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Chicks on Speed


6 November 2006

Mysterygirl, Cheese on Toast, Double A /Triple X and 95bFM present the 2006 Girl Monster event featuring;


COS are an all female electropop group which got its origins in Munich, formed in 1997 after the members had met through the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Chicks on Speed's core members consist of Australian Alex Murray-Leslie, American Melissa Logan and German Kiki Moorse.

Though usually considered part of such musical genres as electroclash, actually Chicks on Speed started as a multidisciplinary art group, who applied punk-inspired DIY ethic to performance art, collage graphics and home-made fashion (they have created their own stage costumes with cheap and recycled material such as plastic bags and gaffa tape, for example).

There have been a lot of emotional feelings towards Chicks On Speed in various places around the world. At one point they were an opening act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Brown. However, almost every night they were booed and had bottles thrown at them by the audience. At a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Hyde Park, London in June 2004, a bottle hit Alex Murray-Leslie who then left the stage. The Chicks on Speed were on stage for approximately 10 minutes.

Most recently (June 2006) Chicks On Speed were part of PopRally at MoMA (New York) alongside Scottish Artist Douglas Gordon, famous for his video installation “24 Hour Psycho (1993)” whom also performed as part of the group.

Radio hits by the group include; ‘Euro Trash Girl’ feat Mäuse, ‘We Don't Play Guitars’ feat Peaches, ‘Wordy Rappinghood’ feat Le Tigre (a Tom Tom Club Cover) and recently ‘Plastic Surgery’ (a tribute to 70’s UK all girl punk band The Slits)


Janine Rostron, aka Planningtorock will visit New Zealand direct from touring in the US with Peaches, and Europe/USA with The Knife, originally from England she moved to Berlin and ran into Peaches and Chicks On Speed and along the way has produced a video installation inject of music and mayhem and performances at the Tate Modern (London) and MoMa (New York) Become a part of the alienation.


Hot, Hot, Hot! Sparks fly as Wellington’s Charlie ASH high on energy, perform with great gusto their catchy ass tunes. They call themselves Neo-Punk and have a corker of a live show, combining sword, sweat, costume and volume.

“Their performances are such a high-octane spectacle that Chicks On Speed would be impressed.” - Pavement

New Zealand Dates:

Wellington – Wednesday 22 November - San Francisco Bath house

Auckland – Thursday 23 November – The Kings Arms Tavern

Tickets on sale from Real Groovy stores, venues and Fast & Loose (ak only)


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