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Frightwig was an American all-female band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1983. Blazing a trail later trodden by bands like Babes In Toyland, Hole, L7 and Bikini Kill, they were often cited as an influence.
"Me, Kat (Bjelland) and Jennifer (Finch) all watched Frightwig the same night and decided to start bands the next day. Frightwig are the true grandmothers of riot grrl and everything. Without them there would be no Hole, no Babes In Toyland, no L7, no PJ Harvey, no riot grrl.". - Courtney Love
Frightwig tackled personal and political issues with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. They were known for inviting a male audience member on stage to "dance" during the song "A Man's Gotta Do What a Man's Gotta Do", and thereby publicly ridiculing them.
Frightwig released their first album Cat Farm Faboo in 1984 on San Francisco label Subterranean Records (also the home of Flipper, Dead Kennedys, Chrome and many other early SF punk and industrial bands). Their second album Faster, Frightwig, Kill! Kill! was released on Caroline in 1986. Following this the band, dissolving through contagious pregnancy befalling its members, squeezed out an EP "Phonesexy" on Boner Records.
The band gained momentary fame after Kurt Cobain was seen at Nirvana's MTV Unplugged concert wearing a Frightwig T-shirt.
Not more than five minutes after the formation of Southern Records and our first release (Fontanelle by Babes In Toyland), label co-founder Allison Schnackenberg had Frightwig on her hit list. The band had been a massive influence on Allison, who lived in SF in the early 80's. She eventually tracked them down and in 1993, and released Wild Women Never Die. The release compiled the band's first two albums on that new-fangled compact disc format. Included are lyrics, photos and liner notes from the band and some of their celebrity followers, including members of L7, Hole, Butthole Surfers and Faith No More.
Frightwig was composed of Cecilia Lynch, Deanna Ashley, Mia Levin, Susan Miller, Patricia Ramelli, Megan Page, Lynn Perko and Rebecca Tucker. After the band broke up, few members moved on to form Mudwimin along with Tragic Mulatto drummer, Bambi Nonymous.
1. Wanque off Song
2. My Crotch Does Not Say "Go"
3. Jeri's Song
4. I Got Lost
5. Hot Papa
6. Man's Got to Do What a Man's Got to Do
8. Only You
9. Take This and Fuck Yer Head
10. I'll Talk to You and Smile
11. Tomorrow Never Comes
12. Something's Gotta Change
13. Beverly Hills
14. Crazy World
15. Big Bang
16. Punk Rock Jail Bait
17. Manifest Destiny
18. Booby Prize (Dedicated to Linda Lovelace)
19. American Express
20. I Don't Want to Be Alone
total running time: 78 minutes.
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