Fanny, the band

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This band first piqued my interest when I read about them in *ahem* "Women Who Rock" and AMG categorizes them as "proto-punk" but based on the two songs I've been able to find, I'm having some serious doubts.

Is this band worth a squirt or what?

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Considering the only thing which is/was readily available is that gigantic Rhino Handmade boxed set, I would say no, but they are certainly not bad and if anyone released the first three albums, I would say that they are worth owning if you are into that sort of thing (power pop, basically).

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:34 (seventeen years ago) link

proto-punk they are not.
you can prob. order from ladyslipper music

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:40 (seventeen years ago) link

Ebay it is then.

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:46 (seventeen years ago) link

they are historically impt, esp. in the lesbian feminist community.

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I want to hear Birtha, myself.

Broheems (diamond), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:50 (seventeen years ago) link

also see Alix Dobkin "Lavender Jane Loves Women"

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Jewish lesbian folk.

Great.

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Don't forget the Berkeley Women's Music Collective! I have that record. I don't think I've ever made it all the through.

Broheems (diamond), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:06 (seventeen years ago) link

an aside, Fanny's June Millington runs a recording school/music co-op in Bodega Bay.

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:11 (seventeen years ago) link

i interviewed her in 1997. they were also starting a distribution co-op, kind of like a mordam for women.

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I fear I know too much about Fanny now.

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:20 (seventeen years ago) link

if i don't shut up, you will know even more!

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:20 (seventeen years ago) link

"Charity Ball" ROXXXX. Glam!

Douglas (Douglas), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:27 (seventeen years ago) link

Sold.

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:30 (seventeen years ago) link

stuff i've heard sounded like soft rock. not bad, but overdone.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 09:08 (seventeen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...
eleven months pass...

This video keeps popping up and I finally watched it. Intrigued, a little.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZUqkPlUaQ

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2019 01:41 (two years ago) link

Kind of surprising how much Fanny footage is out there. Bunch of European TV stuff up on YT.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:49 (two years ago) link

Yeah, the whole Beat Club performance is ace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcb1HpH42N8

MaresNest, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:31 (two years ago) link

smokin'

calumy (rip van wanko), Friday, 1 March 2019 00:38 (two years ago) link

I have become addicted to their cover of "Badge" which I put on par w/ the original (high praise from me since the original is pretty much the only thing I rate from Cream).

Standard line on them back in the day-at least from Christgau and Metal Mike-was that they were terrific live but mediocre on record, supposedly the result of R. Perry playing down their rockin' aspects in pursuit of getting them on AM stations. I've only listened to their covers but that's part of what I find intriguing about them: the contrast between slick vocals not far from say Rita Coolidge or Nicolette Larson and a heavier instrumental attack that could fit nicely on any hard rock station.

Also, did they change the gender of the kid married to Mabel from he to she? I believe they did!

gjoon1, Monday, 11 March 2019 02:04 (two years ago) link

That standard line is kind of true. The band's problem--shared with bands like the Raspberries and Badfinger--was negotiating the fine line between FM Rocking and AM Popping. They weren't quite as successful doing so as those aforementioned bands but--I dunno, at almost 50 (!) years remove (and only have YT footage to gauge their considerable live prowess), I find Fanny in the studio rocking satisfactorily, and have more issues w/their ballads, which get quite syrup-y. I have the four Reprise LPs on vinyl; I find Charity Ball to be the most consistent, but they all have their pluses. Mother's Pride, the fourth one, has a big glossy Rock production from Rundgren.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 11 March 2019 02:44 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Finally made time for that full Beat Club performance...killer stuff.

Here's a slightly later clip w/two songs and an interview from French TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNUM-z0xmso

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:39 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

oh shit my kid just played their marvin cover and sent me to the beat club clip. that is the only next step of that song that is permissible. so good.

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 November 2020 18:34 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_O0MQF4ySU

pence's eye juice (Hunt3r), Thursday, 19 November 2020 19:37 (one year ago) link

hell yeah

brimstead, Thursday, 19 November 2020 21:05 (one year ago) link

June millington’s album Running from 1983 has some jams, it’s pretty smoooooth tho

brimstead, Friday, 20 November 2020 03:36 (one year ago) link

I have become addicted to their cover of "Badge" which I put on par w/ the original (high praise from me since the original is pretty much the only thing I rate from Cream).

Standard line on them back in the day-at least from Christgau and Metal Mike-was that they were terrific live but mediocre on record, supposedly the result of R. Perry playing down their rockin' aspects in pursuit of getting them on AM stations. I've only listened to their covers but that's part of what I find intriguing about them: the contrast between slick vocals not far from say Rita Coolidge or Nicolette Larson and a heavier instrumental attack that could fit nicely on any hard rock station.

Also, did they change the gender of the kid married to Mabel from he to she? I believe they did!

Just went down the same path, first listening to “Hey Bulldog,” and tend to agree.

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 November 2020 04:09 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

I bought a used copy of Charity Ball 30-35 years ago, shelved it after one play--just not for me. The documentary's pretty good, though. The Millington sisters started out in some all-female band in the mid-'60s called the Sveltes; don't think they ever recorded. One of them, Jean, after dating Bowie, went on to marry Earl Slick (June was already out in the '70s). Suzie's sister Patti Quatro was in the band for a time.

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:32 (one month ago) link

Patti's on their last album, which spun off their biggest hit, "Butter Boy".

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:39 (one month ago) link

I adore “come and hold me”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UHw0fbZHPE

brimstead, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 03:55 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Beat Club just put this up, one my favorite Fanny things, their cover of Ike & Tina's "Young and Dumb" (a live staple, a studio version came out as b-side I think?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4l6FU74pUY

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 22 November 2021 23:50 (one week ago) link

Thanks! Also, you've somehow reminded me of Goldie and the Gingerbreads, one of the first all female bands--I only knew of them via mentions and quoted in Scaduto's Mick Jagger---Everybody's Lucifer, from during their tyme as house band(?) in an NYC rock disco, I think---um, point is: I somehow thought they were only that, but just now found a bunch of tracks on YouTube:
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=vid&q=goldie+and+the+gingerbreads&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=2ahUKEwitrLv8sK30AhXMQ_EDHauvCaMQ8ccDegQIchAD&biw=1094&bih=510&dpr=1.25

I knew that Goldie was later known as Genya Ravan, promoted as NOO YAWK's answer to Janis, later, Lou Reed showed up on at least one of her tracks.
Goldie history here---origins in Richard Perry's (!) college band, The Escorts:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldie_and_the_Gingerbreads
note to self:
Compilation Album

Thinking About The Good Times: Complete Recordings 1964-1966 Compilation, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, 2021 Ace

dow, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 02:15 (one week ago) link

Can't resist:
uture careers
Genya Ravan went on to form Ten Wheel Drive and a career in record production and radio. She produced the Dead Boys 1977 debut album Young Loud and Snotty. She now hosts two radio shows on Little Steven's Underground Garage channel on Sirius/XM: Goldie's Garage and Chicks and Broads. Ravan's memoirs, entitled Lollipop Lounge: Memoirs of a Rock and Roll Refugee, were published in 2004 by Billboard Books.[17]

Carol MacDonald and Ginger Bianco later formed the nucleus of jazz-fusion band Isis.[18]

Margo Lewis is owner and president of Talent Consultants International, Ltd., a talent booking agency in New York, and a partner in Talent Source, Ltd, which manages the estate of Bo Diddley. Lewis toured with Diddley as his personal manager and as his keyboard player for the last 10 years of his life.

dow, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 02:17 (one week ago) link

It was Trude Heller’s (discotheque) on 6th Avenue and 9th St. in Manhattan where Goldie & the Gingerbreads played in the ‘60s. You can see the place in the Goldie Hawn film Cactus Flower (1969), where it’s renamed The Slipped Disc.

Josefa, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 02:26 (one week ago) link

There was a Goldie track on the Rhino Girl Groups box.

Iirc, during one of their British tours, Margo Lewis was brought in to do organ overdubs on "Midnight To Six Man" by the Pretty Things.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 03:05 (one week ago) link

Thanks yall! What Goldie told Scaduto incl. that New York girls would go crazy while the Stones were onstage, dirty as hell, with grease dripping off their hair under the lights. and they'd go strutting off that way---come back way later in tailored suits, perfect hair, shining like they'd been in the shower for hours.
"I said, 'Wow! Why didn't you guys clean up like that before?' 'It's good for business.' What could I say? It was true."

dow, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 03:52 (one week ago) link


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