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The Crystals, Phil Spector: The Crystals: New to the Charts — Six Girls With Two Names!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, December 1962

SO VAST is the American disc scene that quite often an artist or group can get high into the charts without anybody here knowing much ...

The Shirelles: The Neglected Shirelles

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1963

"I MET HIM on a Sunday" sang Addie, Doris, Shirley, and Beverly. They were heard by a class-mate at Passiac high school during a rehearsal ...

The Chiffons: New to the Charts: Tokens aid Chiffons

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, April 1963

'HE'S SO FINE', the disc by the Chiffons — a coloured, all-girl group with a Shirelles-type sound — looks set to confirm the prophecy of ...

The Ronettes: Wrong Phone Number Brought Success

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1964

TALK ABOUT a coincidence! A thundering great coincidence — a flash of fate which virtually launched the swinging Ronettes, one of the most successful girlie ...

The Shangri-Las: Shangris' Sensational Seagull Sounds

Profile and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, October 1964

THE LATEST gimmick in pop discs: sound effects! ...

Goldie & The Gingerbreads

Profile and Interview by Nancy Lewis, Fabulous, August 1965

When The Kinks toured Britain last May, another group on their show created quite a stir everywhere they went. Not surprising, considering they were four ...

Fanny: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

Fanny, a Four-Girl Rock Group, Poses a Challenge to Male Ego ...

How the other half lives: The Best of Girl Group Rock

Guide by Greil Marcus, Let It Rock, May 1974

GIRL GROUP ROCK flourished between 1958 and 1965, and though, with the passing of the Brill Building and the coming of the sophistication of the ...

LaBelle: ...How The West Was Won — Nearly

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

A few days in the life of LaBelle. Penny Valentine reports from America's West Coast where the critics are a harder nut to crack than ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: The Runaways: Runaway Girls

Profile and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, July 1976

RUNAWAYS: the Natalie Woods, Brigitte Bardots and Ann-Margrets of rock. ...

The Runaways: Girls! Girls! Girls!

Report and Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1976

As The Runaways scoot their everlovin' way through Britain and Europe, GIOVANNI DADOMO tries to get his lemon squeezed... Now gasp on... ...

Diana Ross, The Supremes: Diana Ross and the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, September 1977

IF THEY weren't the highest form, they sure as hell were the most refined. The three-piece girl vocal group is almost a dying art. Only ...

The Slits, The Subway Sect: Subway Sect/The Slits: Music Machine, Camden, London

Live Review by Jane Suck, Sounds, October 1977

Sect stumble. Slits excite ...

The Runaways

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, November 1977

THE HOUR OF MY VINDICATION is at hand. I'm sitting in the lobby of a London hotel waiting for the Runaways to descend from their ...

Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector: Ronnie Spector Says Goodbye To Hollywood

Interview by John Tobler, Hot Wacks, Spring 1979

PHIL SPECTOR......aah, the magic that name still evokes, but what of the former Mrs Phil Spector. Veronica Benett, better known as Ronnie Spector, this is ...

Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector: 'I Wasn't Even a Housewife': Ronnie Spector's true confessions

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, September 1980

SHE WAS supposed to be promoting her album, but Ronnie Spector’s first solo album isn’t the kind of thing that’s about to stop the world ...

The Shaggs: Better Than the Beatles (and DNA, Too)

Retrospective by Lester Bangs, Village Voice, The, January 1981

I HAVE BEEN getting whiny letters from a lot of you lately complaining about the general state of the art. "What is all this shit?" ...

Leaders Of The Pack: Teen Dreams And Tragedy In Girl Group Rock

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

OF ALL THE musical fads that came and went in the early Sixties, the girl-group phenomenon has succeeded best in retaining its appeal. ...

Puppet On A String: Girl Singers Of The Sixties

Essay by Mary Harron, History of Rock, The, 1982

There were no bad girls in British pop music in the early Sixties — certainly nothing to compare with the most daring American girl groups ...

Transistor Sisters: Alan Betrock's Girl Groups - The Story Of A Sound

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1982

"Conform to norm society; won't stand for impropriety; In the extreme of which you dream, you must always join the team . . . " ...

Bananarama: Q&A

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, June 1983

Just how different are they? Neil Tennant puts the girls through that terrifying ordeal — being asked the same questions separately. And here's the answers. ...

The Shangri-Las: Leaders of the Teen Beat

Retrospective by David Quantick, New Musical Express, September 1983

Remember (walkin' in the sand) with the Shangri-Las ...

The Bangles: Bangles For Sale

Interview by Iman Lababedi, Creem, June 1985

AT THE CBS building in Manhattan guitarist Susanna Hoffs (all black tights and mini-skirt) explains the Bangles' modus operandi:"It's hard to work keeping your sense of ...

The Mary Jane Girls: Mary Jane Girls Can't Help It

Interview by Roy Trakin, Creem, October 1985

LOS ANGELES — Ah, the pleasures of pulchritude!! To be surrounded by two members of Rick James's musical wet dream, the salacious Mary Jane Girls: ...

Pepsi & Shirlie: Pepsi and Shirlie: 'Us Groovy Chicks Want To Get On Down'

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, January 1987

Quite. That's what Wham!'s former backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie told George and Andrew anyway. Now they're out there on their own but there seems ...

The Bangles: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Holly Gleason, Rolling Stone, June 1989

Heroines Take a Fall ...

Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle!

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, January 1991

• She used to live in the untidiest house in Hollywood!• She plays music to her plants!• She's had about half an hour's holiday to ...

Babes in Toyland: Marquee, London

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1992

SHRIEK LIKE A CHILD ...

Shonen Knife: Dagger Dagger Hey!

Profile and Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, November 1992

Do SHONEN KNIFE have some sinister masterplan to conquer Planet Pop or are they just a happy freakshow? STEVEN WELLS pulls on his combat fatigues ...

Cake Like: Delicious (Avant/Sphere)

Review by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, March 1995

THE MEMBERS OF Cake Like reportedly formed a band because they were sick of listening to their musician boyfriends talk about their bands. They may just get ...

The Spice Girls: Taking On The Britboys: Spice Girls

Report and Interview by Paul Gorman, Music Week, April 1996

JUST WHEN BOYS with guitars threaten to rule pop life - Damon's all over Smash Hits, Ash are big in Big! and Liam can't move ...

Kenickie: Kamikaze! Karaoke! Kenickie!

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, November 1996

KENICKIE may barnstorm through life like kamikaze karaoke kids, but there's sadness in their madness ...

Kenickie: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, June 1998

HEY, LITTLE rich girl, where did you go wrong? The 'Nick should never have moved to London. Left home, met all these glittery chuckleheads, built ...

Ronnie Spector: Life Club, New York City

Live Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Village Voice, The, December 1998

"BRIAN WILSON wrote this song for me," Ronnie Spector said on Wednesday at her annual holiday party at Life, "but because of publishing and contracts ...

All Saints: Gangster Grippin': All Saints: Opera House, Blackpool

Live Review by Ian Watson, Melody Maker, May 1999

"IS Blackpool in the house?" The dreadlocked DJ isn't making too much sense, but the little girls with the whistles don't care. ...

Ronnie Spector Talks to Rainbows

Report and Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, Fall 1999

SHE WAS ONE of the voices of the American 60s, the purest element in Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound, the heartbeat of an entire generation's ...

All Saints: When The Saints Go Marching Out

Retrospective by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, January 2001

THEY'VE BEEN on the verge of it before, but this time it looks as though All Saints are finally splitting up. Caroline Sullivan laments the ...

The Go-Go's: The Fab Femme Five

Retrospective and Interview by Paul Elliott, Q, May 2002

Long before girl-band conveyor-belt pop and mainstream stardom for their mucky singer Belinda Carlisle, there was "the world's best female band" The Go-Go's. Meet the ...

The Ronettes, Ronnie Spector: Ronnie Spector: The Last of the Rock Stars

Press Release by Andy Schwartz, press release for High Coin Records, 2006

ONLY A FEW ARTISTS in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the ...

Ellie Greenwich: Rock Music Legend Sandy Pearlman On The Passing Of Feminine Culture Power Source, Ellie Greenwich

Obituary by Howie Klein, Huffington Post, September 2009

ON MY FIRST DAY of college freshman orientation I met the president of the student body, Sandy Pearlman. He had long hair and I figured ...

The Orlons: Wah Watusi and South Street

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice, 2010

IF THEY'RE LUCKY, most decades get a handle–not right at birth, but usually by the time they grow up a little and let us know ...

The Runaways: Wild Thing — How Sandy West Was Lost

Retrospective by Evelyn McDonnell, LA Weekly, March 2010

ON A SUMMER day in 1975, a 16-year-old girl carrying a Silvertone guitar took four public buses from Canoga Park to a two-story house in ...

Kim Fowley, The Runaways: Sex sells: The Girl Band That Changed Pop Forever

Retrospective by Chris Salewicz, Independent, The, March 2010

IN EARLY OCTOBER 1976, the Runaways, an all-girl five-piece from Los Angeles, played a sell-out show at London's Roundhouse, their debut date in the UK. ...

Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud: Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle On Her Solo Debut

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2010

Often hailed as the best singer in Girls Aloud, now Nadine Coyle is going solo — with a little help from Tesco's. So is this ...

TLC: Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Juicy, February 2012

Before they were a crazy, sexy, cool multi-platinum-selling girl group, TLC was three young women from Atlanta out to prove that their debut album, Ooooooohhh...On ...

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