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Fine Times 1983
The Girlfriends are tough to pin down. Their look is a cross between the Go-Go's
and Joan Jett. and their music ranges from melodic pop originals to covers of
"White Rabbit"and "You Really Got Me." They play from Philadelphia to the shore,
but their sights are set on much farther horizons.
"We did a showcase to attempt to do some travelling with the USO," said Marge
Connelly, the group's personable singer who also handles keyboards, trumpet and
guitar. "We still don't know anything definite, but we're hoping. It's
Connelly gave up a successful solo act a year and a half ago to form the
Girlfriends with bassist Robin Rohr, formerly of the Secrets. After several
different incarnations, the band settled in November into their present lineup,
Connelly, Rohr, and former Tapistrie members Jill Brady (drums) and Kim Butler
The idea of an all-female band was Rohr's. "I thought it was a novelty and
apt to be successful. And quite frankly, I get along better with women.
Sometimes In a mixed band I feel I should take a back seat, keep my mouth shut.
'We've all had our differences with women, too." she added quickly, "but it
happened that the four of us have hit It off" quite well. We really get along
The Girlfriends' chemistry shows in their contagious onstage energy. They
bring their fans to the dance floor with originals (penned by all four members
of the group) as well as peppy covers of the Pretenders, the Motels and Missing
The band cut their first single last month—"Good for a Girl" a bouncy.
lighthearted political statement written by Butler and Brady, backed with
Connelly's "Life of Economy": a minor-key new music tune. The disc was a project
of "Dancin on Air'" producer Mike Nice, and was engineered at Powerhouse Studios
In Camden, NJ.
The Girlfriends play regularly at Oscar's, the Old State Tavern and Justin's.
They've also landed an appearance at this month's Rose Tree Festival in Media.
Pa. and their USO audition has brought them gigs at local Air Force bases.
But the overseas USO tour is still the group's immediate goal. 'Who would
turn down a European tour, or Mediterranean or Oriental or Pacific?" Butler
asked. "Of course, some places probably are not the greatest—no one wants to get
shot or blown up. But we feel that if Bob Hope can do it, we can do it. We keep
expanding—we just want to keep on going."
News-Journal May 3, 1985
Laying a myth to rest by Don Challenger
The Girlfriends prove women can rock hard
"We heard it right away," the Girlfriends' manager, Kim Andras, says. "When
the band first played out, people would be lining up to say, 'Hey, you guys are
pretty good, for girls.' So we wanted to get that issue out of the way early."
So last spring, just months after forming in September 1983, the Girlfriends
recorded a mocking single, "Good for a Girl," backed with "Life of Economy,"
that remains one of the best independent records in the area.
Actually, the likes of the Go-Go's, Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde — if not
Bonnie Raitt — long ago laid the gender question (can the fairer sex rock?) to
rest. But the old-boy myth that women can sing, but are lost in the intricacies
of power chords and drum rolls, might require one final nail in its coffin.
Hammer in hand, the Girlfriends appear tomorrow night at the Deer Park, 108
W. Main St. in Newark. The band is not yet as well-known locally as in
Philadelphia, where they've made several television appearances, but a stellar
show on the Wilmington Loop last week at Oscar's might change that.
Lead guitarist Kim Butler and drummer Jill Brady, both from Media, Pa., had
been playing together for a decade when they were joined by bassist Robin Rohr
and vocalist Marge Connelly, who also plays keyboards and trumpet, to establish
the Girlfriends less than two years ago. Their current sets include astute
covers of songs by Raitt, Ricki Lee Jones, Cyndi Lauper, the Pretenders and the
Motels as well as a growing catalog of strong originals.
Justin's featuring the Girlfriends this weekend
May 25, 1984 The Delaware Beachcomber
to the beach this Memorial Day weekend is an up and rising band on the music
scene, The Girlfriends. From the Brandywine Valley, the Girlfriends are four
talented and creative women who together provide an evening of good music,
dancing and fun.
Robin Rohr (bass. vocals) and Marge Connelly (keyboard. trumpet, guitar,
vocals), the originators of the band, have been working together for close to
three years. During this time, the band went through some personnel changes and
for a long time the Girls played because it was fun. But throughout the changes
in band lineup, Robin and Marge remained strong in their ideas of who the
Girlfriends were and where they wanted to go.
Then they met Jill Brady (drums, vocals) and Kim Butler (guitar, bass,
vocals), formerly of Tapistrie, and they found themselves to be a serious and
dedicated band. All four women are actively involved in the selection and
writing of the music they perform.
Their originals are an interesting variety, ranging from a more commercial nu-wave
dance sound, to rock'n'roll, to an almost jazzy western swing number featuring
Marge on trumpet. The Girls recently finished recording two originals, "Good for
a Girl" and "Life of Economy. "
"Through the years music has been viewed as representative of the times,"
says Kim. " 'Good For a Girl' is so appropriate for us. It's what we hear so
often. 'Life of Economy'," laughs Marge, "is about bad checks and cheap wine."
The cover tunes The Girlfriends perform include Cindy Lauper, Missing
Persons, Motels, Quarterflash and quite a bit of Pretenders. Needless to say,
some excellent dance tunes. … Rehobeth and Lewes …