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Thee Headcoatees

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Group Members: Holly Golightly, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Ludella Black And The Masonics, Miss Ludella Black, The Headcoatees

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The distaff garage band Thee Headcoatees was one of the innumerable projects spawned by the one-man cottage industry Billy Childish as a vehicle for his inexhaustible catalog of songs. Originally dubbed the Delmonas, the girl group was created as a sister band for Childish's band the Milkshakes, serving similar duty as a counterpoint to his subsequent project Thee Headcoats. 1991's Girlsville was the first Thee Headcoatees LP, followed a year later by Have Love Will Travel. In 1994, they issued the first of two joint concert releases with Thee Headcoats, Wild Billy Childish and His Famous Headcoats Live! At the Wild Western Room London, Featuring Thee Headcoatees!; the second set, The Sound of the Baskervilles, appeared in 1995. In 1997, Thee Headcoatees issued the LPs Punk Girls and Bozstik Haze.


Thee Headcoatees is a band that was formed in the Medway Garage Scene in north Kent, England in 1991. The members of this all-girl band were Holly Golightly, Kyra LaRubia, Ludella Black and "Bongo" Debbie Green.

^ Deming , Mark "Answers.com Ludella Black Article", Answers.com, retrieved 2010-08-31


Thee Headcoatees were formed by Billy Childish as a backing group for his band Thee Headcoats. The Delmonas were the first incarnation of Thee Headcoatees. Member Ludella Black headed up the Delmonas. Their songs were principally written by Billy Childish and were songs that did not fit into his other two bands Thee Headcoats and Thee Milkshakes. After Holly Golightly did a cameo appearance with Thee Headcoats, Childish added her to The Delmonas lineup. Soon thereafter the band was renamed Thee Headcoatees.

^ Taylor, Ken "Musicianguide.com Holly Golightly Bio", Musicianguide.com, retrieved 2010-08-31


As a backing band Thee Headcoatees initially would just do a few songs to warm up for Thee Headcoats. Their song “Headcoat Girl” on The "Sisters of Suave” even states “I wanna be a headcoat girl”. In 1991 the band cut their first album "Girlsville" for Hangman Records. It consisted of songs all written by Billy Childish. In 1998 "Bongo" Debbie Green left the band to work on her other bands Dutronc, Baby Birkin and The Speed of Sound. The band was reduced to a three piece for their final album, "Here Comes Cessation". Thee Headcoatees continued to tour with Thee Headcoats until the group folded in 1999. Holly Golightly has gone on to pursue a solo career, recording more than 10 LPs, and has worked with the bands The Greenhornes and The White Stripes and in her latter career has formed the band Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs. "Bongo" Debbie Green currently plays drums and sings in Would Be Goods.

^ http://www.theebillychildish.com/debgreen.htm Billy Childish page on Bongo Debbie^ http://www.theebillychildish.com/albums/askcd84.htm^ Headcoatees page at Damaged Goods Records^ Official Page for Holly Golightly