With the Briefs, Tanka Ray and Kandi and the Tube Tops
Decades after the Runaways secured their sphere of influence, members of today's leading all-female rock groups still prefer the naughty-girl outfits and pop-punk riffs that Joan Jett and Lita Ford pioneered. Fabulous Disaster seems more mature than its peers, with teen angst giving way to adult lust and sharp riffs taking the place of simpler chord progressions. In the studio (with NOFX's Fat Mike behind the board), it's easy to get that kind of cred. But it's Fabulous Disaster's ability to replicate that urgency on stage, even when singing lyrics that belie its tuff-girl image (Sitting in my room thinking of you/Half bottle of gin for a heart cut in two), that makes its members the new queens of noise.