Thursday, December 08, 2022

The Donnas: The Donnas 1997 + American Teenage Rock'n'Roll Machine 1998


The Donnas were an American rock band formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1993. The band consisted

of Brett Anderson (lead vocals), Allison Robertson (guitar, backing vocals), Maya Ford (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Torry Castellano (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Amy Cesari replaced Castellano, who left the band in 2009 due to tendonitis. They drew inspiration from the Ramones, The Runaways, Girlschool, AC/DC, Bachman–Turner Overdrive and Kiss. Rolling Stone has stated that "the Donnas offer a guileless take on adolescent alienation; they traffic in kicks, not catharsis, fun rather than rage". MTV has stated that the band offers "a good old-fashioned rock & roll party".

After gathering a cult following in the punk scene since their 1997 debut, the band achieved major label commercial success in the early 2000s and afterward as their music mixed punk, metal and classic rock

sounds. Towards the end of their high school days, while they were still known as The Electrocutes, they decided to create another band (with the same members) that would play softer tunes without distorting the metal queen image of The Electrocutes. To help their fans distinguish between the two bands, they all took matching "Donna" monikers, where all of their names were Donna and their last names were the first initial of their last name (Brett Anderson became Donna A, etc.), which they used only when performing as "The Donnas."

In 2002, The Donnas released Spend the Night as their Atlantic debut. The album represented their first

attempt at mainstream success. With their single "Take it Off" they were booked for appearances on Total Request Live, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Late Show with David Letterman.

In the summer of 2003, they played the main stage at Lollapalooza. In 2004, they released their sixth

album Gold Medal. In February 2005, they toured Australia with the Big Day Out music festival, playing from Sydney to Perth. While in Australia they performed "Take It Off" live on national prime-time show "Rove Live" with Rove McManus.

On May 19, 2006, The Donnas announced on their public message board that they had "parted ways

with Atlantic Records," claiming "he decision was entirely mutual and completely amicable and will not impact the band, nor will it impact upon the writing, recording or touring for the next Donnas album." In March 2007, the Donnas released a single, "Don't Wait Up For Me," and had a new band logo designed. In July 2009, the band released a retrospective collection entitled Greatest Hits Vol. 16 to celebrate the band's 16th year together.

In August 2012, the band was reported to be recording their eighth studio album and also premiered a new song called "Tramp" at a private show. In November 2016 Cherry Red Records re-released the

band's fifth album, Spend the Night, to include six bonus tracks which consist of B-sides and songs from previous albums. In an interview from 2017, the band's lead vocalist, Brett Anderson, discussed "the end of the band"  and turning down offers to "reunite," implicitly confirming the band is no more. In the same interview, she also mentions that there are no plans to release previously-unreleased studio-recorded songs.

They're enjoyably derivative, and hedonistic tunes like "Speed Demon" and "Leather on Leather" offer something that wasn't terribly easy to find in 1998 -- dirty, beer-soaked, hooky rock & roll party music.



Brett Anderson – lead vocals, piano (1993–2012)
Allison Robertson – guitar, backing vocals (1993–2012)
Maya Ford – bass, backing vocals (1993–2012)
Torry Castellano – drums, backing vocals (1993–2009)
Amy Cesari – drums, backing vocals (2009–2012)




The Donnas – The Donnas
Label: Lookout! Records – LK201
Format:    CD, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1997
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Punk



01. Hey, I'm Gonna Be Your Girl    1:47
02. Let's Go Mano!    1:18
03. Teenage Runaway    1:55
04. Lana & Stevie    1:31
05. I'm Gonna Make Him Mine (Tonight)    2:39
06. Huff All Night    1:44
07. I Don't Wanna Go    1:30
08. We Don't Go    2:28
09. Friday Fun    1:56
10. Everybody's Smoking Cheeba    2:10
11. Get Rid Of That Girl    1:40
12. Drive In  (Written-By – B. Wilson, M. Love)   1:34
13. Do You Wanna Go Out With Me    2:01
14. Rock 'n' Roll Boy    1:32
15. High School Yum Yum    1:26
16. Boy Like You    1:29
17. Let's Rab    1:09
18. Let's Go Mano    1:22
19. Last Chance Dance    2:06
20. I Wanna Be A Unabomber    1:30
21. Da Doo Ron Ron  (Written-By – E. Greenwich, J. Barry, P. Spector)   1:26
22. I Don't Want To Go To School    2:04
23. I Don't Wanna Rock 'n' Roll Tonight    2:48

MP3 @ 320 Size: 96 MB
Flac  Size: 149 MB



The Donnas – American Teenage Rock 'N' Roll Machine
Label: Lookout! Records – LK 191
Format:    CD, Album
Country: US
Released: Jan 27, 1998
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Punk



01. Rock 'N' Roll Machine    2:53
02. You Make Me Hot    2:20
03. Checkin' It Out    3:13
04. Gimmie My Radio    2:09
05. Outta My Mind    2:15
06. Looking For Blood    1:54
07. Leather On Leather    2:17
08. Wanna Get Some Stuff    2:18
09. Speed Demon    2:01
10. Shake In The Action    3:03

MP3 @ 320 Size: 58 MB
Flac  Size: 181 MB


  1. Again something i don't know. That's really great. I'll take care of the band right away. Thank you very much !!!

  2. Already ordered both without listening. Is also not necessary.

  3. Back then they were also promoted by guitar magazines as some kind of role model for girls as guitar players. I always found it strange because they weren't that good in that sense, especially when you think of other female musicians.

    1. Good and bad music is made by both men and women. How poor would the music scene be without women. What fantastic bands or as a singer songwriter or whatever combination there is with women. It leaves you speechless. And how pretty i looks and how all attractive it becomes as soon as a women join into the band

    2. You're right inside my mind my friend!

  4. In the last few days i've been listening to Quicksilver Messenger Service Shady Grove again after a long time. A fantastic and wonderful album that is greatly underestimated. The name Jewkes is mentioned twice in the compositions. I didn't know who that was until now. Then i did some research and it turned out to be Denise Kaufmann. A band member or maybe the front lady of Ace of Cubs. A fantastic girl band from S. F. in the 60's. In a interview with her i read that the band also worked on Jefferson Airolane Volunteers and with several other musicians as well. But how many people already know Denise Kaufmann ?

    1. To be honest, it's not like many people know QMS either... which is a shame but it's the way it is.

    2. I am glad you like QMS. When i met the band in the spring of 1970 it was like a revelation. (I've now tried to describe what i like about this band. In vain, i just can't find the right words).