6 Feb 2012
Most of you know this already but we've had a few people ask the last week why we picked the name 'Too Cute To Puke' for our femme fronted night. Was it because we think girl fronted bands are cute just because they're girls? No is the short answer.
The long answer is: So Tough! So Cute! was named after the Slits song 'So Tough'. Because it's an amazing song. The 'So Cute' bit came from the term 'cutie' that was lazily applied to all fey and twee indie pop bands in the eighties. When STSC started we played everything from tough and heavy sounding post-punkers Au Pairs, Delta 5 and the Slits to wimpy and twee cuties Field Mice, Brighter and Another Sunny Day (although Harvey insists he was Punk Rock). So you see, the name worked - tough and cute. Also we had a 15 minute deadline to come up with a name before we had to send off the flyers to the printers.
When it was time to name our new femme focused night we were madly and deeply in love with the much missed Mika Miko, who were punk rockers, and who had incidentally done a version of the Slits 'So Tough' song. Because it's an amazing song. And whilst digging backwards and forwards through their discography we ran into the song 'Too Cute To Puke' which contained the word 'cute' - which, if you have been paying attention, was already in the name So Tough! So Cute! so it kinda fit.
And we come full circle. It all connects. Also we had a 15 minute deadline to come up with a name before we had to send off the flyers to the printers.