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Blonde Redhead

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Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock or indie rock band. It was formed by Kazu Makino, Maki Takahashi and Italian twin brothers Simone Pace and Amedeo Pace. They take their name from a song by DNA, a 70s and 80s no wave band from New York.

Blonde Redhead caught the attention of Sonic Youth's drummer, Steve Shelley, who produced their first self titled album in 1993. Shortly afterwards Maki Takahashi left the band and the remaining band members continued as a trio. On their third album, Fake Can Be Just As Good, they were joined by Vern Rumsey of Unwound as a guest bassist. After this they continued without a bass player for the release of the remainder of their albums. On their fourth album, In an Expression of the Inexpressible, producer Guy Picciotto of Fugazi joined them and has produced their latest two records as well, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery is a Butterfly.

Blonde Redhead has gradually increased in popularity in the underground music scene. Their early music has been described as emulative of Sonic Youth, but their more recent releases have begun to stray from this generalization. Kazu Makino is noted for her high, eerie voice, which hovers over melodic guitar riffs and rhythmic drum beats.

The large span of time between Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and Misery is a Butterfly is attributed to Makino's recovery time after being trampled by a horse. Much of Misery's imagery and illustration is equestrian or reflective of the accident. In the liner notes, Makino thanks her doctors "and her friends who fed her and cheered her up when she couldn't do much on her own."

Discography

  • 1995 Blonde Redhead
  • 1995 La Mia Vita Violenta
  • 1997 Fake Can Be Just As Good
  • 1998 In an Expression of the Inexpressible
  • 2000 Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
  • 2000 Melodie Citronique [EP]
  • 2002 Fake Can Be Just As Good [Japan Bonus Tracks]
  • 2004 Elephant Woman [Single]
  • 2004 Misery is a Butterfly
  • 2004 Equus [Single]
  • 2005 The Secret Society Of Butterflies [EP]

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