The Roches are a New York-based trio of female folksingers (sisters Maggie, Terre and Suzzy
Roche) who have made a career of simple tunes enhanced with old-fashioned
vocal harmonies. Paul Simon helped Maggie and Terre record
Seductive Reasoning (Columbia, 1975). Despite Down The Dream and
Underneath the Moon,
the duo was again relegated to the cafe` of the Greenwich Village.
Suzzy joined her two elder sisters for Roches (Warner, 1979), the album
(almost entirely composed by Maggie) that another luminary, Robert Fripp,
helped them make.
This time their virtuoso vocalizing, that harks back to the tradition of
barbershop quartets and doo-wop (We, Hammond Song,
The Train, Mr Sellack, Married Men), establish them
as a sensation of the new wave, although they were almost the antithesis of
the new wave. The amateurish attitude was most of the charm.
A drummer and a bassist turned Nurds (1980) into a more professional
affair, but the album simply lacked good songs. The Roches continued recording
every 3/4 years. Keep on Doing (1982), whose highlights are covers,
and Another World (1985) are relatively rocking albums.
Speak (MCA, 1989) is perhaps their most turneful collection.
The Dove (MCA, 1992) is a mature, adult work that includes The Ing Song,
Too Tough Hide and Maid Of The Seas and
signals Terre's maturity.
Holy Smokes (1997) was Terre Roche's first solo album.
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