Avenue D (band)
Avenue D was a female electroclash
Electroclash is a style of music that fuses New Wave and electronic dance music. It emerged in New York and Detroit in the later 1990s, pioneered by acts including I-F and those associated with Gerald Donald, and is associated with acts including Peaches, Adult, and Fischerspooner...

 duo from Miami, Florida
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, based out of New York City
New York City
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 and consisting of Debbie and Daphne D. The band are proteges of Larry Tee
Larry Tee
Larry Tee is a New York City-based DJ, club promoter, and music producer who coined the musical genre term Electroclash and helped launch the careers of such artists as RuPaul, Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, Peaches, W.I.T., and Avenue D, and has collaborated with Amanda Lepore and Princess...

, and perform for his parties. Their music is an energetic, humorous and sexually-explicit mix of rap
Hip hop music
Hip hop music, also called hip-hop, rap music or hip-hop music, is a musical genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted...

, electro
Electronic music
Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production. In general a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology. Examples of electromechanical sound...

 and new wave
New Wave music
New Wave is a subgenre of :rock music that emerged in the mid to late 1970s alongside punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, disco and 1960s...

. They began in 2001, as part of New York's
New York City
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 electroclash movement, which also included artists like Fischerspooner
Fischerspooner is an electroclash duo and performance troupe formed in 1998 in New York. The name is a portmanteau of the founders' last names, Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner...

ADULT. is an American band from Detroit, Michigan that integrates vocals with drum machines, analog synths and electronic/punk elements. While popular in their home city of Detroit, they are also very popular in Germany and the United Kingdom.-History:ADULT...

 and Felix Da Housecat
Felix da Housecat
Felix da Housecat is an American DJ and record producer, mostly known for house music and electroclash. His name was inspired by Felix the Cat....

. In 2005, they scored a moderate hit with "Do I Look Like a Slut?" on the Billboard
Billboard (magazine)
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 Hot Dance Singles Sales
Hot Dance Singles Sales
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,. The same year, their song "Orgasmatron" was featured prominently in Eon McKai
Eon McKai
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's alt-porn film Neu Wave Hookers. The band was also politically active, and played rallies and benefits for causes such as gay marriage
Same-sex marriage
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They released three albums independently on their own label, Avenue Dreams. Despite this method of production and distribution, they still managed to sell approximately 50,000 records worldwide. In 2004, they collaborated on Boy George
Boy George
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's electroclash project, The Twin, by appearing on his CD, Yum Yum, on the track "Fire-Desire"'. A Mash-Up of their "Do I Look Like A Slut" with The Twin's "Here Come The Girls" was also made but remains unreleased.

The pair performed at clubs and parties in Australia
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, Japan
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, Brazil
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, Mexico
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, Serbia
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, and all across Europe
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 and the United States
United States
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On June 15, 2007 three Avenue D albums (Bootleg, Eurawesome, and As Free As We Wanna Be) were released for purchase on iTunes
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On November 19, 2007, the band announced on their website that they were breaking up the band. They performed two final shows in December of that year. In December 2008, Debbie D returned to the stage as a member of the Miami Bass Warriors with Otto Von Schirach
Otto von Schirach
Otto von Schirach is an IDM and breakcore artist from Miami, Florida. He is of Cuban/German descent.He has released most of his work on the Schematic and Beta Bodega labels, and was featured in the 2002 documentary Electro-Dziska....

. On September 24, 2009, that band released a self-titled 12" record
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  • Grade D Beef (2002)
  • Bootleg (2004)
  • The Sex That I Need/Dancin (2004)
  • Slut? (single, 2004)
  • You Love This Ass (single, 2005)
  • Do I Look Like a Slut? (Remixes) (single, 2005)
  • 2d2f EP (2005)
  • As Free as We Wanna Be (2006)
  • Eurawesome! (2006)
  • Grade D Beef/D Sides Double CD (2008)
  • Totally Magic (2008)

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