two reasons to get your butt to girl germs’ TV party

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Two reasons I’m extra pumped for this month’s TV Party with Girl Germs

  One, they’re sreening episodes of Roseanne, starring one of the most acid-tongued, sarcastic, blue-collar comediennes ever to grace the little screen.

Two, Girl Germs is giving away one of Mighty Swell‘s fancy new gift certificates, worth $20!

To win, all you have to do is flex your knowledge about Landford Illinois’ favorite dysfunctional family…know the answers to any of these questions?

1) Roseanne’s writing staff had numerous writers who went on to helm popular shows after the show’s conclusion. Name two of those writers.

2) What was the name of the motorcycle repair shop Roseanne and Dan Connor started in season four?

3) What profession does Roseanne’s sister Jackie take up at the beginning of season two?

4) Two actresses played the role of the oldest Connor family child. Who are the two actresses?

5) At the end of the series finale, what is revealed?

To enter the giveaway, email your answers directly to girlgermsradio@fancypantsgangsters.com, tweet them @girlgermsradio, post them on their Facebook page or leave a comment on this post by noon on Monday. Easy, easy, easy, easy. Both a $20 gift certificate to Mighty Swell and a $20 gift card to the Red Stag Supperclub are up for grabs, so it’s definitely worth hopping to. Claim your prize at the TV Party with Girl Germs, happening on Monday, July 11 at the Red Stag Supperclub. The fun (and by fun, I mean drinks specials!!) starts at 9 p.m.

Good luck y’all!

Meghan

friday mix c/o girl germs radio!

Clockwise from top left: Wanda Jackson / The Slits / Marianne Faithfull / X-Rey Spex

Welcome to another Girl Germs-crafted mix! This time we’ve put together a collection highlighting awesome female artists who started their careers as teenagers—both because that’s awesome and because it ties in with our next monthly TV Party event.

Monday, June 13 we’ll play episodes of Veronica Mars, a cult classic centered around the adventures of a headstrong teenage private detective and the dramatic webs in which she becomes entangled. Come on down to the Red Stag Supperclub at 9 p.m. on the 13th to hear us spin some lovely lady tunes; the V-Mars episodes start at 9:30 (if you’re unfamiliar with the show, read more about it here.

To get you in the mood for teen adventures, we’ve put together some sassy sounds of women who got an early start on their careers. Some (Janis Ian, Marianne Faithfull and Wanda Jackson) are still performing well into their 60s and 70s. Tracey Thorn of Marine Girls and Bjork of Sugarcubes fame went on to become influential artists as adults. On a sad note, two of the ladies on this list (Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex and Ari-Up of The Slits, who started their careers at age 16 and 14, respectively) passed away this year—but the legacies of these groundbreaking artists lives on and continues to inspire women of all ages.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

{Track List}

1. Janis Ian – “Younger Generation Blues”
2. X-Ray Spex – “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”
3. The Runaways – “American Nights”
4. Marianne Faithfull – “Broken English”
5. Bow Wow Wow – “Aphrodisiac”
6. The Sugarcubes – “Hetero Scum”
7. The Slits – “Walk About”
8. Wanda Jackson – “Let’s Have a Party”
9. Smoosh – “Find a Way”
10. Marine Girls – “A Place in the Sun”
11. The Donnas – “40 Boys in 40 Nights”

Psst! Girl Germs Radio has made a bunch of mixes for me! If you haven’t heard, take a listen to: Bubblegum Pop; Lady Rappers, Music for a Snowy Sunday!


hump day soundtrack: lady rappers c/o girl germs radio

Jazzy Joyce, Peaches, MC Lyte, Michie Mee, Queen Latifah, and Monie Love at the New Music Seminar in 1989.

Welcome to another Girl Germs-crafted mix! This time we’re highlighting female rappers—a species of performer that is fascinating, yet rarely studied.

Men get most of the credit for laying the groundwork of hip hop, but women like Queen Latifah, Monie Love and Roxanne Shante were right there alongside them (and in some cases, steps ahead of them). In this mix you’ll hear classic American female MC pioneers, as well as some who helped bring hip hop into the mainstream (like Debbie Harry’s rapping in Blondie’s “Rapture”—which gives a shout-out to Fab 5 Freddy) and into genres like dance (Uffie), pop (Neneh Cherry) and indie/experimental rock (Cibo Matto, The Go! Team).

Click below to play the mix!

Lady Rappers

Track List

Blondie – “Rapture”
The Go! Team – “Grip Like a Vice”
Mala Rodriguez – “La Nina”
Missy Elliott and Da Brat – “Sock it 2 Me”
Justice featuring Uffie – “The Party”
Cibo Matto – “Know Your Chicken”
Lil’ Kim – “The Jump Off”
Queen Latifah and Monie Love – “Ladies First”
Lauryn Hill – “Lost Ones”
Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
Roxanne Shante – “Wack It”

If you like lady-centric hip hop you’ll love our next TV Party event at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis. Join us Monday, May 9 at 9 p.m. for a DJ set featuring the best female jazz, soul, funk, R&B and hip-hop artists from two of our favorite gentleman friends, DJs Phizzy and Marinos Vidiakitis. At 10 p.m. we’ll screen episodes of Living Single, starring Queen Latifah herself. See you there!

{Listen to Girl Germs’ other playlists here, here and here.}