LISTEN: “Brigitte Bardot” by The Rave-Ups

The new single from the Pittsburgh greats’ first studio album in 30 years will remind you why they are Molly Ringwald’s favorite band

The Rave-Ups 2022 (Image: Omnivore Recordings)

“It was serendipity, I guess,” explains Rave-Ups frontman Jimmer Podrasky about Tomorrow, the band’s first new album since 1990. “We got together at Tim’s studio to work on one song and that blossomed into more songs and more recordings.”

And on the heels of the LP’s release to retail tomorrow, the Rock & Roll Globe is proud to premiere the new single “Brigitte Bardot,” a song that actually dates back to their masterful 1985 debut LP Town + Country. 

“It was a silly little tune that had absolutely nothing to do with Ms. Bardot,” he tells Rock & Roll Globe. “Her inclusion in the song came solely from the fact that ‘oh s#&t, oh no’ rhymed with ‘Brigitte Bardot.’ The real subject of the song had to do with the volatile relationship with my girlfriend at the time, who would be fuel for many Rave-Ups songs (e.g. ‘Positively Lost Me,’ ‘(Please) Take Her She’s Mine,’ ‘(She Says) Come Around’). ‘Brigitte Bardot’ didn’t make the cut on Town + Country because there were other songs on the album that mined similar musical territory. By 1986, I’d already forgotten the song.”

The catchy tune, which anyone who fell in love with the band during their star turn in the 1986 teen classic Pretty In Pink will immediately dig, was revisited along with other unreleased or unfinished Rave-Ups material upon the creation of Tomorrow.

The Rave-Ups Tomorrow, Omnivore Recordings 2022

“When the band decided to make a new album after more than thirty years apart, I knew I had some songs that would work for the Rave-Ups,” Jimmer explains. “I also knew that Terry had a few things in his pocket. My feeling was we’d build on what we had and write more songs as the recording progressed. Thankfully, the Rave-Ups fondly remembered this ditty from ’85 and were adamant about the band finally committing it to tape.”

Everyone, that is, except Jimmer.

“I was opposed, repeatedly saying ‘but it’s such a stupid song!,'” he laughs. “Thankfully, they stood their ground and they were right in doing so. When the song was finally tracked, I understood why it was crucial to a new Rave-Ups record and why the band wanted it on the album. Within the first 20 seconds of the song, you knew EXACTLY what band you were hearing. The feel is undeniably Rave-Upian. It quickly became a favorite track to the few people who heard the early rough mixes. I couldn’t have been more wrong about a tune andI’m beholden to my bandmates for their insistence that ‘Brigitte Bardot’ be part of the Tomorrow album.”

Listen to “Brigitte Bardot” below.

Tomorrow comes out tomorrow on Omnivore Recordings.


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Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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