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Lunachicks

Brewing up a rowdy fusion of punk rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and twisted pop, the Lunachicks are a furious all-female ensemble from New York City. The Lunachicks were formed by singer Theo Kogan, guitarist Gina Volpe, and bassist Sydney "Squid" Silver while all three were students at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York; they met up with Sindi Benezra, another rock-minded student who played guitar, and began writing songs, most informed by the more outrageous elements of popular culture or the concerns of semi-crazed teenagers (one early tune involved the non-accidental death of two of their teachers). Theo's brother Mike Kogan sat in on drums for their first gig in 1987, and with the arrival of drummer Becky Wreck, the group's first solid lineup was in place. Souping up their shows with outré costumes and deliberately offensive theatrics, the Lunachicks became regulars on what became known as the "Scumrock" scene (largely comprised of other noisy pre-grunge bands with equal portions of fuzzy guitar and snarky wit), and one memorable show was attended by Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. Gordon and Moore were taken with the Lunachicks and told their friend Paul Smith of Blast First Records to check out the band.

Blast First ended up signing the Lunachicks, and released a double 7" EP of early recordings in 1989, with their debut album, Babysitters on Acid, following in 1990 (the same year that saw the release of New York Scum Rock: Live at CBGB, a multi-artist collection recorded during a series of shows at the iconic New York punk venue that included the Lunachicks' "Makin' It [With Other Species]"). In 1992, the Lunachicks jumped to the American indie label Safe House, issuing their second LP, Binge & Purge. In 1994, Becky Wreck left the band; Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson briefly filled in for Wreck until Chip English came aboard as the new Lunachicks drummer. English made her recording debut with the Lunachicks on the 1995 album Jerk of All Trades, which was also their first release on the New York punk rock label Go-Kart Records. In 1997, the Lunachicks returned with their fourth studio album, Pretty Ugly, but the year also saw the departure of guitarist Sindi Benezra, and the group opted to continue as a quartet. The concert album Drop Dead Live arrived in 1998, while 1999 brought the studio set Luxury Problem.

By this time, the group was holding up a busy touring schedule, headlining clubs in the United States, Europe, the U.K., and Japan, while opening for the likes of the Ramones, the Buzzcocks, No Doubt, the Go-Go's, Rancid, and NOFX and appearing on the Vans Warped Tour. In late 1999, Chip English left the group and Helen Destroy took over behind the drums, but in mid-2000, the Lunachicks were in need of a rest and announced they were going on hiatus. Since then, the Lunachicks haven't released any new recordings, and outside of two shows in 2002 and 2004 with Chip English on drums (one of which was a benefit), the band remained inactive, though no official breakup has been announced, suggesting further mayhem is not out of the question. While the Lunachicks have been on hold, Theo Kogan has recorded and toured with her band Theo and the Skyscrapers, as well as pursuing careers in acting and modeling. Elsewhere, Sydney "Squid" Silver has worked as a tattoo artist and restaurateur, Gina Volpe became a member of the band Bantam, Chip English plays drums with the group Suicide King, Becky Wreck was percussionist for the Blare B**ch Project, and Helen Destroy tours with an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, Lez Zeppelin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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catfight1980
Not one of my favorite Lunachicks albums but much love for them regardless
1395911744
Why does it say I would be better off listening t someone else un that's rude
Lunachicks ruled and you are a douche for writing this crap. Go die.
whitneychees b r o
Hmmm, strange. As someone who has now been listening to Lunachicks albums for almost 20 years...this review is wrong! I loved them when I was 13 and they still hold up. Boo John Dougan, get a sense of humor. And yes, please, a real bio!
This is not a bio. It's a review that belongs somewher other than here. I would suggest the circular file.
Whoever wrote the bio can f**k off. Lunachicks are the best and always will be
nickcazier
By the way folks, in 1998 in NYC, John Dougan was brought up on stage at a Lunachicks concert and bent over the drummer's lap and spanked by the lead singer with an inordinately large dildo. Thus, the scathing review backed by nothing more than John's scorned opinion.
nickcazier
Saw the Lunachicks as the opened up for RHH in Hollywood around 1996 and immediately liked 'em. Come on....a hot sleeved blondie running up and down the stage screaming like a maniac? Pure and unbridled Utopia. ---------> DONUTS !!!
What a f**ked up review. The girls are pure Brooklyn punk rock, & if you don't get, f**k you!
ratlover84
I will always love the lunachicks!! This review is mean! Still one of my favorite bands!
Love em, love em, love em! Mmmmmm, doughnuts!
They f**king rock
gabriela123
This Kind of rock?! You mean rock music made by women? Not that I'm a fan of the Lunachicks, but how about NOT assigning a mysoginist to review female musicians?
Luxury Problem made me love punk again. Period. Suck on that Mr. Dougan-Dooch e .
ldrake2003
John Dougan, what a TOOL!
mitchell3823
John Dougan is a dips**t. I played the Luxury Problem album so many times I had to forcefully stop myself from listening to it so I wouldn't chaffe my eardrums. It's still one of my favorite albums of all time.
i love lunachicks! their awesome.
Down with Dugan Dumbass
yay
MY HEROS!!
melstreehous e
I miss them sooooooooooo o o o o o much!!
Love these Riot ladies!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Tougher than most all guy bands.
indialotus
jz7878 knows whats up....bios shouldn't be about someones opinion of the music.
indialotus
john dougan has no clue what he's talking about. Has anyone listened to those kick a** guitar riffs. And yeah skullsnroses 7 1 . . . . t h e y are super hot. They are willing to be completely disgusting and ugly and unconvention a l . THAT is sexy considering the way women think they have to look and act these days. And has anyone listened to the sexy vocals, c'mon people get with the program. Yosch Martinelli, it's the 21st century..... w o m e n can be as loud and bitchy as they want and for the record....ho w
The luna chicks are like gwar for the ladies. And they're hot, too.
loud dumb b**ches
John Dougan was being generous. The Lunachicks are a perfect argument for violence against women.
jz7878
maybe they should quit making these f**king bios biased, and instead just provide a neutral look at the f**king bands
whitneychees b r o
Mr. Dougan - don't hate on the Lunachicks, they rock, with repeated spins. They are one of my favorite bands on my running playlist.

poggifox
lunachicks rock!!! john dougans name should be john douchin
yeah, this review seems a little biased..
LOVE THESE GIRLS!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
word bio sucked....bi t e it!
Whoever wrote the bio can suck it!
theotherange
I also saw them in a dive in New Orleans somewhere around '93-'94, and it was an awesome show. While I liked L7's shows around the same time, by 95' their live show sucked, and I would never spend anything to see them again, while The Lunachicks, on the other hand, impressed me so much I would love to see them again!
beatnandbrok n 7 7
i also disagree with mr.dougan i saw them live in 93 and it was a kick a** performance. " j e r k . . " w a s an awesome album
John Dougan, you are either a moron or, have never heard Bratmobile. Huggy Bear, and Joan Jett share only their genders with Lunachicks. Musically there is little commonality. You sir, are a fool.
i'm going to listen to jerk of all trades cause i love it!!! love it!!!! llove it!!!!!!!!!
tmarrra
Jerk of All Trades has been one of my top CD's for over 10 years, and it still creates new fans when my friends hear it for the first time. "Better off listening to L7...."? Pu leez.... stop writing reviews and get back to your Bolton albums Dougan!
bdavis107
Yeah John, besides the irony of the band I'm stickin up for your not gettin any p**sy with those ears.
okay, i found mr. dougan. follow this link: http://www.m t s u . e d u / ~ r e c o r d / d o u g a n . h t m l if you want to LYAO.
b**ches i f**kin love you - whomever john dougan is, he is a deaf tard.
the lunachicks have always rocked my speakers!
jlabbe
I honestly believe that Theo Kogan has one of the most amazing voices that I have ever heard from a female vocalist. Lunachicks is smarter than Dougan is giving them credit for (Less Teeth and More Tits? Fallopian Rhapsody? Come ON. These songs are about social issues!) Every other band that I've looked up has a positive review, so I really believe that Lunachicks's should really be changed.
industrialso n i c e c h o
I have to disagree with j dougan about the Lunachicks not holding up to repeated spins...Luxu r y Problem has been in my active cd case since the day I picked it up, back in either 99 or 00 at a live show... granted, its a little slicker than, say, Babysitters On Acid (almost 10 years older, and rawer), but hell, for a punk band they are sure maturing (if i dare use that term) better than most of their contemporari e s . They have also been one of the best, consistently fun live acts since day one. I
one of the best live shows of my teenage years saw them hold their own with guttermouth

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