Formed in Dublin in late , noisy indie rock quartet Girl Band quickly caused a stir in the blogosphere with their debut single, "In My Head," which appeared as a free download in April Recorded live and produced by the band, France 98 was available in a limited run of 12" vinyl through Any Other City and included the infectious groove of "You're a Dog. A few limited 7" singles appeared on Any Other City in Tracks from these singles, as well as the band's Blawan cover, were given wider release in on The Early Years, Girl Band's debut EP for Rough Trade which ironically did not include any material from their earliest releases from
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Christopher Owens was born in Florida to a mother and father who were actively involved in the Children of God cult, and spent most of his childhood drifting. After moving to Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe, and having his first experiences as a street musician singing carols in a Children of God kids' choir, he became disenchanted with his lifestyle when he caught a peek of American pop culture on TV, and he decided to break away and move to the States. At 16, Owens raised enough money by playing guitar on the streets for a plane ticket, and he joined his older sister, who lived in Amarillo, Texas. Without a proper education, he resorted to stocking shelves at a grocery store, and eventually became friends with some punks who regularly stole from the store. He shaved his hair into a Mohawk and joined a hardcore band called Hubris. Four years later, with the help of an older, wealthy music enthusiast who took Owens under his wing and gave him a part-time job, he moved to San Francisco to pursue a new life as a painter. Once there, he met Liza Thorn, and started a band with her called Curls. In the bustling nightlife, she introduced him to Matt Fishbeck, who invited him to play with up-and-comers Holy Shit! A kindred spirit with a less-sprawling background, White had grown up in Santa Cruz with liberal-minded teachers, and besides playing in some punk groups and learning about recording, he'd spent the majority of his twenties in San Francisco as a cook by day and a slacker by night. With a common love of drugs and music, the two started making music together and eventually earned a deal with Matador's baby label True Panther Sounds.
She gained greater attention, however, with her own songs including "Abril," "Duele," and "Ella Tu y Yo. Girl Ultra was born in Mexico City in Her musical background was fostered by the introduction to her father's record collection, which introduced her to the Doors, Pink Floyd, and especially David Bowie.
Though they never found widespread success, the London-based quintet Girl provided a tenuous link between the '70s glam movement and its heavier but no less sleazy late-'80s counterpart. Their brief existence and uneven output notwithstanding, Girl are now best remembered as the starting point for a pair of illustrious musicians who would go on to greater fame and fortune with other acts. Dressed in sharp clothes, covered in makeup, and boldly announcing they wanted to be England's answer to the New York Dolls, the bandmembers were a bit of an oddity at a time when dirty punk was giving way to even dirtier heavy metal the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was about to take off. As it happened, though, their counterintuitive image and direction were exactly what they needed to get themselves noticed, and a videotaped performance would get them signed by Jet Records home to Ozzy Osbourne and ELO. A pair of singles preceded their enthusiastic but uneven first album, Sheer Greed, which was released in January , climbed to a respectable number 33 on the U. A new drummer with an improbable name, Pete Barnacle ex-Gillan , replaced Gaynor prior to the recording of Girl's belated second album, 's Wasted Youth, by which time the band's reputation was in the crapper and its forward momentum all but spent. A Japanese tour only delayed the inevitable, and Girl finally disintegrated when Collen joined Def Leppard later that year.