The Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada
The Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada were an eclectic band originally from Santa Cruz, California, USA formed in 1981. They were voted "Best Alternative Rock Band of the Year" by L.A. Weekly. The collaboration of keyboardist Mary Jean Shaffer and guitarist Blancah Black, the Holy Sisters reveled in eccentric, quasi-religious imagery and feminist politics. Other original members included Heidi Puckett (bass) and Jeff Grubic (tenor sax). As the band morphed from conceptual entity to frequent club performers, Black left and two new members were added, Jill Fido (bass) and Charles Bingham (drums). Kim Sockit later replaced Puckett, and Zero Jessephski, Jr. replaced Bingham, making the Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada an all-female band. The group would later move to Hollywood, California where they were featured in "Once Upon Her Time," a TV program about women in the '80s which aired on the Lifetime Cablevision Network.
- Jill Fido: bass, Vocals
- Wild Kim Sockit: guitar, percussion, penny whistle, vocals
- Mary Jean Shaffer: keyboards, vocals
- Zero Jessephski, Jr.: drums, toys, percussion
- Let's Get Acquainted (1986; Bomp! Records)
- At Dianne's Place (compilation; includes "Round and Round") (1987; Penultimate Records)
- Gaga at the Gogo EP (1988; Bomp! Records)
- Radio Tokyo Tapes Vol. 4 (compilation; includes one song, a cover version of "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath) (1989; Chameleon Records)
- Spurrier, Jeff; Hochman, Steve (1987-04-26). "A Couple Of Setbacks Frustrate And Slow Down Rave-ups". Los Angeles Times.
- "Mary Jean Shaffer". Hometown Pasadena online. Prospect Park Publishing. 2006-11-27. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21.
- Pop Reviews: Silly Sisters - Los Angeles Times
- Exude and the Conversation: Unsigned but Not Unnoticed