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Formed in Detroit, MI, in 1997, Gore Gore Girls were one of the pioneers in the garage rock revival underground of the southeastern Michigan area. Their campy image and name may have suggested a poppy punk band, but the actual sound was a far more appealing blend of girl group melodies and garage rock attitude. They were originally made up of guitarist Amy Surdu, drummer Jeff Klein, and bassist Paula Regalado. In 1998, Deanne Iovan joined, taking Regalado's place when she left the band. Deb Agolli signed up to play drums and sing, and the new lineup recorded a single before unveiling Strange Girls in 2000. Before the release the band was shaken up, as they lost Agolli after the recording, and plugged in guitarist Melody Licious, formerly of Broadzilla, after she left Stroker Ace. Shifts within Gore Gore Girls continued for the remaining months. Iovan left in spring 2001 and drummer Monica Breen fit the skins so the band could record its third album, Up All Night. Prior to its release, Breen left and ex-Inside Out Cathy Carrell took the permanent drum seat. Up All Night was released in the summer of 2002 to a good response, which reflected the excitement that had grown in the Detroit scene from the success of scene favorites the White Stripes. The group became a favorite on Steven Van Zandt's popular Underground Garage radio program, even making an appearance alongside Iggy & the Stooges, the New York Dolls, and the Pretty Things at Van Zandt's garage rock festival in New York City. The band returned to the studio in 2004 for the 7x4 EP, followed by their full-length debut for Bloodshot Records, the Jim Diamond-produced Get the Gore in 2007.
Gore Gore Girls are an all female garage rock band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1997 by singer/songwriter Amy Gore. The band's name comes from The Gore Gore Girls, a 1972 B-movie by Herschell Gordon Lewis, which is a parody of the term Go Go Girls.
Like fellow Detroit bands The White Stripes and The Detroit Cobras, the band started out struggling through the local club circuit before being "discovered" by independent record label Get Hip Records in 1998. Their first single "Mama in the Movies" (1999) gained favourable airplay on college radio stations in Michigan, which led to recording their first full-length album Strange Girls in (2000). The second album Up All Night, was released in 2002 and received positive press from the Village Voice and Detroit Free Press. During this time the band toured Europe twice, in 2002 and in 2003, also with infrequent dates in the United States.
The band became a four-piece in 2004 with the addition of The Hammer (Marlene Hammerle) on guitar and began touring the United States extensively. Gore Gore Girls toured as direct support for The Cramps in 2003 and 2004. The band released an EP in 2004, 7 X 4, which became part of their third album, Get the Gore. Tracks from the EP and subsequent third album received airplay on Little Steven's Underground Garage Program on Sirius Satellite Radio; the band was featured at Little Steven's Underground Garage Festival on Randall's Island, New York along with other 'garage rock' luminaries and legends The Stooges, The Strokes, The New York Dolls, The Zombies and others. Get the Gore, released in 2007 on Bloodshot Records, was recorded at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, Michigan and received positive press from USA Today and Playboy Magazine.
Gore Gore Girls toured Europe again in spring of 2008, the band's third tour of Scandinavia and Western European countries.