It is not easy to find good bands which have been around for a while, but have never been played on WFMU. If you manage to find one of those, you can add 10 points to your hipster credentials. Today it is my turn.
Les Reines Prochaines are an all-women multilingual feminist band from Switzerland, the country most famous for inventing the holes in cheese. It is a bit mysterious to me why you need feminists in a country that already gave women the right to vote in 1971, but whatever. (And since 1991 they are even allowed to vote in local elections in the canton of Appenzell Inner Rhoden.)
Founded in 1987 by Teresa Alonso, Regina Florida Schmid, and Muda Mathis, The Future Queens started out only with a synthesizer and their voices. In 1988, Pipilotti Rist and Fränzi Madörin joined in, and after several changes the current lineup consists of founding member Muda Mathis, Sus Zwick, Fränzi Madörin, Michèle Fuchs, and Barbara Naegelin. Over the years they have added more instruments, and apart from music and performance the members have been very active in other forms of art as well.
One reasons for their low profile in the USA might be that they have never performed here. Their only North American tour to this date, in 2005, consisted exclusively of Canadian gigs. They also don't seem to have an American distributor for their CDs. So here are a few of their songs as MP3, to whet your appetite for more (and hunt for expensive imports or browse the file-sharing networks). Even though the recordings do not capture the hilarity of their live performances, they stand well on their own.