The Veronicas are an Australian pop/rock duo from Brisbane, formed in 1999 by identical twin sisters Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso. Their name is taken from the movie Heathers (1988). “Greetings and salutations… you a Heather?” Christian Slater, as rebel teen J.D., wonders after meeting Ryder’s character, who is part of a popular clique of girls all named Heather. “No, I’m a Veronica… Sawyer,” she tells him. The Veronicas released 2 albums with Warner Bros. (on Sire Records) and began recording a third. However, the album, titled Life On Mars, was shelved. The sisters left Warner Bros. and eventually signed with Sony.

Selected discography:

The Secret Life of… (2005). Sire Records. 12 tracks. Choice cuts: “I Could Get Used To This”, “Heavily Broken”, “Everything I’m Not”, “When It All Falls Apart”, “Revolution”. Other good cuts: “Leave Me Alone”, “Mouth Shut”, “Speechless”, “4ever”. The rest: “Secret”, “Nobody Wins”, “Mother Mother”. Bonus tracks: “A Teardrop Hitting the Ground”, “How Long”, “Did Ya Think”.

Notes: “Revolution” was written by Raine Maida [Our Lady Peace] and Chantal Kreviazuk. “I Could Get Used To This” was covered by all-female pop/rockers Everlife for their self-titled album (2007).

Hook Me Up (2007). Sire Records. 12 tracks. Choice cuts: “In Another Life”, “Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were)”, “All I Have”. Other good cuts: “I Can’t Stay Away”, “I Don’t Wanna Wait”, “Someone Wake Me Up”. The rest: “Untouched”, “Hook Me Up”, “This Is How It Feels”, “This Love”, “Take Me on the Floor”, “Popular”. Bonus tracks: “Goodbye to You”, “Change the World”, “Don’t Say Goodbye”.

Note: “Goodbye to You” is a cover of the 1982 hit by Scandal.

“Lolita” (2012). Pre-released single from Life On Mars.

The Veronicas (2014). Sony Music Australia. 14 tracks. Choice cuts: “Born Bob Dylan”, “You Ruin Me”, “Let Me Out”. Other good cuts: “Cold”, “If You Love Someone”, “You and Me”, “Sanctified”, “Always”, “More Like Me”, “Mad Love”, “Cruel”, “Line of Fire”. The rest: “Did You Miss Me (I’m a Veronica)”, “Teenage Millionaire”.

“On Your Side” (2016). Written & Directed by Ruby Rose.

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Artist links: website/Facebook

My thoughts… The Veronicas are an awesome pop duo whose style has evolved from tween pop/rock to techno dance/pop and, on their latest album, into a more mature sound that draws inspiration from various other styles of popular music. I’ll take The Veronicas over any artist currently on the mainstream pop charts!

Read my original post on The Veronicas‘ latest album on MHE (here).