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the earthquake song
The Little Girls
the earthquake song

After I’ve been through the Okmoniks 12" (as much as I like the singles, this one is the real rager), the King Tuff LP, UV Race’s “Lego man” single and “Homo” LP, that Laurice “Best of Laurice vol.1” LP, the Barbaras 7" on Goner, Shannon And The Clams’ 2nd LP and (surprise) the Dig & Mig LP today, the beautiful weather made me delve even deeper into the depths of the record-shelf in order to find something equally as nice. And unearth “Rodney on the ROQ volume 2”, a nice LP compiled by the (in)famous KROQ radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. And as with volume one, the real gems are on the B-side (that last song on the first one, pure gold!!). Not that side A is bad, it has a lot of the SoCal / L.A. punk greats, but since these are household standards around here, it falls somewhat flat in comparison to the flipside (oops, no pun intended…). Next to Unit 3 with Venus and the Gleaming Spires contribution, my fave is Little Girls’ “The earthquake song”. The band was made up of the Maso sisters Caron and Michele singing, and a couple of glammy looking dudes, some of which had their claim of fame in other bands, playing the instruments. The line-up seemed to have changed a lot, with the sisters being the mainstays. Anyway, other than their appearance on above mentioned comp they had a 6 song LP on PVC, that safe for “The earthquake song” (if memory serves in a different, inferior version) and their other hit (as various sources claim, I don’t like it much - but apparently they even made a video-clip for that, which according to a wikipedia-entry for the band was one of the first to ever air on MTV) “How to pick up girls”, was rubbish. But “The earthquake song” is a burner for sure. Musically and especially lyrically. Even Bret Easton Ellis liked these lyrics, and reprinted ‘em in his bestselling novel Less Than Zero (again, according to that wikipedia-entry for The Little Girls, I have not read that book and cannot confirm).

The Little Girls - the earthquake song

There’s gonna be an earthquake in this town
There will be houses falling down
The fire hydrants will blow up
The streets will crack, the pipes will pop
It’s gonna kill my mom and dad
They are the only folks I had
But they better not blame me
Cause it’s not my fault

It’s always fun living in L.A.
Always a good show on somewhere
What more can I say
There’s gonna be an earthquake
I can’t miss it, no way

I’m gonna run, run, run
We’re having so much fun
Cause there’s a building chasing me
Smack, smack, I just fell in a crack
And now I’m part of the debris
There’s going to be an earthquake in this town
The dogs are chasing their tails around
There is a buzzing in the air
Maybe I’ll die, but I don’t care
My surfboard’s ready for the tidal wave
I’m gonna ride down Sunset like a beach boy today
I only hope I don’t wipe-out in East L.A.

Yes, I enjoy living life this way
Always a good show on somewhere
What more can I say
There’s gonna be an earthquake
I can’t miss it, no way

I’m gonna run, run, run
We’re having so much fun
There’s a building chasing me
Jump back, jump back, break your mother’s back
And we’ll all fall in the sea
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

It’s always fun living in L.A.
Always a good show on somewhere
What more can I say
It’s gonna be an earthquake gonna get me
It’s gonna be an earthquake gonna get me
It’s gonna be an earthquake gonna get me today

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A live-performance of “The earthquake song” from 1983 can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC-2_jqFZdA&feature=plcp

You know black people don’t really inherit businesses that our fathers left for us, so it was to do something like that, something for my sons. That was the big picture right there, for us to build a company that could be passed down to our kids and their kids.
—  Jay-Z, speaking to Dan Gennoe of Flipside magazine in 1999.

Flipside magazine was confronting Jett with the growing conviction that [the Runaways] were appealing more and more to lesbians, to the exclusion of the horny male fuckers who used to hang on their every bead of perspiration

Jett laughed, “I heard something about that. ‘Runaways dyke audience.’ And some people going ‘Hey Sandy, what a fox!’ But I don’t think that’s the majority of our audience, though I don’t care if they’re anybody. I don’t give a shit of they’re transsexual or bisexual, gay. I don’t care, just so long as they like it and enjoy it.”

[The interviewer asked], “You check out the girls?”

“Well, what the hell are you supposed to do, close your eyes?”

– Bad Reputation: The Unauthorized Biography of Joan Jett, by Dave Thompson