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Lady You Should Know About: Holly Beth Vincent

March 5, 2011

One of the themes of our first Girl Germs podcast (coming soon!) is the influence of bubblegum and power pop on the music of today.

Heartfelt pop music, when it’s not adopted ironically, is sometimes overlooked or shrugged off as novelty by independent music lovers, despite its extensive influence on more “important” styles like shoegaze, psych-rock and garage. The heavenly harmonies you love on Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls records are a product of girl groups. You can hear the influence of artists like Little Eva, The Shangri-Las, Nikki and the Corvettes and Rita Lee (another Lady You Should Know About) in everything from Best Coast to Slumber Party to Be Your Own Pet to Shannon and the Clams.

With spring just around the corner, we figured it was time to indulge in the super-sweet (with an edge, of course) sounds of Holly Beth Vincent. Vincent, who is from Los Angeles via Chicago, London and New York, founded Holly and the Italians in the late ’70s. One of the first female-fronted pop-punk bands, the group released their most well-known song, “Tell That Girl to Shut Up” in 1980.

In the ’80s Vincent continued as a solo artist, releasing a cover of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” with Joey Ramone.

She continued to release solo albums (including 2009’s Minnesota-California) and put out the Vowel Movement album with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, which the two women wrote and produced together. Vincent has consistently written, arranged and co-produced her own music and has been cited as an inspiration and influence by many garage-rock and pop-punk bands of today–and that’s why we think she’s a Lady You Should Know About!

If you like Holly Beth Vincent, come on down to the Red Stag Supperclub Monday, March 14 for TV Party with Girl Germs. We’ll be screening episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore show. DJ Travis Ramin of Ramo Records (which has released some of Vincent’s work) and the Jazzed Up and Bonkers podcast is an expert on bubblegum and power pop, and will be on hand to spin tunes starting at 9 p.m. See you there!

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