by Karena Bernard
Donnas do indeed Get Skintight on their appropriately same-titled new
release on the Lookout label. Offering a Ramones view of the world
from a female vantage point, the songs are teenage-fast and fun. Hyperactive, out
all night, searching the streets or going to the mall case he'll never call, The
Donnas capture the gamut of those roller coaster high-school emotions.
out of high school, The Donnas' story starts with four families moving to Palo
Alto, a city just south of San Francisco. Donna C. and Donna R. met
in fourth grade where they become best friends. In fifth grade, they were introduced
to Donna F., and though they weren't a team yet, the performance bug bit them
while on a field trip to Hawaii for a hula dancing showcase. Donna A. came
into the mix in the eighth grade and the rock and roll party began.
The Donnas will leave
skid marks on your heart.
they were Ragody Anne, ripping it up at age 14, covering songs by Shonen
Knife, Syndicate of Sound, The Muffs & L7. Then they
were The Electrocutes, a punk rock riot grrl influenced foursome. They would
practice in Donna C.'s garage., and boys from their school would come by to watch
and openly insult their band. "It sucked," Donna F. remembers. They were
always unpopular in school.
they became the Donnas, with the help of Darrin Raffaelli, who had written
some songs which they recorded for his label, Super*Teem Records. The Donnas put
out a full-length and three 7"s on Super*Teem, all of which are now out-of-print,
highly collectible items.
the time 1999 rolled around, The Donnas were recording their third full length studio
album, Get Skintight, an album completely written by The Donnas, except for their
Motley Crue cover, "Too Fast for Love." The Donnas will leave skid
marks on your heart.
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