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Encyclopedia > Chicks on Speed
Chicks on Speed
Origin Munich, Germany
Years active 1997—present
Genres Electroclash
Electro Music
Experimental Music
Labels Chicks on Speed Records
K Records
Website(s) Chicksonspeed.com

Chicks on Speed are a female electropop group which got its origins in Munich, formed in 1997 after the members had met through the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Chicks on Speed's core members consist of Alex Murray-Leslie (originally Nicki Murray-Leslie; born September 1, 1970, Australia), Melissa Logan (born September 9, 1970, USA) and Kiki Moorse (the daughter of the late film-maker George Moorse; born March 23, 1967, Germany). Around Chicks on Speed there is grouped a large and ever-changing collective of musicians, producers, graphic artists, designers, film and video makers, and so on. Though usually considered part of such musical genres as electroclash, actually Chicks on Speed started as a multidisciplinary art group, who applied punk-inspired DIY ethic to performance art, collage graphics and home-made fashion (they have created their own stage costumes with cheap and recycled material such as plastic bags and gaffa tape, for example). They originally got their name when they earned some extra money at art galleries by hanging paintings to the walls, and someone quipped that they worked like "chicks on speed". They had their own club nights at Munich's Seppi Bar: Chicks on Speed had created an installation piece which was called "I Wanna Be A DJ, Baby", where they stood behind DJ decks and smashed records while a sound collage tape was playing. For this project they also put together a "box set" with a T-shirt, a cassette, a paper record and a fake interview for their "band", at this stage yet imaginary. During this time period they met Upstart (a.k.a. Peter Wacha) of Disko B record label who helped Chicks on Speed to actually get started in music. Munich: Frauenkirche and Town Hall steeple Munich (German: München pronunciation) is the state capital of the German Bundesland of Bavaria. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... K Records logo K Records is an independent record label in Olympia, Washington, co-founded, owned, and operated by Calvin Johnson, formerly of the bands Cool Rays, Beat Happening, The Go Team, The Halo Benders and, at present, in the band Dub Narcotic Sound System. ...


Early days

Logan, Moorse and Murray-Leslie were all students at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich when they met in 1997 at one of the Academy's bars. They began working as a group to create art exhibitions (their name "Chicks On Speed" is derived from a comment made about their style) and hosts of illegal parties known as "Seppi Bar". These parties included a performance piece titled "I Wanna Be A DJ, Baby". At this point CoS was essentially a "fake band", including mock T-shirts, records and cassettes. In this period, COS met Upstart of record label Disko B. This meeting would see the medium of music merge into the Chicks' multimedia explorations. The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (German: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, also known as Munich Academy) was founded 1808 by Maximilian I of Bavaria in Munich as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1946, the Academy was merged with the schools for arts-and-crafts and...


A cassette titled Analog Internet was the first piece of music released by Chicks On Speed. The cassette was released in 1997, though it seems widely agreed that the first COS single was a cover of the song "Warm Leatherette", originally by Daniel Miller (as The Normal), released in 7" form. The single was released in 1998 and a further four singles ("Smash Metal", "Euro Trash Girl", "Mind Your Own Business" and "Glamour Girl" over 1998 and 1999) preceded any actual album releases. In March of 2000, two COS LP's were released, the first titled The Un-Releases, is not considered an official album; it is described instead as a "collage" of various songs in various forms by the trio. COS' debut, Chicks On Speed Will Save Us All appeared later in the month and featured all five of the previous singles as well as a new one, "Kaltes Klares Wasser", a cover of a song by the German all-women punk band Malaria. All six of these singles proved popular and in October of 2000, The Re-Releases Of The Un-Releases was issued. Daniel Miller is a researcher and lecturer at the University College London (UCL) department of anthropology. ... The Normal is the recording artist name used by English film editor Daniel Miller, who is best known as the founder of the record label Mute Records. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...

Several EP's were issued over the next few years such as "Chix 52", a collection of B-52's covers and "Fashion Rules" heralded the arrival of the 2003 sophomore album 99 Cents. The album produced three more singles, "We Don't Play Guitars", a collaboration with Canadian artist Peaches, which was well-received around the world, a cover of Tom Tom Club's "Wordy Rappinghood" which saw a number of guest stars including Le Tigre, and "Flame On", a hidden track on the album. An unofficial fourth member of the band is Anat Ben-David, who has been cooperating with the band since 2002. The B-52s are a rock band from Athens, Georgia, the first of many from the college town that has become one of the most important centers in alternative rock. ... 99 Cents is an album by German electroclash trio Chicks On Speed. ... Peaches may refer to: Peaches, a type of fruit Peaches, an Electroclash musician Peaches, a song by The Stranglers Peaches, a character in the motion picture Ken Park Peaches, a song by The Presidents of the United States of America Peaches, a musical artist. ... Tom Tom Club was a New Wave band, a side project set up by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz who were also members of the Talking Heads. ... Le Tigre (album) Le Tigre (shirt) Le Tigre is a feminist electro post-punk band formed in 1998 by Kathleen Hanna. ...

In 2004, their third album, Press The Spacebar was released. The album was a collaboration with Spanish band The No-Heads. To date there have been no singles issued from the album, though, interestingly, it includes a new version of "Culture Vulture", a song from their previous LP release on 99 cents.

The Chicks are currently finishing the new album, which is scheduled for release in January 2007, with a 12" single release of ART RULES! featuring Douglas Gordon in November 2006. Anat Ben-David who has collaborated on the new album, will become a proper member of Chicks on Speed for the new release project. A teaser Internet release of the song "My Space" is available through their MySpace site.

Outside of Music

Logan, Moorse and Murray-Leslie have always classified themselves as a "project" where others would classify them a band. They own one record label, Chicks On Speed Records, releasing recordings by Le Tigre, Kevin Blechdom PLANNINGTOROCK and Angie Reed. Le Tigre (album) Le Tigre (shirt) Le Tigre is a feminist electro post-punk band formed in 1998 by Kathleen Hanna. ... Kevin Blechdom, born Kristin Erickson, is an experimental electronic musician from San Francisco, California. ...

First and foremost, their interests have lain in art, something that also characterizes their live performances. They have held exhibitions such as XMas, Sell-Out, and ChicksTV, and played live at MoMA in June, 2006, as part of a special evening with Douglas Gordon. They have been responsible for cover art for various other artists, particularly ones signed to their label and Mego records in Vienna.

The Chicks also specialize in merchandise. They design clothing from materials such as paper and leather, which, as well as wearing on tour or in photographs, they sell in their online shop. There is demand for their merchandise in shops worldwide.

They have published one book, titled Chicks on Speed: It's A Project, which contains historical pieces of information about the band as band and art happening.


There have been a lot of emotional feelings towards Chicks On Speed in various places around the world. Their fans view them as arty, melodramatic, unique and revolutionary. At one point they were an opening act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Brown. However, almost every night they were booed and had bottles thrown at them by the audience. They were replaced by Stellastarr*. At a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Hyde Park, London in June 2004, a bottle hit Alex Murray-Leslie who then left the stage. The Chicks on Speed were on stage for approximately 10 minutes. Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy Award-winning, four-piece rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... James Brown (born James Joseph Brown, Jr. ... stellastarr* is an American Indie rock band based in New York City. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy Award-winning, four-piece rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Hyde Park is the name of: Hyde Park, a Royal Park in London (the original location) Hyde Park in Sydney - a park some places in the United States of America: Hyde Park, Massachusetts Hyde Park, New York - a town in Dutchess County, New York Hyde Park, Vermont - a town Hyde... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In June 2006, Chicks On Speed created waves when, during the Oxygena Festival in Cordoba, Spain which they were headlining, the festival staff cut the power on their act and guards dragged them offstage because of low audience attendance. The Chicks believe that this was an act by the promoters of the festival to claim insurance from a cancelled headliner.

Solo activities of the members

Melissa Logan has appeared at the German theatre plays Versaut (with costumes by Kate Lloyd-Hughes and Chicks on Speed; at Kampnagel Theatre, Hamburg, 2001), Alles wird in Flammen stehen (Frank Gehry Tower, Hamburg, 2001) and a "propaganda operette" L'Amerique (Hamburg 2003), for which Chicks on Speed provided the song Class War. L'Amerique's "soundtrack" (with music by Les Robespierres featuring Melissa Logan) has been released on Chicks on Speed Records in 2004. Soundtrack refers to the recorded sound accompanying a visual medium such as a motion picture, television show, or video game. ...

Alex Murray-Leslie just completed working on a compilation of some 60 women in cutting edge music from the late 70s to present day, titled Girl Monster, which was released on Chicks on Speed Records in September 2006. The 12" single, containing Peaches and Scream Club, Client, Chicks on Speed, Vivien Goldman and Kids on Tv is available in August. Along with Anat Ben-David the Chicks have contributed a new song on the compilation "Plastic Surgery"



  • The Un-Releases (2000)
  • Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All (2000)
  • The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases (2000)
  • 99 Cents (2003)
  • Press the Spacebar (with the No Heads) (2004)

This article is about the year 2000. ... 99 Cents is an album by German electroclash trio Chicks On Speed. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

EPs and singles

  • Warm Leatherette (with DJ Hell) (1998)
  • Euro Trash Girl (with Mäuse) (1998)
  • Smash Metal (with DMX Krew) (1999)
  • Mind Your Own Business (with Pulsinger, Gaier/Reents) (1999)
  • Glamour Girl (1999)
  • Kaltes Klares Wasser (2000)
  • Split 7" with V/VM (2000)
  • Chix 52 (2000)
  • The Chicks on Speed / Kreidler Sessions (with Kreidler) (2001)
  • Fashion Rules (2002)
  • We Don't Play Guitars (2003)
  • Wordy Rappinghood (2003)
  • Flame On (with Mika Vainio) (2004)
  • ART RULES! (featuring Douglas Gordon), forthcoming release, 2006/07

1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

  • List of all-women bands

This is a list of all-women bands of any musical genre. ...

External links

  • The Official Chicks on Speed Site
  • The "Official Unofficial" Chicks on Speed Site @ pHinnWeb
  • Chicks on Speed @ Discogs.com
  • Chicks On Speed Lyrics
  • electrofreaks.com - Electroclash and electronic music message board
  • myspace
  • girlmonster myspace

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It features the more experimental and avant-garde side of the chicks, sewing the songs together with live recordings, chicks interviews, caustic noise bursts, and a lot of rare historic chicks material like the very first chicks recordings ever made.
Written and recorded in their hometown of Berlin, the Chicks On Speed are Kiki Moorse, Melissa Logan and Alex Murray-Leslie.
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