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The Bodysnatchers


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London, United Kingdom (1979 – 1981)

The Bodysnatchers were a seven-piece all-female band involved in the British revival of the early 1980s.

Similar FEMALE bands & groups include: The Deltones (mostly female), Althea & Donna (self-formed group with male back-up) & The Belle Stars (New Wave & Ska).

Formed in by Nicky Summers in 1979, they released two / singles on the 2 Tone record label. The Bodysnatchers’ first concert was at the Windsor Castle pub in London, on 24 November 1979. After signing to , they undertook a tour supporting The Selecter. They appeared in the “Dance Craze” documentary film, featuring live performances by various British 2 Tone bands.

The lineup:
Rhoda Dakar (vocals), Nicky Summers (bass), Stella Barker (rhythm guitar), SJ Owen (lead guitar), Pennie Leyton (keyboards), Jane Summers (drums), Miranda Joyce (saxophone)

The Bodysnatchers played together for less than two years, with the group disbanding in 1981 and no album released. Singer Rhoda Dakar joined The Special A.K.A..


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  • oigrrrl805

    I wish they had done more recordings. Were such a good band.

    24 Aug 9:32pm Reply
  • TiffaniTiger

    To the beat ya'll! Girl ska!

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TiffaniTiger

    When are the Bodysnatchers/Belle Stars going to do a reunion show? Soon? I hope, I hope, I hope!

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TiffaniTiger

    If you like The Bodynatchers, please listen to The Deltones (mostly female) as well! It's time these women all get the attention they deserve!

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • harryscoffin

    "let's do rocksteady" never fails to put a smile on my face :)

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
  • joezonfire

    life could be so easy

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ed4266

    cum on back all you skangsters

    28 Jul 2008 Reply