This may be our most epic chat ever. Lauren and Jen discuss their histories as fangirls: Jen was a Phunky Bitch and a Phish fan, and Lauren was a diehard “Rustie” or Neil Young fan: these were online fandom communities during the early internet era.
We were both active fans around the same time: the late 90s and early ’00s (though Jen continues to see Phish live and Lauren can’t scrape up the dough to see Neil on his new tour). We include links to tons of fantastic songs and or videos and suggest you listen to each one full-length and use puppets to pretend Jen and Lauren are actually talking to each other. And lots of air guitar, obvsly.
We discuss our respective fandom experiences and communities, the reasons we got into the music and bands we did, how our fandom impacted our relationships, and Jen has a revelation about graduate school. Then, we briefly discuss our children’s budding music fandom (for the Fresh Beat Band). You don’t want to miss this! And if you’re a Rustie or a Phunky Bitch, please comment!! We miss you!