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Tuesday, January 17, 2006


The Groupies Front Cover

The Groupies Back Cover

This is the notorious album, excerpted as part of the 365 Days Project and sampled heavily by Pizzicato Five in their song "I'm a Groupie." Purportedly edited (in stereo!) from an actual series of interviews with groupies from New York's Greenwich Village music scene, circa late '60s. The girls interviewed are young (they seem disgusted by groupies in their mid-20s, who they call "old"), and easy -- and willing -- prey for any swaggering rocker that comes along.

It's not quite what you would expect -- sometimes the girl's experience slips into tragedy, as when one of them describes a beating at the hands of a lover. But for those looking for a peek into the wild nights of the Age of Aquarius, this is it, raw and uncensored.

Note: A reader pointed out this terrific site, which is likely the source of the original MP3s, and is worth checking out for their general excellence.


At 11:52 AM, Blogger audiosports said...

absolutely fantastic!


At 12:55 PM, Blogger identikal said...

This is the source sample for "Velvet Pants" by the Propellerheads - fantastic.

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Ben Zimmer said...

You can download the files directly from here.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger • B E N B E N E K • said...

Yeah...somebody posted this LP a few months ago...RecordBrother I do believe...

I's kind of like listening to a really lame-o version of the talking parts of Zappa's GTO's album...except this one isn't as funny

not everything from the 60s is worth reviving,
some things are better left buried

thanx tho - benbenek


At 10:54 PM, Blogger Geist said...

Would you or anybody consider putting up a torrent? This rapidshare business is deeply annoying.
Thanks for the up, cheers :D

At 11:48 PM, Blogger ted said...

As a Pizzicato Five fan, thanks for this link!!!

At 4:58 PM, Blogger William said...

Here's a torrent of The Groupies:

At 5:51 PM, Blogger rhino said...

This is also sampled quite a bit for Dan Lovage's "Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By" disc that came out a couple years back...good disc too!


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