on 3 February 2003
Daisy Chainsaw were a short lived but thrilling early '90's punk outfit who captured the imagination of the listening public with the infectious "Love Your Money" in 1992. This single, against all expectations, went Top 40, and almost got them on Top of the Pops, until singer Katie Jane Garside bottled it at the last minute. A shame, because DC had already gained a reputation for anarchic live shows, with live head shaving, instrument abuse and general chaos becoming their trademark.
"Eleventeen" is a joy. A raw,crazy slab of unsheathed punk rock, it serves a timely reminder that this kind of music was alive and kicking well into the last decade, and that creative talent does not always become buried under the fuzz of the pedals or the gain of the amps. Garside breathes seductively, squeals piercingly and finally screeches a bloodcurdling challenge to anyone who feels like messing with her already messed up head; it's like being assaulted by a banshee in a babydoll dress. Highlights of the album include "I Feel Insane" (how heavy can a bass go???), the unexpectedly touching "I Hope All Your Dreams Come True", and of course the stomping "Love Your Money."
Daisy Chainsaw sank with few bubbles after this album, but they were never going to be around all that long anyway. Too many diverse styles, Garside's obvious mental problems and the indecision of a music press that didn't know how to handle them meant that "Eleventeen" will probably always remain one of the "lost" great albums of the '90's. But hey, it still sounds every bit as wild and unleashed today as it ever did. Go on, give it a try.
on 18 November 2004
If you're a Queen Adreena fan and you haven't heard Daisy Chainsaw... my, I do feel sorry for you. Eleventeen is the spunkiest and wittiest of all female fronted British bands in the mid 90's. Katie Jane is flamboyant and clearly insane in her agression through words. Despite the fact that she ran off from Daisy Chainsaw to seek enlightenment and freedom to write her own material (as Crispin was too busy writting it for her), this is a slice of British riot grrl that can't be missed. The classic Love Your Money is closely followed by Pink Flower, I feel Insane, Crispin Gray/Katie Jane Garside co-written Lovely Ugly Brutal World and the volcano of a ballad, Hope Your Dreams Come True. A definite must for the fans.