Photo credit:Tim Sutton
Colleen Duffy created Devil Doll one late, smoky evening, many blue moons ago with the mission of putting sex back into rock and roll.
Deciding that the world of music had not heard the truth since Joan Jett and Johnny Cash, and hadn’t blushed since Mae West, she grabbed her bass, a microphone and hit “record.” Colleen was born in Cleveland and was raised on Elvis Presley and black and white movies. After conducting homemade Elvis performances for her neighbors, her life was changed forever the moment she heard Joan Jett’s “I love Rock and Roll” on the radio. She picked up a guitar and started tellin’ the story. Several ska and punk rock bands later, she started Devil Doll and a rockabilly/psychobilly radio show on 91.1 WRUW called “Rockability.” The show raged from 1990-1995, and Colleen was credited as being the first female rockabilly/psychobilly dj in the United States. She was one of the founders of Hep Cat Records, in an attempt to make psychobilly and European rockabilly more accessible in the States. Her dedicated, listening audience spanned the country, recording her shows and mailing the taped versions everywhere there was good taste in music. She finally closed the show as a huge success and moved to New York, taking Devil Doll with her.