Sunday, January 09, 2005

The Poor Girls, Chi-Pig

Bruce,
I was going to post a request for audio/video/still photos of the Poor
Girls and Chi-Pig, esp. from the gigs at the Civic Theater opening for
Cream and Steppenwolf, and the Cleveland Teen Fair.

Sue
Susan Schmidt Horning, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts
The Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

21 comments:

bh said...

You just did!

dscroggy said...

I remember the Cream concert at Akron Civic Theatre very well. Whoever the promoter was lined up a string of local bands to open. Not only did The Poor Girls play, but, among others, The James Gang and The Brambles.

I was one of a few youngsters who helped out The Brambles with our own homemade "light show", which involved essentially wrecking a large number of slide projectors by taking two glass slides and smearing the insides with vaseline, dyes and bits cut out of photo slides. When the heat of the bulb melted the vaseline, psychedelic moire patterns blorped all over the projected area until the whole mess of goop dripped out. Then it was time to change the slide. This wasn't very good for the machines.

This highly technical role gave me backstage access to the Cream concert.

When the Cream's roadies were setting up, one of The Brambles, a guy named Bruce Davies who played lead guitar and electric violin, asked if he could put his Roberts reel-to-reel tape recorder on the stage. Not only did they let him, but when they balanced Jack Bruce & Clapton's amps, they balanced the two microphones on his tape recorder. It sat on the stage the whole night, and they started "record" when Cream started playing. I guess that was before bootlegs were big. Wherever Bruce Davies is these days, he's got a hell of a rare tape.

Being backstage, I was able to see the Cream roadies react to The Poor Girls. They absolutely could not believe what they were seeing- an all-girl rock band!
They couldn't get over it.

Other random notes from that night- being backstage, a bunch of us had these locally produced, unlicensed (who ever heard of licensing merchandise items back then?) Cream posters an Akron "artist" named Greg Burnett was making.

Cream was sequestered in their own dressing room, and didn't want to meet the local bands, so no one had seen them until they came upstairs to go on stage. I was able to get Eric Clapton to autograph my poster, and as I looked across the stairwell saw my high school classmate Chrissie Hynde, with her lips pursed in the pouty but enticing expression we all know so well by now, getting Ginger Baker to sign hers.

Baker looked rather like something out of an E.C. horror comic: almost like a skeleton covered with yellowing flayed skin and a wild shock of curly hair. He had a crazed look in his eyes, and it seemed like they must have kept him chained up in the basement and only turned him loose in order to attack the drums like a maniac. Then I think they threw a net over him and hosed him down with elephant tranquilizers.

It is interesting to note that although Clapton and Bruce had these huge Marshall amps, there was no microphoning of the drums. When we asked the roadies why this was during set-up, they laughed and said " don't worry, mate; you can hear him for miles". They were right.

I believe Cream played 3 or 4 songs and it took about two hours. Quite a show.

-Scroggy

Anonymous said...

:
I'm sure I don't have any stories as good as Dave Scroggy's but it's fun
looking in on your blog.
I see Sue Schmidt posted there, too. It reminded me that I may have been
privileged to witness her first public appearance. It was in Litchfield
Jr.High (Akron) 8th grade music class, as I recall. I was awestruck. So
incredibly beautiful, but so talented, too. And so cool. Sue and her friends
the year before, at least, were nutzoid about the Beach Boys and the surf
culture. They even had stickers of the Murph the Surf cartoon character
created for Surfer Magazine by Rick Griffin on their notebooks. BTW I
eventually became friends with Rick and lived very briefly with Rick and
his wife in California and he had a major influence on inspiring me to
become an artist. But their stickers was my first exposure to his work. If
Sue and her gang liked Murph he must be really cool I figured.
I had such a crush on Sue, but she was WAY out of my league. Still is, I
can bet on it. Never got to see the Poor Girls, do tapes, cd's exist? Was
quite taken by alleged song lyrics I heard of, though, "I pooh, I pee, help
me..." These words take on new meaning as an aging baby boomer ;0)
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Well, like I said, Scroggs (as we called him) has the really good
stories (Hi David!), though I'm surprised he remembers them , if you know
what I mean...
--Craig Yoe
New York

dscroggy said...

If you want to know why Sue has a Phd. beside her name, go to:
http://www.cwru.edu/pubaff/univcomm/2003/6-03/horning.htm
This article also has a picture of The Poor Girls. -DS

Anonymous said...

I remember that Cream concert really well. It was 5 bucks, I think, and it was an amazing show. If I am not mistaken, weren't the Brambles going by the name "Black Rose" at that point? Didn't they have a new musician by the name of Woody when they changed their name?

dscroggy said...

It was later that some members of The Brambles became The Black Rose. Singer of The Black Rose was Woody (Luffell?). But they were The Brambles still when they opened for Cream. I think Pete Goodman can speak better to their transition from Brambles to Black Rose. -DS

Anonymous said...

Does this "Poor Girls" have anything to do with the group that was in Louisville, KY in or around 1990?

Anonymous said...

Bruce Davies of the Brambles lives in Akron Ohio

AndyH said...

I was also backstage at the Cream Concert as my Band performed as well...while they were on stage i swiped a set of Bruce's bass strings..Andy hanzel Penny Arcade

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Craig Yoe- you had
SPIDERMAN #1 comic/
Very rare I read it at your house the day
You got it was also at that concert
Steve Gordon

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FrankJosephcpa said...

Great concert at Akron Civic may 11,67
The Cream

FrankJosephcpa said...

Great concert at Akron Civic may 11,67
The Cream

FrankJosephcpa said...

I went to Lichfield, 8th grade as well, was in a 2 man band with Gary Church. His Dad got us 2 front row balcony seats for that Cream concert, unforgettable, fabulous, wow. My folks ran Barnhills Ice Cream Parlor across parking lot from Skyway !

FrankJosephcpa said...

I went to Lichfield, 8th grade as well, was in a 2 man band with Gary Church. His Dad got us 2 front row balcony seats for that Cream concert, unforgettable, fabulous, wow. My folks ran Barnhills Ice Cream Parlor across parking lot from Skyway !

FrankJosephcpa said...

I went to Lichfield, 8th grade as well, was in a 2 man band with Gary Church. His Dad got us 2 front row balcony seats for that Cream concert, unforgettable, fabulous, wow. My folks ran Barnhills Ice Cream Parlor across parking lot from Skyway !

FrankJosephcpa said...

I went to Lichfield, 8th grade as well, was in a 2 man band with Gary Church. His Dad got us 2 front row balcony seats for that Cream concert, unforgettable, fabulous, wow. My folks ran Barnhills Ice Cream Parlor across parking lot from Skyway !