Thursday, July 02, 2020

"Punk before punk existed"

I knew the Shangri-Las were the leaders of the 60s girl group pack, standing out from the crowd by singing about heartbreak, leather-jacketed bad boys and street culture. But I didn't know they'd been hailed as a significant influence on punk by Joey Ramone and played a gig at CBGBs in 1977 backed by a band featuring Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daughterty of The Patti Smith Group. Oh to have been there for that.

And now I'm bingeing on their hits when I really should be working...

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