There are songs that come immediately to mind when thinking about lyrics that should be recited aloud by James Lipton. Of course, there are the heinous, awful pop songs that have been bestowed on the world (read: “PopoZao” by Kevin Federline), but then there are songs that could make even Dean Lipton himself blush at their garishness.
Enter “Nestle In My Boobies” by The Coathangers, a rock ‘n’ roll band of ladies from Atlanta. The song pleads for you to do exactly what the title would suggest and, while its at it, gives Peaches a run for her money by yelling the words “give it to me” over and over. Mr. Lipton, consider this a formal request.
But Julie Kugel, Stephanie Luke, Candice Jones and Meredith Franco offer far more than just some crass songs. Their brand of rock ‘n’ roll is grimy and fuzzy, but it’s not afraid to be playful and danceable. But even with a tongue often planted in their cheek, the sound often approaches the ferocity and power of Gang of Four. That’s evident on their latest album Scramble.
The Coathangers – “Stomp Stomp Stompin'” (from Scramble)
The girls will be here in Chicago at Ronny’s on June 20 with The Regrets and Golden Cities. Here are five songs that they’ve been listening to.
1) Lady Gaga – “Poker Face” (from The Fame) – “This song rulezzz, because it just does.”
2) Gang of Four – “Damaged Goods” (from Entertainment!) – “Love this song, because we recently read about their ideology and it makes it that much better.”
3) Devo – “Girl U Want” (from Freedom of Choice) – “Because it reminds us of good times we’ve all had together.”
4) Blonde Redhead – “In Particular” (Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons) – “Love the groove and her voice rulezz.”
5) Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer” (from Talking Heads 77) – “Because we too hate it when people aren’t polite!”