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Josie Cotton


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Born Kathleen Josey in Dallas, Texas, Cotton sang with Dallas area bands before moving to Los Angeles, California. Although the The Go-Go’s played “Johnny Are You Queer” in their live shows before they signed with I.R.S., it was Cotton who recorded the song for Bomp Records in 1981. The song was originally decried as “offensive” and “homophobic” by many critics and listeners - which may have helped its popularity. Cotton has always maintained she is a staunch supporter of gay rights and frequently turns up at Gay Pride events. The performance of the single attracted the attention of Elektra Records who re-released both the single and a full album in 1982. The Convertible Music LP featured music reminiscent of the 1960s girl group tradition. Cotton made an appearance in the 1983 film Valley Girl, singing “Johnny Are You Queer?” , “He Could Be the One” and “School Is In” during the film’s prom scene. Elektra issued her follow up album, From the Hip in 1984 which failed to produce a hit. “Johnny Are You Queer” was recently featured in the film “Jackass: Number Two” during the “Anaconda Ballpit” stunt.

Cotton recorded Frightened by Nightingales for her own ROXCO Records label in 1993. Continuing to work behind the scenes, Cotton co-founded B-Girl Records, which issued recordings by Goldenboy and Alaska! A new album of her own music, The Influence of Fear on Salesmen, was planned for release in 2002 on B-Girl but failed to materialize under that title. Cotton released Movie Disaster Music in 2006.


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  • NihilisticRobot

    This chick was hot back in the day. As an 11-year old boy, she made me squirm.

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • LuckassMaggot


    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    30 yr fan

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dark_path


    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • atticusfinch_

    i met her at the midnight showing of valley girl at the nuart in santa monica. she said i was cute and had a pretty dress. she's still as bangin' as ever. fuck yeah josie!

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mvlins

    love "see the new hong kong"

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • YControl755

    Wish people would stop voting up that Valley Girl picture. It's not a good picture. How about something where you can actually see Josie clearly?

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • radioworldpeace


    26 May 2011 Reply
  • YControl755

    She has a great new CD out called "Pussycat Babylon". Check it out!

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • rechmann

    she was covered "Sheena is a punk rocker" and that sooo fucking amazing!

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • sebreflex

    Sooooooo Good!!!!

    8 Jul 2010 Reply
  • YControl755

    I added a new (recent) photo of Josie, the one with the leopard print background. If you like it, please vote for it.

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Chandra77

    yeah, you did :)

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • snikich

    Found a copy of Frightened by Nightingales at a second hand store! <3

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • chrishyde

    "He Could Be The One" is the best!

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • jimmydeee

    check out the glass candy johnny cover!

    30 Apr 2007 Reply
  • grittyteeth

    valley girl

    4 Apr 2007 Reply
  • YControl755

    Josie is soon to release yet another new album, this one full of b-movie theme song covers and titled Invasion of the B-Girls. It is sure to be even further proof that Josie Cotton is a genius.

    3 Mar 2007 Reply
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