The Ratonettes are (is?) a hoot

The Ratonettes are a 4-piece band, with one lone human on vocals, bass and harmonica (that’s Doby Daenger, she of the classic punk band The Anti-Elvis Club), two large, inflatable rats on air-guitar and air-drums, and a portable CD player on everything else. All three (quasi-)mammals sport Doby’s trademark just-out-of-bed, rat’s-nest black hair, simple black dress and striped knee socks, and while the rats came preclothed, the human stripped off her jeans and put on the dress and socks right there on the Lakeside Lounge stage…

Doby sings –more or less– a collection of covers ranging from Only You, Be My Baby, and Over the Rainbow to Baby It’s You, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, and La Vida Loca, as well as originals in a bouncy Ramones vein (and perhaps even some really obscure Ramones tunes thrown in, as well.) She dances endearingly between her two wobbly bandmates in a knock-kneed, pigeon-toed kind of way that’s totally adorable, and manages to put out one of the most fun performances I’ve seen in a long time.

Highly recommended, but only for those of a sunny predisposition, I suppose.

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