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November 8, 2012


you sense a slight incongruity in the title of Blame Sally’s Speeding

Ticket and a Valentine, rest assured that it’s as purposeful as the life

it describes is random. The album lifts its name from a line in the

bridge of the hard-charging leadoff single, “Living Without You,” which

describes a day—or maybe entire existence—that’s “sweet and sour at the

same time/mink and a porcupine/ speeding t

icket and a valentine.” Clearly, this is a band that knows its oxymorons.

The four women who make up the Bay area-based group have some

experience with improbable complexities and contradictions. Almost

everything about their history is contrary to conventional wisdom. For

one thing, they put their individual careers aside to start Blame Sally

when they were in their late 30s and 40s—the age at which bands are

traditionally supposed to break up and begin solo careers. For another,

this is obviously an all-female band—“girl groups” usually being the

novel province of youthful upstarts, not mature singer/songwriters.

Splitting the frontperson status among three of four members goes

against the agreed-upon maxim (agreed upon by everyone but the Beatles,

anyway) that every group needs a single strong focal point. And didn’t

they get the memo that women in particular in show biz are supposed to

be packing it in at this point, not making fresh introductions?

Actually, they did get that memo, and put it in the proverbial circular file.

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