100 Women We Love: Annmarie Cullen and Cynthia Catania (Saucy Monky)
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The indie rock band Saucy Monky does not monkey around when it comes to music. Fronted by Irish-born singer/guitarist Annmarie Cullen and American singer-songwriter Cynthia Catania, the band first earned the limelight for its cover of The Divinyl’s “I Touch Myself”—an insta-mega-hit on Dublin radio. They’ve since released four albums, including Turbulance (2004), which contained the breakout single “Awkward,” based on a real-life love story. “It’s a scenario that everyone’s experienced,” says Catania. “You go to a party and see your ex with a new flame. Your stomach sinks, and you try to make them jealous. You move on, but you haven’t quite moved on.” The bandmates now make their home in Los Angeles, where they’ve been busy penning the theme song for ABC’s Food for Thought with Claire Thomas. Their music also has been featured in And Then Came Lola, Blue Bloods, Veronica Mars, Drake and Josh, iCarly and Alcatraz. Since 2001, Catania and Cullen have both helped fuel the band’s characteristic indie rock sound. “We’re like family,” says Cullen. “We’ve been through it all in the past decade, but we’re still making music. We’d probably be each other’s first call in an earthquake. Or if we got thrown in jail.” –NHM