Title - 'Spend The Night: Expanded Edition'
Artist - The Donnas
As all fans of the early 2000's will already most likely know, The Donnas - still riding the coat tails of garage rock, swaying close to the heights of heavy pop - are an American rock band from Palo Alto, California. They consist of Brett Anderson (lead vocals), Allison Robertson (guitar, backing vocals), Maya Ford (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Amy Cesari (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Cesari replaced Torry Castellano, who left the band in 2009 due to tendonitis.
The Donnas were actually formed in May 1993, adopting the respective stage names Donna A, Donna R, Donna F and Donna C, putting out their first, independently released, and self-titled album in 1997. The brilliant American Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Machine (1998) came next and was followed by both Get Skintight (1999) and The Donnas Turn 21 (2001).
Then came 2002’s Spend The Night, the first of two albums released by Atlantic, it saw the band appear on mainstream US TV shows, such as David Letterman and Jay Leno, whilst taking a main stage slot on 2004’s Lollapalooza tour.
Featuring background vocals by The Hellacopters (a Swedish garage rock band), Spend The Night was as close to hard rock and punk garage pop as any of their albums would ever come. I mean, due solely to this album and the singles released therein, the band were included on a number of film soundtracks (Dodgeball, Mean Girls, Elektra, Herbie Fully Loaded), as well as a number of computer games. They had hit the mainstream full on, headbutting it into submission, and now radio was listening too.
And so were the fans, for Spend The Night was the band's first charting record on the Billboard Hot 200, peaking at #62, and featured their most successful single, "Take It Off," which peaked at #19 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. On an album chock full with 14 tracks of pure gold, it kicks off with the spunky "It's On The Rocks" before heading into that aforementioned hit single, "Take It Off".
The tempo keeps pounding as we get the anthemic "Who Invited You", which is followed by the more musically-designed "All Messed Up" ("I didn't mean to get so addicted. It's just like Miss Cleo predicted"), "Dirty Denim", the speeding bullet train of "You Wanna Get Me High", and then the guitar laden beauties "I Don't Care (So There)" and "Pass It Around".
The girls are fierce on this album, as they had always been on their previous four albums, but more so here, in my opinion. The slightly above mid-tempo "Too Bad About Your Girl" (at times) is next, with the tempo cranked to 11 on the ferocious "Not The One" and the pop rock of "Please Don't Tease". The original album rounds out with both "Take Me To The Backseat" and the hand clappin', head bouncin' "5 O'Clock In The Morning".
With this Expanded Edition of Spend The Night now having been released via Cherry Red Records (UK), and featuring five (5) bonus tracks: "Hyperactive", "Rock ‘N’ Roll Machine", "Mama’s Boy", "Play My Game" and "Backstage"; the latter taken from the soundtrack to the remake of Freaky Friday, you simply can't help but crank the CD loud in your car, or play it before going out for a night on the town!
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"Hyperactive" - The Donnas
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