Bands with a song that is their name

DSC03608mandrill“Mandrill” by Mandrill

“Mandrill” is the first song on Mandrill, by Mandrill. It’s their first album. This awesome band had a successful run in the middle 70s, but you hardly see their records anymore (we often order reissues of this and of the following two albums, however, and highly recommend all three). They are probably more familiar to folks today as sampling fodder for everyone from Public Enemy (“By the Time I Get to Arizona”) to Kanye West (“Two Words”).

Mandrills are members of the Old World Family of primates (the Cercopithecidae), and live mostly in tropical rain forests. They live in communities called “hordes” and are the worlds largest monkeys.

Charles Darwin described them in The Descent of Man: “No other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrills.”

DSC06472-295x30001 Exotik-A-GoGo“Exotik A-GoGo” by Exotik A-GoGo

We picked Exotik-A-Gogo‘s Go Ape as one of our favorite local albums of 2011 (posted here). If you find yourself entranced by their hypnotic blend of island rhythms and jazz, we suggest you go to Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge this weekend and see them perform — they play there every Friday and Saturday night.

a2248105207_2as it is “As it Is” by As it Is

This is a fine song by a local band that once played here in the shop shortly after releasing this disc, Jump. You can hear it all on their Bandcamp page here if you enjoy this one.

a1116607729_10pennyroyal “Pennyroyal” by Pennyroyal

An album we picked as our favorite of 2013 just last month (and reviewed here), Baby I’m Against It has so many good songs that we haven’t even posted this gem yet. “Pennyroyal” has a driving honkytonk rhythm and one of Angie Oase’s best performances on the album.

Pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium, is a flowering plant with a strong minty scent. It is dangerously toxic, but not regulated by the FDA. There are a number of cases of women dying after ingesting its essential oil to cause an abortion. It is described as a natural birth control in Tom Robbins’ novel, Jitterbug Perfume, but is just one of many of his misunderstandings of female health and anatomy.

DSC03609fancy“Fancy” by Fancy

Not their fanciest song, but fun nonetheless. Lead singer Helen Caunt was Penthouse‘s Pet of the Month in October 1971, a few years before Fancy’s first album was recorded (and she looked very fancy).

Tune in tomorrow for a few more bands with songs that are their name!

  1. Sabrina’s avatar

    Caunt!? A Penthouse pet with the last name Caunt? Too good. <3

  2. dom’s avatar

    Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you baby!


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