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Josie Cotton | Invasion of the B-Girls

Feature presentation: The quirk-pop queen reboots vintage midnight-movie tunes.

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Johnny, are you quarantined? And watching endless hours of brilliantly bad B-movies, demented drive-in drivel, lascivious low-budget lunacy and other curdled cinematic cheese via your favourite streaming service? Take it one step further with our newest feature presentation: This remastered, resequenced and slightly upgraded reissue of quirky L.A. popster Josie Cotton’s Invasion of the B-Girls. Originally issued way back in 2007, the high-concept disc features Cotton faithfully and enthusiastically covering questionable kitsch-rock classics from midnight-movie mainstays and camp classics like She-Devils On Wheels, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and plenty more — including (spoiler alert!) a previously unreleased, suitably divine take on the theme from John WatersFemale Trouble. To be sure, the whole affair works best if you have at least a passing acquaintance with some of the old flicks and tunes. But either way, it’s her happening — and it’ll freak you out.

THE PRESS RELEASE:Josie Cotton makes the unlistenable unforgettable,” wrote legendary filmmaker/actor/artist John Waters about the New Wave icon’s upcoming album Invasion of the B-Girls on which she covers the theme songs of campy cult films. When you have a quote like that from the supreme King of Cult Classics, you pretty much don’t need to do anything else in life but dig a hole and lie in it. Thankfully, however, the illustrious and gorgeous Cotton has other plans. Instead of grabbing a shovel and heaving soil, Josie is prepping her upcoming album. Originally released on CD only (no vinyl, no digital, no downloads, no streaming, no cassette, no nothing!) in 2007, Invasion of the B-Girls has been meticulously remastered and includes, for the very first time, the single Female Trouble from John Waters’ infamous and celebrated 1974 cult classic of the same name. Along with new artwork and packaging, Invasion of the B-Girls finds Josie revisiting the themes from obscure and ofttimes subversive midnight movies like Russ Meyer’s 1970 camp classic Beyond The Valley of the Dolls (Days of Now And Then), Green Slime from Kinji Fukasaku’s 1968 film of the same name, and Koji Hashimoto/R.K. Kizer’s 1985 creature feature reboot Return of Godzilla (Goodbye Godzilla). “I was obsessed with science fiction movies since childhood, a lot of which you could call B-movies, but seeing Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! as an adult was a kind of Come-to-Jesus moment for me,” explains Josie about her inspiration to cover these forgotten “classics.” “The whole world of B-movie culture opened up… the demented humor and in-your-face irreverence toward society all spoke to me. And the best ones all seemed to be from the 1960s and 1970s for some reason.”