Upcoming shows!!!


Catch the girls  at the Cutting Room

Friday Feb 22nd
44 East 32nd St
$20 in advance/$25 at the door


the pretty babies are:
bibi farbe
r as jamie destri
mony falcone
as nigella harrison
heidi lieb
as chrissie stein
jill richmond
as fran infante
tammy faye starlite as debbie harry

with special guest ronnie "spector" metz as clem burke

Latest News:
Tammy in the New York TImes!
Pretty Babies in concert at The Cutting Room on Feb. 22!

NYT Arts Beat:

Calling All Nico Fans

If you’ve secretly harbored the belief that Nico, the sultry German chanteuse who sang briefly with the Velvet Underground, was a major but sadly unappreciated cultural icon, your moment may be at hand.

   Just last month John Cale, who worked with Nico in the Velvets and produced the best of her solo recordings, devoted the first evening of his three-nightresidency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music paying tribute to Nico with a program of her songs. And at the Cutting Room the night before Mr. Cale’s Nico concert, the performance artist Tammy Faye Starlite presented “Chelsea Mädchen,” the show in which she has been channeling Nico in all her Teutonic glory – using songs, interview excerpts and interpolations of her own – since 2010.

Now the Cutting Room is giving Ms. Starlite a residency of her own: she will present “Chelsea Mädchen” at the space every Monday evening in June. She did get an endorsement, of sorts, from Mr. Cale, who approved of Ms. Starlite’s interest in bringing out Nico’s dark humor in the spoken parts of her production. “I think it’s a really good idea,” Mr. Cale said. “It’s the other side of the coin. The humor in Nico is very hard to find. She was really good at creating the perfect storm. She would read a room, and would say things that would send everyone off at the same time. As an agent provocateur, she was perfect.”

   In the meantime Ms. Starlite is turning her attention to a portrayal of another, more recent downtown rock goddess, Deborah Harry of Blondie: she will be fronting the Pretty Babies, an all-female Blondie tribute band, in a Blondie tribute on Feb. 22, also at the Cutting Room.

A version of this article appeared in print on 02/16/2013, on page C2 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Calling All Nico Fans.



The Pretty Babies, the (known) world's only all-female Blondie tribute band is set to perform at The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32 St, Friday, February 22 at 10 PM.  Tickets, $20 and $25, are available in advance at or
may be purchased at the door.  The band has built a stellar reputation for its portrayal of the new wave darlings whose 'hit list' includes such louche standouts as "Hanging On The Telephone," "One Way Or Another," "Dreaming," "Rapture," "Rip Her To Shreds," "Call Me," "Heart of Glass" and, of course, "Pretty Baby" from which the Tammy Faye Starlite-fronted group derives its moniker.
The group's booking on February 22, in the wake of Tammy Faye's performance of Nico/Chelsea Mädchen at
the club last month, is not coincidental in the least.  It has been explained that the 2:22 is the running time of "Hanging On The Telephone," that 2/22 is the 38th birthday of Drew Barrymore who has expressed interest in portraying Debbie Harry in a biopic -- irrespective of her inability to carry a tune -- "so I could steal the wardrobe, ”as told to Spin Magazine,  Tammy Faye also notes that "2/22 is the actual birthday of George Washington's who was clearly snubbed by Spielberg this year," going on to suggest that the Pretty Babies' performance will, somehow, "right this heinous wrong." 
Tammy, on a Washington tear, adds, "We will celebrate his honesty, his military prowess and his inimitable coiffure with songs that represent all that he stood for: One Way Or Another,' a reflection of his determination to defeat our British overlords, 'Dreaming,' regarding his young aspirations to become the first US President even though no one had any idea there would ever be such an office or country, 'Rip Her To Shreds' which details his known hatred Betsy Ross' design aesthetic and 'Rapture,' a pean to his deism. 
Bob Gruen the legendary rock photographer who famously shot Blondie has done the same for The Pretty
Babies as evidenced by the group photo seen here.  He was so impressed by their musical prowess that they have twice played his birthday celebration and if that isn't an act of affirmation we don't know what is.


Speaking of affirmation, press notices for past Pretty Babies performances have been wildly
enthusiastic, Time Out New York raved, "The all-girl Blondie tribute band—featuring the amazingly dead-ringer
talent of Tammy Faye Starlite (as Ms. Harry)—give a slammin’ show." Heather Raphael wrote in LucidCulture, "
I was not let down by the Pretty Babies; 
Tammy Faye Starlite put on a fabulous performance."  PeachParts called The
Pretty Babies "The number 1 all-female Blondie tribute band in the lower 48," characterizing their performance as "
A glorious pop-punky-glitter ball- Studio 54-meets-CBGB's night of late '70's decadent delirium."
Concert Pictures from the 4/1 show Courtesy of Yancy Sabenicio
Concert pictures 10/31/09

These are HOT out of the studio!