Released in 1994 by Kill Rock Stars, The Real Janelle would become Bratmobile's last studio recording in six years. Though released before The Peel Session, that was recorded a year prior. The record offers more clarity in its sound and its thought from their full-length record Pottymouth, "Brat Girl" being an answer to the type of emotional abuse touched on in "And I Live In A Town Where The Boys Amputate Their Heart" and the low-ley, tense "Yeah, Huh" being almost a set-up for the full force of the heavy punk-rocking "Die."
The title "The Real Janelle" was inspired by a Born Against song written by Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel. The Born Against song and "The Real Janelle" both are references to Janelle Hessig, a former Bratmobile roadie and East Bay fanzine creator known for producing "Tales of Blarg" and "Desperate Times." The photo on the cover of the EP is of Janelle Hessig herself.