Yogy Odus

Yogy Odus, an all girl rock band based in Taos, New Mexico, was active from 1980 to 1984. The band toured small venues in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and California. Yogy Odus produced original songs and covered an eclectic selection of pop tunes by artists such as: David Bowie, Talking Heads, B-52’s, Clash, Pretenders, XTC, Lene Lovich, Blondie and Patti Smith.


April Werner (seated), and Vivian Thompson (second from left) wrote most of the originals with some contributions by other band members as well including Mollie Busbey standing on left, Hilda Newberry third from left, and Deb McDonald on the right with the sax. Sara Allen had not yet joined the band. The band’s musical style was once aptly described in Trouser Press Magazine (February, 1984) as “muscular funk.”

Funny stories from the road:

  • Getting paid NOT to play at a disco in Dallas
  • Being offered $500 by Hells Angels to play a gig wearing bikinis.
    • (We declined the offer.)
  • Having to wrap the equipment in aluminum foil at a gig in Golden, Colorado.
    • It was due to radio station bleed over.

“All-Girl, All-Rock, All Right”

Necro – Necro

Teller – Teller