The Little Girls are:
Michele Maso Tinsley, lead vocals (original member) Caron Maso Murray, guitars and vocals (original member) Kip Brown, guitars and backing vocals (original member) John Baker, bass and backing vocals and Marty Rosamond, drums
The Little Girls band was born in the pop new wave movement of the 80s and is fronted by sisters Caron & Michele Maso whose harmonies have been likened to the Everly Brothers. They have the rare synergistic quality that sets sibling acts such as the Bee Gees, The Finn Brothers & Heart apart from other groups. While they have yet to achieve headliner status themselves, they have opened for many important bands, The Call, The Plimsouls, The Boomtown Rats, Billy Idol, Janis Ian, and The Pretenders to name a few. Their video, How to Pick Up Girls was one of the first to air on MTV. The Little Girls signature hit, The Earthquake Song was the intro music for ABC-TVs documentary, World of Discovery (Earthquakes: The Terrifying Truth) hosted by Martin Sheen, 1994. The song has been covered by The Excessories on their Pure Pop for Punk People CD, 2001 Sympathy for the Record Industry, and more recently by Happy Accident on their No Clear Channel CD, 2003 10gevrecords. The lyrics of The Earthquake Song were quoted in Bret Easton Ellis bestselling novel, Less Than Zero, Vintage Books, Random House Publishing, 1998. The group disbanded in 1985, but reformed in 2004 for a reunion show at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Love Rocks, Feb 13, 2004. The show sold out 24 hours before the performance and planted seeds for the rebirth of The Little Girls. The band has recently signed with Chameleon Music, a digital distribution label out of San Francisco, CA. They have just finished recording a new 11 song recording to be distributed on CD by RAMO Records and digitally by Chameleon Music. The new line up: Michele Maso Tinsley, lead vocals (original member) Caron Maso Murray, guitars and vocals (original member) Kip Brown, guitars and backing vocals (original member) John Baker, bass and backing vocals Marty Rosamond, drums The group is currently writing and recording new material and playing shows in Los Angeles.
The Little Girls musical influences.
The Beatles ,The Rolling Stones ,The Beach Boys ,The Hollies, Simon and Garfunkel ,Joan Baez and Judy Collins.
The Clear Album 7" vinyl EP Ramo Records
(Review by Lord Rutlege)
Wow! The Little Girls' Clear Album, in unreleased oblivion since 1985, finally sees the light of day thanks to Ramo Records! Any of you who are fans of Josie Cotton, the first Go-Go's LP, or any of Travis Ramin's girl band projects are gonna absolutely FLIP for this record!
The EP is mostly comprised of tracks the band cut back in 1985 in hopes of attracting major label attention. Obviously, no takers were found. After listening to this record, you might conclude that the label people who passed on these songs must have been on crack. Well probably it was coke, so you'd be partially right. If you know your pop history, you know that '85 was the year that music really turned to shit. Good pop songs were out; hair bands, drum machines, and the Miami Vice soundtrack were in. The Little Girls split, and would seemingly be regarded as a mere footnote in the history of new wave pop, destined to be remembered by nostalgia trippers for the early MTV clip "How To Pick Up Girls" and the Rodney on The Roq/Valley Girl favorite "The Earthquake Song".
But if The Clear Album proves anything, it's that The Little Girls were miles beyond the new wave novelty acts to whom they are often compared. Caron and Michele Maso were fantastic singers who specialized in rich harmonies a la The Everly Brothers. And they were terrific songwriters as well. Out of The Clear Album sessions came a cover of The Dave Clark Five's "Any Way You Want It" plus two originals: "Not A Perfect World" and "I Really Want To Be With You". The latter should have been a massive radio hit - and probably would have been if it had been recorded just three years earlier. So much of the music of the '80s has aged poorly and has no value beyond pure nostalgia. Yet The Clear Album could easily pass for a new & vital release in this age of powerpop renaissance. Legend has it that these songs were recorded in secret late at night in a "very huge and well-known movie studio". Band manager Toby Mamis brought in Blondie's Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison to back the Caso sisters and guitarist Kip Brown. No wonder these songs sound like a million bucks! "Any Way You Want It" is done up in true Little Girls style, packed full of gorgeous, soaring harmonies and oozing effervescent spirit. "I Really Want To Be With You" is the real gem: the kind of perfect pop song that could fill your darkest day with a blissful blast of California sunshine. The melody is magnificent, and the Masos' voices blend like cinnamon and sugar.
The fourth track on The Clear Album, "Crush On You", is a demo from 1982 produced by the Podolor-Cooper team. It proves that, even without the glossy guitars and tricked-out studio frills, the Maso girls really had the magic. And ya know, they still do! The Little Girls are back, and a new album will be out soon. For now, enjoy The Clear Album!
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