I made my way through most of the catalog of Scotland’s LUNG LEG this past week, after tracking chunks of it down and ordering it for home and in-car consumption. Lung Leg were an all-female mid-90s garage pop band with what you might call “post-Riot Grrrl” tendencies and an embrace of angular, off-beat rhythms, some shouting and bellowing, and some kitsch. As has been the case recently with many of these mid-90s acts I ignored or passed over at the time, I discovered Lung Leg via the eye-opening Expressway To Yr Skull radio show, which you can download episodes of right here.
Not all of the band’s stuff connects entirely well, but very little of it was boring or blasé. Some of it’s a real blast, miles ahead of more popularly-recognized hard-edged US riot grrl-esque pop bands of the era, and right in there with frantic & fun acts from this time like The Rondelles and Henry’s Dress. In fact, different as they all are, that would have been a hell of a triple bill in 1996. I probably wouldn’t have gone then, because I was sooooo goddamn cool. Not anymore. This one’s called “Theme Park”. Full knobs-to-11 all the way.