Women band the Lou’s, French/English translation


This live music video is the Lou’s, playing No escape, in the Olympia in Paris in July 2018.

More and more information about 3/4 French 1/4 Dutch pioneer punk the Lou’s is added to their online biography.

Translated from French monthly Rock & Folk, 132, its punk section Béret Punk, January 1978:

Born to Lou’s [an allusion to the Johnny Thunders song Born to lose]

The Lou’s, do you know them? Yes. They are a rock group. A good band, but most of all a real girl band. At last, the first band proposing an active program. A macho approach, strongly male-like accents. I liked to get to know more. And I met them at the place of Raphaëlle (guitar), near the Place de la Bastille.

An apartment without luxury. On the walls, posters of the Clash, Iggy Pop and Richard Hell. They are just back from a tour in England, as support band of the Clash. They have changed their soft T-shirts and jeans to clothes from London punk shops like Sex and Boy. Trousers with straps, extra-large knit sweaters. The London look.

‘Our first concert was in the theatre-restaurant Campagne-Première [in Paris]. To get that concert, we passed an audition, to see whether they wanted us. It was advertised in Libération daily as a free concert. 450 people came. We have been playing together for nine months. We had enormous problems getting somewhere to rehearse. At first, we went to a dance hall in the Marais neighbourhood. We had to get out because of noise. We landed in a sordid cellar where we froze. That did not last long as well. Then, we went here, Raphaëlle’s place. The amps and the drum kit in the apartment, that was terrible noise … the neighbours wanted to murder us. Then, in mid-December, we left London again. We have good contacts and a manager there. We managed to find two rooms. We will be able to work, rehearse and improve for four months. It’s good but it also requires big sacrifices. It’s badly paid but the lack of money does not hold us back. There are so many other advantages. The relationships in the music scene are not the same as in France. There is no real rivalry between bands. They all play in their own way, there is space for everyone. There, bands have the right to be just ordinary bands, while here, you are stuck in a permanent quality contest.

And then, in England the public is fantastic. The funniest thing is when they gob at you. That shows they love you. The band that has played best is the band most covered in spittle. Over there, the guys are impossible. When you talk to them about their gobbing, they open their mouths! It is disgusting. The concerts have nothing to do with the ones over here. With French audiences, you have the impression of playing at a fridge. Over there, the audiences move, they dance up and down, they move, they move massively’.

And then the Lou’s have just landed a nice contract with CBS. It opens up horizons.

The band consists of Sacha, drums; Raphaëlle, guitar; Toto, bass; and Popo, lead guitar.

‘Mainly Popo writes the songs. Then, we work together, insert special things. We sing in English. In French, it does not work. In a band like Bijou, the instruments sound excellent, but the lyrics don’t. Similarly with Téléphone. In French, it is difficult to avoid clichés. That starts either in the beginning or later. Only Higelin is an exception. Also, basically, only the chorus matters. It is the main thing which the people remember. What we want is music which connects people, which makes them jump into the air! We are just crazy girls. Crazy girls! And we tend to stay that. It is so boring to be intelligent. We are seen as a group of non-serious girls, it makes us laugh. Every time it happens, it makes us laugh.

When it was announced that we were the support band of the Clash during their UK tour, some pretended to know why. CBS had supposedly imposed that on the Clash. Or, they said, we had given in to the sexual wishes of the CBS manager. Or, again, the Lou’s musicians, one by one, had gone to toilets with all Clash members. Only one Clash member at a time? No, three Clash members at a time. They never considered that we might have become support band because of our musical quality. All that because we are a band of girls, and girl bands supposedly should not be taken seriously.’

Translated from Rock & Folk 143, 1978:

‘The Lou’s, Pamela Pop[o] and her bandmates, watch out, they bite! And after that, they laugh, because deep in their hearts, they nevertheless love us. ‘No Escape’, the sugary/acidic taste of the Seeds and 1960s punk. No need to run away, it’s better to stay and have fun with them.’

French-Dutch punk women Lou’s biography now online


In this video, you can hear French-Dutch punk women’s band the Lou’s playing their song Back On The Street.

Three Frenchwomen and Dutch Saskia aka Syama de Jong on drums, they were one of the first punk bands on the European continent. Also the first all-women band in any rock genre in France.

They were the only band playing on both days of the 1977 Mont de Marsan punk festival. Later in 1977 and 1978, they played with many British bands in Britain: Sham 69, the Skids, Subway Sect, Penetration, the Mekons. On 14 November 1977, The Lou’s played with Neo, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Siouxsie and the Banshees in the Music Machine in London. They were support band to The Clash during the 1977 Out of Control tour in the UK and Ireland.

In 1978, they played with Public Image Limited, both in Paris and in London. The Clash helped them land a recording contract with CBS. However, the Lou´s did not like that contract, broke it, and went back to small label Skydog in France.

Yesterday, an extensive Lou’s biography was published on the internet, here.

French-Dutch women´s punk band Lou´s interview rediscovery


Lou´s badge

This picture shows the 1977 badge of all-women French-Dutch punk band the Lou´s, as reconstructed in 2020 by Dutch visual artist Marion van Egmond.

Today, thanks to Sounds Clips, a 31 December 1977 interview in British Sounds weekly with this pioneer band was rediscovered. Three French girls, a Dutch drummer.

It is here.

Caroline Coon, the interviewer, was very happy about the rediscovery, as she, and many others, did not have the interview anymore.

Trump coup attempt spread COVID-19


This 12 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, says she has tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked down in a crowded room with other lawmakers during the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.

JAYAPAL TESTS POSITIVE AFTER RIOT LOCKDOWN Less than a week after a Trump-fueled mob attacked the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to hide in a secured room, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Democrat-Wash.) has tested positive for COVID-19. She tweeted: “I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.” [HuffPost]

Don’t laugh at Marjorie Taylor Greene — her Jewish constituents must live with her hate: here.

TRUMP MOB’S MEN: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN A HuffPost investigation found that multiple men arrested for the U.S. Capitol insurrection have restraining orders against them over domestic violence accusations. Others have faced charges and served prison time for sexual assault. Experts have linked extremism to violent misogyny in recent years, especially in the wake of mass shootings in which the perpetrators had a history of violence against women. [HuffPost]

British punk women Ramonas’ new single


This 4 January 2021 punk music video from Britain says about itself:

The Ramonas – I Want To Live In Outer Space (Official Video)

Title track from our album ‘I Want To Live In Outer Space’ OUT NOW on CD, vinyl and download!

Vocals – Lisa Lathwell
Guitar – Maxine Cahill
Bass & Backing Vocals – Victoria Smith
Drums – Camille Phillips

This song, and other songs, is by the Ramonas themselves.

They also play cover versions of Ramones songs.

French punk women getting more research attention


This video (audio really) is French all-women punk band The Lou’s playing their song Back On The Street. Three Frenchwomen, one Dutch drummer. The Lou’s were the first all-women band ever in any rock music genre in France.

This crucial band is neglected in punk historiography. The Wikipedia article Women in punk rock does not mention them (for not being British or US American?). The Wikipedia article on French punk does mention them, but only fleetingly (for being women?).

On 5 December 2020, there was the Punk Is Not Dead Pre-conference event of the Punk Scholars Network in France. It was various lectures on various aspects of punk in various regions of France. On the internet, by Zoom. 27 people attended, not only from France, also from Indonesia, Britain and the Netherlands.

Christophe Pécout spoke on the band Végétator’s (1978-1981) from Lisieux town in Normandy. Once they threw a crucifix into water ‘to see whether it could really walk on water’. This got them a ban on playing in Lisieux. They played against militarism in a Rock Against Army gig, and a Rock Against Clergy gig.

A question from the Netherlands about the Lou’s was answered with that there should be more research on women in the French punk movement.

Punk Rock Women´s Day today


This 2015 video from England says about itself:

Maid Of Ace performing “Disaster Of Noise” live on BBC Introducing The South 11/4/15.

Video by Mark Richards

Maid of Ace are from the seaside town Hastings. And they are not the only seaside punk girls. Yesterday I heard about three young girls from Dutch North Sea coastal town Noordwijk who had formed a punk band.

Only today I found out on Punkrock History that 28 November seems to be Punk Rock Women´s Day.

A great idea. Ever since the start of punk in 1975-1976, women played important roles.

This video is called Raincoats in Warsaw, Poland, April 1978. A concert which helped to start punk bands in Poland.

Important roles, not just as singers like in most earlier music genres …

Hear singer Siouxsie Sioux with the Banshees in Helter Skelter.

As drummers …

This video from England is called SEX PISSED DOLLS (drummer ANNA KEY) with Ramones song BLITZKRIEG BOP WELLOFEST 16 JULY 2016.

This video from the Netherlands is called Persona Non Data ::: Lola Groningen 2018. With Eva Oling on drums.

As bass players …

This video from London is called THE ADVERTS-LIVE AT THE VORTEX 1977. With bass player Gaye Advert.

… as guitarists …

This video is called L7 – Fast and Frightening (Live at Hellfest 2015). An all-women band from the USA with two guitar players.

… keyboard players, saxophone players …

This video from London in 1977 says about itself:

X-Ray Spex – Oh! Bondage Up Yours! (Live At The Roxy) [Stereo Sync]

Footage of X-Ray Spex live at the Roxy, footage taken from the Don Letts film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’ which I’ve synced to a nice stereo source 😉

With Lora Logic on saxophone.

And violinists ..yes!!

This 2011 video is called The Raincoats – “Fairytale at the Supermarket” live at MOCAD

Vicky on violin in the Raincoats in this 1982 video!!!

Female punks played both in all-women bands, like the Miami Beach Girls in the Netherlands …

And in mixed-gender bands like Dutch band Cheap ´n´ Nasty.

All four songs on their 1981 Covergirl EP were written by bass player-female lead vocalist Terry.

In the various line-ups of Cheap ´n´ Nasty, there were four more women. Raphaelle Devins, formerly in French pioneer all-women punk band the Lou´s, on saxophone. Unfortunately, deceased. Rest in power, Raphaelle! So is Andrea, who played bass in the Miami Beach Girls as well. Rest in power, Andrea! You can see the only moving images of her in this Miami Beach Girls video, of the songs Screwdriver and Angels in hell. With in between an interview with keyboardist Jeanette.

The singer, Ria aka Maria, in the Miami Beach Girls videos also played drums in Cheap ´n´ Nasty if drummer boy Maarten could not play because of secondary school. Fortunately, she is alive. So is Heleen, bass player in the 1981-1982 line-up.

And let us not forget female roadies of punk bands. Like the two 15-year-old schoolgirls who became the road crew of Cheap ´n´ Nasty after being at their first concert, with English bands Crass and Poison Girls. And Annemarie was the driver, driving Cheap ‘n’ Nasty to gigs.

This video from Britain says about itself:

The Culture Show “Girls Will Be Girls” BBC 2 Women in Punk

Documentary about women in Punk Rock with awesome unseen footage. Directed by Martina Hall, presented by Miranda Sawyer (2014)

I do not own any copyrights on this film.

At the height of the punk explosion almost 40 years ago, a handful of women completely redefined what a woman in music could do. Through sheer talent and fearlessness, they pushed themselves on to a male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that radically changed the cultural landscape.

Along with Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene and Chrissie Hynde, the Slits were among punk’s most important figures and Viv Albertine, their guitarist, has just brought out her memoir ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys’ which chronicles her life as part of this revolutionary vanguard.

Miranda Sawyer meets up with Viv Albertine and some of the other key female figures of the era including Chrissie Hynde, The Raincoats, and punk anti-heroine Jordan to look at how they inspired a generation of young women with the notion that anyone could do anything if they wanted to. Plus she explores whether the punk spirit still survives today.

Punk rock women played and play in many countries. Like Japan.

This video is about Japanese all-girl punk band, the Shemones.

This video says about itself:

Women’s Hardcore Punk Festival Shutdown in Indonesia

Lady Fast 2016, a festival of punk music, art and discussions for women in Indonesia, was shut down by the police and members of “Islamic” Hardliner groups on claims that they lacked a permit. Many have speculated that the envelopment of groups such as the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI) and the Islamic Jihad Front (FJI) used intimidation tactics, such as threatening to burn down the venue to force the closure of the event. Nik Zecevic and Jo Ankier further examine the closure of the festival on the Lip News.

And from Italy:

PSYCHORDS – I WANNA LIVE LIKE JOEY RAMONE

HEY YOU! Welcome to the first video release by the punk-rock-girl-power trio Psychords. Directed by MrTeko O’Liax.
LET’S GOOOOO!!!!

‼️NB.

About the confederate flag: we recorded this video in a Southern Rock Venue with all USA flags everywhere. We deviate completely from its meaning because it was just a circumstance. As our fans know we’re totally No racist, No fascist, No nazi, No political. We just want to play the music that we love.

Tks and enjoy our music🤘🏻

Pioneer punk drums woman gets badge back


Lou's badge

In November 2020, Dutch visual artist Marion van Egmond has reconstructed the original 1977 badges of pioneer all-women punk band the Lou’s. She made 5 big and 5 small glow-in-the-dark badges.

Today, Ms Bauke van der Lee came to fetch two badges, one for Lou’s drummer Syama (aka Saskia, Sascha) de Jong, and one for herself. Ms de Jong is in isolation because of the coronavirus danger. Only outside contact is Bauke who brings her groceries.

Bauke van der Lee in 1980 became roadie of Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. She got a copy today of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Cover girl EP. She used to play her original copy lots of times. But she lived in squats and had to move house again and again as police evicted squatters. Then, she lost her EP,

The other half of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty road crew, Ms Dorith Ligtvoet, was present as well to get her Covergirl EP. In 1980, these two were 15-year-old secondary school girls, If, after the coronavirus danger, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty would reunite after almost 40 years (a world record), they said, then they would happily move instruments and amps again.

In 1980, Ms van Egmond was one of four 12-13-year-old girls, the youngest punk band in the world. Younger than Eater. Dutch national radio interviewed them. But the drummer’s father did not want his daughter to play. And so, Marion’s and her bandmates’ plan to play a support set to British band Crass and Poison Girls and Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty did not happen.

Pioneer punk rock women Lou’s badges reconstructed


This music video (only audio, unfortunately) is the Lou’s playing their song Back on the street.

The Lou’s were the first punk band in France, and the first all-women rock band in any genre in France.

They were Dutch Sascha (aka Saskia, Syama) de Jong on drums, and three Frenchwomen: Raphaelle Devins on rhythm guitar, Tolim Toto on bass and Pamela Popo, vocals and lead guitar.

They were the only band playing on both days of the 1977 Mont de Marsan punk festival.

This video shows British band the Damned at that festival.

The Lous were support band to the Clash during the 1977 Out of Control tour in the UK.

In 1978, they played with Public Image Limited.

In 1978-1979, Sascha became drummer, and Raphaelle saxophone player, in London band Verdict. They played much for Rock against Racism.

Meanwhile, Pamela and Tolim founded Les Rois Fainéants in France.

In 1981, Sascha was back in her native Leiden, the Netherlands. She founded the all-girl Miami Beach Girls.

This is a live video of the Miami Beach Girls playing their song Delight in Utrecht in 1981.

Raphaelle came to Leiden as well, playing saxophone in Cheap ‘n’ Nasty.

Now, in November 2020, Dutch visual artist Marion van Egmond has reconstructed the original 1977 Lou’s badges. Today, there are 5 big and 5 small glow-in-the dark badges.

Lou's badge

In 1980, Ms van Egmond was one of four 12-13-year-old girls, the youngest punk band in the world. Younger than Eater. Dutch national radio interviewed them. But the drummer’s father did not want his daughter to play. And so, Marion’s and her bandmates’ plan to play a support set to British band Crass and Poison Girls and Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty did not happen.

Miami Beach Girls all-women Dutch punk, videos


This music video is Delight, by the all-women punk band Miami Beach Girls, from Leiden, the Netherlands. It was one of four of their songs, recorded live at a protest concert for keeping a squat music venue open, on 11 September 1981 in Utrecht for the Onutrechtse Toestanden compilation album.

They had been founded in spring 1981 by drummer Saskia (ex-Lou’s), singer Ria (also Cheap ‘n’ Nasty drummer), guitarist Francine and bass player Andrea. Soon, Jeanette joined on keyboard and backing vocals. As this five-piece band, they made their 1981 recordings.

This video is the Miami Beach Girls’ song Tell you what recorded live at the same 1981 Utrecht concert.

On this video (audio really), at 18:35, there is the Miami Beach Girls’ song Screwdriver, recorded live at the Melkweg (Milky Way) in Amsterdam, on 1 September 1983.

That song was also one of two songs in this 1981 video. Compared with then, they had become a three-piece. Francine and Ria had left, and Jeanette had become not only keyboard player but also the lead vocalist. Saskia/Syama was still the drummer. Heleen (1981-1982 Cheap ‘n’ Nasty bass player) had taken over on bass from Andrea in 1982.