thee headcoatees Punk Girls (LP, £12.50)label: damaged goods
Thee Headcoatees' Punk Girls, reissued after 20 years, is one of their best and meanest records. The opener, 'Punk Girl', is Kyra at her most defiant. She’s had people walk all over her and abuse her and she’s not taking shit from anyone anymore. She’s out for blood and it shows. Ludella is equally spiteful on 'Don’t Wanna Hold Your Hand'. This is really a great angry album. Best version of 'Teenage Kicks' after the original. Screw The Raconteurs. Jack White knows who ripped off who. Of course closer, 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' is Thee Headcoatees on fire. Not a bad song on here. Thee Headcoatees were Holly Golightly, Ludella Black, Kyra Rubella and Bongo Debbie, they released seven studio albums, a singles compilation and a split live album with Thee Headcoats. Thee Headcoatees played live along with Thee Headcoats from 1990–1999 when they split, followed a year later by Thee Headcoats. Holly Golightly has gone on to release 13 solo albums and too many singles to mention, plus notable guest appearances on records by Rocket From The Crypt, The White Stripes and Mikabomb. Ludella Black was a founder member of legendary Medway band the DelMonas and has released three solo albums. Kyra Rubella released one solo album and singles on quite a few labels in the 1990’s, she also did a single with Armitage Shanks in 1996. Kyra went on to be in The A-Lines along with Debbie and Julie from The Musicians Of The British Empire. Bongo Debbie has been in various bands including The Buffets, The A-lines, & Dutronc and before that was also in The Would-Be-Goods, Honey & The Hucksters, Baby Birkin and probably a lot more besides.
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