1985: Eugenia Lee Johnson said to Dana Kletter, "Do you want to be in a band? We have a gig in five days." Then they had to find a violinist to replace the one who couldn't play. Hollis Brown was discovered through an ad in The Spectator. Five days and five songs later they had their first show, a benefit for a rape crisis center held at the Brewery on Hillsborough Street. They had no name. The announcer took one look at them, all dressed in black, and announced, "the blackgirls." And that's what they were.
A first EP, Speechless, came out on Tom Tom Records.
Joe Boyd (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Nico, REM, Billy Bragg, Vashti Bunyan) called on the phone one day and asked if they wanted to make a record with him and sign to his label, Hannibal. An American deal was made with Mammoth Records and two Boyd-produced records, Procedure and Happy came out, respectively, in 1990 and 1991.
They broke up in 1992.
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