A few years back, I was the lead singer in a San Francisco girl band Stone Fox. Okay… it was more then a few years ago, but who’s counting? Put it this way – we were a GIRRRRL band!
After our first CD release, we were thrown out on our first national tour. We got a call and were told that if we could make it from SF to Savannah, Georgia in 48 hours we could join the last leg of the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts tour.
We were psyched! My friends and I formed the band for the sole purpose of doing a live performance of Joan Jett’s first band The Runaways’ obscure epic song ‘Dead in Justice’ (a rock musical waiting to happen).
The first night, we all got to meet her before we played. She looked amazing. She had not aged an inch and this was before the chemical warfare puffed out freezer face was popular. After we played, we watched her show!! She blew us away! What an awesome role model she was for a bunch of rock and roll girls like ourselves. At the time everyone else was trying to sound like Nirvana, but there was an undeniable realization that every kid was missing out on the pure thump of rock and roll!!
For the weeks to come, my bandmates and I followed Miss Jett around like she was a mama kitten and we were hungry for more milk! (That sounded gross.) I remember one day we had just landed in New Orleans and had a few hours to kill before sound check. Joan asked us if we wanted to go walk through the French Quarter and we all wagged our tails yes! She got pretty grumpy about the baby alligators that were killed, stuffed and shellacked to sell to the tourists. We loved her PMS anarchist manifesto.
That day, she also gave me one of her makeup secrets: Maybelline Waterproof liquid eye liner. The stuff looked wet and stayed on through a whole show!!
I’m glad some things never change, like the true, rich, rhythmic power chords of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and that magical shiny black liquid made by Maybelline.
Here are some other “oldie but goodie” products in the makeup world I find delightfully dandy.
Nivea Cream. I rediscovered this when I was in Europe and it was at every convenience store. Great for the real rough body parts: elbows, feet and hands.
Estee Lauder’s lip colors: Hydra Luster in Rich Red – even the packaging is old school and the color is so classic that just wearing it makes me want to swing dance!
Coty’s Air spun face powder translucent extra coverage. I was so sad when I heard they changed the packaging, but it’s great powder!
Rimme’ls Unchanged lipsticks colors from the 1950s: Lasting Finish in Coral, Gold or Rose Sorbet. Such classic colors but with a newer formula!
So try on some black liner, throw on a pair of black stretch pants, some Pro Keds and listen to Bad Reputation again!
Have fun being a GIRL!!!!