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Chant​/​Polyester Mama

from the lost tapes by kokoku

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Best I can remember, I came up with the Chant as an assignment in a college music composition class. I just thought it would be a hoot to put this bizarre thing in the middle of a show! As for Polyester Mama -- that was just pure silliness. Yes we do contain multitudes … -Em


Polyester Mama
by Emily Shane

Polyester mama in a chartreuse suit
Gettin’ her kicks at the laundry chute
Throwin’ her clothes on down that hole
Other folks end up with ugly clothes

Polyester mama, hey hey mama!

She got a turtleneck sweater with a hot pink horse
It’ll look real good with Bermuda shorts
Hey hey fool here’s a pair of plaid slacks
And a wild wild shirt with birds on the back

Polyester mama, hey hey mama!

She got bellbottom pants with the paisley trim
And a purple leather bag to put ‘em in
Struttin’ down to Kmart she looks so fine
Everybody stares when you stand in line

Polyester mama, hey hey mama!


from the lost tapes, released December 21, 2020
Chant/Polyester Mama - c 1983 Emily Shane
Em-lead vox, guitar hits; Gio- backing vox, rhythm guitar; Ash- backing vox, bass


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kokokutheband New York, New York

At the height of NYC's mid-80s "fast-folk" club scene alongside artists like Suzanne Vega, acoustic trio kokoku arrived with sparkling harmonies and tight rhythms .

Along with Tracy Chapman and Indigo Girls, kokoku emerged just as "women's music" became more mainstream. Some called kokoku the female Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Discover the origins of queer acoustic in these lost tapes from 1984.
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