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Classic Album Review: The Donnas | Spend the Night

The hard-rocking gals finally break out of juvie with their killer major-label debut.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“The Donnas? Are they like Tuuli?” asked my friend. “Well, sorta,” I replied, “except The Donnas are actually good.”

Still, I can’t really blame him for asking. After all, even though their sound is an inspired, near-flawless cross between the trashy jailbait-rock of The Runaways and the glue-sniffing punk-pop of The Ramones, The Donnas have toiled away in the semi-obscurity of indie-land since releasing their debut album as teens back in ’98. With their smoking new major-label debut, though, the gals are finally breaking out of juvie, hot-wiring some wheels and crashing the big boys’ party. Spend The Night is an instant rawk ’n’ roll classic — a head-banging, fist-pumping, hip-shaking onslaught of Angus Young power-chord guitar riffs, cowbell-whacking ’70s rock drumbeats and more tough-chick trash talk than a B-movie. “I’m calling all my ladies,” winks Donna A. “We’re gonna key your Mercedes.” When Tuuli come up with anything that cool, give me a call.