Suburban Wives Club – Casual Cat In a Laundromat // Guru Eye (Music For Moderns) 1984. I picked this up a few years ago based on the cover and name alone and I knew nothing about the band. The cover shows three women and the label is based outta Jersey but that’s about it.
Turns out that one of the women was named Reesa and that she was in a local band called Reesa and The Rooters who were sort of the new wave band du jour in Philly at one time. Apparently, The Suburban Wives Club was an offshoot of Reesa and The Rooters and was intended to be a more stripped down affair. They were also a bit of a novelty act I think. Regardless, they were contemporaries of the amazing Stickmen in the Philly art-wave scene. “Casual Cat” is good enough but “Guru Eye” is a prime slice of East Coast Bush Tetras-style no wave downtown funk punk. It’s good shit.
Here’s what the Baltimore CITY PAPER had to say about them in FEBRUARY 8, 1985:
No band in the world wants to be called punk anymore, but there’s a lot about the Wives’ loud, dirty, cheapo sound that fits punk’s big gift to rock democratization. The question’s not Why but Why not? And do we need to discuss how the Wives’ down-to-earth humour, with its deep knee bends and dirty socks and supermarket blues, perfectly balances Lauper’s bag lady/Egg lady routine and Julie Brown’s satire? And how, when you add the Go-Go’s and Joan Jett and The Pretenders, you get an American rock scene where women are finally getting to express and act out some real options?
It’s all rather silly isn’t it? Ah well….