Lazy Cowgirls

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Lazy Cowgirls
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresPunk rock
Years active1983 (1983)–2004 (2004)
LabelsRestless, Bomp!, Grown Up Wrong!, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Crypt
Past membersPat Todd, Doug Phillips, Allen Clark, Keith Telligman, Michael Leigh, Ed Huerta, Leonard Keringer, Bob Deagle, Eric Chandler, Roy J. Morgan

The Lazy Cowgirls were a Los Angeles, California-based punk rock band active from 1983 to 2004. They have been described as "punk rock legends" by Westword's Brad Jones.[1] After they broke up, lead singer Pat Todd founded Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders.

History[edit]

The Lazy Cowgirls were formed in Los Angeles in 1983 by Pat Todd (vocals), Doug Phillips (aka D.D. Weekday) (guitar), Allen Clark (drums), and Keith Telligman (bass guitar), all of whom originally grew up together in Vincennes, Indiana.[2][3] They started playing shows regularly in 1984.[4] Their self-titled debut was released in 1985 on Restless Records, and was produced by Chris D. It was followed by Tapping the Source, which was released in 1987 on the Bomp! label. They then searched for a new label to release a single on, which led to the establishment of the Sympathy for the Record Industry label.[5]

Their third album, Radio Cowgirl, was released in 1989 as the first album on Sympathy for the Record Industry. The album contains recordings of one of the band's famously energetic live performances for KCSB-FM.[3][6] An article in Spin that year described them as "one of the planet's ranking punk bands".[7] Their fourth album, How It Looks -- How It Is, was released the following year, also on Sympathy for the Record Industry.[6] In 1991, Telligman and Clark quit the band, and their rhythm section became highly variable for the next several years. By 1995, when the band released Ragged Soul, this seemed to have changed, with their lineup now consisting of Todd, Weekday, Michael Leigh (rhythm guitar), Ed Huerta (drums), and Leonard Keringer (bass guitar). Ragged Soul was co-produced by Earle Mankey, and was described by Trouser Press as the band's "best shot at commercial success".[6]

In 1996, Weekday and Huerta both left the band. When they released the album A Little Sex and Death in 1997, it featured Bob Deagle on drums and Eric Chandler on guitar. Leigh rejoined the band on guitar in 1999, and the band released Rank Outsider later that year. Less than six months later, they followed it up with 2000's Somewhere Down the Line.[3][6] Their final album, I'm Goin' Out And Get Hurt Tonight, was released in 2004 on Reservation Records, making it the band's only album for this label.[3][8] After the Cowgirls broke up later in 2004, Todd started another band, known as Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders.[9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

The Lazy Cowgirls were often compared to famous proto-punk bands such as the Ramones, the New York Dolls, and the Stooges.[11] Brad Jones, writing in Westword, described their style as "...lean, soulful, and as abrupt as an ice pick through the forehead," and wrote that it was exemplified on their album Ragged Soul.[1] In a review of the same album, Peter Margasak described it as the band's best, and as "...a thrilling mix of Stooge-oid rattle and soulful twang."[12] Joe S. Harrington describes the band as "...a kind of brazen New York Dolls/Sex Pistols equivalent". He also writes that they followed in the tradition of the Leaving Trains, who were also a largely apolitical punk band.[13] In a review of I’m Goin’ Out and Get Hurt Tonight, Fred Mills described the album as the band's "...latest, possibly greatest platter" and its sound as "...a hi-nrg roar."[14]

Discography[edit]

  • Lazy Cowgirls (Restless, 1985)
  • Tapping the Source (Bomp!, 1987)
  • Third Time's the Charm (Grown Up Wrong EP, 1988)
  • Radio Cowgirl (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1989)
  • How It Looks – How It Is (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1990)
  • Ragged Soul (Crypt, 1995)
  • A Little Sex and Death (Crypt, 1997)
  • Rank Outsider (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1999)
  • Somewhere Down the Line (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2000)
  • Here and Now (Live!) (Sympathy for the Record Industry live album, 2001)
  • I'm Goin' Out And Get Hurt Tonight (Reservation, 2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Brad (1995-11-22). "THE LAZY COWGIRLS GET BUSY". Westword. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ Cloutier, Cecile (2000-04-05). "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues". City Pages. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  3. ^ a b c d Deming, Mark. "Lazy Cowgirls Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. ^ SPURRIER, JEFF (1986-02-02). "Don't Fence Them In". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  5. ^ Segal, David (2003-05-28). "A Label All His Own". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  6. ^ a b c d "Lazy Cowgirls". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  7. ^ Coley, Byron (February 1989). "Underground". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 78.
  8. ^ "News". www.pattodd.net. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  9. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Outskirts of Your Heart - Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  10. ^ "Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders". www.pattodd.net. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  11. ^ Stegall, Tim (February 1998). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. p. 36.
  12. ^ Margasak, Peter (1998-05-14). "Lazy Cowgirls". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  13. ^ Harrington, Joe S. (2002). Sonic Cool: The Life & Death of Rock 'n' Roll. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 484. ISBN 9780634028618.
  14. ^ Mills, Fred (2004-01-14). "I'm Goin' Out and Get Hurt Tonight". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2017-12-19.