Sunday, January 8, 2012

Largely Unsung and Way, Way Too Young.

I just found out recently that Jennifer Miro, the lead singer of San Fransisco "Art Punk" band The Nuns and fetish model died of cancer on December 16, 2011 at the age of 54. The Nuns were one of the opening acts at the Sex Pistols' infamous last concert.

Their early work was arty punk, sweetened by Ms Miro's vocal (she sounds like she's channeling Debbie Harry here):





Their later work could better be characterized as danceable pop music with some Goth-y and dreampop-y hints. While the male lead vocals could be somewhat cheesy, when Ms Miro sang, the music positively soared (I had a hell of a time tracking the video for It's a Dream, It's a Nightmare down, because it's not listed by the title):





When's the last time you've heard anything so unabashedly pretty? Well, since the last time you heard Ghosts of American Astronauts by The Mekons, that is... It's almost criminal that this dreamy music wasn't better known while Jennifer Miro was alive to enjoy the acclaim.

9 comments:

M. Bouffant said...

That's effin' sad.

Frisco didn't crank out too many punk outfits, but they were definitely one of them.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yeah, it's too bad, she was really talented, and the band didn't put out all that much material.

Another Kiwi said...

Sad to hear about someone with so much talent dying like that.
Thanks for the No Fun clip. I've been trying to find it for ever.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thanks for the No Fun clip. I've been trying to find it for ever.

You're certainly welcome... I don't want you to feel cheated!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I don't remember listening to these folks.

Thanks, BBBB!
~

Laura said...

She does sound a lot like Debbie Harry and that's a good thing!

Parts of the movie in that video looks like my family home flicks.:P

Very pretty voice. Sad to have passed away so young.

((Hugs))
Laura

Laura said...

I swear to god. Your word verification was thisclose to fuggedaboutit...

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Nuns were Also the starting point for one Alejandro Escovedo...

vacuumslayer said...

Didn't know shit about this band before I read this entry. But the beginning of that first song contains epic levels of badassery. Actually the whole song is pretty fucking badass. I may have to go investigate and download.