Sunday, December 16, 2012

Some Girls

  Since bands with attractive men began, they have had dedicated followers who would do anything to be noticed by the band. In the early-mid 1960's, Beatlemania rocked the world and left millions of girls in a craze. These fans were probably the first example of crazy, over-obsessed fans, who took their love of the band just a little too far.
 These fans waited outside places where The Beatles were and made posters, signs, cardboard cutouts, and every little physical symbol of their love for the Beatles as possible. Girls made dresses with The Beatles on them, decorated their hair with Beatles clips and pins, and even made dolls with The Beatles' faces on them. Some songs were even recorded by dedicated fans, like "We Love You Beatles," by the Carefrees, "My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut" by Donna Lynn, and "Ringo, I Love You" by Bonnie Jo Mason (Nowadays she's known as Cher). At Beatles concerts and places in public where The Beatles showed up, cops and other authority figures had to actually physically hold the crazed fans back before they broke loose and went on a rampage. These fans were literally obsessed!
  Beatlemania faded with teenage girls as The Beatles decided they wanted to be taken seriously around 1967 when they released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The fans backed off, but deep down, there were secretly fangirls still buying every single Beatles album and waiting outside The Beatles' homes.

 By the time The Beatles broke up in 1970, a group of young girls who were extreme fans emerged. These girls were called groupies, and they were girls who slept with the musicians in their favorite bands while they were on tour. Groupies often earned slutty reputations, as they were known to sleep with many different musicians. These musicians loved their groupies, but almost "threw them away" the next day, as they were simply used for a night of drinking, dancing, and sex.
  A group of groupies in the late 1960's and early 70's were nicknamed the "baby groupies" because of their young age. These girls, anywhere from age 14-17 were still in school, yet they got to sleep with celebrities on the weekends! A few very famous 'baby groupies' were Lori Maddox and Sable Starr. Sable had decided she was ugly and gotten work done on her nose by age 15. When she was 16 (Either that or 17) she recruited a young Lori Maddox, aged 14, to join her scene. Lori claims she lost her virginity to Angie and David Bowie, and she went on to have a secret relationship with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who was 28 at the time. (Double her age!)
  One of the most famous groupies of all time is Miss Pamela, also known as Pamela Miller and Pamela Des Barres. She was in the girls group The G.T.O's (Girls Together Outrageously) created by Frank Zappa. All the girls involved in this group were groupies in one way or another, but Miss Pamela was by far the most famous. She's even published books on her groupie ways.
Some Led Zeppelin groupies
Lori Maddox and Sable Starr

Miss Pamela (During her GTO's stage) discussing why she sleeps with English groupies.

Star Magazine, a popular groupie magazine in LA.

Some groupies.

The GTOs

1.) Star, Star - The Rolling Stones; Originally, this was called "Starf--ker," which is slang for a groupie. Atlantic Records made them change it, eliminating "f--k" from the title, although the band always refers to it by the original title.
2.) Stay With Me - The Faces; The song is a tale of sexual debauchery where the Stewart gives a step-by-step account on how to pick up a groupie for a one-night-stand. He makes it very clear that she should be gone in the morning, although he does offer to pay her cab fare home.
3.) Sick Again - Led Zeppelin; This was the closest Led Zeppelin came to Glam Rock. It sounded a little like T-Rex and David Bowie, but Zeppelin was not about to put on make up or wear feminine clothes. The song is about Led Zeppelin's groupies. Robert Plant's vocals are hard to hear because they are buried in the mix.
4.) Some Girls - The Rolling Stones; The Stones wrote this about the women in their lives, mostly groupies. Richards said they called this "Some Girls" because they could never remember their names. Before they edited this down, it was 24 minutes long. Many of Jagger's outrageous ramblings were cut. The Stones considered this a dirty version of The Beach Boys' "California Girls."
5.) Stay - Pink Floyd; The song deals with a one night stand, or possibly a groupie.
6.) Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) - Led Zeppelin; This is a song about a groupie who bothered the band in their earlier days.
7.)  She Came in Through the Bathroom Window - The Beatles; Paul McCartney wrote this about a fan who broke into his house. Diane Ashley claims it was her: "We found a ladder in his garden and stuck it up the bathroom window which he'd left slightly open. I was the one who climbed up and got in. I don't regret any of it. I had a great time, a really great time."
8.) Summer '68 - Pink Floyd; This is about touring and groupies. It's really Richard Wright asking a groupie how they feel about what they're doing: "have you time before I leave to greet another man?

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