schick Shadel", but the stunning highlight (for me) is a cover of one of my all time favorite songs, Cheap  Trick's "Southern Girls", (LOVE that song), they do it justice and make it their own (they do NOT, of course, change the gender lyrics)....wonderful track.

I have a bunch of other tracks here. DO NOT know where they came from, the band put out a couple of EP's ("Call and Response" and a 7" mailorder only effort.....perhaps these tracks came from those, hell, perhaps they aren't even the Bangs for all I know, but I'll throw em on here anyway, what the hell difference does it make? These babes really had next to no success......I'm sorry, I like both of their albums quite a bit, for what they are. See what ya think, please check em out and make a comment, and maybe we can start a renewed round of interest in a band that I think is underappreciated. Or, maybe it's just my soft spot for ocker chicks?

Links in  a little while.

TIGER BEAT-01 Chocolate Cobwebs/02 Vintage Piranha/03 Baby's Day Out/04 Burnout/05 SOS/06 He's a Groupie/07 Ferocious Pocket/08 Tiger Beat/09 Lend Me Crumpets/10 Death By Guitar

... Pizza Party at the old Kill Rock Stars office in Olympia! For Bangs 10SWEET REVENGE-01 Fast Easy LOve/02 Sweet Revenge/03 Train Wreck/04 Docudrama/05 Undo Everything/06 Telephone Game/07 Into You/08 Schick Shadel/09 Licorice Whip/10 Scorpi-Oh/11 Southern Girls

BONUS TRACKS OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN-01 No Mag Commercial/02 Getting Out of Hand/03 Tender Thunderbolt/04 The Magician's Assistant/05 Get Electric/06 Bitchin' Summer

Informatin about this band is nearly impossible to dig up, so we have what we have.....The bonus tracks may even be someone else for all I know, but I threw up everything I have labeled "The bangs".....tell me what ya think, this is a FAIRLY obcure one, but I think one we should give a listen to.

By the way......WOW! PARTY DOWN OLD STYLE and a couple of others have commented that they have had difficulty emailing me directly......my email has always been csgmiller@sbcglobal.net, use it anytime if you wish to reach me privately, in particular if you want to discuss a blog contribution.

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