CONSPIRACY OF WOMEN VIDEO: The Girls “Something in the Basement”

The Girls formed in Chicago around 1981 by four young Polish girls. Ewa played keyboard bass, Ivana tickled the keyboard, Boczena governed the drums, and Alicia sang (in both Polish and English!) 

One lineup of Chicago’s The Girls, from a 1984 Chicago Reader article.

The band saw a number of lineup changes and eventually, Sandy Lavorini joined the group of keyboard, Paula Grear got behind the kit, and Laura Jay played guitar before Lorrie Kountz (of Bitch and Tough Love) took over on the axe. 

This live video comes from a performance on MusicVision, a local channel broadcast in and around Chicago during the ’80s. The Girls made a good-natured, lo-fi music video for the song as well but it isn’t posted publically as of right now. 

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Jen B. Larson occasionally contributes music writing to Please Kill Me and Victim of Time. She also authors fiction for Disappearing Media and sings, screams, and shreds in the bands beastii and the late Swimsuit Addition. Bankrolling her creative habit by teaching at an arts high school in Chicago, she spends her free time researching for and drafting her first book, which is forthcoming on Feral House Publishing. Follow the Instagram @conspiracyofwomen for features of cool women of early punk.

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