Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Kate Fagan


I don't have any information on Kate Fagan other than that she was a member of Heavy Manners- an early 80s ska act from Chicago.

I found this in the .99 cent bin at Reckless years ago...overjoyed that I actually found it after repeated listens to "I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool" taped off the radio. "I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool" is definitely the stand-out track while "Waiting For The Crisis" is a quirky nod to Devo with clunky lyrics. Listen to that Mid-Western Accent!

Kate Fagan - I Don't Wanna Be Too Cool
Kate Fagan - Waiting For The Crisis

13 Comments:

Anonymous virago said...

wouldn't early-80s chicago ska have to be second wave? i think that first wave refers to the original 60s jamaican ska, but i could also be wrong.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Fatty Jubbo said...

you are right.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Wow, I kinda thought I might be the last remaining fan (for whatever internal reasons I might have) of this song. Glad to know I was wrong (and that I don't have to put off making a digital encode of my single anymore). I have a Heavy Manners single as well by the way, but it's not blessed with the same charm at all.

Thank you sir.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Miss F said...

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7:57 AM  
Blogger Miss F said...

thanks for sharing the Kate fagan song. who among us really would want to be TOO cool?

0_~

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't thought of this for years, but somehow I've been singing it all day. I'm so glad you've posted this -- brings back great memories.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome song! B-side is pretty good, too.

BTW, new wave is an accurate description.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate also sang with BB Spin, before joining Heavy Manners.

4:00 PM  
Blogger gr said...

loved that Kate Fagan. The record you bought, was it a single, EP or LP?

it's really hard to find any information about her.

You will find only an australian folk singer with same name.

I have posted that "don't wanna be too cool" on the blog i'm beggining:
http://naoserestrinja.blogspot.com/2007/05/crise-de-identidade-clone-cover-pixies.html

And here I reproduced what you wrote about her:
http://naoserestrinja.blogspot.com/2007/05/legtima-e-verdadeira-kate-fagan.html

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Gene said...

Thanks for the Kate Fagan posts! Heavy Manners (with Kate Fagan) will be playing a couple of shows this weekend.

Saturday, Aug 11 2007, 9:00P @ The Wild Hare w/ The Drastics and DJ Check Wren

Sunday, Aug 12 2007, 4:00P @ Halsted Market Days (Main Stage)

Check out:
http://www.myspace.com/heavymannersreunion

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can find copies of a heavy manners compliation CD through novo records. nice to her the old kate fagan single again.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sat next to Kate on a flight down to New Orleans last month. She looks and sounds great and says Heavy Manners still plays and tours in the summer season. You can see their webpage at www.myspace.com/heavymanners

Doc Yankee

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Kate Fagan and Heavy Manners put out a new single Fight the Good Fight b/w Get Me Outta Debt. Check em on itunes or HM Facebook page. The band plays next on Nov. 26 at Beat Kitchen. We've been know to throw Too Cool into our sets.

9:24 PM  

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