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Singer/songwriter/producer Josie Cotton hails from Dallas, Texas. In the early 1980s, Cotton had an international hit with “Johnny Are You Queer?” which was included on the soundtrack of the seminal film Valley Girl. She appeared in the film with her band the Party Crashers, and later in the notorious Jackass Number Two. Josie is known for her quirky stylizations and musical experimentation from pop to rockabilly, electronica, swamp, lounge, Western, garage rock and beyond. She has to date recorded seven albums including Invasion of the B-Girls, a collection of B-movie theme songs (great songs from bad movies) from the 1960s and ‘70s, which included liner notes by John Waters who noted, “Josie Cotton has made the unlistenable unforgettable.”
Now Cotton can add record company mogul to her resume. With the formation of Kitten Robot Records, Cotton has reissued her entire catalog on her own label throughout 2019 and 2021. The label’s first release was an all-new single, the Russian-themed “Ukrainian Cowboy” (b/w “Cold War Spy”), wherein Nancy Sinatra meets James Bond in a real Spaghetti Western video. The infamous Sympathy for the Record Industry label released the songs on a seven-inch single.
2019 also saw the release of the LP “Everything is Oh Yeah,” released in every format in partnership with Cleopatra Records. The album was to be Cotton’s third record for Elektra back in the ‘80s but was side-lined for decades. The tapes were re-mixed and re-mastered by Cotton and long-time producer Paul Roessler, who also helms Josie’s Los Angeles-based recording studio, Kitten Robot. The year wrapped up with Kitten Robot Records releasing the holiday single “Everyday Like Christmas.”
The previously mentioned Invasion of the B-Girls was released in 2020; the vinyl version of that LP out on Dionysus Records. Both of her classic ‘80s LPs that were originally released on Elektra, Convertible Music and From the Hip, were reissued by Kitten Robot in 2020 also, with Bomp Records reissuing the vinyl version of the Convertible LP. This completed the circle; Bomp was the indie label bold enough to release “Johnny Are You Queer?” in 1981 when numerous other labels chose to duck the controversy. Bomp’s marketing landed the single on L.A.’s KROQ, which in turn led to Cotton’s contract with Elektra. The original (and long-lost) B-side to “Johnny,” “(Let’s Do) the Blackout,” was included as a bonus track on the Convertible reissue, and also became a video loaded with archival footage.
During the pandemic, Josie sought out creativity in her studio to work on her upcoming LP of all new material. She also participated in the charity recording/video project “Flatten the Curve” alongside 31 artists from the rock/pop/punk world; sang lead on the Mikey and his Uke all-star YouTube cover of “Bad Reputation,” recorded the duet “Turn it Around” with Ben and Screeching Weasel, and contributed the lead-off track on the Go-Gos tribute If You Gotta Go-Go, Go-Go Now, coming soon as a double LP from Sympathy for the Record Industry.
The summer of 2021 saw Josie release the video and single “Calling All Girls,” which set up the release of the LP Pussycat Babylon in August. Throughout the summer and fall, Josie is playing the Greek Theatre, Ladies of the 80’s concerts, as well as select dates on the East Coast with her stellar band which features Travis Ramin (mid-west power-pop legend) and Melanie Vammen (The Coolies, the Muffs). Fans can anticipate the new album coming in early 2022.
Palmyra Delran is inciting espionage. “Come Spy With Me is an invitation to come for the ride and listen to the record with me,” says the trash-pop maven of her new album on Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.
The New Yorker (by way of Philadelphia) with a penchant for mod and Vespa scooter culture has recruited so many spies to conspire with her that nearly every track on this self- produced tour de force of a platter with backing band The Doppel Gang boasts one or more guest stars. Blondie’s Debbie Harry lends vocals on the first two songs, and contributions abound from a who’s who of punk, garage and power pop demigods including Kim Shattuck (Muffs), Ca?it O’Riordan (Pogues), female rock pioneer Genya Ravan (who brings it all full circle on a cover of early ’70s girl-rockers Fanny), Ben Vaughn, Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Paul Collins (Paul Collins’ Beat), Eddie Mun?oz (Plimsouls), “Speedie” John Carlucci (Fuzztones), and even Little Steven himself.
Far from the soundtrack to the next James Bond flick, the songs on Spy tend more toward relationship stories. “They’re not necessarily mine – I like to eavesdrop,” Palmyra admits. “Even a little snippet of random conversation can turn into a set of lyrics. I like to span time and imagery, mix past and present. Leave questions unanswered. Blur the lines so that songs can mean different things to different people. It’s about connecting. It’s gotta make you laugh, cry or think. Maybe even at the same time!”
Last year saw the release of The Coolies - a supergroup greater than the sum of your already awesome parts. Uh Oh! It’s The Coolies sets an irreverent tone from its title on down to the six raucously melodic tracks on this debut benefit EP from Wicked Cool Records by a trio of ladies renowned in the worlds of indie, punk and garage rock.
The Coolies combines Kim Shattuck (frontwoman of The Muffs and bassist of The Pandoras) with Melanie Vammen (The Pandoras and formerly of The Muffs) and Palmyra Delran (The Doppel Gang, also ex-Friggs). Performed in the guise of their Ramonesesque alter egos –Kimba Coolie, Melimba Coolie and Palmyra is, you guessed it, Palimba Coolie – the six original songs zip by in a dizzying 15 minutes of sheer sonic bliss.
The band and label raised over $15,000 and donated all proceeds from sales of the project to ALS Association Golden West Chapter in tribute to Kim Shattuck, who passed away in Oct of 2019 after a two year battle with the disease, still in need of a cure.
When she’s not writing, recording or touring, Ms. Delran brings the rock to the people as host of Palmyra’s Trash-Pop Shindig on Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel every Mon/Tues afternoon at 4pm, Wed/Thurs evenings 8pm, and Sunday mornings 8am EST on SiriusXM. “I get to unleash the geek and not just bore my friends with music facts!”
PALMYRA DELRAN AND THE DOPPEL GANG is: Palmyra Delran – vocals, guitar and percussion; Michael Lynch — bass and backing vocals; Mark Brotter — drums; Bob Wojciechowski — guitar and backing vocals