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The GTOs were a "groupie group" that consisted of Miss Pamela (Pamela Des Barres), Miss Sparky (Linda Sue Parker), Miss Lucy, Miss Christine (Christine Frka), Miss Sandra (Sandra Leano), Miss Mercy and Miss Cynderella. All the girls, in there teen years, ended up on the sunset strip, the only place they could really be excepted for there differences.


Miss Pamela had been on the scene for awhile before joining the GTO's. A Rock N' Roll girl from the get go, she started to hang around backstage, laurel canyon, the strip, all before she started hanging out around Vito Paulekas, one of the "leaders" of the strip. Pamela Recalls in her Memoirs "I'm With The Band"

I had heard a lot of tainted stories about Vito and his band of merry maniacs, and had seen them around town, dancing with total abandon, adorning clubs and concert halls, blowing minds before the phrase exised.

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"...this adorable big-eyed girl with high hopes...". Miss Pamela and Miss Sparky quickly became best friends doing everything today when one night they approached a girl they'd seen many times at Vito's, Miss Lucy, Miss Pamela recalls

"Miss Lucy was a puerto rican bombshell...She had a sway back, so her bottom stuck out like she was asking for it...

Miss Lucy eventually joined in with Miss Pamela and Miss Sparky whenever they went out and about.

Miss Sandra had travelled to LA from San Pedro with Miss Christine. First the girls started to hang out around town with Miss Sandra but both Sandra and Christine lived in the basement of Frank Zappa's log cabin up on Laurel Canyon, and Miss Christine eventually opened her heart to the other girls. Miss Christine was the live-in nanny for Zappa's children, Dweezil and Moon Unit, before Miss Pamela took over the position during the late 1960s. Next was Miss Mercy, Miss Mercy had emigrated from the Haight Ashbury hippie scene to LA due to "boredom", alleging she "couldn't be a hippie forever". In her book, I'm With the Band, Des Barres refers to Mercy at that time as "a human facsimilie", although they are still incredibly close friends. Miss Cynderella was last to join, she was brought in by Miss Mercy. The GTO's liked her ideas, and let her in the group with "open arms" but decided that after her there could be no more members. Miss Cynderella was a known liar and loved to make up stories, so there is not much known about her, as she is truely mysterious.

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"GTOs" was an acronym for the full band name "Girls Together Outrageously", but at one time the 'O' could stand for a variety of words, such as 'Openly', 'Only' etc. Performances by the group were sparse, although they created quite the scene with their 1968 performance at the Shrine Auditorium. They had an album, Permanent Damage which was produced in 1969 by Frank Zappa and Lowell George (track 7 and 11). The songs are mixed in with conversations had between the members of the group, friends, and others, including Cynthia Plaster Caster and Rodney Bingenheimer. The album features songwriting contributions from Lowell George, Jeff Beck and Davy Jones. Permanent Damage was re-issued on CD in 1989 by Enigma Retro. The album is extremely hard to find, it's on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, and CD but all forms are extremely hard to find (I myself payed 20 bucks for the cassette).


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Miss Pamela, the most famous of the GTO's went on to be a bestseller with her tell all memoir "I'm With The Band", after writing her first book, she went on to teach creative writing, become a columnist for magazine publication as well as online, she also wrote other books (the rock n' roll cookbook, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: a Groupie Grows up, Rock Bottom, and her latest book Let's Spend the Night Together, where supergroupies and rock muses tell all). Miss Pamela is currently dating great country musician Mike Stinson, and stays on top of the music scene! Miss Mercy is still around, she married Sugie Otis, Johnny Oti's son, they divorced however, most recently she did a chapter for Miss Pamelas book Let's Spend The Night Together, that was VERY enjoyable to read! Her and Pamela are still close friends. Miss Sandra was married to a carpenter and had three kids, she moved to Italy, where she died of Ovarian Cancer. Cynderella married musician John Cale, but they got divorced and Cynderella then moved to Vegas. She died in 2001 due to, like her entire life, mysterious circumstances. Miss Christine died on November 5th, 1972, of an overdose in a hotel room, after spending close to a year in a full body cast to correct her crooked spine. Miss Lucy died of an AIDS-related disease in the early 1990s. Miss Sparky is still alive, but not much has been divulged of her post-GTO's endeavours.
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Track Listing 1. The Eureka Springs Garbage Lady
2. Miss Pamela and Miss Sparky discuss STUFFED BRAS and some of their early gym class experiences
3. Who's Jim Sox?
4. Kansas and the BTO's
5. The Captain's Fat Theresa Shoes
6. Wouldn't It Be Sad If There Were No Cones?
7. Do Me In Once And I'll Be Sad, Do Me In Twice And I'll Know Better (Circular Circulation)
8. The Moche Monster Review
9. TV Lives
10. Rodney
11. I Have A Paintbrush In My Hand To Color A Triangle
12. Miss Christine's First Conversation With The Plaster Casters Of Chicago
13. The Original GTO's
14. The Ghost Chained To The Past, Present and Future (Shock Treatment)
15. Love On An Eleven Year Old Level
16. Miss Pamela's First Conversation With The Plaster Casters Of Chicago
17. I'm In Love With The Ooh-Ooh Man

The GTO's Live


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