ARTIST: Lisa Germano
TITLE: Geek the Girl
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Cry Wolf
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: …A Psychopath
LINEUP: Lisa Germano, Malcom Burn. Kenny Aronoff on some tracks.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Intense, eerie, powerful album with some tracks that are harrowing.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Most of this album has instrumentation that’s ethereal and moody, but the songs by Lisa Germano take those arrangements and make them into something more emotional and wrenching.
In “Trouble”, she sings “As an act I hate myself”. “Cry Wolf” is about a rape where the victim is blamed, and “…A Psychopath”, the most famous track of them all, features a real 911 call from a stalking victim.
Not an easy listen, but compelling, and even today, rings so true. Germano captures her fears and anxiety as a woman living in this society. Her vocals, quiet, breathy, and tentative at times, are framed perfectly by the lyrics and music.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Most of this was recorded in Germano’s apartment, but they took it to the studio for mixing.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A+: Not for the faint of heart, but a record that’s important to this day.