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The Distillers were an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, CA, fronted by Australian-born Brody Dalle (vocals, guitar). Dalle’s deep, gravelly voice gave the band their distinctive sound. Dalled formed The Distillers in 1998. They endured significant line-up changes and released only 3 albums before breaking up in 2006. The Distillers played addictive punk rock but introduced a more alternative rock sound on their final album.

Girls, guns or zombies? Punk rock girls and guitars!

Selected Discography:

The Distillers (2000). Epitaph Records. 14 tracks. Choice cuts: “The World Comes Tumblin'”, “Ask the Angels”. Other good cuts: “The Blackest Years”, “Red Carpet and Rebellion”, “Colossus U.S.A.”, “L.A. Girl”, “Oh Serena”, “Distilla Truant”, “Oldscratch”, “Gypsy Rose Lee”. The rest: “Idoless”, Girlfixer”, “Open Sky”, “Blackheart”.

Note: “Ask the Angels” is a cover of the Patti Smith punk classic.

Sing Sing Death House (2002). Hellcat Records. 12 tracks. Choice cuts: “City of Angels”, “The Young Crazed Peeling”. Other good cuts: “Sick of It All”, “Desperate”, “Bullet and the Bullseye”, “Young Girl”, “Hate Me”, “I Am a Revenant”, “I Understand”, “Sing Sing Death House”. The rest: “Seneca Falls”, “Lordy Lordy”.

“Weigh on My Mind” (2002) – Transplants (feat. Brody Dalle). From Transplants self-titled debut album

Coral Fang (2003). Sire Records. 11 tracks. Choice cuts: “Hall of Mirrors”, “The Hunger”, “The Gallow Is God”, “Dismantle Me”, “Drain the Blood”, “Coral Fang”, “Die on a Rope”, “Love Is Paranoid”, “Beat Your Heart Out”, “For Tonight You’re Only Here to Know”, “Death Sex”.

“Spider-Man Theme” (2004). Featured in the video game Spider-Man 2.

“Muppet N.A.M.B.L.A.” (2004) – Leftover Crack (feat. The Distillers). Released on Leftover Crack‘s album Rock the 40 Oz: Reloaded. Originally recorded in 1999.

“I’ll Take You Down” (2005) – T.F.F. (featuring Brody Dalle of The Distillers, Chris Cester of Jet, Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Dolf de Datsun of the Datsuns). Featured on the soundtrack to the film Fantastic Four.

Note: T.F.F. was a supergroup formed specifically for the soundtrack.

Selected videos:

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After The Distillers disbanded, Brody Dalle went on to form alternative rock band Spinnerette with guitarist Tony Bevilacqua (ex-The Distillers). The band released a self-titled album in 2009. Then, in 2014, Dalle released her first solo album Diploid Love. Dalle was once married to Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong and is currently married to Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

My thoughts… The Distillers are my favorite female-fronted punk rock band! “Hall of Mirrors” is one of my favorite songs! I love those opening lines: “I come down like a hurricane sucked up inside / And I spit out the suffer, yeah.” Brody Dalle, circa 2003, was a vision of punk beauty with her messy black hair, darkened eyes and luscious red lips! She’s still amazingly beautiful now, but she’s blonde!

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Read my original post on The Distillers on RCR (here). Or read some of my Brody Dalle-related posts on MHE (here).

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