Friday, 20 February 2015

Paying tribute to punk women, by punk women

It's always nice when artists you like make art you not only like but that also pays sweet tribute to those who have gone before.

Recently, we've seen Ex Hex, whose 'Don't wanna lose' is currently out as a single, providing a video salute to the cult 1982 film Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains!

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains! tells the story of Corinne Burns, a teenage fry chef sacked live on TV who goes on to form an all girl punk band with her sister and cousin, the eponymous Stains. The film charts the bands rise from bedroom band to ramshackle support act, to rock pop superstars via the power of TV.

A couple of years ago Corin Tucker's 'Neskowin' also had  a video that harked back to the late 1970s, and referenced punk, particularly X Ray Spex.

Given that both X Ray Spex and Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains! were formative influences on Riot Grrrl, it's a nice example of passing the compliment now that the grrrls are grown up now and playing in post riot grrrl, post ladyfest punk bands.