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Classic Album Review: Betty Blowtorch | Are You Man Enough?

The hard-hitting metal godesses can kick ass and take names with the best of ’em.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


In the ’70s we had The Runaways. In the ’80s we had Girlschool. In the ’90s we had Fluffy. Now, for the new millennium, we have a new set of hard-hitting metal goddesses: L.A. sleaze queens Betty Blowtorch.

Not that there’s really anything that new about Betty or their debut album Are You Man Enough? From the trashy vibe and goofy stage names (“Sharon Needles”) to the girls’ night out vocals and Sunset Strip riff-rock odes to leather pants, hair metal, drinks, drugs, one-night stands and rock ’n’ roll, Betty’s shtik is almost as old as Lemmy. Of course, when you’re talking metal, new isn’t always improved. And songs like Hell on Wheels, Size Queen and Rock ’n’ Roll 69 (a blatant cop of Ted Nugent’s Stormtrooper) definitely show Betty can kick ass and take names with the best of ’em. They get it. And if you still have that Cherie Currie poster on your wall, you should get it too.