LYNDA MANDOLYN of FABULOUS DISASTER – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with LYNDA MANDOLYN of
FABULOUS DISASTER

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s other guest was singer from the riot grrrl band Fabulous Disaster.

Formed in 1998, Fat Mike from NOFX called them the best female punk band of all time, and in a 10 year career they released a slew of albums on Fat Wreck Chords’ Pink & Black label imprint, and toured with the likes of The Dickies, The Mad Caddies and The Real McKenzies. I was pleased to catch up recently, with the aces Lynda Mandolyn!

I asked Lynda what she’s been up to lately:

“My two current bands are Crystal Canyon (sonic shoegaze from Portland, Maine) and Tiger Bomb, all girl garage, pop, rock & roll.

I’ve been in many bands my most well know were Fabulous Disaster (Fat Wreck/Pink & Black) and Inside Out (Detroit).”

 

And Lynda has taken the obscure coda to her heart and plucked an Anglophilic “song for ewe” out of the abyss and flicked it into your ear drum…over to Lynda…

“My obscure song of the day is by an english group from the early 70’s called “Pickettywitch” with their 1970’s hit, “Same Old Feeling”.

As a child, this is one of the first songs to enter my collective consciousness. My brother had the single (which was pretty scratched up), and although it came out in 1970, I didn’t hear it until a few years later when I was about 5 or 6.It has always haunted me.

Although it has a catchy chorus with an outstanding female lead singer (Polly Brown), the songs lyrics are sadly dramatic and all too familiar. The male backing vocals are spooky and a bit outdated sounding when I listened to it today. This was probably a minor hit for them in the US, after which, they probably fell into obscurity. I believe Polly Brown went on to have a good run in the UK with some disco hits.

Obscure or not, this song influenced my songwriting and has stayed with me some 30 plus years. Super catchy, with a great melody, it effects me the same way every time, kinda like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, it makes you happy to reminisce.”

CHEERS LYNDA!!! YOU ROCK!

Author: Nick Hutchings

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