Wonder Woman hits movie theaters June 2, but there’s a another awesome superheroine on the scene: Lavender Lightning Lady, a glam-rock goddess harnessing the pure power of old-school, ass-kicking rock ’n’ roll, who stars in L.A. heroes Hammered Satin’s new video premiering on Yahoo Music today.
“‘Lavender Lightning Lady’ is a female goddess superhero fantasy song about a woman with the superpowered ability to shoot lavender-colored lightning bolts from her fingertips,” says Hammered Satin frontman Noah Wallace.
“In the video I wear a Lavender Menace T-shirt as a shout-out to the radical feminist movement of the early ’70s and strong, empowered females in general,” Wallace adds — referring to the famous group of radical lesbian feminists that protested the exclusion of lesbian issues from the feminist movement at the Second Congress to Unite Women in New York City on May 1, 1970.
Along with badass all-girl bands Glam Skanks and the Flytraps as well as Dr. Boogie, Creem Circus, the Biters, and Dirty Eyes, Hammered Satin are at the forefront of a new “junkshop glam” movement in Los Angeles. Wallace explained the inspiration, also from the 1970s, behind this sound in a Yahoo Music interview last year:
“Back in the ’70s, when people were imitating David Bowie, the Sweet, Mott the Hoople, there were a lot bands, all over Europe especially, like Pantherman — a lot of wacky groups. And it became this thing, this style, for record collectors. That term came about from [Lush/Felt/Jesus and Mary Chain member] Phil King, because he released a compilation of these obscure junkshop glam 45s. … I found out about it from an old Bomp magazine. It had a list of groups like Iron Virgin and Chicory Tip. Then I went out and found all the records. To me, that’s just the ultimate style of pop music.”
Obviously an admirer of and advocate for powerful women (like the title character in Hammered Satin’s new anthem), Wallace stresses that his band has nothing in common with sexist “glam-metal” of the mid-1980s. ‘Those bands got pretty cheesy and tacky toward the end, especially with the misogynistic, male-chauvinist, butt-rock ’80s hair-band stuff. I do not want anyone to be confused and think that’s what we’re about.”