Friday, August 20, 2004

The Bloods - "Button Up"

Here's a request. (Yes I take them!) It's New York City's all-girl post no-wave punk funk band The Bloods "Button Up" which was released in 1981 on the Au Pairs' EXIT label. The Bloods were led by part-time Contortionist Adele Bertei. Oddly enough this excellent single was the only release from this band other than the soundtrack for the feminist sci-fi fantasy flick "Born In Flames" which Adele composed and scored and also starred in. More recently "Button Up" appeared on the compilation "New York Noise" released by Soul Jazz Records. Despite the limited recording output, The Bloods played in the U.S and Europe quite often, sharing bills with The Clash, Gang of Four, Bush Tetras, Richard Hell, Johnny Thunders, the Slits, the Au Pairs, Lydia Lunch, Delta 5 and more. The Bloods were Adele Bertei: vocals, Annie Toone: vocals/keyboards, Kathy Rey: guitar, Kathleen Campbell: Drums and Brenda Alderman: bass.

Go to the download page to get The Bloods - "Button Up" mp3 here


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great track.
But what is happening on that single sleeve???

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks Eric.

after the souljazz comp came out, there was talk of us reforming. we are all still in touch. we may be releasing a cd of live recordings, Button-up and it's b side Raumen and a track called Blue Chevrolet that appeared on the *rilly* obscure Venus Weltklang compilation from the first women's music festival in berlin in 81, eons before Lilith.

I've been in tons of bands since and Adele has just been signed to Nona Hendryx's label w/ the band she swiped from Lydia: Anubian Nights.

Bloods still rule o.k.

-Annie Toone

PS to the anonymous commenter: what's going on on the sleeve is relevant to the lesbo sm bondage lyrics of the tune --listen-up, button-up. no wonder The Go-go's and Delta 5 were afraid when sharing the bill with us ;)

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and I thought they might have been looking for a contact lens!

Reminds me of The B-52's!

1:00 PM  
Blogger aaron littlefield said...

can you tell me where Kathleen Campbell is now ? - thanks

10:33 AM  

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