CHERRY VANILLA (Buy CDs by this artist)
Bad Girl (UK RCA) 1978
Venus d'Vinyl (UK RCA) 1979
Bad Girl/Venus d'Vinyl (Renaissance) 2000
Onetime Warhol scene actress and David Bowie publicist Cherry Vanilla left Staten Island to pursue a recording career in Britain, making two inconsistent but surprisingly good albums. Along with guitarist/songwriter Louis Lepore and a loose collection of backup players, Vanilla a stiletto-heeled glamourpuss who, it turns out, is a passable singer makes music based on her experiences, real or imagined, in the Max's Kansas City glam-rock jetset.
Bad Girl is a bit blunt of lyric "I Know How to Hook" and "Foxy Bitch" are unfortunately typical but the follow-up, Venus d'Vinyl, takes a subtler approach and neatly balances cleverly arranged, varied music with sensitive, believable lyrics. While Vanilla isn't breaking down any musical barriers, her two albums which, years later, were reissued on a single American CD prove her talent as a writer and performer.[Ira Robbins]
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