Title - 'Invasion of the B-Girls'
Artist - Josie Cotton
For those not in the know, Josie Cotton, '80s New Wave icon ('Johnny Are You Queer?' and for her performance in the film Valley Girl), continues her return to music with the brand new, and just released (via Kitten Robot Records) Invasion of the B-Girls.
Originally released on CD only (no vinyl, no digital, no downloads, no streaming, no cassette, no nothing!) in 2007, Invasion of the B-Girls has been meticulously remastered and includes new artwork and packaging.
The album is a collection of cover versions of B-movie theme songs, from infamous to forgotten!
A lifelong fan of horror, sci-fi, grindhouse, and exploitation films, Cotton pays homage to title songs from Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! and Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Ted V. Mikels' Girl In Gold Boots, Joseph Cates' Who Killed Teddy Bear? and other "great songs from bad movies" (as she herself describes them!)
1. 'Maneaters (Get Off The Road)'
2. 'Girl In Gold Boots'
3. 'Who Killed Teddy Bear?'
4. 'Green Slime'
5. 'Black Klansman'
6. 'Female Trouble'
7. 'Run Pussy Cat'
8. 'Days Of Now And Then'
9. 'Shiawaseo Yobo'
10. 'Goodbye Godzilla'
The first single opens the album, the '70s hipsway of 'Maneaters (Get Off the Road)' from the Herschell Gordon Lewis gore classic She Devils On Wheels and that's backed by the funky, harmonica-driven 'Girl In Gold Boots,' and then comes the smooth, yet dedicated '70s keyboard elegance of 'Who Killed Teddy Bear ?'
Next up is the melodic sing-along of 'Green Slime' which is followed by both the psych sounds of 'Black Klansman' and the newest single from the album, the mid-tempo, slow roll of 'Female Trouble.'
The fast paced, speeding beauty of 'Run Pussy Cat' (from, of course, Faster, Pussy Cat! Kill! Kill!) is next and is backed by the lush, summer vibe of 'Days Of Now And Then' (from Beyond the Valley Of the Dolls).
This quite vibrantly fantastic album rounds out with the lo-fi elegance of 'Shiawaseo Yabou (Let's Try To Be Happy)' (from Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster), and then closes on the passionate renderings of 'Goodbye Godzilla' (from 1985's Return Of Godzilla).
Featuring all real instruments, combined with some legendary musicianship on display from the Tower Of Power horn section, not to mention liner notes from legendary filmmaker John Waters, Invasion of the B-Girls is easily one of my Top 10 albums of 2020 (and I'm sure it will be one of yours too).
"Along with I was obsessed with science fiction movies since childhood, a lot of which you could call B-movies, but seeing Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! as an adult was a kind of Come-to-Jesus moment for me," explains Josie about her inspiration to cover these forgotten classics.
"The whole world of B-movie culture opened up and the demented humor and in-your-face irreverence toward society all spoke to me. And the best ones all seemed to be from the 1960s and 1970s for some reason."
So slip on your white go-go boots, your polka dot shift dress, stack your hair up in a Brigitte Bardot beehive, and get that popcorn ready… This B-Girl is going to invade your space!
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