hoo doo girl Calls the Shots (CD, £12.95)label: Hazelwood
Comprising ex-members of The Watzloves, DM Bob and the Deficits and Cow, these three girls got together to form Hoo Doo Girl. Originally it was going to be a band in the style of the 60's girl groups, but grabbing the rollicking charm of the howling 60's, this lady gang rocks and rolls, borrowing from Stax and Motown, from soul legends and blues potentates. With a frisky, who-dares-wins accordion brimming with a lust for life, elegant ethereal backing vocals over a ruckus of a rhythm, mercilessly driven on by a big growling bass, and lead vocals sexy, proud and audacious. Ballsy, wild and yet debonair, on this debut album the femmes fatales saunter through 14 uplifting tracks, exuding the very hoodoo spirit of Dr John. Of course it's retro - in fact it's more 60's than the 60's in the 60's ever could have been, because without being able to look back on the 60's, how could the 60's ever have been that 60's anyway?
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