Performing at the Australian Open,
(L to R): Kat, Ally and Lucy Spazzy, January 2006
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
The Spazzys are an all-girl pop punk trio formed in 2000 by twins Kat Spazzy (aka Katarina Ljubicic) on guitar and lead vocals, and Lucy Spazzy (aka Lucy Ljubicic) on bass guitar and vocals, with their school mate, Ally Spazzy (aka Alice McNamara) on drums and vocals. Their cover version of "My Boyfriend's Back" (February 2005) peaked at number 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Kat Spazzy (aka Katarina Ljubicic) and Lucy Spazzy (aka Lucy Ljubicic) are twins sisters. For Years Nine and Ten they attended Melbourne Girls' College alongside Ally Spazzy (aka Alice McNamara). The Spazzys formed in Melbourne in 2000, after Ally's 18th birthday with Kat on guitar and lead vocals; Lucy on bass guitar and vocals; and Ally on drums and vocals. One of their influences were The Ramones, and in homage they each adopted the band's name as their performance surname.
Kat recalled that initially "we couldn't play, so we just did it. I was told I was the one who would be playing guitar – I didn't know if it was serious and I didn't want to spend any money, so I borrowed a guitar, and after six months I realised that maybe we could do this." The group played their first show as a support for fellow punk band, Mach Pelican.
Their first three singles, "Paco Doesn't Love Me" (April 2004), "Hey Hey Baby" (July) and "My Boyfriend's Back" (February 2005), all charted, with the latter reaching No. 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart. At a gig at the Gaelic Club they played in May 2004 with Marky Ramone on his Australian visit, Ally made way for Ramone on the drums. Ramone also appears in their video clip for "Hey Hey Baby". By July that year the trio had supported gigs in Melbourne by visiting artists: The Buzzcocks, The Datsuns, The D4, Gerling and Blondie.
Their debut album, Aloha! Go Bananas (20 September 2004), entered the AIR independent chart at No. 1 and reached the top 60 of the ARIA Albums Chart. They received significant radio airplay – including on national youth radio station, Triple J. Their track, "Paco Doesn't Love Me", written about the drummer of an Italian punk band, Retarded, was listed at No. 75 in the 2004 Triple J Hottest 100. In 2005, Ally guest starred on the game show Spicks and Specks, and Kat appeared on RocKwiz.
By late 2006 the Spazzys had recorded their second album, Dumb Is Forever. However its release was "severely delayed by some pretty serious legal issues." Kat later told Steve Bell of theMusic.com.au that the dispute with their label and management began when they were asked to record it in Los Angeles. She reflected "we didn't want to go to LA, we were tricked into going to LA – I think our managers thought it would be a cool thing to do... and I think they wanted us to record there, which is the daggiest most '80s thing in the fucking world to do."
In 2007 Ally founded a children's music workshop, Kiddy Rock, where "she goes around to kindergartens and does music classes for all the little kids... get them all fired up, and then the teachers have to come along and give them their milk and settle them down." The Spazzys have played several major music festivals: the Big Day Out in January 2007, Falls Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival. They toured in support of Australian groups: You Am I, Grinspoon, Butterfingers and Hard-Ons. They also supported international acts such The Distillers, The Hives, The 22.214.171.124's, and Marilyn Manson.
During their support of Manson for the Australasian leg of his Rape of the World Tour in October 2007, they were poorly received by some crowd members. Kat recalled "All those little Goths in the crowd were so funny! I thought they were going to raid the stage! A lot of them really, really hated us, but we came out in capes and stuff, and hopefully a few of them liked us by the end." Their biggest response was by asking the crowd for a "fuck you". The band frequently mocked the audience by announcing song titles such as: "My Parents Don't Understand Me So I'm Going to My Room to Cut Myself". Kat declared that Manson "loved us, and he was the one who asked us to do the tour."
In 2011 Kat was employed as a criminal lawyer after obtaining her Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Victoria University and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Australian National University.
The Spazzys finally released Dumb Is Forever in 2011, which Graham Blackley of Beat Magazine opined "has been worth the lengthy wait." He described how the group "have clearly maintained their tight and sprightly musicianship. There are plenty of '60s tinged bubble-gum melodies and ferocious wall-shaking firepower and they still manage to diversify their sound." Dylan Stewart of theMusic.com.au website felt "fun and frivolous, and represents a flashback to another time... [with] a slight shift towards a poppier delivery compared to the brash punk sensibility they were then known for."
Madison Thomas of Tone Deaf caught their gig at the Tote in November 2012, "the Spazzys seamlessly slip back onto the Tote stage. Kat, Ally, and Lucy Spazzy are back and previewing a few well received songs from their album Dumb Is Forever. Caught up in label dispute limbo since 2006, their latest promises to deliver shiny, pop punk gems like 'Love=Pain'. Short, sharp and energetic, their set packs a punch and the imposing crowd applauds heartily."
All three members have contributed lead and backing vocals, although Kat is the lead singer for most of their songs.
- "Paco Doesn't Love Me" (April 2004) AUS: No. 65
- "Hey Hey Baby" (July 2004) AUS: No. 53
- "My Boyfriend's Back" (February 2005) AUS: No. 24
- "Divorce" (2006)
- "Creep/Best Waves Ever" (2010)
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