- Clay Harper
There are three bands with this name:
1) The Coolies were an Atlanta-based band that put together two off-beat records on DB records. The first, 1986's dig . . .?, was a set of Simon & Garfunkel songs with weird styles (surf, psychedelia, funk, etc). In 1988 they released Doug (and thus having their two albums naming out a 1980s video game fave, Dig Doug), a rock opera that tells the story of a skinhead who murders a transvestite short-order cook, sells the victim's recipes to gain fame and fortune only to subsequently develop paranoia and substance abuse and end up in the gutter. The vinyl version of the release had a comic book which told the story as well.
2) Three girls from South Auckland destroy the world with their guitar, digital CZ1 and Drums.
The Coolies first got together in high school with a common love for the likes of Patti Smith, Bikini Kill and X-Ray Spex before moving to Auckland and establishing themselves with prominent support slots with the Beastie Boys, Cat Power and Rancid. The band then broke up, before reforming in 2002 to once again start playing shows with the likes of The Mint Chicks, as well as recording their debut self-titled album.
The all-female three-piece play a melange of dance, punk and pop twisted through the unorthodox line-up of guitar, keyboard and drums, describing themselves as, "the under- explored mid-point between the Dead Boys and the Shangri-la's". A demo song recorded - in true DIY styles - on a dictaphone, went straight to Number One on the bFM charts and The Coolies also supported US act The Dictators before releasing their album.
Tina (guitar, vocals)
Sjionel (CZ1, vocals)
(3) The Coolies were a three piece band from Los Angeles, founded by Kim Shattuck (formerly of The Muffs) shortly before her death in 2019. They released a 6-track EP Uh Oh! It's... The Coolies in May 2019.
Kim Shattuck – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Harmonica
Palmyra Delran – Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Sitar
Melanie Vammen – Bass, Guitar, Organ, Vocals
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