Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Modernettes

modernettesVancouver, Canada's Modernetttes were described by critics as a cross between the Velvet Underground and the Ramones. They were regulars on the Vancouver club scene and played up and down the west coast of the U.S. They burned out quickly but not before delivering some great punk pop recordings. They debuted with the EP "Strictly Confidential" (Quintessence, 1980) quickly followed by the critical favorite EP "Teen City" (Quintessence, 1980) They released one full length LP,"Gone...But Not Forgotten" and one last EP "View From The Bottom" before disbanding. Selections from these recordings as well as unreleased live tracks & demos have been collected on CD by the Sudden Death label.

The Modernettes were:
John "Buck Cherry" Armstrong - guitar, vocals
Mary Jo Kopechne - bass, vocals
John "Jughead" McAdams - drums, vocals

John Armstrong wrote a book documenting his time with the band called "Guilty of Everything"

You can get "Get it Straight" here.

Go to the download page to get Modernettes - "I Can Only Give You Everything"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great blog! I'm hearing stuff that I haven't heard for an eternity! I remember a tune by The Records called "Starry Eyes" that I loved. I understand it was released under the same title in England with the same band, only they renamed themselves Shades At Night. Any chance of posting that song here, or is it too "poppy" for you. Thanks, a 51 year old coot.

8:19 PM  
Blogger rich said...

Yes, fantastic blog. I've just started my own here.
It's mainly lost groups of the German New Wave era. I've added you to the links, hopefully you could do the same for me. Cheers!

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original Guilty Of Everything was written by Herbert Hunke.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous John Auber Armstrong said...

Yes, it certainly was and no doubt I heard the title or maybe even read it somewhere alone the trail. But the publisher did their search and didn't catch it, so they okayed it. Or we would have had to use the alternate title Buck Cherry: The Other White Meat.

ah, fuck it. Neil Sedaka had a song in the 50s titled Stairway to Heaven, so who cares.Not Huncke the Junkie, he been daid a loong time.

6:31 PM  

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