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Palo Alto, San Jose CA, United States (1993 – present)

The Donnas are an American all-female band from Palo Alto, California. After gathering a cult following since their May 1993 debut, the band achieved major commercial success in the late- and afterward. Heavily influenced by the of the and , they’re perhaps best known for the top 40 rock smashes “Take It Off” and “Fall Behind Me”.

All of the initial band members– Brett Anderson, Allison Robertson, Maya Ford, Amy Cesari, and Torry Castellano– were born in 1979. As best friends, they formed in the 8th grade to play for their school’s “Day on the Green” event. The only girl band in Palo Alto, they were relatively unknown until they were out of high school. They are all self-taught musicians and practiced in Castellano’s garage nearly every day during high school. They are sometimes described as a ‘’ outfit but the band themselves have always stated that they take in broader musical influences such as from the of Kiss and the of Cheap Trick.

Experimenting with different musical styles, they underwent a variety of band names (including Screen, Raggedy Anne, and the Electrocutes) before settling on the Donnas. They worked with producer Darin Raffaelli for their first two albums, the first of which, simply called ‘The Donnas’, was entirely written by Raffaelli and released on his own Superteem! record label. It was later re-released on Lookout! Records.

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  • haggard666

    Good early material, not so good later material.

    18 May 6:50am Reply
  • Musilov

    For xipita: Allison has been in a band called the Chelsea Girls, but not anymore. Torry's definitely out of rock, Maya's in the wilderness, so is Amy, the supposedly new drummer if they were still going. Oh, and Brett also has Alpha/Beta; she's been the most active musically since the break/demise (we still don't know) of the Donnas.

    1 Apr 5:26am Reply
  • xipita

    Uow! I knew nothing! Thank you Musilov. What about the other members of the band?

    31 Mar 12:20am Reply
  • Musilov

    Totally on your side, xipita, but it's already so long ago now. Ever listened to the Stripminers?

    18 Mar 11:33am Reply
  • xipita

    I want the Donnas back and I want them NOW! No other band can replace them! +1

    7 Mar 11:25pm Reply
  • shocktruppen78

    LIL BIT

    4 Jan 8:57pm Reply
  • Lsm1995

    similar to Joan Jett!

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • wafflesinmyvcr

    Where have all The Donnas gone?

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ringwraith10

    v I think that's what they were going for. :)

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • metalanarchist6

    The donnas remind me of the runaways. I have been a fan for years.

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • YYYennisehi

    You wanna get me high ... ♥ you wanna get me ...

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Cylob

    It's on the rocks.

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • thrashwar

    wonderfuls girls...

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Musilov

    A radio station in the US did an interview with Brett about her Alpha/Beta activities - he got the impression that the Donnas will reconvene in the future, but there is nothing as precise as a time table. So, there is still hope for us yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ashablack

    i need a new album :/

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • in_visiblelight

    They seem to just be taking a very, very long break. Brett is working on her new band. Alison apparently is studying, not sure about Maya or Amy. I guess after 20 years together in a band, there might be other things you want to do in life. I just wish they'd post a statement letting their fans know what the go is like what most bands do when they take a break or whatever!

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • thatboyrion

    Vote up for default, please! http://www.last.fm/music/The+Donnas/+images/93772865

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Musilov

    I want the Donnas back and I want them NOW! No other band can replace them!

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • felipexmomsen

    ADD ;)

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
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