Fanny Quick Facts
- Fanny is the first female rock band to secure a multi-album record deal, paving the way for female rockers to come.
- David Bowie wrote about Fanny in Rolling Stone and said: "One of the most important female bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest fucking rock bands of their time...They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done.”
- To channel Fanny's energy, the chosen mantra is: I fucking rock.
photo from fannyrocks.com
About the Design
We created a 70’s rock and roll inspired design that reads, “It’s Our Time.” The phrase is inspired by what Jean Millington says in the unfinished documentary, “In terms of society, we were ahead of our time.” We wanted to take that and put it in the present as a nod to Fanny being freaking rock legends then and NOW. “It’s Our Time” is also a phrase meant to empower us women and queer folks because it’s time to shine.
Intermixed in the design are the national flowers from the Philippines where Jean and June emigrated from with their Philippian mother and American father. A honeycomb is a nod to their first band name Wild Honey, a lightning bolt for how hard they rocked and their groundbreaking existence for the women rockers after them, and a rising sun symbolizing that it's “our time” to shine.
Fanny is the first female rock band to secure a multi-album record deal, yet is little-known to the majority of the world. They composed, wrote and played all of their own songs, and they did it damn well. Comprised of sisters Jean and June Millington, Nickey Barclay and Alice De Buhr from California. They were signed as Wild Honey in 1969 before changing their name to Fanny.
They paved the way for bands like The Runaways and Joan Jett and Courtney Love. They were never recognized like Janis Joplin or Stevie Nicks, nor were they given the chance to be. FANNY was ridiculed and belittled by wider culture and never taken seriously. In an interview for an unfinished documentary called “Play Like A Girl "The Rock & Roll Life Of June Millington", Jean says, “In a lot of ways it was one of the most wonderful experiences in our lives. We knew we were forging the way but part of it was a total drag because we would have to spend the first ten to fifteen minutes convincing people that we could play.”
In 1999, David Bowie wrote about Fanny in Rolling Stone Magazine. He said:
“One of the most important female bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest fucking rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary: They wrote everything, they played like motherfuckers, they were just colossal and wonderful, and nobody’s ever mentioned them. They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done.”
Hearing this from David Bowie feels kind of like a dying wish, so we gotta make it happen. Help us spread the word about Fanny!