Friday Night’s Guest (5/30): Nikki Corvette

Written by on May 27, 2008

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This Friday night, my guest will be Nikki Corvette, whose influence on female punk, power-pop and new wave artists and bands is still strong after Nikki and The Corvettes formed thirty years ago. Nikki is back in the studio and with a new band, The Stingrays. We will play some of her classic tracks as well as new music

Nikki Corvette

Nikki, who started out in the Detroit underground music scene, credits The Stooges and MC5 as her main influences. It was Nikki, however, whose mark in music history is still evident in her influence on bands from The Go-Go’s to The Donnas, who have a line in their song “Gimmie My Radio” that goes: “I want to be like Nikki Corvette.” A lot of female rockers, punks and new wavers wanted to be like Nikki.

During the interview, we talk about:

  • Nikki’s early days in the Detroit muisc scene
  • What Nikki and David Seville might have in common
  • Her influence on bands — then and now
  • What brought her back into the studio and on the road
  • and her plans for the future with The Stingrays


We even ponder the question as to whether producers of the TV show “Lost” were refferign to Nikki when they named the character “Nikki,” who was an actress who portrayed a TV character named “Corvette” in Season 2. She and fellow castaway Paulo met their demise durig that season. While it has not been confirmed, it is known that names on “Lost” are not given by accident.

Nikki and the Corvettes are releasing a CD in Japan this year and plans to tour there are in the works. The interview will lead off the second hour or Revenge of the 80s, which airs live 7-9pm Eastern U.S. time on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley, NY and on The podcast will be available over the weekend.

The above video is a live performance by Nikki from 2005

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