The Donnas Biography
This all-female Alternative-Rock group from Palo Alto, California USA was formed in the early '90s by vocalist Brett Anderson, guitarist Allison Robertson, bassist Maya Ford and drummer Torry Castellano.
They started out as a cover-band performing live under the moniker of
Ragady Anne around the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1995 they became The
Donnas, with the help of Darrin Raffaelli, who had written some songs
which they recorded for his label, Super*Teem Records; they put out a
full-length and three 7-inches on Super*Teem, all of which are now out
After their first tour of Japan, they signed for Lookout Records who released "American Teenage Rock 'N' Roll Machine" in January of 1998 and a few months later, the label re-issued the band's self-titled debut LP.
The next year, the group returned with the Hard-Rock oriented "Get Skintight", an album completely written by The Donnas, except for their Mötley Crüe cover "Too Fast for Love".
Its follow-up, "Turn 21", which arrived in early 2001, climbed into the top 20 of The American Top Independent Albums chart and before the year's end the band inked a new deal with Atlantic Records.
"Spend The Night" was issued by Atlantic in October 2002 and became the band's first record to break into The Billboard Top 200 chart reaching the #62 position while the lead single, "Take It Off", peaked at #17 on The Modern Rock chart.
The band returned in October 2004 with its sixth album, "Gold Medal"; the CD reached #76 on The Billboard 200, it included the single "Fall Behind Me" which barely cracked the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart.
The Donnas returned to the music business with the full-length disc "Bitchin'" which was self-released on the band's new label, Purple Feather Records, in September 2007; "Don't Wait Up For Me" was the first single taken off the CD. "Bitchin'" hit #8 on the Top Independent Albums chart and reached the #89 spot on The Billboard 200.