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American Teenage Rock 'N' Roll

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000000FKY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Donnas, an American all-female rock/pop punk band from Palo Alto, California sure do help fill the void caused by The Runaways and The Ramones being no more, and offer a good alternative, but it must be said not quite of the same quality to Joan Jett and Green Day. But that still leaves the girls Brett Anderson, Allison Robertson, Maya Ford, and Torry Castellano still very high up the ladder of accomplished and exciting performers of rock music played with an unadulterated straight-down-the-line beat.

There are 4 outstanding numbers on this album "Rock 'n' Roll Machine", "Checkin' It Out", "Speed Demon", and a real favourite of mine "You Make Me Feel Hot". The other numbers whilst not of the same quality, are still reasonable examples of The Donnas's rock style.

On this and other Donnas Albums I am impressed with the bass playing of Maya Ford who maintains the perfect rhythm framework on which Allison Robertson can overlay her great lead guitar playing. And besides, even though Maya's size has progressed with the bands success, I find her a real turn-on - shh don't tell her indoors!
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By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2002
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Hav'nt especially got a lot to say about this record other than it is completely what you would expect from one of the finest female exports from the states. In contrast to many popular beliefs girls can rock and these girls prove it with a vengence. Although not the most polished album of all time, who cares? At the end of the day, "Good tunes, is good tunes!" Just to finish off if you think this is good, wait til you see the girls live! (Believe me you really do want to!) Have Fun - PAX
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Okay lets get the negative out of the way first - what a terribly unflattering photo on the sleeve! Blimey! However once you put the disc on it's only praise that can be heaped on the band's second album. Yes it sounds like The Ramones in places, The Runaways in others and there is even a riff from the superlative "Seether" by Veruca Salt used on two tracks, but so what - if simple punk flecked rock n' roll is your bag then you can't go wrong. Some albums should never be over half an hour long and so what if all the songs are about r n' r, being a teenager and r n' r radio, you can shake your hair and dance to it which is more than you can to Radiohead. It has been rumoured that a shadowy male presence actually wrote all the songs on this, although that just sounds like inherent rock sexism to me, but what if he did the girls have proved over the last ten years and further five albums that they are more than capable of kickin' male band's butts. Yet another example that this straight down the line sound is done so much better by the gals just without such glowing plaudits (did somebody mention The Hives!)
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HASH(0x95ed418c) out of 5 stars The Donnas--an unbiased, honest review. 14 April 2000
By Michael W. Jacobson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am not a teenage fan boy, nor am I an aging rock fan who thinks rock and roll ended with the Ramones. I'm simply a music lover who read about this group, and picked it up out of curiosity. I'm not in love with any of the band members.
The Donnas are a terrific reminder of just how much fun it can be to pump your fist in the air and yell along with your favorite sleazy lyrics. These girls are young, but they are serious, and attack their music with a ferocity often lost in today's pop/hip hop culture. Donna A's gritty vocals come across as half sneer, half smile, and the musicians, led by Donna R's impressive guitar crunching, give the sound a raw, youthful edge.
Is it original? Maybe not particularly. But it does seem fresh and new against the backdrop of today's mainstream radio. It's loud, unpolished, unapologetic...and a helluva lot of fun to listen to.
Bottom line: if you love smarmy teen idol pop, overproduced rap with metal overtones, or machine driven hip hop, then rejoice, for the world is still yours. For we chosen few who like our rock loud, fast, angry and dirty, I'll happily take The Donnas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95ecf7c8) out of 5 stars Why The Donnas? Because They Rock! 17 Nov. 2000
By Bryan Rawson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If ChickBand was a country, these girls would be president..or president(s)..or queens. Look, I don't know, but take my word--This CD is very awesome and very fun. Until about a year ago I was completely unaware of the fearsome foursome I've grown to love, and I owe it all to my dear friend Ginger who introduced me. That's why I am now spreading the word myself, to introduce *more* people to this group that deserves *more* recognition! Whether you're chanting along to Gimmie My Radio or banging your head to Rock 'N' Roll Machine or drumming along to that one part in You Make Me Hot on your steering wheel, you're having a great time. Great energy, and great girls. What else can you ask for? Can't wait to Turn 21 on Jan. 23rd..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e96528) out of 5 stars The best straight-up rock n' roll album sinse "Ramones" 14 Mar. 2001
By W. Parrish - Published on
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No kidding! Check it out,you'll agree with me.These kids blast out of the gate with the catchiest tunes and coolest attitude out there,and are a bracing antidote to all the homoginized pop product now glutting the airwaves.All the songs on "Teenage Rock n' Roll" are virtual classics,but for me the standouts are the title track,which could easily pass for a great lost Ramones rocker,as well as "Checkin' It Out","Gimmie My Radio",and the deliciously titled "Leather on Leather".These kids rock out with such effortless bravado and unself-concious rock n' roll spirit that they make other,more "serious" and "authentic" rock bands look like overblown bores in comparison.If you're lookin' for a platter to kick-start a party,help you blow off steam at your [...] job,play air-guitar to,or help you just get all the other boring music out there out of your head,then slap "American Teenage Rock n' Roll" on yer hi-fi and get ready to rock!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95ecfe58) out of 5 stars The Donnas rock so hard. 14 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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The Donnas are the best rock'n' roll band. This song is perfect for for cruzin and mooning on a friday night, getting loaded on caffine and mexican food.These girls Rock I wanna be a Donna.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e96510) out of 5 stars Donnas are pure rock 'n' roll 1 Jun. 2001
By sea angel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In today's MTV-crazed world it's hard to find something that one can really rock out to. The days of rockin' for a good time and doin' it well are long gone. Or are they? Meet the Donnas. If you're a fan of the Ramones, these four girls may as well be their female counterparts. (I'm crazy about both bands.) Donna R's guitar riffs, Donna F's bass and Donna C's banging on the drums back up Donna A's vocals about sex, drugs, and -- what else? -- rock 'n' roll. Also make sure to check out Get Skintight -- the follow-up to this one, and another example of rock at its finest.
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