Brody Dalle is an Australian-born singer/songwriter/guitarist who moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1997 with her (then) husband, Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong. She was eighteen. In 1998, she formed the punk rock band The Distillers and released three albums before disbanding in 2006. She went on to form alternative rock band Spinnerette with guitarist Tony Bevilacqua (ex-The Distillers). Spinnerette released a self-titled album in 2009. Currently, Brody Dalle is a solo artist. She released her first solo album Diploid Love in 2014.
Brody Dalle divorced Tim Armstrong in 2003. She married Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal) in 2007. They have three children. She was born Bree Joanna Robinson. Her adopted surname is taken from French actress Béatrice Dalle.
Selected discography (Spinnerette):
Spinnerette (2009). Anthem Records. 13 tracks. Choice cuts: “Ghetto Love”, “All Babes Are Wolves”. Other good cuts: “Baptized By Fire“, “Cupid”, “Driving Song”, “Sex Bomb”, “Rebellious Palpitations”, “The Walking Dead”, “Impaler”, “A Prescription For Mankind”, “Geeking”, “A Spectral Suspension”, “Distorting A Code”.
Selected videos (Spinnerette):
Selected discography (Brody Dalle solo):
“Borderline” (2009) – Freeland (feat. Brody Dalle). From the album Cope.
“Bargain Healers” (2009) – Nosfell (feat. Brody Dalle & Josh Homme). From the album Nosfell.
“Boots Electric Theme” (2011) – Boots Electric (feat. Brody Dalle & Juliette Lewis). From the album Honkey Kong.
Diploid Love (2014). 9 tracks. Choice cuts: “Don’t Mess With Me”, “Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy” (feat. Shirley Manson of Garbage). Other good cuts: “Dressed In Dreams”, “Rat Race”, “I Don’t Need Your Love”, “Underworld”, “Carry On”, “Blood In Gutters”, “Parties For Prostitutes”.
“Girls Talk” (2014) – Garbage (feat. Brody Dalle). A stand-alone single recorded by Garbage for Record Store Day 2014.
Brody Dalle is also featured as a backing vocalist on various tracks by her husband Josh Homme’s bands Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal.
Selected videos (Brody Dalle solo):
My thoughts… I reference Brody Dalle on this blog, like, a lot. I do this for two reasons. First, The Distillers are my favorite female-fronted punk rock band, bar none; and Brody Dalle in the early 2000’s, with her black mohawk and smoky eyes, was an iconic vision of punk beauty. She’s still beautiful now, of course, but she’s blonde with less of a punk snarl. Second, I think Brody Dalle has one of the best female voices in punk and alternative rock. I love Dalle’s post-Distillers work but, truth be told, I love the punk attitude of The Distillers much more. So, I often find myself gravitating towards punk bands fronted by gravelly-voiced women to fill the void left after The Distillers‘ demise. However, I will listen to anything Brody Dalle sings. If she wants to do polkas next, I’m in. I hope she doesn’t, but I’d buy the record! My favorite post-Distillers Brody Dalle song, by the way, is Spinnerette‘s “Ghetto Love”. It’s an awesome song and Dalle looks amazing the video! I also think that “Don’t Mess With Me” would sound great by The Distillers circa 2003!