Cheetah Whores are an American punk/garage band from Rochester, New York, formed in 2006. They are Lizzy O (vocals), Therese O (lap steel), Meg Austin (guitar), Heather Jones (rhythm guitar), Gary Archer (bass), and Joey Pitts (drums). The band’s original bass player, Shalonda Simpson, was shot and killed in a robbery in 2007. Cheetah Whores combine “70’s punk, 60’s R&B, psychedelic sounds and good old rock and roll.” Their name is taken from a line in “Search and Destroy” by the Stooges (“I’m a street-walkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm”). Cheetah Whores are best known for their surfy theme song to the 2010 Syfy B-movie Sharktopus (which Lizzy O’s uncle, Declan O’Brien, directed).
Bang Bang Baby (2010). 11 tracks. Choice cuts: “Sharktopus”, “Hot Rod Hell Kitten”, “Bad Little Girl”. Other good cuts: “Bang Bang Baby”, “Sha Na Na Na”, “I Lost Myself”, “Boyfriend Song”, “I Ain’t Got A Job Worth Shit”. The rest: “Here He Comes Again”, “Dive Bar Demigods”, “Bat Cancer”.
Notes: “Hot Rod Hell Kitten” was also featured in Sharktopus (2010). “Here He Comes Again” and “I Ain’t Got A Job Worth Shit” were featured in Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011), also directed by Declan O’Brien.
Whore Amore (Another Wrong Turn) (2012). Single. 3 tracks. Choice cuts: “Took a Turn for the Worse (Another Wrong Turn I Fear)”, “Formaldehyde”. The rest: “Still Standing.”
Notes: “Formaldehyde” was featured in Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012), directed by Declan O’Brien.
Whore Amore (2014). Single. 2 tracks. Choice cuts: “Lost Dolls In Love Land”, “Oh Vivian”.
Notes: Both tracks were featured in Joy Ride 3 (2014), directed by Declan O’Brien.
Watch the official trailer for Sharktopus here …
My thoughts… Declan O’Brien’s Sharktopus is a bad movie – even by my standards! The Cheetah Whores‘ surfy theme song is more memorable than the movie itself! The band was even mistakenly credited for the surfy theme song to the movie’s unrelated sequel Piranhaconda (2012) – but it was written and recorded by (then) 21-year-old singer/songwriter Jasmin Poncelet. However, Cheetah Whores, with their debut album, proved that they have more to offer than B-movie themes even though frontwoman Lizzy O (aka Elizabeth O’Brien) continues to put her band’s good songs in her uncle’s dumb movies! And I thank her for that!