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December 11th-17th’s Artist of the Week is a punk rock band called the Lunachicks. The band went on hiatus in 2000; no word yet as to whether or not they’ll ever play together again. During their run, they toured with “No Doubt, The Offspring (in Europe and America), Rancid, Marilyn Manson, Luscious Jackson, Rev. Horton Heat, NOFX, The Muffs, [and] The Go-Go’s” and played on Warped Tour twice. Says guitarist Sindi, “The best thing about the Offspring tour…was that two or three times, dads came up to me and said, ‘I brought my daughter here to see you because this is how I want her to see women.'”

Their debut album Babysitters on Acid was recently reissued; yes, the title song is actually about a babysitter on acid. The Lunachicks are really quite a surreal band, including songs about eating disorders (“Binge and Purge“)*, ’70s pop culture icons (“Jan Brady“), a failed romance (“Don’t Want You“), and a transgender woman (“Mr. Lady“) in their repertoire. They may be incredibly unpredictable, but one thing is certain about this group: you’ll never be bored while listening to them.

Here’s a really hyper cover of a classic Blondie song:

An energetic original:

And check out “Don’t Want You”:

*This song might not be appropriate for people under the age of 16.