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Classic Album Review: The Fabulous Kildonans | God Is A Woman And She’s Pro-Choice

The all-star Winnipeg punk combo earn their adjective with this killer debut album.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Does Winnipeg really need another punk rock band? If said band is The Fabulous Kildonans, you’re damn right it does.

Starring singer-guitarist Fat Johnny, drummer Sterling and ubiquitous bassist and punk OG Mark Stretch Mark — a man who deserves a lifetime achievement award if there ever was one — the Kildonans are one the few bands around that earn the adjective in their name. And I’m not talkin’ fabulous in some Designer Guys sense (though I’m fairly sure Steven and Chris would approve of their nifty matching red shirts and ties). I’m talking fab in the garage-punk sense — and that means searing guitar riffs, a propulsive and spot-on rhythm section, lyrics with a healthy dose of dumbbell humour, vocals that are snotty enough to be contagious, and urgent four-chord anthems that simultaneously swear allegiance to punk (without devolving into cliche) and rock out (without succumbing to self-parody). And if all that ain’t enough for ya, God Is A Woman And She’s Pro-Choice also includes a surprisingly successful revamp of Elvis Costello’s Running Out Of Angels and a vocal cameo by local college radio god Cretin Rob. Fabulous? Absolutely, brother.