The Devotchkas

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The Devotchkas
Also known asThe 99's
OriginLong Island, New York, United States
GenresStreet punk
Years active1996–2001 | 2017-
LabelsPunk Core Records
Associated actsThe Krays
Past membersJon
Gabrielle
Jessica
Mande
Alaine
JJ
Stephanie

The Devotchkas were a four-piece American street punk band from Long Island, NY. Their name was derived from the popular film and novel A Clockwork Orange. Devotchka in Nadsat means "girl", which is itself derived from the Russian word (девочка) of the same meaning.

An all-girl group, the band was formed by three friends in 1996.[1] The early period saw drummers come and go, including Jon from The Krays.[2] Wanting a regular drummer, they eventually recruited Gabrielle in 1999 to complete the line-up.

In 1998, they were signed to Punk Core Records for the release of their debut EP, which sold in excess of 5,000 copies, a surprisingly high number for a band's debut EP, especially on vinyl format. After the release of their second EP, Annihilation, in 1999 singer Stephanie left the band to be replaced by JJ. JJ sang on their 2001 full-length album Live Fast, Die Young. At that point, with original singer Stephanie out of the fold, the band decided to change their name to the 99's. JJ left the band shortly thereafter and was replaced by Jessica. At that point the band reverted their name to The Devotchkas but split up soon after.

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Last Devotchkas Lineup[edit]

  • Jessica - vocals
  • Mande - guitar
  • Alaine - bass
  • Gabrielle - drums

99's[edit]

  • JJ - vocals
  • Mande - guitar
  • Alaine - bass
  • Gabrielle - drums

The Devotchkas[edit]

  • Stephanie - vocals
  • Mande - guitar
  • Alaine - bass
  • Gabrielle - drums

Early Devotchkas line up[edit]

  • Steph - vocals
  • Mande - guitar
  • Alaine - bass
  • Jon - drums

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