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  •  BAND: DIRTY MARY

      Dirty Mary
    "Beat," "Drink" and be Mary

    Dirty Mary mixes rock with standup on uplifting songs about boyfriend-beating, drunk driving and, um, young love.

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com


    Jennifer isn't sure what to call Dirty Mary's music — "so if you think of something . . .," she hints.

    Sure, I think I'd call it punch-line punk.

    DIRTY MARY
    Jennifer "The Valley Girl" (guitar, vocals)
    Margaux "Ducklips" (bass, vocals)
    Tina "Machina" (drums).

    Related links: Official site
     AUDIO 
    All-American Girl   RA
    Bad Hair Day   RA
    Pedophile   RA
    Teenage Dream   RA
    © 1999 Dirty Mary. Used by permission.
      
    "Normally, all our songs start out with a joke," explains the singer-guitarist of this three-woman band, creators of songs like "Drinking, Driving and Fun" and "I Beat My Boyfriend." Then there's "Pedophile" (hear it here), in which the band fantasizes about coaching the high school basketball team and making a few adolescent dreams come true. First the boys will learn basic techniques such as the jump shot, the boxout and the crossover, but then . . .:

    later on, in the locker room,
    I'm gonna teach 'em how to score!
    'Cause I . . . I'm a pedophile, Oh my!


    A man, obviously, could never get away with singing this song, but Jennifer, Margaux and Tina pull it off with bad-girl bravado — not to mention power-trio punch. Jennifer says the song's inspiration was Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" video, in which David Lee Roth and his pals play schoolboys who watch their sexy teacher strip. Why not turn the sexual politics upside-down, thought Jennifer.

    "You would never see a video where there were four girls there watching a guy on stage," she notes. "This song is like, what would this teacher say when she got off the stage? Why is she dancing in front of fourth-graders?"

    Evident influences on Dirty Mary's other songs cover a wide range. If Joan Jett and Steve Jones had teamed up to do the theme for "Corvette Summer," it would have sounded like "Teenage Dream" (hear it here). "Bad Hair Day" (hear it here) applies the musical lessons of the Beastie Boys to the angst of bad hair. And "All-American Girl" (hear it here) answers the musical question, what if Alicia Silverstone had been Alicia Ramone?

    Jennifer "The Valley Girl" is a Stern School grad who says her business savvy helps the band, though she only lasted a year in her "suit job" before deciding that "it just wasn't happening" and quitting to to play music. She hooked up with bassist and best mate Margaux "Ducklips," and the two clicked. "When Margaux and I met, all of a sudden we had a team and I knew that we could pull it off," she said. They recruited Tina "Machina" on drums two years ago, and the trio has been gigging for a year.

    Now they've built a following of fans who appreciate their sense of humor and sing along at their gigs, says Jennifer. "It's like a birthday party every day."

    FEBRUARY 17, 2000
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Dirty Mary:

  • Dirty Mary   from Jennifer, Nov 24, 2004
  • dirty mary...the comment   from Autumn`, Jul 21, 2005
  • Saying "Hi"   from Uncle Dave, Jun 19, 2007

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