Star & Dagger: Tomorrowland Blues

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Star & Dagger are Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell guitarist), Sean Yseult (White Zombie bassist) and vocalist Von Hesseling, described here – with unerring accuracy, it turns out – as a hybrid of Tina Turner, Cherie Currie and Anita Pallenberg.

This debut overflows with sleazy blues rock and bursts with trailer-park strut. It sounds exactly like the girls were produced – and seduced – by Russ Meyer. She Wolf’s guitar growls like a chained-up Alsatian; Yseult’s bass rumbles like an idling Mack Truck; Hesseling’s vocals can best be described as ravishing – in both senses of the word.

As you can imagine, this is very good stuff. Ten trash-laden tracks, then, climaxing with Your Mother Was A Grifter, a tale of a vixen man-eater who ‘drained them dry and then gave them the shove’. Much like this album, in fact.

Geoff Barton is a British journalist who founded the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! and was an editor of Sounds music magazine. He specialised in covering rock music and helped popularise the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) after using the term for the first time (after editor Alan Lewis coined it) in the May 1979 issue of Sounds.