I know you were pals with The Ramones.. Did you ever meet Ronnie Spector?
Nikki: Although I've met and gotten to actually hang out with one of my other idols Mary Weiss from The Shangri Las, I sadly have never met Ronnie although I have come close and believe I'll get to meet her in the future. Hint Hint those of you who know her and could introduce me!!!
Punk Globe: I have been listening to alot of your work on You Tube.. Very good! When did the band play their last show?
Nikki: Thanks! Actually, I'm not sure when the last show was but probably in 84, LA or Detroit
Punk Globe: Did you sing with any other bands after Nikki and The Corvettes broke up?
Nikki: I did, for awhile there was a total rockabilly version of the band with a really cool unreleased EP 'Rockabilly Doll' and then I had a band called Babylon in the mid 80's. I did alot of recording with different people, singing backups, etc
Punk Globe: How long was it before you made your shall we say "comeback" to music?
Nikki: Well as far as performing live it was about 15 years but I was doing music until probably 87 or 88. I also wrote a book called "Rock n Roll Heaven" that was published in 97 about dead rock stars, how they died and where they were buried. So still involving music
In what year did Bomp reissue of your Nikki and The Corvette's album?
Nikki: The reissue came out in 2000 and it also included the 3 songs from our first single in 78 and an unreleased single from 82 with the songs 'Girls Like Me' and 'I Gotta Move'. That was the beginning of 'comeback'. I had been hearing all these girl band doing Corvette's covers and there were even tribute bands and a planned tribute record that was never finished and girl bands kept tracking me down and talking about how much i had inspired them. I started doing alot of interviews and Kim from Scram magazine asked me to play a short set at the Bubblegum Ball, maybe 2001? Anyway, got hooked up with this young all-girl band called The Pinkz from LA and as soon as we started playing I remembered how much I love playing and have been playing since then.
Punk Globe: I still miss Greg Shaw. I met him on several occasions but got to know him better through Paige, lead singer of The Darlings? What are some of your fond memories of Greg?
Nikki: I used to love Greg Shaw, we were so excited and honored to be on Bomp. We spent many nights playing records and talking music all night but there was a falling out and we didn't speak for many years so we'll leave it at that. I love that Bomp reissued the album and I owe them and Greg alot.
Punk Globe: I understand that you are quite an inspiration to The Donna's?
Nikki: I had heard about the Donnas from Tina and Russell from The Bobbyteens and someone sent me a copy of one of their early Japanese singles and the Corvettes album is on the wall and then I heard 'Gimme My Radio' with the "I wanna be like Nikki Corvette" line and I was floored. I had talked to them on the phone and finally got to meet them about 5 or 6 years ago, very kindred spirits. It was pretty cool to do some East Coast shows with them early last year, we had a lotta fun!!!
Punk Globe: In what year did you start Nikki and The Stingrays? Who was in the band with you?
Nikki: I started doing shows with Travis Ramin (Fevers) and Georgia Peach (Short Fuses) in 2003. Travis, who I had never met, somehow convinced to come play his punk festival in Minneapolis. Had one rehearsal with the band (including Brian from The Fevers) and they were great, it was an awesome, fun show. Travis is very persuasive and he started calling me and we wrote a couple songs over the phone, recorded the 'Love Me' single, first release since 1980 and it got rave reviews, we started doing mini-tours (they were based in Minneapolis and I was in LA, then we went to Japan and it was the best time of my life at that point. We continued doing mini-tours and in 2005, after our second Japanese tour they decided to officially start a band with Travis now on guitar (he was originally the drummer), Georgia on bass (she was originally just a backup singer) and Johnny O'Halloran on drums.
You released music as Nikki and The Stingrays.. Tell us about it?
Nikki: Before the Stingrays, I released 2 Japanese records 'Wild Record Party 1 and 2, basically some of my favorite covers. In 2006, The Stingrays released 'Back To Detroit' and 'Rebellious Love Emergency', another Japan only release
Punk Globe: Tell me about teaming up with another music sensation Jonathan Paley?
Nikki: He and I have been 'friends' for years and we sang 'Love Is Strange' by Mickey and Sylvia on 'Wild Record Party' and have talked about doing another duet in the future.
Punk Globe: Do you have any website addresses for the readers to get updates on you?
Nikki: I have a website NikkiCorvette.com but its kind of under construction, the best way to get updates right now is facebook, Nikki Corvette.
Punk Globe: How did you meet Amy Gore? How did you decide to start The Gorvettes?
Nikki: I met Amy at a Gore Gore Girls show in LA in 2004 (I think), we were introduced by a mutual friend and my most favorite photographer Robert Matheu. We hit it off and exchanged numbers and started hanging out when I moved back to Detroit (see I told you it was a theme!!). I sang some backups on her album 'Get The Gore' and we talked about writing some songs together so I brought her the lyrics to 'Lustfully Yours' in early 2008 and as we were working on the song we got to talking about wanting to do a punk cover band and Gorevette was born. At the time it was basically a side project for both of us, something fun, easy, no hard work, no stress and then....we wrote some songs, recorded the Lustfully Yours EP with special guest Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) playing guitar on a couple songs. We released the recod in January 2010, opened for some cool bands, did the East Coast with The Donnas in March, did a Japanese tour in April and did about 10 shows opening for Blonie during August, September and October.
You done some noteworthy tours... Tell us who you have toured with?
Nikki: Blondie, Ramones, Donnas... I've gone on the road with a few bands as well but that's a whole other story....
Punk Globe: What is on the horizon for 2011?
Nikki: The band is taking a little time off but we have some really cool tour options coming up and we're writing new songs, Working on going to back to both coasts, Europe and back to Japan, who knows what's coming next. We never expected a year like 2010 so we'll just see where 2011 takes us!
Punk Globe: Thanks so much for the interview Nikki . You Rawk Girl!!
Nikki: Thank you so much Ginger!!!