Debbie Smith (musician)

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Debbie Smith
OriginUnited Kingdom
Occupation(s)Musician; DJ
InstrumentsGuitar; bass guitar
Associated actsMouth Almighty, The Darlings, Curve, Echobelly, Nightnurse, Snowpony, Bows, SPC ECO, Ye Nuns, Blindness, The London Dirthole Company

Debbie Smith is a British guitar and bass player who has been in several bands from the 1990s to the present, including Curve,[1] Echobelly,[2] Nightnurse,[3] Snowpony,[4] Bows,[5] Ye Nuns (an all women cover band of The Monks which also includes two members of Mambo Taxi),[6] SPC ECO (with Dean Garcia of Curve)[7] and current bands Blindness and The London Dirthole Company.[8][9]

Smith was interviewed for the 1995 book Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock by Amy Raphael (published in the US as Grrrls: Viva Rock Divas).[10][11] She was also interviewed and quoted for the book Frock Rock: Women Performing Popular Music, a sociological study of women musicians in British popular music; at the time of the interview she was in Echobelly, and the book notes that Skin and Yolanda Charles both said that Smith was the only current black British female guitarist either one of them could think of.[12] Frock Rock says that "women like Skin, Natacha Atlas, Yolanda Charles, [reggae bassist] Mary Genis, and Debbie Smith are now acting as crucial role models for future generations of black women."[12]

In 1997, Debbie Smith was the subject of the third episode of a TV series with the blanket title "A Woman Called Smith" (first broadcast on BBC2, 9 April 1997).[13]

Smith is a lesbian.[2][14] As of 2012, she continues to perform as guitarist and DJ, and works at London music shop Intoxica! Records.[9][15][16]


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  2. ^ a b Fasolino, Greg. "Echobelly". Trouser Press. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  3. ^ Bresnark, Robin (6 February 1999). "Psycho Babble Charlotte Hatherley". Melody Maker.
  4. ^ Judd, Daniel (5 September 2001). "Snowpony". GaydarNation. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  5. ^ Bows: Cassidy at Discogs
  6. ^ O'Keeffe, Niall (17 June 2008). "When it comes to singing The Monks' praises The Nuns can't shake the habit". The Stool Pigeon (17).
  7. ^ "SPC ECO Myspace page". Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Blindness | Alternative / Electro Filth / Noisetronica | Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos". ReverbNation. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  9. ^ a b Jones, Alice (2 July 2011). "Beyond Britpop: Whatever happened to the class of '95?". The Independent.
  10. ^ Raphael, Amy (1996). Grrrls : Viva Rock Divas. New York: St. Martin's. ISBN 978-0-312-14109-7.
  11. ^ Meyer, Jim (15 November 1995). "Hail, Hail Britannia". City Pages. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009.
  12. ^ a b Bayton, Mavis (1998). Frock Rock: Women Performing Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-816615-3.
  13. ^ "A Woman Called Smith: Debbie". BFI Film & TV Database. The British Film Institute. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  14. ^ CC (10 October 2006). "Top Ten: Black Gay Movers and Shakers". GaydarNation. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  15. ^ Gausi, Tamara (18 March 2008). "Independent London record shops". Time Out London. Archived from the original on 12 November 2008.
  16. ^ Winneker, Craig (12 September 2008). "Vinyl Revolution: In a Digital Age, The LP Record Makes a Comeback". The Wall Street Journal.

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