Streetwalkin' Cheetahs


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Got a message today from Frank Meyer and it occurred to me that I haven't done a story on these guys. They are heavily influenced by our Detroit legends the MC5 and the Stooges. Very good taste indeed....They are great fun to watch...it is so marvelous to know that our music lives on.. xK

Punk revivalists the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs formed in Los Angeles in 1995, the group -- singer/guitarist Frank Meyer, guitarist Art Jackson, bassist Dino Everett and drummer Mike Sessa -- taking their cues from the protean noise of bands like the Stooges (from whose "Search and Destroy" they also copped their name) and the MC5.

Renowned for their ferocious live shows, the quartet issued their debut album Heart Full of Napalm on Alive in 1996, returning a year later with Overdrive; later in 1997, the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs also backed singer Denis Tek on new renditions of his Radio Birdman-era classics "Do the Pop"  and "More Fun."  "Do the Pop" was written by my pals Deniz  and Mark Sisto.

The next year, they repeated the trick, this time collaborating with singer Cherie Currie on a re-recording of her Runaways perennial "Cherry Bomb." Live on KXLU followed in 1999; that fall, the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs backed ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer on tour. Waiting for the Death of My Generation followed in 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

While on tour in LA in August '97, Deniz was asked to come by the studio where the Cheetahs, long time fans, were recording an album of cover versions. Runaway's vocalist Cherie Currie had just left, having done a vocal track for what eventually became the Cherry Bomb 7" on Alive. The guitar tracks for these two songs were done within an hour...

The Streetwalkin Cheetahs Photos

I asked Frank where he was from and how he discovered The 5 and Stooges....

FM: "I am from LA. I got obsessed with the Stooges and MC5 and met Greg Shaw, who hired me for research and liners for his Iguana Chronicles CDs. Around that time I formed the Cheetahs, originally as a Detroit rock cover band of sorts."

"But we soon started writing our own tunes, Greg signed us, we got paired up with Deniz Tek, Cherie Currie, Wayne Kramer and started touring for a decade or so. 

"After the band broke up, I played with Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome and others, then wrote my first book, On the Road with The Ramones. Several bands and books later, here we are....LOL"

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