Legendary Musicians the Immediate Family Release New Single, "The Toughest Girl in Town" - Listen Here

The Immediate Family
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The Immediate Family have unveiled their latest single – a cover of Sparks’ "The Toughest Girl in Town" (from the art rockers’ 1988 studio album Interior Design (opens in new tab).)

Following up their recent EP Live from Telefunken Soundstage (opens in new tab), "The Toughest Girl in Town" is the first single from the band’s new album.

Titled Skin in the Game, the Immediate Family’s forthcoming LP is slated for release in early 2023.

With the triple-guitar mastery of Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel and Steve Postell anchored by a swinging rhythm section comprising drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Leland Sklar, "The Toughest Girl in Town" showcases the veteran ensemble at their finest.

Injected with a shot of rock ‘n’ roll prowess, 'The Toughest Girl in Town' is transformed from eccentric synth-pop gem to ax-centric masterpiece

While it may not be the most obvious cover for a guitar-wielding five-piece, the Immediate Family make the classic Sparks number their own.  

Honoring the brilliance of the original composition, this infectious melody is underpinned by a dynamic arrangement of overdriven guitars and a rock-steady rhythm.

Injected with a shot of rock ‘n’ roll prowess, “The Toughest Girl in Town” is transformed from eccentric synth-pop gem to ax-centric masterpiece.

The Immediate Family

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"I've always loved Sparks since their first album,” said Kortchmar “Their song ‘Toughest Girl in Town’ stuck with us, and Waddy came up with a way to make it work. We reworked it to be a guitar-centered arrangement… We love it."

“I was never aware that the band Sparks had over 300 songs,” commented Wachtel. “Danny and I had both seen their documentary on Netflix and then found this incredible collection of songs. I came across "The Toughest Girl in Town," and it instantly sounded like a record we needed to make.

I came across "The Toughest Girl in Town," and it instantly sounded like a record we needed to make

Waddy Wachtel

“I played it for Danny first, he totally agreed, as did the whole band. We had to record it! Also, it was perfect for Steve Postell's tenor voice, so we sketched out an arrangement using lots and lots of guitars, and before long, we had our version ready and recorded.

“We are so proud of how it came out.”

You can take a listen to the Immediate Family’s new single "The Toughest Girl in Town" here...

The Immediate Family

The Immediate Family (Image credit: Rob Shanahan)

The award-winning documentary Immediate Family, directed by Denny Tedesco (The Wrecking Crew), was featured in select film festivals, including Woodstock, Nashville and Tallgrass.

The film will next be shown at the DOC NYC Film Festival on November 15 and 16 (more screenings are to be announced.)

The film tracks the rise and collaborations of this group of legendary studio musicians through the 1970s and onward, spotlighting their esteemed partnerships and their indelible mark that helped define the sound of a generation. 

You can catch the Immediate Family on tour soon. Dates are as follows:

  • 11/12: Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
  • 11/18: Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon Club
  • 11/19: Montclair, CA @ The Canyon
  • 11/20: Santa Barbara, CA @ The Lobero Theater
  • 12/3: Aspen, CO @ Wheeler Opera House
  • 12/8: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
  • 1/13/23: Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Center for the Performing Arts
  • 1/14/23: Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
  • 1/15/23: New York, NY @ Iridium

Visit the Immediate Family website (opens in new tab) for more information.

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab)Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.