Little Annie

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Little Annie
Birth nameAnna Bandez
Also known asAnnie Anxiety, Annie Bandez, Annie Anxiety Bandez, Little Annie
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresTorch, dance, industrial, punk, electronic music, reggae, experimental music
Occupation(s)Musician, Painter, Actor, Poet, Writer, Pastora, Performance Artist
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1977–present
LabelsOn-U Sound, Southern, One Little Indian, Durtro/Jnana, Tin Angel
Associated actsAnni and the Asexuals, Larsen
Websitewww.littleanniebandez.com

Ann Robie Bandes (born c. 1961), better known as Little Annie, Annie Anxiety or Annie Anxiety Bandez, is a New York-born singer, songwriter, painter, poet, writer, performing and recording artist, pastor and stage actor.

Career[edit]

Early career: New York and London[edit]

Little Annie began singing at the age of 16 with her band 'Annie and the Asexuals', formed in 1977.[1][2] Upon moving to the UK in 1981 at the invitation of Steve Ignorant, she began working with Penny Rimbaud and Crass.[1][3]

She then went on to become the house chanteuse for Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound Records, including the recording of three solo albums Soul Possession, Short & Sweet, and Jackamo.[4][5] During this time she also recorded with The Wolfgang Press, Current 93, Coil,[2] Nurse With Wound, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Bim Sherman,[2] CL Stealers, Swans, Kid Congo Powers,[2] Fini Tribe, and wrote for the late Bim Sherman, Paul Oakenfold,[2] Gary Clail, and Living Color.

Return to America: acting, painting, writing and performance[edit]

With the exception of recording and appearing with close friend Kid Congo Powers and New York duo Sister Boy, Annie started a hiatus from music in 1990. Being in her words 'driven insane by the hues' during a period of living in Mexico, the New Yorker returned home determined to teach herself painting, something which she had dabbled in previously, by devoting a full year of average 16-hour days. Employing every medium with the exception of oils, her work has been described as having a "naive style", which is "figurative, metaphorical and surrealistic, with a strong emphasis on color; often combining tortuous, expressionistic cityscapes with Biblical imagery". God and Science, was inspired by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.[6] She first exhibited as part of a group show curated by artist the late Louis Laurita, whom she gain much encouragement and guidance from, and had her first solo gallery show four years later in 2002.

She returned to recording in 1992 with the On-U Sound single "I Think of You", with the album Short and Sweet following in 1993, now recording under the name Little Annie.[1][7]

Annie met the actor Bill Rice, and the two became close friends, appearing together many times in numerous plays and theater pieces, with Jim Neu's play Alone Together their last work together as Rice died a few month after the end of their run in January 2007.

Little Annie returned full-time to music with an EP, Lullaby, cowritten with Larry Tee, and "Diamonds" was produced by Joe Budenholzer and Christoph Heemann released in 2002 by Drag City. A new project, 'The Legally Jammin', a band formed with Christian Jendrieko, Khan Oral, and Kid Congo Powers.[8] The 2003 album The Legally Jamming (Italic Records) was voted in Mojo as no. 1 Dance Album of the Year. Her next album to follow would be the first of her more piano /string section-based works; Songs from the Coalmine Canary, released on the Durtro/Jnana label, was co-produced by Antony Hegarty and Joe Budenholzer (of Backworld).[9][10] Hegarty also played piano, sang backup vocals and co-wrote several songs on the album.[9][11] The song "Strangelove", co-written by Little Annie and Hegarty, was used as the soundtrack for Levi's 'Dangerous Liaisons' advertising campaign in 2007, garnering several awards, including the Cannes Lions – International Advertising Festival, 2007 (Bronze Lion ) for "Best Use of Music".[12]

Little Annie has performed on stage with Marc Almond, supporting him in 2007 in several appearances at Wilton's Music Hall, where she performed with pianist Paul Wallfisch of the band Botanica, and on Almond's '30 Years Of Hits' tour two years later. In 2008 she and Paul Wallfisch recorded the album When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos, which includes a cover of U2's song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".[13] In 2010 Annie and Wallfisch released their second album, Genderful, through Southern Records. In 2011 Little Annie became the singer of the Italian band Larsen appearing on the albums La Fever Lit 2010 and Cool Cruel Mouth (Tin Angel). In 2013 Little Annie and Baby Dee released State of Grace on Tin Angel Records,[14] and toured together in North America and Europe. In 2015 Annie had her first gallery show since 2007 at Gavin Brown Enterprises, curated by Boo-Hooray Gallery, the show called 'NYC/Miami' showcased her artwork done between 2013 and 2015, consisting of monochromatic tumbling cityscapes juxtaposed with vibrant mandalas reflecting her recent relocation to Miami. She and Wallfisch reunited to tour with Swans. Annie recorded Trace, her eighth solo album, in Toronto with Ryan Driver, Opal/Onyx, and Wallfisch, produced by Jean Martin and released in 2016. In 2017 she guested on Hifi Sean's album FT on the track "Just Another Song", which she also wrote, and her first book of artwork, Meditations In Chaos, was published by Timeless Ed (Toulouse, France).

Writing[edit]

Little Annie has consolidated and published her memoirs, poetry and lyrics. First her memoirs under the title: You Cant Sing The Blues While Drinking Milk, which were published in 2012 by Tin Angel Publishing and including forewords by Lydia Lunch, David J, Baby Dee, David Tibet, and Antony Hegarty. Also released in 2013 were her most recent book of prose Sing Don't Cry /I Remember Mexico on Existencil Press in the UK. Preceding these was Stride Publications published: Hell is a place where we call each other darling: the poems and prose of Little Annie, a collection of her poems and song lyrics including "Bless Those" (Little Annie's Prayer) which Living Color recorded.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1984 – Annie Anxiety – Soul Possession LP (Corpus Christi, Christ It's 10) – UK Indie no. 7[15]
  • 1987 - Annie Anxiety Bandez - Jackamo LP/CD (One Little Indian, TPLP 4) – UK Indie no. 28[15]
  • 1993 – Little Annie – Short and Sweet LP (On-U Sound, ON-U LP60 CD16)
  • 2003 - Little Annie & The Legally Jammin' - Little Annie & The Legally Jammin' LP (Italic)
  • 2006 – Little Annie – Songs from the Coal Mine Canary CD (Durtro/Jnana)
  • 2008 - Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch - When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos (Durtro/Jnana)
  • 2010 - Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch - Genderful (Southern Records)
  • 2012 - Little Annie and Baby Dee - State of Grace (Tin Angel Records, TAR033)
  • 2016 - Little Annie - Trace (Tin Angel)
with Larsen
  • 2008 – Larsen – La Fever Lit (Important)
  • 2011 – Larsen – Cool Cruel Mouth (Tin Angel)

Singles, EPs[edit]

  • 1981 – Annie Anxiety – "Barbed Wire Halo" 7" (Crass Records, 321984/3) – UK Indie no. 10[15]
  • 1987 - Annie Anxiety Bandez - "As I Lie In Your Arms" 12" (One Little Indian, 12TP6)
  • 1990 - Annie Anxiety Bandez -"Sugar Bowl" 7"/12" (Atco/East West)
  • 1992 - Little Annie - "I Think Of You" 12" (On-U Sound Records, ON-UDP 21)
  • 1993 - Little Annie - "Bless those" 10" (On-U Sound Records, ON-U DP 26)
  • 1994 - Little Annie - In Dread With Little Annie (Four Pieces Of Heart at 33RPM) 12" (On-U Sound, ON-UDP30)
  • 1994 – Little Annie – "Going For Gold" (On-U Sound)
  • 2001 – Little Annie – "Diamonds Made of Glass" (Streamline)
  • 2011 – Little Annie & Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo – Blue Xmas EP (Tourette)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "The Gates of Freedom" (Annie Anxiety and the Asexuals) on Here We Go (1985, Sterile)
  • "It Was July" on F/Ear This! (1987), P.E.A.C.E.
  • "I Think Of You" (alternate vocal take, alternate mix) on Pay It All Back Volume Three (On-U Sound Records, ON-U LP53) (1991)
  • "Hello Horror" on A Sides (Part One. 1979 / 1982) (1992), Crass
  • "13 Things I Did Today" on Interiors (1998)
  • "Baby I'll Make You A Man" on Brainwaves (2006)
  • "Freddy & Me" on Not Alone (2006), Durtro/Jnana (compilation for Medicines Sans Frontier)
  • "Small Love" on Songs Inspired By The Film 30th Century Man: Scott Walker by film maker Stephan Kijak (2010)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • "Count This" on Keith LeBlanc's Stranger Than Fiction (1988), Nettwerk
  • "Dans" on Kamarorghestar's Ríða Á Vaðið (1988), Gramm
  • "The Birdie Song" and "Dreams & Light" on The Wolfgang Press's Queer (1991), 4AD
  • "Things Happen" on Coil's Love's Secret Domain (1991), Wax Trax! Records
  • "Gentle Killer" on Missing Brazilians' Warzone (1994), On-U Sound Records
  • "Forty Six Things I Did Today" on CoH's Vox Tinnitus (1999), Raster-Noton
  • "Ach Golgotha: The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (excerpt)" on Current 93's Emblems: The Menstrual Years (2000), ArsNova
  • Marc Almond "Hier Encore/Yesterday when I was young" (live duet) CD/DVD 2010
  • "Interactive" on CL Stealers Feat; Little Annie (single)/JackPot Goalie album
  • "I'm Curious Yellow" COH featuring Little Annie (2011) - single
  • "Some Things We Do" (duet with Michael Gira) on Swans' To Be Kind (2014)

Publications[edit]

  • Hell Is a Place Where We Call Each Other Darling: the Poems and Prose of Little Annie (1999), Stride Publications
  • Sing Don't Cry: A Mexican Journal (August 1, 2012)
  • You Can't Sing the Blues While Drinking Milk: The Autobiography of Little Annie AKA Annie "Anxiety" Bandez (November 26, 2012), , Tin Angel Records, ISBN 9780957422704
  • Just Like I Pictured It (2014), Exitstencil Press, UK
  • Meditations In Chaos (2017), Timeless Ed, France

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, pp. 204–5
  2. ^ a b c d e Leggett, Steve "Little Annie Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  3. ^ Siebert, Valerie (2012) "Yonkers Honk: Annie Bandez Interviewed", The Quietus, December 9, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  4. ^ Annie Anxiety Bandez Jakomo", The Wire, Issues 275-280, p. 149
  5. ^ McFarlane, Dean "Jackamo Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  6. ^ Matthew Johnson (February 25, 2007). "Little Annie: Ghosts of Old New York". ReGen Magazine. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Option, Issues 54-58
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy "Little Annie & the Legally Jammin' Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  9. ^ a b Jurek, Thom "Songs from the Coalmine Canary Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  10. ^ Khong, Rachel (2006) "Little Annie Songs From the Coal Mine Canary", Pitchfork, August 24, 2006. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  11. ^ "Little Annie, Songs from the Coalmine Canary". Brainwashed. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  12. ^ "My Favorite Ad: Levi's Dangerous Liaisons". Design is___. May 22, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  13. ^ Mason, Stewart "When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos Review", Allmusic. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  14. ^ "Listen: exclusive Little Annie and Baby Dee track", The Wire, February 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2018
  15. ^ a b c Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980–1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-95172-069-4, p. 10

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