I am extremely pleased that The Pandoras , answered a few questions for us. This is a Band , rich in history but more importantly you will pick up that they are having the time of their lives right now being back together . Music and Friendship are a powerful combination ….
The 50thirdand3rd Interview with – The Pandoras
For those not familiar with your history can you give us a little history of the
lineup of the band.
Melanie: Paula Pierce had been playing in The Direct Hits/ Action Now
when she decided she had wanted to form an all girl garage band. She
along with members from the first lineup played their first Pandoras show
in April, 1983. On the eve of the release of their first full length album on
Voxx/Bomp Records the band broke up. Soon after I joined the band along
with Karen in June 1984. Weeks later we recorded our first single Hot
Generation/ You Don’t Satisfy on Voxx. Kim joined in 1985 and we
recorded and released Stop Pretending on Rhino Records. We went on to
sign with Elektra Records. In late 1987 Sheri joined on drums and we
released an album on Restless Records. The last Pandoras show ever
played was in October 1990. Paula passed away on August 10, 1991.
Karen: What Melanie said ^^
You have a show coming up in July. Who’s idea was it to get back
together, how did it all come about and more importantly, are their
plans for a new album
Kim: as I understand it, Sheri was having a party for her husband and
thought it would be fun to have a little jam. I was on tour with the Pixies so
I couldn’t do it.
Sheri: Various people from “The Pandoras Fanpage” on Facebook started
asking for a reunion. We were having a party for my husband’s, birthday
with a band, so I thought it would be fun to have us gals come up for a few
songs. Kim was on tour with the Pixies, so she couldn’t do it.
Melanie: Sheri asked would you want to play a couple of Pandoras songs
for my husband’s party.
Karen: It’s all Sheri’s fault!!
Who were your rock hero’s growing up…..
Kim: I loved all of the Beatles. Still do. Ray Davies of the Kinks, Dean
Sheri: The Cars is my #1 all time favorite band. Heroes include: The
Beatles and David Bowie
Melanie: The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Zombies, The Easybeats,
Cheap Trick, The Jam, Big Star, Ramones
Karen: Elton John, the Beatles, The Zombies, the Association, The Beach
Boys, XTC, The Go-Gos, The Bangles, X, Elvis Costello, The B-52s
How do you see the legacy of The Pandora’s…
Kim: Our job is to play music and entertain. That whole legacy thing is
none of our business.
Sheri: We are enjoying playing our favorite tunes by The Pandoras,
honoring our dead band leader, Paula Pierce.
Melanie: It’s just incredible to play with these awesome gals!
Karen: It’s so fun bringing Paula’s songs back to life! So much fun to play
them live again.
When you were all starting out , did you see yourselves as part of a
Kim: I don’t think of music like that. I loved the Pandoras from hearing You
Don’t Satisfy on Rodney on the Roc. I saw them live a couple of times and
I was in awe of Paula’s aggressive persona and growly voice.
The sound of the Pandoras was so different than the stuff I listened to.
Sheri: I joined in ’87 so I can’t really answer!
Melanie: I did hang out in the 60’s garage scene and that’s how I became
friends with Paula. It was just a fun time with great music and cool people.
Karen: We were part of the Paisley Underground and the garage rock
scene, but we also expanded beyond that. I was not aware of the scene
until I saw The Pandoras play live at the ON club, prior to my joining the
band. Seeing guys with long bowl cuts in the audience and fur vests was
fascinating to this valley girl.
Are you having fun being back together….
Kim: It’s unbelievably fun.
I never thought I would ever play with these amazing girls again and now
all these years later we are a super tight knit band and hang out and talk
all the time.
Obviously I wasn’t playing guitar or singing lead in the Pandoras before so
I had a ton of songs to learn.
Sheri: We have THE BEST time together. We laugh, we play, we joke, we
rock out! For me, it’s fun and nostalgic playing the songs. My mind is
flooded with memories at every single rehearsal, and I enjoy playing songs
that I truly love and would listen to even if I wasn’t in the band.
Melanie: I love it!
Karen: Totally!! We all get along great and this band kicks ass!
Craziest story you can tell us about life in The Pandora’s…
Kim: Our 1986 tour manager Kent Smythe pulled down his pants at an
airport and tried to take a shit on my teddy bear.
Sheri: In 1988 while driving up to San Francisco on the 5 Freeway, our
tour manager Kent Smythe took a shit out the van’s window.
Melanie: The poop stuff with Kent and seeing the faces of the people in
the cars driving behind us.
Karen: I can’t top the poop stories.
Bands that are on current high rotation….
Kim: I’m really liking the New Trocoderos right now.
Sheri: The New Trocoderos, The Connection, Kurt Baker, The Empty
Melanie: Bullet Proof Lovers, The Rubinoos
Karen: The Love Me Nots, Palmyra Delran, Courtney Barnett, The Verbs,
favorite albums from back in the day…..
Kim: Kinda Kinks. Meet the Beatles.
Sheri: The Cars 1st album, The Cars Candy-O, The Beatle’s Red,
Revolver, Blue Album, The Modern Lovers, Pretenders 1 and 2, Blondie
Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat, David Bowie Station to Station, Aladin
Sane, Man Who Sold the World
Melanie: The Yardbirds – For Your Love, The Beatles – Beatles 65, Flamin
Groovies – Shake Some Action, Cheap Trick – In Color, Heaven Tonight,
Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True, Zombies – Time of the Zombies, Big Star –
Karen: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road-Elton John, Pearl-Janis Joplin, Super
Hits-The Beach Boys, Glass Houses-Billy Joel, Beauty and the Beat-The
Go-Go’s. Bangles EP-The Bangles, All Over the Place-The Bangles, Rio-
Duran Duran, Eat to the Beat-Blondie, More Fun in the New World- X, The
B-52s – The B-52s, Bouncing off the Satellites-The B-52s
thoughts on the “State of rock ‘n’ roll”
Kim: It’s a lot of fun right now. Very much DIY right now. You don’t have to
hook up with a major label or waste money on a manager if you don’t want
Sheri: It’s a lot different than it was in the 80’s. Say goodbye to payola
and major label goons; say hello to social media. When did “Indie”
become a genre?
Melanie: I’ve heard some great new bands! Cool labels putting out vinyl
and cassettes again!
Karen: Current top 40 is pretty boring. I like what they play on the
Underground Garage and Rodney on the Roq.
Lots of bands making and putting out their own records and bypassing all
the middle men of the bygone big label days.
Music is back in the hands of the artists, especially with the technology
available to produce, put out, and promote your own material.
I love getting out to see live bands whenever I can. There’s nothing like
seeing music live and in person.
Will The Muffs open for The Pandora’s?
Kim: That would be fun. But I’d probably wreck my voice.
Sheri: As long as Kim doesn’t blow her voice!
Melanie: That would be double duty for Kim.
Karen: that would be awesome, but probably not practical.
Any plans for a Tour of The U. S. ….
Kim: We have some plans that are still unannounced but we aren’t going
to drive around in a van and slog it out that way. We prefer to do fly ins.
Much like the Muffs or Chuck Berry.
Sheri: What Kim said.
Melanie: There’s definitely some places that would be fun to play.
Karen: We have shows booked, but not really a tour in the usual sense.
ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD FOR YOUR FANS….
Kim: You are in for a treat.
Sheri: Stay tuned!
Melanie: Can’t wait to play again with my pals for all of you.
Karen: Looking forward to playing live! We have so much fun, I’m sure you
some music from The Pandora’s