Mo-dettes

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Mo-dettes
Years active 1979 (1979)–1982 (1982)
Members

Kate Korris
Jane Crockford
June Miles-Kingston

Ramona Carlier

The Mo-dettes[1] were an all-female post-punk band, formed in 1979 by Kate Korris, an original member of The Slits and brief member of The Raincoats, and Jane Crockford, former member of The Bank of Dresden.

Biography[edit]

The Mo-dettes' best known song is "White Mice", written by Jane Crockford, which was self-released as their first single in mid-1979 on Mode records, with "Masochistic Opposite" on the B-side. The single was distributed by Rough Trade. It spent five weeks at No. 1 on the indie chart.[citation needed]

The Mo-dettes got further exposure on BBC Radio 1, DJ John Peel's show on 28 January 1980, broadcasting versions of "Norman (He's No Rebel)", "Dark Park Creeping", "Kray Twins" and "Bitter Truth". Further sessions followed on 26 August 1980 and 11 July 1981.[2]

They released one album, The Story So Far, (Deram Records SML-1120) November 1980.[3] The album chiefly consisted of pop-punk originals, as well as covers of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" and Édith Piaf's "Milord". Also in 1981, billed as the Bomberettes, they provided backing vocals on the track "Fighter Pilot" on John Cale's album Honi Soit.

The final vinyl instalment from the band was "Tonight", released in June 1981. Two months later, at the request of the Decca Records, who wanted to hear a fuller sound, The Mo-dettes asked guitarist Melissa Ritter to join. She played her first show as a Mo-dette just four days after joining the band. In February 1982, Ramona left and June sang for a couple of months. In May 1982, Sue Slack replaced Ramona on vocals, before the Mo-dettes disbanded permanently on 11 November 1982.

Bassist Jane Crockford was married in 1980 to Daniel Woodgate of the ska band Madness. The marriage lasted for fifteen years. June Miles-Kingston re-emerged in the late 1980s as the drummer for The Communards; she also worked with Fun Boy Three, Thompson Twins, and Everything but the Girl.[4] Miles-Kingston is the sister of the former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Bob Kingston.

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

  • The Story So Far – 1981

Singles[edit]

  • "White Mice" (1979) – Mode Records
  • "Dark Park Creeping" (1980)- (Deram Records) b/w "Two Can Play"
  • "Paint It Black" (1980) – DeramUK No. 42
  • "Tonight" (1981) – Deram – UK No. 68[1]
  • "Kray Twins" (1981) – Human Records HUM10 – Live recorded at The Marquee /b-side: White Mice

Personnel[edit]

  • Kate Korris (Korus) – guitar – (born in the United States)[5]
  • Jane Crockford – bass
  • Ramona Carlier – vocals (now known as Ramona Wilkins) (from Switzerland[6])
  • June Miles-Kingston – drums

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 373. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Radio 1 – Keeping It Peel – 28/01/1980 Mo-dettes". BBC. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Post Punk Progressive Pop Party: The Mo-dettes – Tonight". Thep5.blogspot.com. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Mo-Dettes". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Post Punk Progressive Pop Party: The Mo-dettes – Tonight". Thep5.blogspot.com. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 

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