Punk Rock Girl

The Dead Milkmen

About Punk Rock Girl

"Punk Rock Girl" is a song by American rock band The Dead Milkmen. It was the first single released from the band's fourth album Beelzebubba (1988). Released in December 1988, the track was primarily composed by guitarist and vocalist Joe Genaro and bassist Dave Schulthise, though it is credited to all four band members. The idea behind the song was to create a punk rock nursery rhyme; as such, it is a simple love song, written from the perspective of a sheltered boy dreaming of a rowdy, delinquent girlfriend. Lyrically, it depicts the duo bonding over record-shopping and eating pizza. The song was recorded with producer Brian Beattie in Austin, Texas. In addition to the band's normal lineup, the song also incorporates an accordion. Beattie hoped to emulate the quality of the quartet's original demo, by ensuring the guitar solo seemed stifled or imperfect. "Punk Rock Girl" makes several pop culture references, from comedian Minnie Pearl, to musicians Mojo Nixon and the Beach Boys. Likewise, it alludes to several locations in the band's hometown of Philadelphia. Its music video was shot across the city at iconic punk clothing retailer Zipperhead and an abandoned penitentiary. 


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One Saturday I took a walk to Zipperhead
I met a girl there and she almost knocked me dead

(Punk rock girl), please look at me
(Punk rock girl), what do you see?
Let's travel round the world
Just you and me, punk rock girl

I tapped her on the shoulder
And said do you have a bell?
She looked at me and smiled and said she did not know

(Punk rock girl), give me a chance
(Punk rock girl), let's go slam dance
We'll dress like Minnie Pearl
Just you and me, punk rock girl

We went to the Philly Pizza Company and ordered some hot tea
The waitress said "well no, we only have it iced"
So we jumped up on the table and shouted anarchy
And someone played a Beach Boys song on the jukebox
It it was California Dreamin'
So we started screamin'
On such a winter's day

She took me to her parents for a Sunday meal
Her father took one look at me and he began to squeal

(Punk rock girl), it makes no sense
(Punk rock girl), your dad is the vice president  
Rich as the Duke of Earl  
Yeah, you're for me punk rock girl

We went to a shopping mall
And laughed at all the shoppers
And security guards trailed us to a record shop
We asked for Mojo Nixon
They said he don't work here
We said if you don't got Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin'

We got into her car away, we started rollin'
I said how much you pay for this
Said "nothin' man it's stolen"

(Punk rock girl) you look so wild
(Punk rock girl) let's have a child
We'll name her Minnie Pearl
Just you and me
Eat fudge banana swirl
Just you and me
We'll travel round the world
Just you and me
Punk rock girl

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The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen is an American satirical punk rock band formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their original lineup consisted of vocalist and keyboardist Rodney Linderman ("Rodney Anonymous"), guitarist and vocalist Joe Genaro ("Joe Jack Talcum"), bassist Dave Schulthise ("Dave Blood") and drummer Dean Sabatino ("Dean Clean"). more »

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