Theo Kogan, Gina Volpe, and Sydney "Squid" Silver were students at
New York City's Fame High School when they decided to form a band.
Sindi Benezra, an acquaintance of Silver's, was asked to join shortly after.
They rehearsed and wrote material in Gina's bedroom for about a year.
Their first ever composition, the lengthy "Theme Song", was about killing Kogan's and
Silver's English teacher. The band played their first show in 1988 with Theo's then-boyfriend
Mike on the drums. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth were amongst
the audience for one of their early performances.
Gordon and Moore were impressed with the band and sent a demo tape to Paul Smith in England,
which landed them a deal on Smith's label Blast First.
With drummer Becky Wreck (Susan Rebecca Lloyd) on board they released a self-titled 4-song EP
in 1989 and the full-length Babysitters On Acid (both produced by Wharton Tiers).
The record was only available in Europe until it was re-released on Go-Kart Records in 2001.
The band later expressed their strong dislike for the albums production
and the fact that they did not earn any money from Blast First.
The band went on to tour with The Dictators in 1991.
1992 saw the release of their second full-length, Binge & Purge.
Around this time drummer Becky Wreck gained slight popularity for a TV appearance on
Howard Stern's Lesbian Dating Game. She left the band some time later
and was briefly replaced by Luscious Jackson drummer,
Kate Schellenbach before Chip English joined. During their first visit to Japan a 6-song EP entitled
Sushi A La Mode, featuring a cover of Boston's "More Than a Feeling",
was recorded and released in Japan in the fall of 1993.
The Lunachicks were signed to New York-based label Go Kart Records,
on which they released 1995's Jerk Of All Trades.
The follow-up Pretty Ugly, produced by Ryan Greene and Fat Mike of NOFX,
features their most well-known song "Don't Want You",
which was accompanied by a humorous video.
Guitarist Sindi left the band some time later.
The band stayed a four piece since then and released their first
live album Drop Dead Live in 1998. In 1999 the band released their
final album to date Luxury Problem. Lunachicks joined the Warped Tour in 1999,
one of only three female acts along with The Donnas and Bif Naked,
and again in 2000. Chip English left the band in the fall of 1999 and
was replaced by then 18-year old Helen Destroy,
who stayed with the band until went inactive in the summer of 2000.
The band never officially disbanded, but haven't been active since then with the exception of
two reunion shows.
1 Drop Dead (2:52)
2 Fingerful (4:13)
3 F.D.S. (2:45)
4 Light As A Feather (3:15)
5 Edgar (3:27)
6 Dogyard (2:22)
7 Buttplug (1:12)
8 Bitterness Barbie (3:13)
9 Deal With It (3:38)
10 Brickface + Stucco (3:12)
11 Jerk Of All Trades (2:22)
Trumpet - Tommy Kennedy
12 Spoilt (3:54)
13 Ring + Run (1:46)
14 Fallopian Rhapsody (4:27)
15 Insomnia (3:44)
16 Why Me (6:12)