Blonde Redhead

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This article is about the alternative rock band. For their eponymous album, see Blonde Redhead (album). For "Blond Red Head", the "DNA" No Wave song they were named after, see A Taste of DNA. For strawberry blonde, see Venetian blonde.
Blonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, United States L-R: Kazu Makino, Simone N. Pace, Amedeo F. Pace
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, dream pop, psychedelic rock, nu-gaze, experimental rock, noise rock (early)
Years active 1993–present
Labels Smells Like, Touch & Go, 4AD
Members Kazu Makino
Amedeo Pace
Simone Pace
Past members Maki Takahashi
Toko Yasuda
Vern Rumsey

Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock band composed of Kazu Makino (vocals, rhythm guitar) and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace (drums and lead guitar/vocals, respectively) that formed in New York City in 1993.

The band's earliest albums were noted for their noise rock influences, though their sound evolved by the early 2000s with the releases of Misery is a Butterfly (2004) and 23 (2007), which both incorporated elements of dream pop, shoegaze and other genres.[1]


Amedeo and Simone Pace were born in Milan, Italy, grew up in Montreal (Saint-Léonard), but later moved to Boston to study jazz. After earning Bachelor's degrees, they entered the New York City underground music scene. Blonde Redhead formed in New York in 1993 after Amedeo and Simone met Kazu Makino, an art student at the time, by chance at a local Italian restaurant.[2] The band named themselves after a song of the same name by the no wave group DNA.

Blonde Redhead's self-titled debut album was released in 1995. Shortly afterward, 4th member Maki Takahashi left the band and was replaced by her friend Toko Yasuda as bassist who also was only in the band for a short time. The band continued as a trio. On their third album, Fake Can Be Just as Good, they were joined by Vern Rumsey of Unwound, who filled the role of guest bassist. On their more recent albums, Skúli Sverrisson, who the twins knew from their time in Boston, has been playing bass. He sometimes joins them for live performances. On their fourth album, In an Expression of the Inexpressible, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi was hired as producer. Picciotto also contributed in the construction to the song "Futurism vs. Passéism Part 2" as well as lending it his vocals. Picciotto also produced with Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studio the band's records Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery Is a Butterfly. Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, U2, Smashing Pumpkins) mixed 23 and Penny Sparkle which was released on 4AD, respectively in April 2007 and September 2010.

Blonde Redhead made extensive use of Teisco guitars early in their career, including the uncommon Teisco six-string bass.

The long delay between Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery Is a Butterfly is attributed to Makino's recovery time after being trampled by a horse.[3] Much of the visual and lyrical imagery of Misery Is a Butterfly is reflective of the accident, especially in the music video for "Equus".

The song "Spring and by Summer Fall" from 23 was used in the introduction to an October 2007 episode of the CBS series Numb3rs. "23" also appears on the internet and television commercials for the 2009 Pontiac promotion entitled "Experience Pontiac." Their song "Elephant Woman" was also used as the ending theme for the David Slade film Hard Candy.

The track "23" was also used in a trailer for the British TV series Skins in February 2008, an ad for Crystal Geyser in May 2008 in Japan, and an episode of Grey's Anatomy.

In mid-2008, they wrote and recorded more than 15 tracks for the score of the documentary feature film The Dungeon Masters. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released on February 12, 2010; a soundtrack album was released in July 2010.[4][5] In 2009, Blonde Redhead contributed to the AIDS benefit album Dark Was the Night produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Their eighth album, Penny Sparkle, was released in September 2010.

The song For the Damaged Coda, from the band's 2000 album Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons, was used during the closing credits of American animated TV show Rick and Morty, in the episode titled Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind, which aired on 7 April 2014.[6]

On 3 March 2014, the band announced on their Facebook page that they had completed a new album, without supplying details about its name or when it would be released.[7] Later it was confirmed as Barragán, scheduled to be released on 2 September 2014.



Year Album US ITA UK Label
1995 Blonde Redhead - - - Smells Like Records
La Mia Vita Violenta - - -
1997 Fake Can Be Just as Good - - - Touch and Go Records
1998 In an Expression of the Inexpressible - - -
2000 Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons - - -
2004 Misery Is a Butterfly 180 42 - 4AD
2007 23 63 20 152
2010 Penny Sparkle 79 - -
2014 Barragán 180 - - Kobalt Music Group

EPs and singles[edit]

  • 1993: Amescream / Big song – 7" Single, Oxo Records (OXO 009)
  • 1994: Vague / Jet star – 7" Single, Smells Like Records (SLR007)
  • 1995: 10 Feet High / Valentine – 7" Single, Smells Like Records (SLR014)
  • 1995: Flying Douglas / Harmony – 7" Single, Rough Trade (45rev36)
  • 1997: Symphony of Treble / Kasuality – 7" Single, Touch & Go Records (TG168)
  • 1998: Limited conversation / Slogan – 7" Single, Touch & Go Records (TG188)
  • 2000: Melodie Citronique – 12"/CD EP, Touch & Go Records (TG219)
  • 2004: Elephant Woman – 7" Single, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (BAD2408) (UK No. 82)
  • 2004: Equus – 7" Single, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (AD2415) (UK No. 84)
  • 2005: The Secret Society of Butterflies – CD EP, 4AD/Beggars Banquet (BAD 2503)
  • 2007: 23 – 7" Single, 4AD (AD2714)
  • 2007: Silently – 7" Single, 4AD (AD2720)


  1. ^ Carr, Eric (April 12, 2004). "Misery is a Butterfly". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blonde Redhead". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Blonde Redhead". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  4. ^ "The Playlist: Blonde Redhead Composing The Score To The Documentary, 'Dungeon Masters'". 2006-07-14. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  5. ^ “The Dungeon Masters” Blonde Redhead Soundtrack and DVD Release",, July 2010.
  6. ^ "Rick and Morty: 13 Best Ridiculously Weird Moments From Season 1". Den of Geek. 
  7. ^ "Blonde Redhead". Facebook. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 

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