For the Ladies

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Kendall Meade, who went on to lead the introspective indie pop band Mascott, also led Juicy, a mid-'90s, New York-based, all-female indie pop/rock quartet. Guitarist Lisa Marafioti, bassist Jennifer Levin, and drummer Meggean Ward rounded out the group. On Juicy's debut disc, For the Ladies, raw and metaphoric lyrics were generally playful, like on "Stovetop" and the catchy and amiable "Rocketscientist." The songs are not as mature as Meade's work in Mascott. The whimsical pace of "Sad" and "Demon" aren't as dark as the song titles would lead the listener to believe. "Fuck You I'm Cool" is the disc's most direct and aggressive track, but its blissful harmonies are miles away from Bikini Kill. Even "Psycho Ex-Boyfriend" is sung with tongue firmly in cheek, with Meade's subtle vocals leading the attack. The disc ends with the summery "Go Fast." With none of the songs clocking in at over three minutes, Juicy's songs were all simple and direct, leading to a new wave of female pop bands like the All Girl Summer Fun Band and the Hissyfits. For the Ladies was recorded at Zippah Studios in Brookline, MA, by producer Peter Weiss.