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Today, the band is squeezed into an Eighties-style recording studio in North Hollywood, practicing new songs for a gig on Sunday at the El Rey Theatre. Before she moved here, Logan sang in the New York band, Dosed. She also learned a little from her ex, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, but she’s quick to note that her musical career predated their relationship. “Now I know more of what the industry involves, the good and bad sides,” she says. “I learned a lot just touring with him. But everything I do figures into my music, so maybe, subconsciously, seeing him on stage made me think, ‘Oh, I really want to do that again.’”
It all started eight months ago when keyboardist Michael Fitzpatrick threw together a band with drummer Scott Ellis and bassist Greg Griffith, both of the band, Melodrome. He added guitarist Chris Arvan and began recording some new tracks. All that was missing was a lead singer. When Fitzpatrick met Logan at a party, he was initially drawn to her fashion sense.
“Not many people get what I call postmodern New Wave deconstructive clothing,” he says. “I told her, ‘By the way you dress alone, you are perfect for the band.’ Then I heard her sing and it all clicked.”
In April, Wow! Cougar played its first gig to a crowd of 2,000 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. As the winners of a Diesel-sponsored contest for new bands, they opened for Rapture and De La Soul and stole the show. Since then, they’ve played small shows at the L.A. club Spaceland, and Fitzpatrick and Logan have written nine songs they hope to record on their own label. “We’re trying to position ourselves as a fashion-oriented band,” says Logan, adding they hope to get sponsorship to play during New York fashion week next month.