Meeting In The Ladies Room – Klymaxxx

Klymaxx was created and formed in 1979 by Bernadette Cooper (producer/drummer/vocals), the other original members included Lorena Porter Shelby (lead vocals), Cheryl Cooley (guitar), Robbin Grider (keyboards) and Lynn Malsby (keyboards).

Joyce “Fenderella” Irby (bass/vocals/producer) joined the band later, before the recording of their debut album. The women developed their core sound in rehearsal, and continued with Cooper becoming the bands figurehead.

Their debut album Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman was released in 1981, and their second album was Girls Will Be Girls. However their first album to achieve national recognition was the 1984 released Meeting in the Ladies Room, with the first single “The Men All Pause “ written by Cooper and Irby and the bands self-composed and self-produced “I Miss You”, penned by Lynn Malsby. Another ballad “I’d Still Say Yes” left lasting impressions on people as both hit the top 20 on Billboard back in the day

The group disbanded in 1989 with some members releasing further albums.

Following the break-up there was a legal confrontations between Cooley’s unauthorized use of the name and trademark attempt for the name Klymaxx, leading to a trademark decision between Cheryl Cooley v. Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby.

Klymaxx without Cooley appeared again together in a 2003 episode of VH1’s Bands Reunited.

The group officially reformed shortly afterward, now being billed as Klymaxx, featuring Bernadette Cooper. They are currently touring across the United States

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Klymaxx among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

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