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Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1982-1994, 2012-present
Labels Caroline, Subterrranean, Boner, Southern

Frightwig formed as an all-female American feminist punk band by Deanna Ashley and Mia Levin in San Francisco, California in 1982. After many line-up changes, Frightwig retired in 1994 to raise children and focus on other career paths.

Frightwig reformed in 2012 with Rebecca Sevrin and Rachel Thoele. Frightwig's current line-up is Deanna Mitchell, Mia d'Bruzzi, Cecilia Kuhn and Eric Drew Feldman. A third album is due for release in 2015, their first since 1986.[1]


When they first formed in 1982, Frightwig received a certain amount of attention for being female, including catcalls that made them feel it necessary to defend their "right" to be on stage with the men. On "A Man's Gotta Do, What A Man's Gotta Do", Frightwig invited men onto the stage to strip as "a sexist turnaround."

In San Francisco, Frightwig played the Valencia Tool & Die, The Fillmore, Mabuhay Gardens, the On Broadway, and The Farm.

Frightwig toured the United States several times, British Columbia many times, and Europe in the fall of 1985, opening for D.O.A., and in 1994 for a Swiss tour.

Frightwig also toured with Flipper, Funkyard, the Butthole Surfers, Snakefinger, GBH, Redd Kross and No Means No, and played with Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch, L7, SWA and Bikini Kill.

On May 4, 2017 Cecilia Kuhn passed away after a battle with cancer.

The band is currently on hiatus.

Most recent line-up[edit]

  • Deanna Ashley (Vocals/Bass)
  • Mia Levin (aka Mia d’Bruzzi) (Vocals/Guitar)
  • Cecilia Kuhn (1955-2017) (Vocals/Drums)
  • Eric Drew Feldman (Synthesizer)
  • Rebecca Sevrin (additional Vocals/Guitar on latest single)

Former members[edit]

  • Rachel Thoele
  • Susan Miller
  • Tanya
  • Paula Frazer
  • Lynn Perko
  • Bambi Nonymous
  • Alistair Shanks
  • Anne Harney
  • Robert Castenada
  • Dana Ross


Studio albums[edit]


  • Phonesexy EP (1990; Boner Records)
  • Hit Return EP (2013, self-released)
  • War On Women Single (2014, self-released)


  • Teriyaki Asthma Volume III (V/A compilation) (1990; C/Z Records)
  • Teriyaki Asthma Volumes I-V (V/A compilation) (1992; C/Z Records)
  • Wild Women Never Die (compilation of first two albums) (1993; Southern Records)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frightwig announces September 2014 East Coast Tour | Grande Rock ezine". Grande Rock ezine. August 5, 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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