Texas Terri

Barely Appreciated

Texas Terri  (born Terri Laird; April 6, 1955) is a punk rock singer and songwriter originally from Austin, Texas.  She has been in the rock ’n’ roll business for over two decades.  Texas Terri has been compared to Iggy Pop, Lux Interior, Mick Jagger, and Wendy O Williams amongst others by the music press.  Like Williams, she has developed a reputation for wild, scantily clad stage antics including regular performances where she would rip off her shirt to only be censored by electrical tape reading ‘TXT’ (her preferred shortening of her name).  In Hollywood, California in 1984, she formed trash rock band The Killer Crows.  After their break-up and a three-year break she formed Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones with Don “Demon Boy” Cilurso who became her song writing partner.  The band achieved a sizable cult status in America and Europe over the course of their six-year together.  When Cilurso left the band because of ‘personal problems’, Texas Terri chose to change the name to ‘Texas Terri Bomb!’.  (More from Wikipedia)

The two songs of theirs that I have appear on terrific hard rock/punk rock compilation albums by Dr. Wu Records:  “Motochrist” on Cadillac Compilation Vol. I (1999) and “We Came, We Saw, We Drank” on Dr. Wu Records Compilation Vol. 2-000 (2000).  Both Mötochrist songs are stomping punk rock classics, with suitably dark guitar pyrotechnics on what is basically their title song, and a welcome sense of fun on the latter song. 


The Vol. 2-000 album also has tracks by the Newlydeads, Gage, and another Texas Terri band, Texas Terri and the Stiff Ones.  


(October 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021