By Leah Selvidge
Colleen Duffy created Devil Doll one late, smoky evening many blue moons ago with the mission of putting sex back into rock and roll. Deciding that the world of music had not heard the truth since Joan Jett and Johnny Cash, and hadn't blushed since Mae West, she grabbed her bass, a microphone and hit "record."
Colleen was born in Cleveland and was raised on Elvis Presley and old movies. After conducting homemade Elvis performances for her neighbors, her life was changed forever the moment she heard Joan Jett's "I love Rock and Roll" on the radio. She picked up a guitar and started tellin' the story.
Several ska and punk rock bands later, she started Devil Doll and a rockabilly/
The long subway rides, rainy afternoons in Union Square and a 4 a.m. closing time provided the beautiful seediness perfect for the Devil Doll story. These captured moments gave birth to some of Devil Doll's most famous lines, such as "I want to kiss you then punch you in the face." Devil Doll eventually moved to the West Coast and now hails from Los Angeles.
Devil Doll is the kind of girl your father warned you about; a punk rock torch singer weaving tales of sex and sorrow, pleasure and pain. She will not apologize and she will not ask for forgiveness. But she will write her name in lipstick in the most unlikely places.
Devil Doll plays at the Launchpad Friday, June 3, with Bernadette Seacrest and her Yes Men and Sin Serenade. 21 and over; a non-smoking event.
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