Friday, August 19, 2011

Don't Crash The Car Tonight

This week's edition of Retro Friday features the band Mary's Danish, and the song Don't Crash The Car Tonight.

I know this is kind of an obscure band, that most of you will not know, but I loved, loved, LOVED Mary's Danish back in the 80's. It may very well have been a California thing, but here we go!

The alternative rock band Mary's Danish was formed in Los Angeles, California in the late 1980s and released a series of albums until 1992. The band's sound was a creative blend of rock, funk, country and soul elements.

Mary's Danish was led by two female lead singers, Gretchen Seager and Julie Ritter. David Archbold King and Louis Gutierrez {of Louis & Clark and the Three O'Clock} played guitar, with Christopher Scott "Wag" Wagner on the bass, and Nick Zeigler on drums, who was later replaced by James Oliver Bradley Jr.

The band released four albums, the first being There Goes the Wondertruck, which was released in 1989. It featured the single Don't Crash the Car Tonight which gained the band an initial following.

The band had some success from the start, and was chosen by Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times as one of 1989's brightest newcomers. That same year they were also listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of their "Top Five New Faces." Hollywood Reporter referred to the band in a review as having "spirited anarchy and rocksolid musicianship."

Their 1992 cover of I Fought the Law was featured in the film "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" (1992), and was also on the accompanying soundtrack release "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Soundtrack".

Don't Crash the Car Tonight was the perfect teenage angst song ... full of relationship drama and the typical self destructing bad boy. I can remember driving home from some where ... a club, or a football game, or a live show ... and singing this song at the top of our lungs. I wish we had seen this band live. I'm sure they would have been amazing in concert, but we certainly enjoyed them in our car tape decks!

And believe it or not, I found a video for this song on YouTube! Oh yeah! So here's a little Mary's Danish, Don't Crash the Car Tonight, for your listening pleasure! Rock on!


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