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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ebay it is then.

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I want to hear Birtha, myself.

Broheems (diamond), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

also see Alix Dobkin "Lavender Jane Loves Women"

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 05:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jewish lesbian folk.


may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I fear I know too much about Fanny now.

may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Orbit (Orbit), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Charity Ball" ROXXXX. Glam!

Douglas (Douglas), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


may pang (maypang), Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

This video keeps popping up and I finally watched it. Intrigued, a little.

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

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 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, the whole Beat Club performance is ace -

MaresNest, Thursday, 28 February 2019 23:31 (two months ago) Permalink


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

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 months ago) Permalink

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 months ago) Permalink

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:

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

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