She Mob | Cancel the Wedding

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Cancel the Wedding

by She Mob

The female threesome (plus one lad) scribble smashingly raucous and surprisingly tender tunes in a decidedly I'm-getting-too-old-for-punk-but-I'm-still-kinda-pissed style that sounds great alongside the likes of Scrawl and the Raincoats.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prozac
2:20 $0.99
2. Soul Mate
1:53 $0.99
3. When You Go Away
2:12 $0.99
4. I Took the $
3:03 $0.99
5. Emily
2:58 $0.99
6. Puppy
3:24 $0.99
7. Luge
0:56 $0.99
8. Teacher
1:15 $0.99
9. Fog
3:08 $0.99
10. Pretty
3:50 $0.99
11. I Don't Know
2:21 $0.99
12. I'm Lost
2:37 $0.99
13. Melvin
1:35 $0.99
14. I Tried
2:25 $0.99
15. Smoke Ring Day
3:14 $0.99
16. Queen of Doom
1:04 $0.99
17. Mrs. Idey
2:58 $0.99
18. Smoke Ring Dub
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
(THIS ALBUM IS PRETTY RARE NOW, that's why the price is higher.)

She Mob's debut "Cancel the Wedding" was listed in Greil Marcus' "Real Life Rock Top 10," on (#2 out of 10). Robert Christgau placed it on his "Honorable Mention" list in the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll, describing the sound as "three women in wigs [who] shout their shouts and tell their weird, unassuming tales." She Mob was also described in (the late) BAM magazine as sounding like "the Velvet Underground jamming with the Melvins and your mother" and "scrappy punk and haunting lo-fi pop."

In the far-off realm that was San Francisco in the early 80s, three young women (college DJs and roommates) started playing music together with their friends, mostly on Tuesday nights at a rather indescribable dive bar in the Tenderloin district. At the turn of the century, these decidedly older women started banging out music together once more.

Named after an obscure 1968 exploitation flick, She Mob consists of Diane Wallis and Sue Hutchinson trading places on bass and guitar (with Diane wielding a violin when the mood strikes), and Lisa McElroy on drums. All three sing. Alan Korn, formerly of the Cat Heads, and X-Tal, joined the group a bit later to play bass and guitar.



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Kevin John, "boston Phoenix"

Great inheritors of the Rough Trade grrrl-punk spirit of the late '70s.
This San Francisco quartet tack on some dub ("Smoke Ring Day") at the end of Cancel the Wedding, their very Slits-like debut disc. And there are echoes of the Raincoats in the sound of Diane Wallis's sawed violin. As with the she mobs of old, that tone in the voices of the songs' subjects—a friend from the Midwest (who gulps "Prozac"), "Emily" (who never ventures into town), "Mrs. Idey" (who drives off too far outside it)—leaves you wondering whether they're being praised as rebels or ridiculed as hopeless cases. Sometimes their perspective yields surreal refrains, like the understated observation "There has been a big mistake" in the song where a puppy morphs into a man. And sometimes She Mob sound downright revolutionary, as in the remarkable "Teacher," which reveals that students aren't the only ones who long for the day school's out forever.

Greil Marcus,

'Cancel the Wedding' - #2 on "Real Life Rock Top 10"
As with such modest, cutting 1980s U.K. punk combos as Delta 5, women singing like people having real conversations. Increasingly funny, vehement, distracted conversations. For example, 'Why did I become a teacher? Why did I become a teacher?' For all the right reasons, but...

Richard Riegel, "village Voice"

The under-a-minute "Luge" sounds like Pere Ubu going bicoastal if not binary.
Whoever's singing—Hutchinson in her expressive gush, Wallis as a kind of litterbox-trained Nico, or drummer Lisa McElroy—the homemade lyrics are clever and funny slices of everyday lives carried on beneath the radar of the daily orgies atop the stock market, in humbly passionate rooms where people take Prozac and are sometimes reincarnated as puppies. Let's just call She Mob "passive-resistance grrrls.