NYC Punks The Prissteens shone brightly for a few short years in the late 90's. Originally comprised of Mighty Joe Vincent of The Devil Dogs on Drums, and Lori Lindsay, Leslie Day, and Tina Canellas on guitar and vocals. They released a one-and-done major label debut with The Strangeloves Richard Gottehrer at the helm (Go-Go's, Blondie, Holly & The Italians), and they turned Joey Ramone into an obsessed superfan. They had a song in the 90's teen movie Jawbreaker, and Joey wrote a song for them to record.
In 2016 Girlsville put out The Prissteens 'Demos & Rarities', which was comprised of songs being demo'd for The Prissteens follow-up to their 1998 debut, 'Scandal, Controversy, & Romance'. Last Christmas, Girlsville issued the digital-only Christmas EP comprised of an unreleased Richard Gottehrer-produced holiday tune, and some b-sides. Little Steven made The Prissteens "Christmas is a Time for Giving" the 'COOLEST SONG IN THE WORLD' last Christmas on his syndicated radio program The Underground Garage.
After the release of 'Demos & Rarities', we tracked down The Prissteens 'Firehouse Demos', and got them polished up and mastered by Patrick Haight. These are songs being demo'd for The Prissteens debut. Some have never been heard in any form by anyone but the band and the producers. They've been in a vault for 20 years, and it turns out The Prissteens throwaways are other bands Greatest Hits. Some glossy studio versions of a couple of these songs made it onto 'Scandal', but these takes are more akin to The Prissteens early 7" singles. We took the strongest of the Firehouse Demos, and added last Fall's digital-only 'Christmas EP', and put together The Prissteens 'Demos & Rarities Volume 2'. It will be out October 14th and will ship on the same day as our Cassette Day Mixtape 'Neon Maniacs', which will include a Prissteens track exclusive to the comp.
The Prissteens Demos & Rarities Volume 2 is being pressed in edition of 100 copies on Clear cassettes with white ink.
'DEMOS & RARITIES'
#25 ON WAX MUSIC'S 50 BEST RECORDS OF 2016!
"The Prissteens aren’t just relived here, but reevaluated and given the acclaim they first deserved just short of two decades previously. Straight-laced US punk with that cruising power-pop bounce, ‘Demos & Rarities‘ doesn’t simply show what could’ve been."
Ross Jones / WAX MUSIC
VAULT TREASURE OF THE YEAR on FASTER AND LOUDER!
The Prissteens - Demos and Rarities (Girlsville)
"Here's a second mention for Girlsville! Demos and Rarities packages tracks The Prissteens demoed for what would have been their second LP with the A-sides from their long out-of-print early singles. Essential stuff from a band that massively influenced the intersection of punk, garage, and girl group pop that flourishes today."
Lord Rutledge, FASTER AND LOUDER
"Scandal, Controversy & Romance, while an excellent album, essentially took the band out of the garage. And something valuable was lost in the process. Demos & Rarities will have us remembering The Prissteens for what they really were - precursors to the thriving garage girl group scene of recent years."
Lord Rutledge, FASTER AND LOUDER
STILL IN ROCK Review of The Prissteens Demos & Rarities
"Track four of this ‘Christmas’ EP by the Prissteens finds these wayward wildcats detuning the immortal effervescent buzz of the Undertones ‘teenage kicks’ into a trash toned scuzzed out lust-o-rama fest called ‘teenage dicks’- blighters been on repeat play since strutting into our ear space. In total sharp contrast, ‘christmas is a time for giving’ is festooned in sleigh bell shimmers and seasonal selfishness not to mention being adored in the classic tones of Spector-esque yuletides long since past. ‘wildman’ is just off the radar, classic Estrus styled primordial rumble, raw ripping and primitive goo goo while ‘he’s luckier than you’ is your lo-fi wired frenetic scuzzing boogie much in awe of the Mummies."
THE SUNDAY EXPERIENCE
"...an instant Christmas classic that ought to become a new staple of your holiday playlists. You could totally slide it onto the A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector comp, and it would fit right in (...) Come Thanksgiving night when I pop open a pint of Troegs Mad Elf and break out tracks from The Yobs and the Dean Martin Christmas album, I will definitely be adding The Prissteens to the rotation!"
FASTER AND LOUDER
Includes digital pre-order of THE PRISSTEENS - Demos & Rarities Volume 2.
You get 1 track now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.