The fancy lady from Chickasaw County, Bobbie Gentry rose to fame with her most memorable hit song, “Ode To Billie Joe.” In a male-dominated era of singers and songwriters, Bobbie Gentry was a standout: an early feminist icon and independent success who earned the respect and collaboration of her contemporaries with her unique Southern charm and significant catalog, most of which was written and produced by Gentry herself. After countless albums, variety shows, and Vegas revues, she mysteriously disappeared into the mist, becoming a recluse who gave up her career and hid from the public eye. Through exclusive interviews, vintage clips, and a gorgeous soundtrack; this episode celebrates Gentry’s immeasurable influence and brilliant artistry.
Somewhere in the space between fan, groupie, muse, and rock star lives the outrageous collective known as the GTO’s. Like lightning in a bottle, these young women converged during the late ‘60s Sunset Strip scene, elevating the idea of “fan” to an unlikely artistry that was not seen before nor since. While they came together with a common interest, each member of this coterie had a bizarre and interesting background that brought a vital energy to the group's notoriety. In addition to releasing the album Permanent Damage, produced by Frank Zappa, their creative influence on the late 60s scene was reflected by some of its biggest artists, from Alice Cooper to Gram Parsons to Led Zeppelin. Through personal recollections and exclusive interviews, this episode of Something Cool explores and celebrates the unique feminist humor and empowerment that the Girls Together Outrageously brought to the world of very serious rock and roll.
Actress and writer Carol Cleveland has appeared in nearly every Monty Python production, from the original BBC Television series to their major motion pictures and stage shows. From her beginnings as a model and self-proclaimed “glamour stooge," Carol evolved into a pioneer for women in comedy, always matching the absurdity and outrageousness of her male cohort. Join Terry Gilliam, Neil Innes, Laraine Newman, along with the glorious Carol herself, as Something Cool charts her impressive and inspiring career from "The Python Girl" to "The Seventh Python" and beyond.