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JENNY & THE RASCALS- "YOU TOLD ME A LIE" (1965)

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Published on May 19, 2007

"(Advertising) proposes to each of us that we transform ourselves, or our lives, by buying something more."

"This more, it proposes, will make us in some way richer- even though we will be poorer by having spent our money. Publicity persuades us of such a transformation by showing us people who have apparently been transformed and are, as a result, enviable. The state of being envied is what constitutes glamour. And publicity is the process of manufacturing glamour."

"Publicity is about social-relations, not (selling) objects. Its promise is not of pleasure, but of happiness: happiness is judged from the outside by others. The happiness of being envied is glamour."
-John Berger, WAYS OF SEEING, (1973)

Jenny & the Rascals (no, not that Rascals) were a Dutch group from the mid-60's. Like bands worldwide they challenged the norms of their country with fashion, lifestyle, and music. Womens' discontent became more apparant in the garage songs of this transition era. The CD 'From the Kitchen To the Garage' compiling the Dutch female scene says Jenny Streur achieved popularity outside of The Hague, where her manager father rebelled against the corrupt club system. They opened for the Troggs at one point, though insisted they be the lead act in general. "Jenny was a big Them fan which you can hear very well. It is rumoured that Brian Epstein tried to get her to England to join a girl-group over there. Jenny refused." They made two 45's, from which this edgy gem comes. The Dutch scene built in intensity, helping to propel the coming success of Shocking Blue, with Mariska Veres.

A great site about 60's women rockers to check out is:
http://www.myspace.com/girlgaragemayhem

Tym Stevens

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