Snotty and Raw Rock N Roll By Cool Chicks
bill farnham | 06/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Pandoras were one of the best things to come out of the early '80s. They played a style of music that was called Sixties Garage Punk--think of The Rolling Stones before heroin intervened! These girls were influenced by bands that were popular probably before any one of the girls could walk or speak their first sentence. Paula Pierce was a singer with some raunchy grit, and it always impressed me that she could play her wayward, snarling lead guitar parts WHILE singing. The next record, Stop Pretending, had some commercial success. The later part of the decade found The Pandoras exploring a vastly different sound, and image. They made a record called,Rock Hard--and it DID. The Pandoras also released a live disc called, Nymphomania. Sadly, Paula died in 1991, before the band's next project could be finished. The Pandoras fans demanded it so a final CD was released called, Psychedelic Sluts. Paula is sorely missed by many."
Girls in the Garage ala 1965
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The guitar-and-Farfisa driven sound of this all-girl quartet was a masterful recreation of the garage rock sounds of 1965. Singer/songwriter Paula Pierce had the talent, looks and swagger to match up to anyone else in the genre. In many ways she appealed as a female Mick Jagger.The band itself was competent, which, in a sense, makes them the perfect garage rock band. Their first full-length LP (they'd recorded a single for Moxie, earlier) features all "originals," though several borrow rather liberally from mid-60s gems (e.g., "I Live My Life" is a lyric rewrite of The Leaves "Too Many People"). Had they been more famous there were sure to be lawsuits.Lack of accreditation aside, Pierce's songs ring with authenticity, and the band raves-on throughout."
Just the start
bill farnham | north hollwood, ca | 03/11/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not a great cd. The songs from Stop Pretending are mostly hers and was the real deal for fans of Paula's "more snot per square inch" approach. Her metal period is largely unlistenable except for her power ballad attempt,"close behind". The moxie ep is actually better than this full length job,(sorry greg shaw. But your "You Don't Satisfy" single made up for this weak performance weak choice selections for "It's about Time" For a brief couple years nobody burned brighter than Paula's beauty, youth, and talent. I loved her in '86 and still love her. The internet has more hits for her now than when Pandoras played live. Paula launched the following bands out of her enthusiasm for live rock 'n roll: feline, mad monster party, rebel pebbles, the screamin sirens, muffs... these founding members got their start with Paula, and yes mainly because they "looked right" not because of dazzlingly wonderful chops."