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The Ronettes did it first: famous beehive hairdos

The ladies of The Ronettes were as famous for their towering beehive hairdos as they were for their big voices.

Did the late Estelle, her sister Ronnie and their cousin Nedra inspire the following famous beehives?

The B-52s in the late 1970s:

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Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson piled it high for kitsch value.

Amy Winehouse circa 2006:

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Marge Simpson:

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With her sky-high blue ‘do and throaty voice, we bet Marge can belt it out better than any of ’em.

And, finally, Patsy:

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The tousled party girl beehive is Absolutely Fabulous in our book.

Do you have a favorite beehive hairdo?

Top 10 Songs About Politicians

It’s time for another song list. In honor of this crazy American presidential campaign and the election in a few weeks that will make it mercifully end, this one is “Top 10 Songs About Politicians.” I’ll start it with my ten choices and then you add. Ready?

1. Violent Femmes, Old Mother Reagan (Ronald Reagan)
2. The Ramones, Bonzo Goes To Bitburg (Ronald Reagan)
3. Prince, Ronnie Talk To Russia (Ronald Reagan)
4. Christmas, Richard Nixon Sees You (Richard Nixon)
5. Billy Bragg, Thatcherites (Margaret Thatcher)
6. The English Beat, Stand Down, Margaret (Margaret Thatcher)
7. Richard Thompson, Mother Knows Best (Margaret Thatcher)
8. Sinead O’ Connnor, Black Boys On Mopeds (Margaret Thatcher)
9. Dick Holler, Abraham, Martin and John (Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy)
10.The B-52s, Bushfire (George Bush, Sr.)

Okay there are tons more, so start naming them. I hope I hear from some of my 1980s punk rock pals. Wasn’t every song back then political? The 1990s was filed with Brit Pop about Tony Blair and more recently, well, I can think of one gigantic hit about George W. Bush.

All hail Pylon!

Here’s my favorite segment of Athens, Ga.- Inside/Out, a great documentary released in 1987 about the burgeoning music scene down in Athens, Georgia during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s the town that famously gave us the B-52s and R.E.M.

It also gave us another one of my favorite bands, Pylon. This is the portion of the documentary that features footage, tunes and interviews with the band, who reunited a few years ago and have been playing dates for lucky fans in select cities.

Vanessa Briscoe Hay was a big inspiration to me when I first started singing in bands. Back when I was young and feisty and not afraid to scream. Now, I’m like a church mouse.

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