saw the birth of Nikki Corvette's career with the release of the Nikki
Corvette and the Convertibles single "Young and Crazy b/w Backseat
Love and Criminal Element. This was all happening in Detroit during
the punk rock explosion where Nikki would see herself sharing the stage
with The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, The Romantics and many more. Up until
then she had acquired a pretty decent rock and roll education by attending
MC5 and Stooges gigs and by being on the road with The New York Dolls.
By 1980 the band name was changed to Nikki and the Corvettes, a band
name that would become synonymous with being the template for many female
fronted punk groups to come. They would release their legendary debut
album on BOMP! Records, an incredible mixture of 60's style girl group
vocals, twangy guitars and teenage pop with plenty of punk rock attitude,
with songs about cruisin’ for boys and fun in the sun. The album
and band would influence everyone from The Go-Go's (to go for more of
a "pop" sound) all the way to The Donnas (see the lyric "I
wanna be like Nikki Corvette" from Gimmie My Radio), and around
the world to Japan with The 5678's.
The album has consistently stayed in print and by the early to mid 90's
bands began to record and release cover versions of the classic Corvette
tunes. The new interest drummed up by the second generation of Corvette
fans prompted BOMP! to re-release the album on CD for the first time
along with the early singles in 2000.
The success of the cd gave Nikki the chance to return to the stage in
2001 and '02 when she traveled to Mpls, MN to play the Rock Action festival
to meet Travis Ramin (producer, songwriter, musician for The Short Fuses,
Candygirl, Tina and the Total Babes) and Miss Georgia Peach (singer
songwriter and bassist for The Short Fuses and one time guitarist for
The Gloo Girls). Together they would play Nikki's biggest show in over
20 years and go on to record a new 45 single Love Me / Whats On My Mind
, which received rave reviews.
Once the world heard that Nikki Corvette was back the demands poured
in. With the addition of Johnny O'Halloran (Dogmatics, Magnolias, Tina
and the Total Babes) to the group the band soon to be known as Nikki
Corvette and the Stingrays would play LA , NY and go on two Japanese
tours, where the response could have been referred to as "Nikkimania".
After four years of playing together the new band decided that the time
was right to record a new album. So now after 25 years Nikki Corvette
has released a new album of all original material on Dollar Record Records
titled "Back To Detroit", a mixture of classic Nikki and the
Corvettes sound and all of the great powerpop and punk rock that preceded
it and that it inspired. From the Chuck Berry/MC5 driven title track
"Back To Detroit" to the pure power pop of "I've Got
A Heartbreak" , the summertime sound of "Just Can't Say"
and the '77 NY punk swagger of "So, Kiss Me", Back to Detroit
offers just what Nikki's die hard and new fans have been waiting for...high
energy rock and roll!
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