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The Late Fees

by The Late Fees

Doo-Wop-Punk. The Late Fees fuse the gritty street harmonies of 50s and 60s vocal groups with guitar-driven 70s-era punk rock. Songs about first erections, car crashes, and prescription drug use.
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1. Sorry I Said I Love You
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2. Into Me
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3. Whipped
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4. Stevie's Gone
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5. Killed a Girl
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6. Arcade
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7. Facts of Life
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8. Don't Break the Seal
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9. Can I Take Your Medicine?
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10. Elvis on Sun
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11. Ping Pong Balls
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12. All in Your Head
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13. Broken Glass
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14. Lost My Love on the Highway
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15. 666 (Light Me Up)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"How's this for a concept? Fuse '50s and early '60s 'doo-wop and girl-group harmonies with stripped down 70s-era punk.' Well, that's not a concept, that's the highly accurate self-description of the Late Fees, and it works wonderfully. I only wish the great majority of the clever tunes from this debut disc (released April 30, 2007) weren't obscenity-laced so that I could broadcast more of their music." - Charlie Martin, KOOP Radio, Austin, TX

BIO:
The Late Fees are more of a street gang than just a band. If, instead of becoming a mad hermit and gun nut, Phil Spector continued making great records, he might have cooked up something like The Late Fees.

Fusing doo-wop and girl-group harmonies with stripped-down 70s-era punk, The Late Fees offer up short, hooky songs about first erections, car crashes, perscription drug use, and -- their favorite topic -- rock and roll itself.

Led by songwriters and guitarists/vocalists Zimmy T. and Fingers McKnuckles, The Late Fees began as a side project for two former folkies who became fed up with the coffee-house scene. Soon, the band took over all attention, and the acoustic guitars were packed away. The Fees also include the thunderous rhythm section of Hunt Stillborn III on bass/vocals and Wylie Peyote on drums, but their secret weapon is the girl vocal team of Lefty Grooves and Pammycakes. Separately, all of the Fees have made names for themselves in the music scene of their Austin, TX home base. Together, they form one giant, throbbing, musical id that both confounds and delights.

Their self-titled debut record was produced by Phil Sphinctor (Knuckles & Zimmy), along with the rest of the group at madhouse! records studio in Austin. Inspired by Spector, it was mixed in "near-mono," with only slight speaker separation. It was mastered by Jason Richards of the great Austin band, The Addictions. Guest appearances include honorary Fees Elzie Sweetcheeks, H.P., Roz Mandola, Mr. Brown, and Moxie Sillen.

** UPDATE (from madhouse! records): The Late Fees disbanded in early 2008. The original duo of Zim & Knux began recording new music under the "Zim & Knux" name in late 2009. Check out: http://zimandknux.bandcamp.com/ for updates and music by the duo behind The Late Fees.


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Johnny Fever

The most fun cd I have bought in 10 years
This cd is great. I laughed my ass off throughout the whole disc but was also greatly impressed by the musicianship and the genuine love of 50's music that was demonstrated. It was in short, a loving tribute to a twisted side of a decade that should have been.

Butch "Rock" Lover

Finally. . . a rock record that actually rocks!
Holy Jebus, I friggin' love this band! How can you be funny as hell and also rock with so much damn conviction? The Late Fees pull it off with their debut CD. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I can't stop listening to "Whipped," a song about a guy reluctantly accepting that his woman has his balls in a sling, "Killed a Girl," a female-vocal revenge fantasy (we hope), and "Facts of Life," an ode to Jo, the tough biker-chick from that 80s sitcom. Buy this now! The singing will woo you, and the guitars-bass-drums pummell you into submission.

Harry Ass Truman

I didn't hear no goddamn bell!!!
This is one of those rare CDs that you can put on and listen to from start to finish without skipping a track. The Fees pump out 15 tracks of sweatin', gritty, punk-rock doo-wop that just doesn't quit. With songs varying in subject matter from homicidal girls to Rocky, to video games and fatal car crashes, it's a twisted bag of tunes that get better with every listen.

Rebecca

Awesome
The Late Fees crack my shit up. They have the perfect combination of over-the-top lyrics and genuinely well-done 50s-style rock. Go get this CD!

Natalie Turner

Must Listen!!!
4 Dos Equis and two shots of scotch later you will be asking for more!!!

iain64

Twisted lyrics, great fun!
Support this band,great music fun lyrics there is only good music & bad music this is definitly the former,buy it you won't regret it

Janie

Bitchin'
NY Dolls, The Ramones, THE LATE FEES! This band may be from Texas, but they have NY street punk in their blood! Buy this today!

The Beat Down Girl

Bitch knows I don't lie!!
These cool cats and hip chicks are keeping it real and true to rock n roll. I happen to be a big fan of the 50's sound, and I love how The Late Fees finally brought it back, of course with a twist! I love that the production is raw and pure, and even sounds like a record from the 50's. Definitely a really fun album to listen to, dance to, kick someone's ass to, just a shitload of awesomeness. Get this album and see them live!!