THE DONNAS Spend The Night (2002) + Vinyl Only Bonus Track

Spend The Night (2002)
Drunk & Horny Girls Gone Wild


Perhaps I should be ashamed for liking this album so much. I was in a record shop in 2002 when I first heard this energetic, unapologetic, pop-rock prick tease – styled in the grand tradition of the original Alice Cooper band – and bought it on the spot. I’d heard The Donnas before, but never cared for their muddy, amateurish, Ramones-in-drag routine. Same goes for this album’s 2004 follow-up, which was marked by sluggishly pedestrian dino-rhythms and a new producer (big mistake). Spend The Night, on the other hand, is just right. Sure, the girls’ schtick – posing as overaged jailbaiters bent on stayin‘ high & gettin‘ screwed – has its prurient appeal. But what sold me was the catchy songs, pent-up energy and every tune’s Killer-esque, no-frills approach. If you like the track below, the rest is exactly the same – and for some reason, it doesn’t get tired. Perhaps this album’s appeal can be attributed to what Christopher Walken as “The Bruce Dickinson” always called for (and gets plenty of here)… more cowbell. So, am I just some old geez vicariously lusting after the “sticky sweet?” Does it matter if it rocks? At a fast-paced 40-minutes, and not a ballad in sight, it doesn’t take long to find out for yourself. Includes the vinyl only bonus track, “Big Rig.” As of 2012, the band seems to have called it quits, about 20 years after they began. The original 2002 CD is as cheap as a penny at Amazon (HERE).


It’s On The Rocks
Take It Off
Who Invited You
All Messed Up
Dirty Denim
You Wanna Get Me High
I Don’t Care (So There)

Pass It Around
Too Bad About Your Girl
Not The One
Please Don’t Tease
Take Me To The Backseat

5 O’Clock In The Morning
Big Rig (Vinyl Bonus Track)

14 Comments

  • Willard
    November 18, 2008 - 15:34 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • srcstcbstrd
    November 19, 2008 - 10:29 | Permalink

    Thanks. No worries about being an 'old geezer' and vicariously lusting. At 53, I've been a 'dirty old man in training' for nigh going on 10 years now. Nothing wrong with that as long as it stays in the mind.
    Thanks for you site and great posts.

  • Anonymous
    November 22, 2008 - 05:55 | Permalink

    wow, true confessions, at least that guy's got enuf balls to pony up.. love yr description, clicked the track,and hey yeah, shit,these girls rock, bit like veruca salt, love it when the chicks rock, so will my daughter, thanx man.. willard in vietnam? oh well.. peety

  • Capt. Willard
    November 22, 2008 - 06:13 | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments. But…Anon, you might want to check those lyrics before passing this on to your daughter, no matter what age she is.

  • Anonymous
    December 13, 2008 - 03:02 | Permalink

    Their last couple albums didn't match this one. Here's hoping they have a few more. -Nick

  • Capt. Willard
    December 13, 2008 - 03:09 | Permalink

    Yeah, Nick. I thought the same thing. They didn't have the same energy. The guitars just seemed sluggish in comparison to Spend The Night. Thanks for stopping by.

  • davidh
    February 27, 2009 - 23:27 | Permalink

    Hey Willard, If you like the Donnas, you should check out The Detroit Cobras. They tend towards garage rock covers of 50s rock. At least, that's my impression of them. Far more listenable and believable when they're coming on to you through the airwaves.

    • biggiefishie
      February 24, 2016 - 20:22 | Permalink

      Absolutely. The Detroit Cobras cover vintage R&B with a garage rock snarl. Excellent stuff, Check ’em out Willard

  • Capt. Willard
    November 14, 2009 - 18:16 | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 - 00:45 | Permalink

    Ha Ha! I had the exact same record shop introduction experience to the Donna's, but I think it was one album earlier, the 'Turn 21' disc. Love the mix of stuff you can count on at this blog. Sorry to be all gushy about it, but I've been coming here for a few years without saying thanks to you, because I gave up posting comments after most other blogs wouldn't accept them without a Google ID, even though they CLAIMED they would. I owe, I owe, so off to post I go…

    Colin H

  • Capt. Willard
    November 27, 2010 - 01:02 | Permalink

    Cool. Thanks for chiming in. We don't like hoops either.

  • Ashley Plath West
    November 28, 2010 - 00:15 | Permalink

    Love The Donnas. We all need a taste of the "sticky sweet" now and then. Thanks for posting this and adding Big Rig.

  • Joe
    February 24, 2016 - 16:19 | Permalink

    The Donnas are terrific, esp. this album. Sure, it feels a little dirty to enjoy them so much, but isn’t that the point a little bit?

  • Visions
    February 24, 2016 - 16:38 | Permalink

    Amen. One of the best guilty pleasures in listening history!! I’ve always loved this album out of all proportion.

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