Abandon Your Tutu
Babs Millington; Ruth Novaczek; Jackie Freeman; Sandra Brown (pictured) plus p j Baker and various others.
AYT used eclectic mayhem to build a bizarre music that is textural and rhythmic. Founded on themes and motifs ranging from gunslinger Annie Oakley to 70s TV heroine Emma Peel via Dadaist poetry and New York no-wave, AYT play musical chairs with instruments that include plastic guitars, old cornets, dustbin lids, accordions, a gu-cheng, a kazoo,
which buzz and whirl around a basis of drums, bass and synth or guitar, bumped up to psychedelic incoherence with echo and reverb.
Art school punk with a wry edge, scholarly, brash, and iconoclastic AYT took performance and cabaret and mixed it with sham-pop and post-punk in a collaborative process that produced surprisingly ‘popular’ theme tunes, performed with an anarchic sabotage of girl-band aesthetics and feminist politics. Eschewing the more conservative folk and rock of the womens music scene of the time, AYT made the rules on their own terms; throwaway,
performative and crazy, the magic was in the moment, an improvisational art-punk that celebrated lo-res hybridity and outlaw irreverence. ~ Jackie Freeman and Ruth Novaczek
Abandon Your Tutu gigs (1983-4): Sprout Conspiracy Club – Pindar of Wakefield, Greenham Common benefit, the Clarendon, Hammersmith, London Musicians Collective (women’s clubnight and LMC women’s festival), Roots Club, Leeds, Women’s City – the Bell pub in Kings Cross, Chat’s Palace, benefit for La Pluma magazine, “September in the Pink” festival – 3 gigs – Heaven, The Fridge (Brixton) + Chat’s Palace, Bush Hotel, “Outrage” benefit at London School of Economics, Greenham benefit at North London Poly
Amy and the Angels 1980 ~ ?
Stef Petticoat, vocals, guitar; Angie, drums; Linda/Sue: bass
‘I Hate Being in Love’ – Amy and the Angels
Played several gigs in England and Germany
Recordings: I Hate Being in Love on Making Waves LP (Girlfriend Records, 1981); Words fail me + interview, The English Programme, Thames Television, 1982; more bits and pieces on tapes, to be re-discovered…
The Making Waves compilation album: 1 Belles – You Told Me a Lie 2 Amy & The Angels – I Hate Being in Love 3 Ministry of Marriage – Twin 4 Tango Twins – Life Support 5 Nancy Boys – So Easy 6 Sisterhood of Spit – Hold Tight 7 Gymslips – Midnight City 8 Mistakes – Romance 9 Androids of Mu – Bored Housewives 10 Guest Stars – Sometimes the Blues is Right 11 Real Insects – In the Ruins of Your Body 12 Rock Goddess – Make My Night
Androids of Mu 1980
Anarcho punk / post punk band based in London and formed in 1980 after the breakup of the band Here & Now.
Suze, vocals; Corina, guitar, vocals; Cosmic, synth, bass, tambourine, vocals; Birsen, bass, vocals.
- Blood Robots LP track list and songwriting credits: 1 Atomic X (Cozmic)
2 Who Cares (Suzy / Corrina / Androids of Mu)
3 Fast Car (Suzy / Birsen)
4 She Is A Boy (Suzy / Corrina)
5 Pretty Nun (Suzy / Corrina / Androids of Mu)
6 Confusion (Cozmic / Birsen / Corrina)
7 Bored Housewives (Corrina)
8 Lost In Space (Corrina)
9 Subtitles (Suzy / Androids of Mu)
10 Jean Dreams (Suzy / Androids of Mu)
Front cover picture by Monica Sjoo, photos by Philip Zelazowski and Judge, cover artwork by Meen ~ recorded at Street Level and produced by the Androids and Kif Kif, with help from Granto. For an interview with Androids of Mu from No Class fanzine see