Têtes Noires was the first female rock band from Minneapolis (not to be confused with Vixen, which got its start in Saint Paul a year or so earlier and then moved out to LA), and if you grew up in Minneapolis in the early to middle ’80s, chances are you may have heard this song, “Lucky Girl”, by this band.
The band’s name is French for “black heads”, a reference to the shared hair color of its members. They weren’t really punk, despite the hair; they were more new-wavey with solidly good songwriting and singing skills. They lasted roughly five years, from 1982 to 1987, and broke open the trail for groups like ZuZu’s Petals and Babes in Toyland.
Pull up the pet and beverage of your choice and have a listen.