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Freaky Friday is Here!

Posted by purplemary54 on November 2, 2012

I’m so happy to be using these fine ladies as my first official Freaky Friday post.  Ladies and gents, I proudly present the sweet, funny, wonderful, and eminently freaky. . . .

Girls Together Outrageously!


Also known as the GTOs, they were a group of girls who were friends in LA/Hollywood in the late 60s and early 70s.  With the endorsement and guidance of the Godfather of Freak, Frank Zappa, the girls made an album called Permanent Damage.  They also appeared in Zappa’s film 200 Motels.  They weren’t musicians or singers.  Miss Christine and Miss Pamela both worked as nannies for the Zappa family, and all the girls had various odd jobs and bit parts on the fringes of the entertainment biz.  You might know them better under their somewhat derogatory title of groupies.

Groupies get a bad rap.  Sure, there are some out there that are just in it for whatever fame/notoriety/money/drugs they can get by leaching off of other people’s talent and fame.  I don’t think of those people as groupies.  Real groupies, like the GTOs or the Plaster Casters aren’t in it for the sex or the drugs.  They love the music, and they want to be around the men who make it.  (OMG, Cynthia Plaster Caster has an official website!  That is so cool!)  I make the generalization about male musicians and female groupies, mostly because that’s what the story generally is.  I’m sure the women of Rock & Roll have their fair share of boy groupies, and more power to all of them.  But the girl groupies are the famous ones, often famous in their own right.  See the movie Almost Famous.  Read the books by Bebe Buell and Pamela Des Barres (aka Miss Pamela).  Hell, I think Cynthia Plaster Caster had a gallery show of her work.  They might get criticized for following musicians around and living “immoral” lives.  But they still get to go to all the good shows.

Pamela Des Barres is one of my heroes.  Her autobiography, I’m With the Band, was released in 1987.  As a teenager obsessed with music and musicians, I had to read her book since I knew she’d been a girlfriend of Jimmy Page’s, who was my then-current rock star crush.  (I’m sure he was kind of an asshole, but all Hammer of the Gods did was make him seem sexy and mysterious to me.)  But when I read the book, I found myself falling in love with Miss Pamela instead.  She was so spunky and fearless.  I wanted to be her.  Not just for the groupie thing, but for her incredibly positive attitude and free spirit.  She’s been through a lot of hurt and heartache, but she has lived the life she wanted to live.  I wonder how many people can actually say that.

These days, Pamela still hangs out with musicians, but she’s interviewing them.  She holds writing workshops and various other events that capitalize on her past as a groupie.  When I was doing some research for this post, I was sad to read that most of the GTOs have died.  Only Miss Pamela and Miss Mercy are accounted for on their Wikipedia page.

What’s the legacy of the Girls Together Outrageously?  Be joyful and fearless.  Take some chances.  Love outrageously.  And never, ever be ashamed of who you are.  Now, that’s a freaky concept.

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3 Responses to “Freaky Friday is Here!”

  1. Of course — stoopid me — I run to Cynthia Plaster Caster’s site thinking Imo see some d**k. Ahahahaha!

    • I confess I hadn’t spent much time on the site when I linked to it. But damn, no pictures! If Toys in Babeland and Smitten Kitten can show realistic sex toys, then Cynthia ought to include a few pictures of her work. Maybe she’s just trying to make sure people show up if she does a show. (I don’t even want to know what kind of real porn is out there; I am really happy being in the dark on that one.)

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