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BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, Mary McCue, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Phil Sweeney, band

Blast Off Country Style.

MEMBERS

Chris Callahan,

Evelyn Hurley,

Mary MacCue, (-1995)

Phil Sweeney [Chaud Baise],

Allison Rigo, (1995-1996)


HOMETOWN

Harrisonburg, Virginia (1992-94)

Washington, D.C. (1994-)


MOST POPULAR

I Love Entertainment
C'mon & Blast Off Country Style
Rainbow Mayonnaise Deluxe


GREATEST HITS

All She Wants To Do is Ride...
Buttercup
Cutie Pie
Hey, Hey, I Love You Bitch!
Lake Eerie
Nun in a Frigid Cell
Social Firefly


ALSO

B.O.C.S. at All Music


DESCRIPTION

Talk about crazy, this quirky quartet is a bunch of geeks! Hailing from Washington, D.C., they are completely earnest while singing about space travel and how totally cool they can be while "hanging out in the basement of the school library." Blast Off Country Style was started in 1992 by lead singer Evelyn Hurley and bassist Phil Sweeney after their second year of college left them feeling bereft of knowledge and inspiration. After teaming up with Chris Callahan on drums, and Mary MacCue on guitar this luminous band was born!


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BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE I Love Entertainment 7-inch single
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE Pretty Sneaky Sis' 7-inch single
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE Giggles'n'Gloom 7-inch single
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE What Gives? 7-inch single
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE C'Mon & Blast Off Country Style album
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE Rainbow Mayonnaise Deluxe album
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE In My Arms album
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE Wild West Showdown single
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE tee-shirt
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Mary MacCue Richards

Mary, Chris, Evelyn, Phil [L to R]
Photo by [unknown]


BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Mary MacCue Richards

Mary, Chris, Evelyn, Phil
on N. Quincy Street
Arlington, Virginia
Photo by Mark Robinson



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Mary MacCue Richards

Mary, Chris, Evelyn, Phil
at the B.B.C., England
Photo by [unknown]



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Mary MacCue Richards

Mary, Evelyn, Phil
Photo by Bill Hunt



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Mary MacCue Richards

Mary, Evelyn, Phil
at their first performance
Photo by [unknown]



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Mary MacCue Richards

Mary, Evelyn, Phil
at Lollapalooza
Photo by [unknown]



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Chris Callahan

Chris
Photo by Mark Robinson



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE, band, Phil Sweeney, Chris Callahan, Evelyn Hurley, Allison Rigo

The latter line-up featuring guitarist Allison Rigo.
Photo by Victoria Hurley



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE t-shirt

Blast Off Country Style
"C'mon and Blast Off"
fan-made tee-shirt
front



BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE t-shirt

Blast Off Country Style
"C'mon and Blast Off"
fan-made tee-shirt
back


FUN FACT

Erin Smith, from the rock'n'roll band Bratmobile, once considered joining the band and spent a weekend in Harrisonburg, Virginia rehearsing with them.


FILM


SOCIAL FIREFLY

Performed live at King's Head Inn, Norfolk, Virginia, April 9, 1993. (via Terry Harrison).


TEENAGE UNICORN

Performed live at King's Head Inn, Norfolk, Virginia, April 9, 1993. (via Terry Harrison).


BIOGRAPHY

Talk about crazy, this quirky quartet is a bunch of geeks! Hailing from Washington, D.C., they are completely earnest while singing about space travel and how totally cool they can be while "hanging out in the basement of the school library." Blast Off Country Style was started in 1992 by lead singer Evelyn Hurley and bassist Phil Sweeney after their second year of college left them feeling bereft of knowledge and inspiration. After teaming up with Chris Callahan on drums, and Mary MacCue on guitar this luminous band was born! One evening Blast Off played a show where Mark Robinson of Teen-Beat was attending. He immediately fell in love with the group and asked them if they wanted to play some shows in D. C. with bands from Teen-Beat, thus beginning the spacy career of Blast Off Country Style!

Released in early 1994, "C'mon and Blast Off Country Style," is a compilation of Blast Off's first four singles. More than Anglo cutey-pop or Olympia riot-grrlishness, such songs as "Social Firefly" and "Teenage Unicorn" evoke Doris Day or Jackie del Shannon. Their casual and giggling approach to pop is gleefully wiggly and fresh, sounding almost as if it is the work of kids brought up at the knee of Hanna-Barbera Productions. The members of the band don't embellish their melodies with slick production or polished playing, but they still come off with a shine like Woolworth lip gloss on the girl next door. The record is full of 1950's childhood memories but with a 1990's twist. Imagine eavesdropping in on a gossipy slumber party, hearing the tuneful "Hey, Hey, I Love You Bitch!" followed by the bouncy "Teen Age Unicorn" finally ending on a hip toe-tapping "All She Wants To Do is Ride Her Bike." Blast Off Country Style songs are primitive, but tuneful, blithe, and heartfelt.

"Rainbow Mayonnaise Deluxe," Blast Off's second record, and their first full-length album, shows the band's everlasting devotion for coy packaging and amusing songs. The artwork for the disc was done by Furu of "100 Guitar Mania" in Japan, and there's more fun and excitement on this album than you could ever imagine. Occasionally emitting twangy plucks and dynamic harmonic wanderings, B.O.C.S. music in engaging, minimalistic, stripped down art. Hurley's vocals have a Kim Deal roundness as they bounce around the cheery lyrics, like in "Buttercup:" "He's the one who's always touching my cute bum/ He wears tight pants and silly make up/ And wants me to call him Buttercup." These seemingly simple singing laid-upon distortion-filled guitar and bass create an unassuming, amicable familiarity throughout all of Blast Off Country Style's music.

Blast Off Country Style have a rather endearing, quirky way with making music, and with all their charms they are sure to quickly captivate the listener, smothering them in the enthusiastic world of B.O.C.S., where everything they do is deluxe.

DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

I Love Entertainment
Pretty Sneaky Sis'
Giggles'n'Gloom
What Gives?
Wild West Showdown


ALBUMS

C'Mon & Blast Off Country Style
Rainbow Mayonnaise Deluxe
In My Arms


COMPILATIONS

Wakefield: Volume 1
Wakefield: Volume 2
Wakefield: Volume 3
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
1996 Teenbeat Sampler
The Basement Recordings: Live At Cicero's


ALSO

BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE tee-shirt
Teen-Beat Circus Tour
Teen-Beat Night at O'Carroll's


RELATED

Cotton Candy
The Gollipopps
Hot Pursuit
Sexual Milkshake


SONGS

All She Wants to Do is Ride Her Bike
Barf City USA
The Boy Whose Head Exploded (Meets Electric Girl)
Buttercup
Come Out and Play
Comet Song
Cutie Pie
Demon School Dropout
The Devil Emmanuel & Lewis
Ding Dong
Eric Gafney
Far-Out-Law
Giggles'n'Gloom
Giggles'n'Gloom Reprise
Hey, Hey, I Love You Bitch!
Hey Little Man
Lake Eerie
Lonesome Johnson & the Blah Blah Blahs
Moyonnaise Rainbow
Monkey Wrench
Nun in a Frigid Cell
Social Firefly
Standard Green
Sunburn
Teenage Unicorn
Tough Luck, Trashcan!
What Gives?
Where the Geeks Are
Why I Oughta
Wiener Dude Attitude
Wild West Showdown