The Good Ship Lollipop May Have Sailed, But Let’s Also Acknowledge Shirley Temple’s Metal Daughter

Earlier this week, child star Shirley Temple died at the age of 85. Tributes poured in from all over the world as this clip appeared on almost every newscast.

However, I would like to take this moment to point out that her daughter, Lori, was a metal and proto-grunge pioneer.

When the Melvins left Washington State for San Francisco in 1987, they picked up a new bassist named Lorax.  That was Lori.  She got into the band because she was dating leader Buzz Osborne and stayed with the group until 1991. That means a young Kurt Cobain would have humped her gear when he occasionally volunteered to roadie for the Melvins whenever they were in the same city.

Lori/Lorax appeared the Melvins’ Ozma and Bullhead albums and may have played on Houdini in 1993 (there are conflicting reports about that).

She’s now retired from music and working as a photographer.  Just thought you should know.  (Via Metal Insider)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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