02 January 2006

before The Bangles



The Clinger sisters with a cover of an Easybeats song. Positively punk, it was definitely ahead of it's time.

The Clingers - Gonna Have A Good Time

Read more about the Clinger sisters here.
Another comprehensive bio here.
A web shrine to Debra Clinger.

11 comments:

spikedcandy said...

fantastic!

QQF resident said...

Happy New Year, Modcentric :)

(Used to love the Bangles, especially their first full-length - with James and Live, etc. But I hate the fact that it's twenty years ago - because back then that was the time distance back to say the Easybeats, which to me seemed like an eternity... Isn't that sad?!)

ion said...

Really cool! I thought I was hip to every obscure all-girl late 60s/early 70s band (She, Feminine Complex, Luv'd Ones, Fanny, Ace of Cups) -- but the Clinger Sisters have flown under the radar. Until now, that is. Thanks for sharing. But who are the Easybeats? ;)

modcentric said...

Hi Ion, I've just posted The Easybeat's original version. I have another song by the Clinger Singers, which I'll post later this week. =)

ion said...

Thanks! I've been listening to the Clinger Sisters' song a lot -- though I'm not fully convinced that it's not the Osmonds singing ;)

Natalie said...

Hello! I found your blog recently through one of my links. I dig your blog, especially the 60s stuff. Are you still up for swapping links?

modcentric said...

hi natalie! yes of course i'll exchange links with you.

Dennis Pack said...

I get really tired reading stories about the Clinger Sisters and typically Melody is left out, dropped out of the history usually with only a mention. Yah, she did cause the group to fold when she moved to Boulder, Colorado but she was as much a part of the group prior to that time (and by the way, the tallest and by far the best looking)as the heralded "Debra". Common, give her the props she deserves!

Dennis Pack said...

And by the way, it's not the Osmonds even though they grew up together and often sang together

James Martin said...

I grew up with the Clingers, I had a huge crush on Debra. Most of what I have read is wrong. Leesa was not in the original group at all. It was (from oldest to youngest) Melody, Peggy, Patsy, Debra. Then there was a space in children and came Leesa and Jeanette.

Melody got into drugs. That ended her career. Peggy died of a drug/alcohol overdose. Well duh, that ended her career. I ran into her mom one day at the unemployment office in North Hollywood and mom had the sad state of denial to tell me that Peggy was Quietly and peacefully settled in New Orleans. Well to be honest, I don't remember if she said New Orleans or Nashville, but either way, she neglected to mention that "quietly and peacefully settled" stood for dead. I was ever so slightly devastated when I found out maybe a year later FROM Leesa at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake, that Peggy actually died of an overdose. I thought I was a better friend to her parents and the fact that mom couldn't bring herself to tell me the truth about Peggy was quite frankly saddening. Leesa is also the one who told me about Melody's decline into the world of drugs and prostitution.
It's called Mormons saving face.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that Melody fell so far. I dated her in the late 70s. Being an aerospace engineer, I think I may have been her first straight boyfriend. Her parents liked me even though I was not Mormon. It idin't last long, though. Melody dumped me for an Ex-Con. The last I know of her was when we had a brief reunion at a cafe in 83. She had left her husband (don't know his name) because, in her own words, "He sold everything we had to buy heroin and eventually tried to sell me and my daughter."

God, I loved that girl. It took me years to get over her. Now married for 28 years, I can look back now and say, what a pitiful waste of charm, grace, and talent. I hope she has found her way by now. I hope she's OK.