Album Review

Bag, Alice – “Alice Bag” – [Don Giovanni Records]

Naysayer   9/4/2017   A Library, CD

Alice Bag is a punk rock icon, hailing from East Los Angeles, one of the original LA 100, the original punks from the mid 1970’s LA punk scene. Her original band, The Bags, was a major influence on what was to come in the punk scene. She was also a member of many other bands including Castration Squad and the amazing Cholita! the Female Menudo fronted by one of a kind Dr. Vaginal Creme Davis. Alice Bag has continued her career in music as a performer as well as author, activist and teacher. This 2016 release showcases Bag’s power punk/ power pop energy in 11 numbers that vary from old school punk sound to 60’s girl group shoo bop. Lyrics are direct political statements about abuse directed towards women, cultural and racial prejudice, inequalities in education, feminism. It’s all powerful stuff in simple language with a continuous beat. The musicianship is solid with a rotating cast of musicians who understand what Bag wants them to play and how it should sound. Many have worked with her in different projects so their is a solid, family feel to the recordings. This is not retro: it is a continuation of an artist who pushes herself on and on. A great addition to the collection.

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