Monday, August 22, 2005

Hazzards Of New York Are More Into Ukes Than Dukes

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The two ladies that front a New York City-based band called The Hazzards are making a name for themselves – without resorting to Daisy Duke shorts.

In the last five years, Sydney Maresca and Anne Harris have grown from a duo who plays the ukulele, glockenspiel, Casio and tambourine to a five-piece band who sing rockin’ tunes about gay boyfriends, crushes on Hassidic Jews and other taboo subjects.

The girls, who perform in everything from janitor outfits to billowy prom dresses and neck braces, say their hit “Gay Boyfriend” was based on personal experiences, and lead singer Harris admits, “I still dated a 22-year-old ‘ballerino’ afterwards.”

Another taboo-busting tune is “Always,” which may be the first pop song about what Maresca refers to as “perioding your pants.”

Some of the lyrics include lines like, In a Shakespeare costume, in a brand new swimsuit/ First day of school through four layers of clothes/ Supervising a birthday party on a carousel/ In white jean shorts everything shows.

Maresca notes, “It’s sung in a very sexy voice.”

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