Michelle Mae

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Michelle Mae
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Background information
Birth nameMichelle Mae [1]
OriginWashington, United States
GenresRock 'n' roll, post-punk
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsKill Rock Stars, Dischord, K, Southern
Associated actsWitchy Poo, The Frumpies, The Make-Up, Weird War, Scene Creamers

Michelle Mae is an American musician from the state of Washington, who is known for playing in rock 'n' roll groups such as The Make-Up and Weird War.


Mae began playing with underground bands in Olympia, Washington in the mid-1990s, including a single recording with Witchy Poo,[2] and a period with Kill Rock Stars artists The Frumpies[3] before moving to Washington, D.C. to help form The Make-Up in 1995. After The Make-Up dissolved in 2000, Mae joined Weird War with some of her former Make-Up band mates.

Her style is heavily funk inflected, influenced by Funkadelic's Billy "Bass" Nelson, Larry Graham, and The Slits, as well as Northwest stalwarts Dead Moon.[citation needed]

Typically focusing on the bass guitar, in Weird War she plays a Fender Jazz Bass through a Sunn cabinet, though in The Make-Up she often played Hagström and Epiphone guitars through Kustom amplifiers.[citation needed]

Mae is based in Washington, D.C., where she continues to work as a musician and practitioner of mysticism.[4]


Witchy Poo[edit]

7 inch singles[edit]

  • Mixed Metaphor (Kill Rock Stars/5RC) (released 1995, recorded 1992-1994)

The Frumpies[edit]


  • Frumpie One Piece (Kill Rock Stars/5RC) (1998)

7 inch singles[edit]

  • Babies & Bunnies (Kill Rock Stars/5RC) (1993)
  • Safety First (Wiiija) (1993)

The Make-Up[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

DVD / video[edit]

Weird War[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

DVD / video[edit]


  1. ^ Gale, Thomas (2005). "The Make-Up Biography". eNotes. Archived from the original on 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
  2. ^ "Witchy Poo Recordings". 5 Rue Christine. Archived from the original on 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  3. ^ "Frumpies". Kill Rock Stars. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  4. ^ Mae, Michelle (2005-02-20). "The Dignificant Worm". Weird War. Retrieved 2007-05-23.

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