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Lucy LaMode, who eventually became Killer Pussy's lead singer, became a fan of Punk Rock following high school and found herself moonlighting in a Phoenix punk band called "The Roll-Ons" with Les a Go Go singing about pantyhose and feminine hygiene. The Roll-Ons" were backed by Feederz drummer John E. Precious. LaMode met musician Robert X. Planet and began bonding over singer and actress Edith Massey who was part of the John Waters ensemble. Planet later joined the group, as well as guitarist Gary Russell and bassist Dale.B. Sari. The expanded group "Killer Pussy" was named after Les a Go Go's cat. Their first EP "Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage" was produced by and recorded by Bruce Liddil at Behemoth Studio.
The group became fixtures of the early-80s Phoenix punk scene, where the group became noted for its kitsch. They sang "off-the-wall, "wacky" "smutty" "joke" songs such as "Pocket Pool", "Dildo Desire" and "Herpes". The group's attire and stage background parodied punk acts.
In May 1982, a hastily recorded four song EP was released. "Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage" from the EP was soon the second most played song on Los Angeles radio station KROQ. Their popularity continued to grow during a California tour. The band then made a television appearance on USA Network, New Wave Theatre via their manager at the time, Scott Hatch. Actor Dennis Hopper, a fan of the group, painted a portrait of Lucy LaMode that was prominently displayed on the sitcom Square Pegs. A full-length album Bikini Wax along with a single Moist Towelette which was a note by note parody of Grace Jones cover of Warm Leatherette was then released.
In 2010, they played their 30th anniversary concert in Phoenix.
In 2014, Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage was ranked #9 in the "10 Most Influential Punk Records of Arizona".
Despite Lucy LaMode's self-described "whore" public persona, she remained a virgin during the height of the group's popularity. She was not a drug user, did not have her first beer until the age of 26, and is now a mother.
Gary Russell currently lives in the San Diego area. Robert X. Planet and Dale B. Sari both currently live in Scottsdale, AZ.
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