|Tags:||post-punk punk female vocalists riot grrrl dub punk rock british|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
This UK feminist punk outfit formed in 1976 with a line-up featuring Ari-Up (Arianna Foster, 1962, England; vocals), Kate Korus (b. Katherine Corris, New York, USA; guitar), Palmolive (b. Paloma Romero, 3 January 1955, Spain; drums, ex-Raincoats) and Suzi Gutsy (bass). Korus soon left to form the Mo-dettes and Gutsy quit to team up with the Flicks. They were replaced by guitarist Viv Albertine (b. 1955, France) and bass player Tessa Pollitt (b. 1959) and it was this line-up that supported the Clash during the spring of 1977. The band was known for its uncompromising attitude and professed lack of technique, but the music was as aggressive and confrontational as the best of the punk fraternity. Their failure to secure a record contract during the first wave of the punk explosion was surprising. By the time they made their recording debut, Palmolive had been ousted and replaced by Big In Japan percussionist Budgie (b. Peter Edward Clarke, 21 August 1957, St. Helens,...