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1. Hey, I'm Gonna Be Your Girl
2. Let's Go Mano
3. Teenage Runaway
4. Lana & Steve
5. I'm Gonna Make Him Mine (Tonight)
6. Huff All Night
7. I Don't Wanna Go
8. We Don't Go
9. Friday Fun
10. Everybody's Smoking Cheeba
11. Get Rid of That Girl
12. Drive In
13. Do You Wanna Go Out With Me
14. Rock 'N' Roll Boy
15. High School Yum Yum
16. Boy Like You
17. Let's Rab
18. Let's Go Mano
19. Last Chance Dance
20. I Wanna Be a Unabomber
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Lookout Records
  • ASIN: B00004W52J
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bryan on February 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
i don't understand the lack of respect for this album. i get the hunch that the other reviewers are a bit more into pop music than punk rock. this album is the most raw and purely punk than the others. this definitely has a ramones feel as well as some of the better lofi garage bands out there. the donnas seem to have gotten away from this sound which is a shame because this album is a gem and i was hoping the following stuff would be more of the same.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion this is much better that American Teenage Rock n' Roll Machine. The songs are raw and don't suffer from overproduction. The songwriting is awesome and they just seem to have more spirit on this one. This is one of my favorite albums ever: every song is great. Some of them could have been recorded better, but this is the catchiest stuff they've done (although I haven't bought the new one yet). Many of these songs (i.e., Lana and Stevie, I Don't Wanna Rock N' Roll Tonight, High School Yum Yum ...) are classics in the girl punk pop genre. Very worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stump Tadesco on January 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There are so many reasons to love the Donnas, and this album is one of them. These gilrs lived out every single high school kid's dream: forming a band with your best friends and becoming rock stars. Way to go, girls! I can hear their first conversations about forming a band, because me and my friends had probably the same conversations in high school. Only we weren't clever enough to think up a gimmick like they did. I'm guessing their conversation ended with something like, "We're gonna be the female Ramones!", and this album sure proves it. Every song on this album is a piecework of Ramones riffs, lyrical influence, phrasing, rhytms, etc... And I love them for it. They even managed to fit that awkwardky phrased line from "Rockaway Beach" into "High School Yum Yum". They wanted to be young punks like the Ramones, and they succeeded. This album is great fun to listen to. They capture the 70s punk sound perfectly. If you're into the original NY punk scene, you'll probably love this album. If you're into The Donnas, this album is a great addition to your CD collection. One thing is made perfectly clear on this album: these girls mean business, and they go on to prove it with their subsequent albums. Their musical growth from "The Donnas" to "Gold Medal" is astounding. They didn't sell out, they grew up. But hey, when I was an angry young punk I whined that X sold out when they released albums like "More Fun In the New World". Then I grew up and it became one of my all-time favorite albums. If you buy "The Donnas" and "Gold Medal", chance are you're going to be hooked and want to buy their other CDs to hear their progression from here to there. I would highly recommend any of the Donnas albums. These are some very talented women, and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jlennon314 on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to agree with previous reviewers in that this is not the place to start with The Donnas. Oddly enough, though, this was my first Donnas CD. Not only that, but after listening to it, I immediately went on Amazon and bought all of their other albums. So in only a couple of weeks, I owned all 6 albums.

The Donnas are known as the "female Ramones." Well, this is the reason why. This CD is a complete Ramones rip-off CD. But this is NOT a bad thing for one glaring reason - The Donnas are very, very good. It already shows in this, their first album. It sounds vastly different from their other efforts - little soloing, faster playing, and an overall high school anti-cheerleader sort of sound and feel. Great songs such as "Hey, I'm Gonna Be Your Girl," "Let's Go Mano!," and "Get Rid of that Girl" play through my speakers about once a day. The great, simple yet inspired songwriting that these girls show is subtle in this album, but it's strong enough that you can hear it and say to yourself "these girls are good."

So why only four stars? Well, like I said, this isn't a place to start for most people unless you are a '77-punk admirer. It captures that sound to a T, even down to the recording. The recording quality actually varies across the album, with some songs sounding like they were recorded on a handheld pocket recorder, and others sounding just perfect. That may throw off some people, too.

Overall, 23 songs, only 41 minutes - what's there to hate? If you hate the song you're hearing, it'll be over soon. And with this kind of music, the more the better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schteezer carrerra on September 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The above reviews are far too harsh. This album is pure punk, in style and spirit. Their later albums veer more towards KISS and AC/DC which is all well and good. But here you will hear essential and entertaining grrl punk anthems like "i'm gonna make him mine tonite" and "i don't wanna go to school"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'll give it 3 1/2 stars. In the last half dozen or so years, I've heard much now and again about this all-female band. This is apparently their debut effort, which has twenty-three songs that runs a total of forty-one minutes. The music is good, rebellious and upbeat punk. If you haven't heard this CD yet, check it out and TRY and convince me they're NOT ripping off The Ramones. Which can be a good thing, if it's done correctly. The Donnas have achieved that goal. Tunes like "Let's Go Mano", "Teenage Runaway", "I'm Gonna Make Him Mine", "Friday Fun", their Beach Boys cover "Drive In" and the Phil Spector cut "Da Doo Ron Ron" show us the Donnas mean business. Should appeal to fans of Kitty, Courtney Love, Muffs, The Runaways and L7.
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