Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bum Rush Ep. 1 - June Millington from Fanny!

"One of the most important bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest rock bands of their time. They were extraordinary...they're as important as anybody who's ever been. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done." - David Bowie



Every now and then I have an idea. Rarely, but sometimes, I actually execute the ideas.

My latest idea is to bum rush interesting people via video - selfie style - and ask them questions about who they are and what they're doing to make the world a better place. Because quite frankly, the world needs to improve itself...on many levels.

I personally think the world would be a much better place with more successful all female fully sustained rock bands in it.

Why has there not been a commercially successful all female band since the 1980s? Yes, I am talking about The Gos Gos and The Bangles. Why has there not been a single all female self sufficient band to crack the Top 40 in the United States since the 1980s? Why has there not been an all female band to rise to the ranks of U2...or even Coldplay?

Dixie Chicks...sort of. Indigo Girls. Not as successful commercially and technically neither are fully sustained bands. Both Indigos and Dixies tour with guys supporting them on stage and in the studio. Don't misunderstand. I've got deep mad loving respect for both Indigos and Dixies. L'HOVE both.

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Why hasn't the music industry in our country given the public an all female Beatles, or Stones, or U2, or Dave Matthews Band 
and on and on...

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Fanny, first all female band to release a major label album (1970)


So, I had a chance to bum rush June Millington, founding member of the very first all female band to ever release a major label album. Her band is called Fanny. Some of you may know who Fanny is. But I am sure some of you DO NOT know and are just learning that this epically important band in the history of rock music even exists.

It is absolutely butt ass crazy that you had to read Hangin' With Hendo to learn this. Even David Bowie is pissed off about it.

In a 1999 interview with Rolling Stone, Fanny fan David Bowie revealed his respect for the band:




"One of the most important bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest rock bands of their time. They were extraordinary...they're as important as anybody who's ever been. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done." - David Bowie


Roll the video:



#Hendo

PS- Here is a list of all female bands out there doing it today. Learn about them. Support them. Help me fix this crisis! And by all means, send me more names, I am happy to post links:

Sick of Sarah
http://sickofsarah.com/
















Haim


Hunter Valentine
















Warpaint




















Girl in a Coma












The Blue Bonnets














Oh yeah and Antigone Rising


6 comments:

  1. Thanks Kristen! This is truly inspiring!

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  2. Well done. I have to say though I had no idea who Fanny was until this blog. And your caption of "Kristen bum.." made me think, "is this a blog about your bum?" Then I read on. Fanny. Bum. Tomato. Tomahhto. Rock on Smiley.

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  3. Thanks for the enlightenment Kristen, this is a thought provoking eye opener. I knew many years ago when I met Dena that she was part of something unique and cool. AR's time tested longevity and growth is nothing short of impressive. This interview with the one of the founding members of Fanny was def worth the read and watch....waaaay cool and interesting.

    Rock n Roll

    Eldorado Canyon

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  4. I have been a huge fan of Fanny's for years. As a result, I've long had a soft spot for all-female bands. What I've seen over the years, however, is that, unlike Fanny, who just got up there and ROCKED, most all-female bands seemed to feel they needed a "gimmick".....they were "punk"...or "retro"....or "badass!" That's why I was so glad to discover Antigone Rising (and, more recently, Haim).....there are no gimmicks, they understand the word "melody".....and they just get up there and ROCK......much like the Queens of Rock & Roll!

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  5. "send me more names"

    http://www.bandmix.ca/fidget/ This page lists them as still active 1 mth ago but shows a lineup from 2010. I knew them since their inception in 2006. Nicole was replacing the bassist & the drummer once in a while anyway. But when in 2010 she ended up replacing everybody in the band but herself, I lost interest. Teresa Hart and Elissa Barclay then played 4 a while in each other's project, each of which used a male drummer. This page shows 1 of the post-2010 but the band name link is no longer active (no response when clicked).

    A bit after witnessing Fidget's inception, I witnessed http://www.reverbnation.com/scarletsins 's final 2yrs. Cristina Bishop & Elie Bertrand then 1st 4med Harbinger w/ Cristina' bro' Bradley. Sylvya NuVynska & Tanya Nicklaus too were supposed 2 4m a project of their own. Then Sylvya became a mother, Elie is now a sessional, no idea whether Tanya does anything in music any longer, & Cristina recently also just did like Sylvya had done a few yrs ago.

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    1. Sorry, I 4got 2 add: it appears post-Fidget's Elissa has evolved in2 a creatively mature artist. Her promoter bf recently posted photos of her onstage w/ a female cellist, on her FB page.

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