Sally Timms

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Sally Timms
Sally Timms performing with the Mekons at the Hideout, Chicago, IL on 2015.07.13.jpg
Timms performing with the Mekons at the Hideout, Chicago, Illinois on July 13, 2015
Background information
Born (1959-11-29) 29 November 1959 (age 59)
Leeds, England
GenresAlternative country
Occupation(s)Musician, lyricist, producer
Associated actsThe Mekons, Wee Hairy Beasties

Sally Timms (born 29 November 1959) is an English singer and lyricist. Timms is best known for her long involvement with The Mekons whom she joined in 1985.[1][2][3][4][5]


Born in Leeds, England, in 1959,[1][6] Timms recorded her first solo album, Hangahar (an experimental improvised film score), at the age of 19 with Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1980.[1] Prior to joining The Mekons in 1986 she was in a band called the She Hees.[1][7] She has released several other solo albums, Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat in 1988, To the Land of Milk and Honey in 1995, and a country album, Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos, for Bloodshot Records in 1998. She gave herself the name "Cowboy Sally" after the character she played on TNT's Rudy and GoGo Show.[8][9][10] Her solo recording In the World of Him was released in 2004 on Touch and Go Records.[8][9][11][12]

Timms sang "Give me Back my Dreams" on The Sixths' Hyacinths and Thistles and has recorded with Marc Almond, The Aluminum Group, Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Show, the Sadies, Andre Williams, and A Grape Dope. She participated in Vito Acconci's Theater Project for a Rock Band as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in 1995 and also, along with the rest of The Mekons, performed with Kathy Acker in her lesbian pirate operetta Pussy, King of the Pirates at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and elsewhere.[6][13] Timms sang several songs on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioner's Last Songs albums, which raised funds for the Illinois Moratorium Against the Death Penalty, and participated in Jon Langford's multi-media performance project The Executioner's Last Songs.[14] She co-wrote the song 'Horses', which was recorded by herself and Jon Langford on Songs of False Hope and High Values; by Palace Music, a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy; and by Chlorine.[citation needed]

Timms' musical style is often placed under the genre of alternative country,[15] and she often tours with other bands on Bloodshot Records.[16]

Timms performs under the moniker "Monkey Double Dippey" as a member of the Chicago-based children's music supergroup Wee Hairy Beasties, which released two albums on Bloodshot Records.[17]

Timms occasionally writes crude broadsheets on pop culture.[citation needed] She was the voice of SARA from Cartoon Network's Toonami block, voicing the first and second incarnations of the character from 1999 to 2007 alongside Steven Blum, the voice of TOM.[citation needed] In 2006(?) Timms directed the first of the five Christmas pantos hosted by the Hideout bar in Chicago, and performed in several of them.[15][18][19][20]

Timms has lived in the Chicago, Illinois, area for many years, as of 2018.[16] She was married to musician and comedian Fred Armisen from 1998 to 2004.[21][22]


  • 1980 – Hangahar
  • 1988 – Somebody's Rockin' My Dreamboat
  • 1995 – It Says Here
  • 1995 – To the Land of Milk and Honey
  • 1997 – Cowboy Sally
  • 1999 – Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos
  • 2000 – Songs of False Hope and High Values (with Jon Langford)
  • 2004 – In the World of Him
  • 2014 – Mole Lotta Love on the charity comedy album 2776


  1. ^ a b c d Sally Timms at Allmusic
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ The New York Times
  4. ^ LA Weekly
  5. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ a b Wallenfeldt, Jeff "the Mekons" in Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  7. ^ Grow, Kory (2007) "Five Mekons Records That Make Jon Langford and Sally Timms Proud to be Mekons", CMJ New Music Monthly, August–September 2007, pp. 10–11. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  8. ^ a b "Sally Timms at Touch & Go Records. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  9. ^ a b Murphy, Matthew (2004) "Sally Timms In the World of Him", Pitchfork Media, 3 October 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  10. ^ Sandlin, Michael (1999) "Sally Timms Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos", Pitchfork Media, 16 November 1999. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  11. ^ Milner, Greg (1999) "Reviews", Spin, December 1999. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  12. ^ Soults, Franklin (1999) "Sally Timms Cowboy Sally's Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos", CMJ New Music Monthly, December 1999. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  13. ^ Obejas, Achy (1997) "'Pussy, King Of The Pirates' Awash In Sea Of Rock", Chicago Tribune, 21 September 1997. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  14. ^ "The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2 and 3", Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  15. ^ a b "Christmas Pyrate Panto", Time Out Chicago, 3 April 2005. Retrieved 16 September 2013
  16. ^ a b Powers, Ann (14 December 1999). "Pop Review; A Sweet, Lonely Sadness, Both Painful and Artful". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Wee Hairy Beasties". Bloodshot Records. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  18. ^ Arnett, Lisa (December 20, 2007). "Best Bets". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  19. ^ "Hideout Christmas Dinosaur Panto". Chicago Reader. December 2008. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  20. ^ Rami (December 28, 2009). "Benefit Panto Performance in Chicago". Bloodshot Records. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  21. ^ The Los Angeles Times
  22. ^ "Fred Armisen, Elisabeth Moss Marriage: Actor Admits He Was 'A Terrible Husband'", Huffington Post, 8 January 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013

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