Phranc talk (with a P-H and a hard C)
March 3, 2015 10:33 PM   Subscribe

Phranc, the self-described "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger" has been a little quiet lately, but she's back with a new website and a new instrumental song. And if that wasn't enough, her entire solo catalog is now available on Bandcamp.

As a member of early L.A. punk bands Nervous Gender, Catholic Discipline, and the all-female Castration Squad she was a musical groundbreaker, but she is best known for her solo career as an acoustic folk singer-songwriter.

Phranc is also a visual artist, working in cardboard. In addition to the newer works featured on the new site you can check out the archives of her 2006-2014 blog, The Cardboard Cobbler. Sadly, the 2001 documentary, Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc's Adventure in Plastic, about Phranc's time selling Tupperware, appears to be unavailable for viewing.

There is lots more to checkout at the new site, and you can find old videos of the Phranc Talk video series on her YouTube page.

And although it's unofficial, this video upload of her performing "M-A-R-T-I-N-A" is worth watching just for the look on her face at 1:52.
posted by Room 641-A (8 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I've been trying to make this post for years but couldn't seem to do it justice. Thanks to blueskiesinside's music question earlier I thought of Phranc again and discovered the new material that was just uploaded today!
posted by Room 641-A at 10:37 PM on March 3, 2015 [2 favorites]

I would never have learned to spell Navratilova without her.
posted by snofoam at 4:44 AM on March 4, 2015 [4 favorites]

Fantastic - thanks!
posted by rtha at 5:36 AM on March 4, 2015

but how is the 'a' pronounced?
posted by thelonius at 6:04 AM on March 4, 2015

Saw her in '86 in MA; she opened for the Smiths. Great performer.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:16 AM on March 4, 2015

The fact that the Tupperware documentary is unavailable for viewing is a crime against humanity.
posted by LastOfHisKind at 6:31 AM on March 4, 2015 [4 favorites]

When I was in college she opened up whole worlds for me. Thanks so much!
posted by allthinky at 7:49 AM on March 4, 2015

I no longer have the tampon she threw at me from the stage.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:59 AM on March 4, 2015

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