The Platforms

The Platforms

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Austin's "garage fashionistas" merge 60s garage with 70s glam and punk, complete with crunchy guitars, bawdy lyrics, and mod/glam fashions. Even with an eye on style, The Platforms pour all their passion and energy into their songs - described by one critic as "sweet chunks of libidinous hooks."

Biography

They may look like good girls, but the music says, "I wanna be bad . . . !!" Once playfully described as Josie and the Pussycats meet Kiss, The Platforms mix noisy but melodic rock with a flair for 60's and 70's inspired fashion. In 2001, guitarist Junie Tune and vocalist Laurie Libido hatched the idea of a band that merged the wild-girl persona embodied in garage and glam music with a sense of style tinged with mod girl flair a la Edie Sedgewick.

Though the Platforms love playing dress-up onstage, the band’s costumes and visual antics are certainly not the first priority. From the beginning skeletal chord progressions and lyrics the girls scratched out on pink Hello Kitty notebook paper, the singular goal was to develop melodic songs that rock and reflect a fun, carefree spirit. Such spirit was inspired by everything from The Kinks and Stooges to T-Rex and AC/DC . . . and throw in a little Ronnie Spector on the side.

The band’s first full-length CD, “Kicked Off,” was launched in late 2004. Produced by Amsterdam-based Mike Stewart (Poi Dog Pondering, True Believers, Jewel in the Mire -- www.texasmike.com), the self-released CD was the subject of a successful college radio campaign in Spring 2005, a collaboration with Minneapolis-based Tinderbox Music (www.tinderboxmusic.com).

For release this Winter 2009/2010, the girls are currently working on their second full-production recording (an EP or LP tentatively title "Stepped Up") with Frenchie Smith at Austin's The Bubble. On August 15, 2008, the first single, "Hot Little Ride" was released along with the band's first video, filmed in January 2008 on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Directed by Johan Grimm).

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Lyrics

Vespa Girl

Written By: Lyrics by Laurie Libido

Why do you give me this lovin'
When you tell me we're just friends
Before you try and justify it
I'm bringing it to an end

We've done it before
I know the story
You ain't in your right mind
But I lie there and wonder if you're crazy before you turn out the light

Haven't heard from you in a while
And then you call again
Guess the other chicks got wise to your lies

How does it feel now, Vespa
How does it feel
How does it feel now, Vespa
How does it feel

You and your friends play the same game
Dating all your girls
But then you give each other nasty looks
It really wrecks my world
You need to be true to your feelings, baby
And go with what's inside
But when you're messin' around the way you've been
You can only run and hide

I see you at the party and you use the same old line,
"If I give you my number, will you call?"

How does it feel now, Vespa
How does it feel
How does it feel now, Vespa
How does it feel

How does it feel now, Vespa
How does it feel
How does it feel now, Vespa
How does it feel

Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel
Tell me, tell me
Tell me how does it feel
How does it feel

Strange

Written By: Lyrics by Laurie Libido

Red scarf and a little black dress
Lookin' smooth and I'm tryin' to impress
You smiled 'cause you knew what I was about
But you noticed that no words were comin' out of my mouth

It's strange how my body felt weak
It's strange how I couldn't even speak
We posed for a picture and your arm felt good around me

It's strange I was wonderin' why
Couldn't move couldn't look you in the eye
Wouldn't be so hard if you weren't so dark and handsome

Ooh ooh ooooh
Ooh ooh ooooh

It's strange how you move in the night
Black clothes and the style is so right
You look like you stepped right out of a foreign movie

It's strange all the music you make
It's strange just how much I can take
Your mind is alive and you play your guitar so groovy

Repeat Chorus

Repeat First Verse

Repeat Chorus
Repeat Chorus

Walk of Shame

Written By: Lyrics by Laurie Libido and Junie Tune

I wake up
I look around the place
I check the sheets, my hair, the look on my face
I look at him
I don't remember his name
Oh Lord, I've done it again
And it's always the same

I grab my clothes
I tiptoe on the floor
I lost my keys
And I can't find the door
I don't know where I parked my car
Or if I left it at the bar
I'm runnin' with a sense of dread ...
Are those my panties on his head?

Look out, it's a walk of shame
Look out, it's a walk of shame
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey

Just seems to be a habit of mine
I know what I want, so don't waste my time
It feels so good
Just to get around
But I lose myself when I'm all over town

I grab my clothes
I tiptoe on the floor
I lose my keys
And I can't find the door

I don't know where I'm supposed to be
Or if I've lost my sanity
Just gimme gimme gimme more
And then you'll find me out the door

Repeat Chorus

Don't know, it's just a habit of mine
Quit your whinin' and bitchin' you're just wastin' my time
He says, "hello!"
And he calls me by name
Can't remember the face 'cause they all look the same

I grab my clothes
I tiptoe on the floor
I lose my keys
And I can't find the door

You call us whores but that's not true
You boys will always do it too
Just gimme gimme gimme more
And then you'll see that I'm not bored

Look out its a walk of shame
Look out its a walk of shame
Oh my its a walk of shame
Good Lord its a walk of shame
Well he does the walk of shame
And she does the walk of shame
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey, yeah

Hot Little Ride

Written By: June Higgins (a/k/a Junie Tune)

I've got a hot little ride
No doubt about it
When I drive by
The boys stand up and shout out

Revin' up my motor
Keep my engine clean
I'll tell ya something, honey
It's one mean machine

Crusin' through the city
See me changin' gears
Flyin' down the highway
So you know I'm here

You saw my body
and you started cryin'
That's no surprise
Look what you've been drivin'

CHORUS

Come on baby, go for a ride
My motor's revin'
Won't you come on inside
Come on baby, go for a ride
You better buckle up tight

Verse

I've got a hot little ride
And I'm buildin' speed
Cruising with my top down
Is all I need

Your head slams back
As I'm shiftin' gears
Red lights are flashin'
Sirens in my ears

Sneakin' up the alley
Til the coast is clear
Gun down on the throttle
So we disappear

We're movin' faster
And you think you're dying
That's no surprise
Look what you've been drivin'

Chorus

Verse Outtro

I've got a hot, hot, hot little ride
No doubt about it
If you like what you see
Well just stand up and shout it

Chorus

Get It

Written By: Mark Hutchins (written for The Platforms)

VERSE:

Born bad
But I'm still alive
Lookin' for trouble
Since the age of five

Stayin' out late
That's what I do
Cuz it sure feels good
Bein' bad for you

PRE-CHORUS:

All those nasty things
You heard about me
The lies and rumors
They're all true, you see

You should have never
Left him alone with me
Cuz now he's comin' home with me
And I know . . .

CHORUS:

I'm gonna get it
Because I did it
And you damn well better believe
I'm gonna do it again

Oh, I'm gonna get it
Because I did it
And you damn well better believe
I'm gonna do it again

REPEAT VERSE, PRE-CHORUS, CHORUS

PRE-CHORUS

CHORUS OUTTRO:

I'm gonna get it, get it, get it, get it
I'm gonna get it, get it, get it, get it
I'm gonna get it, get it, get it, get it
I'm gonna get it, get it, get it . . .

Eddie Can't Dance [about Eddie Izzard]

Written By: Laurie Gallardo, Ashton Gray

Movin' and groovin'
He's makin' his way back to you now
Lipstick and skirts and high heels
He's a Hell of a man

But my friend came along
And he told me that something was missing

He said my Eddie can't dance
He said my Eddie can't dance
He said my Eddie can't dance
He can't dance at all

I said now hold on
Just what do you think you are sayin'
Everyone knows that my Eddie knows how to get down

But my friend kept on sayin'
The same thing over and over
Oh no

He said my Eddie can't dance
He said my Eddie can't dance
He said my Eddie can't dance
He can't dance at all

He's more of a man
Than you'll ever know
He's more of a man
Than you'll ever know
He's more of a man
Than you'll ever know
He's more of a man
Than you could ever dream to be

[spoken]
Now my friend told me that my Eddie can't dance. So, do you know what I told that guy? I said, Even in a dress, he's still a bigger man than you any damn day . . .

He said my Eddie can't dance
He said my Eddie can't dance
He said my Eddie can't dance
He can't dance at all

But my Eddie can dance
Yes my Eddie can dance, he can
Yeah my Eddie can dance
We're gonna have a ball
Ohhhhhhhh . . .

Discography

EP or LP "Stepped Up" [Tentative Title] -- Scheduled for Release Winter 2009/2010 (Ankle Injury Records)

Video "Hot Little Ride" -- Released August 15, 2008 (directed by Johan Grimm)

Single "Hot Little Ride" -- Released August 15, 2008 (Ankle Injury Records)

"Walk of Shame" featured on Topplers Records Compilation -- UK Rel. 2006

LP "Kicked Off"-- Released November 27, 2004 (Ankle Injury Records)

EP Demo--October 2003

Set List

Typical Setlist [45 minutes to 1 hour]:
Kick Your Rock Off
Fly
Celebrity Life
Get It
Hot Little Ride
Eddie Can't Dance
'Cause You Wanted Me Too
Rock 'n' Roll Loves You, Baby
Scorn
Wimp [Cover of The Zeroes/by Javier Escovedo]
Vespa Girl
Sue's Blue Shoes
Strange
Walk of Shame
Bang Me
I'll Give You What You Want
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' [Cover of Nancy Sinatra/by Lee Hazlewood]
Gimme Some [Cover of The Skunks/by Jesse Sublett & Eddie Munoz]

The Platforms perform primarily original songs written by or for the band, and select from various covers retro-fitted in the band's garage/glam image.