The Debutantes

girl group from Vancouver BC
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The Debutantes

circa 1983 - circa 1984
...after the demise of Culture Shock, guitarist Steve Quinn and bassist Gord Badanic decided to try and kill two birds with one stone: first, how to achieve real popularity with a music group, and second, how to get really pretty girls to even acknowledge their existence. On both these counts, The Debutantes were an unqualified success (...well, at least for Gord).

The band was comprised of a rotating roster of girls from the university and punk scenes, performing sixties girl-group covers mixed with a healthy dose of Rezillos and Buzzcocks. Oh yeah, the girls all wore fifties and sixties prom dresses and jumped around a lot. How could the group fail?

Members included a future CBC on-air host, two future major artist managers, 75% of what soon became Go Four 3, and many, many musicians borrowed from other bands in the local punk scene. Gigs occasionally devolved into riots involving the police.

yep, good times.

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Gord Badanic
bass, handclaps
1983 - 1984
Steve Quinn
1983 - 1984
Greg Robb
1983 - 1984
Michel Pekovich
lead vocals
Sheilagh Badanic
vocals, kazoo
1983 - 1984
Erica Leiren
vocals, kazoo
1983 - 1984
Louise Mitchell
vocals, saxaphone
1983 - 1984
Veronica Jorna
keyboards, vocals
1983 - 1984
Roxanne Heichert
lead vocals
1983 - 1984
Zippy Pinhead
Mary-Jo Kopechne
Rob Tomkow

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