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The Young Snakes

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Young Snakes
The Young Snakes playing the Rathskeller, Kenmore Square in Boston. From left to right are Dave Bass Brown, Doug Vargas, and Aimee Mann.
Background information
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresRock, alternative rock, new wave, post-punk
Past membersDave Bass Brown, Mike Evans, Aimee Mann, Doug Vargas

The Young Snakes were an American rock band formed in Boston in the early 1980s.[1][2]

The lead singer and bassist, Aimee Mann, formed the group after she dropped out of Berklee College of Music along with the guitarist and singer Doug Vargas and the drummer Dave Bass Brown. Brown left the band in the fall of 1981 to help form the Boston hardcore punk band Negative FX, and was replaced by the former D Club drummer Mike Evans.

After releasing the song "Brains and Eggs" on the Modern Method compilation A Wicked Good Time, the band released a five-song EP, 1982’s Bark Along with The Young Snakes, on Ambiguous Records. The compilation album Aimee Mann & The Young Snakes, released in 2004, included "Brains and Eggs" and a radio performance, but not the Bark Along tracks.

Mann described the band as "a little punk noise-art outfit", noting that the group’s "break every rule" ethos became a rule in itself, and that her later band 'Til Tuesday was a rebellion against the Young Snakes’ lack of interest in "sweetness and melody."[citation needed] Mann was unhappy in the band, saying the other members objected to her writing love songs or music they considered too melodic.[3]


  • Bark Along with The Young Snakes (EP, 1982)
  • Aimee Mann & The Young Snakes (compilation, released 2004)


  1. ^ 1982 MIT Tech review of Bark Along with the Young Snakes (PDF)
  2. ^ Spinner.com
  3. ^ Hunt, Dennis (23 June 1985). "Aimee Mann's voice, lyrics carry her". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 2021-11-06.