Poison Dollys were an all-female heavy metal band, all aged between 19 and 22, that formed in the early 1980s on Long Island, NY. The band consisted of Roulette (Vocals), Gina Stile (Guitars), Gail Kenny (Drums) and Mef Manning (Bass Guitar). The band played the NY/NJ club circuit heavily for years, starting by playing cover songs and then introducing their original tracks into their set.
They were invited to record their self-titled album at Minot Sound in White Plains, NY in 1984. The album consisted of ten tracks (nine originals songs and “Love is for Suckers” which was written by a songwriter named Marky Carter. Their manager found the song and Marky agreed to let them do it and add it to the album). This song will be covered in 1987 by Twisted Sister. The album proved that these girls were serious musicians, capable of penning their own songs and delivering them to a high standard. The album got very good reviews, which allowed them to tour with Aerosmith, Autograph, Nazareth, Motorhead, Meatloaf and Foghat, and they played many of the most famous metal clubs of the era, most notably L’Amour in Brooklyn. (In fact, Lemmy requested that the band open for him on more than one occasion.)
Guitarist Gina Stile departed from the band shortly after the recording, and was replaced by Laura Left, who joined the group in late 1986. The girls worked on new tracks with the then relatively unknown KIP WINGER, which included a cover version of “Great Balls of Fire” (also recorded at Minot Sound).
They also appeared as themselves in the movie "The Rejuvinator". The tracks used in the movie were produced by David Brownstein at Minot Studio. There was a total of four tracks recorded during these sessions, two of which are used in the film.
The band received tons of very good press and articles in all the major music magazines. They were the only band without a major record deal to grace the cover of “Kerrang” magazine. The band moved to Los Angeles in early 1988. Gail Kenny returned to NY shortly thereafter and the band replaced her and also added a second guitarist named Danelle Kern. Songs such ‘I Like It’ and ‘Look Too Good’ were recorded at One-On-One Studio in North Hollywood at the same time Metallica was doing their Black Album in a different room. These five tracks are the final recordings of the band.