The Baby-Sitters Club Club

with Tanner Greenring and Jack Shepherd

Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.

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    A searing indictment of Minnesota’s police force specifically, this brave episode goes where no previous episode has dared to go: Right to the source of all the True Crime that everybody’s doing these days! And that includes the international dong-thievery that is taking place in Stoneybrook itself, the cat kissing and the dog licking that is all too rampant in today’s society, and the equally troubling (if not technically illegal) way in which Mary Anne talks about Dawn’s mom’s perfectly nice tofu curry. Alright, people, let’s find out who’s been stealing all these dogs! (Spoilers for Beastmaster.) Music credits:“That Epicness,” by MarbleSpace“Once Upon a Dark Time,” by Allen Grey“Beautiful Darkness,” by Allen Grey“Tears of Joy,” by Adigold“Saying Goodbye,” by J BlanksThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    “Mystery” is generous for this book because there was not really much of a mystery, but it was a pretty fun book and discussion! When Janine “The Janenius” Kishi begins to act strange around her family, they begin to wonder if she’s fallen in with a bad crowd. But, she hasn’t. She just has a super hunky boyfriend now called Jerry. Mystery solved. Lots of X eye for the Y guy discussion, so all the ~fashionistas~ out there in Baby Nation should get a kick out of Jack and Tanner’s complete misunderstanding of all things fashion.Music Credits:“Cinematic Investigation” by lucafrancini on Envato Elements“Dark World” by Allen Grey on Envato Elements“Classic Arcade Video Game” by Adigold on Envato Elements“Time Capsule” by Allen Grey on Envato Elements”Kochanie” by Orkiestra Polska“All Things” by Betty Who“My Baby’s Got A Secret” (Karaoke Version) by Madonna“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (Karaoke Version) by Crash Test Dummies“Parting Ways” by Allen Grey on Envato Elements“Sexy R&B Hip-Hop” by Me Gusta Music on Envato Elements“Parting Ways” by Allen Grey on Envato Elements“Bumble” by Podington Bear“Gothic Children’s Choir” by Allen Grey on Envato ElementsThanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music and Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Prepare to dive headfirst into a world of intrigue and MYSTERY! To unlock the SECRETS of Mary Anne’s origins; to decipher the PUZZLE of the universe’s most mysterious clock; the RIDDLE of Logan’s nipples; the ENIGMA of the Warp Whistles in Super Mario Bros. 3; and the REBUS that is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most MYSTERIOUS film. Most importantly, prepare to solve the perplexing CONUNDRUM of whether the boys are going to find an insanely complex and breathtakingly chaotic way of doing segments, which are traditionally supposed to provide structural simplicity and order! And, of course, prepare yourself for an answer to the greatest MYSTERY of all: What on Earth are these boys going to talk about now that they’ve read all the main canon books and Super Specials????? (Oh, also, prepare to cry, because this one's a sad one.)Music credits:“Halloween Ident,” by Luca Francini“Until We Meet Again,” by The Story Shop“Once Upon a Dark Time,” by Allen Grey“Sad to Hopeful,” by The Story Shop“Heartbroken,” by Allen Grey“The Running Man theme,” by Harold Faltermeyer“Parting Ways,” by Allen Grey“Rendezvous 72.5,” by Adrien Wilcox“Beautiful Darkness,” by Allen GreyThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    The boys originally wanted to buy themselves a week to figure out what they’re going to do now that they’re out of Super Special books, but boy did they have fun watching the Baby-Sitters Club movie, or as Jack repeatedly called it, “the book.” Ann, Dalene, and Susan DeSanto confirmed so many popular theories this week, and they did so VISUALLY. Economy of Holes! Bread theory! Living Dolls! Bees! Magical Owls! All that and more!Music:"New World" by KIRA“Overture” by Lionheart“Lovely Memories Ident” by CreativeMedias_netExcerpts from The Baby-Sitters Club movie

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    This is a time for sobriety and reflection as the boys gaze bravely into oblivion. Shattered by the loss of a dear, innocent friend who was betrayed by those who should have protected him, they must step forward, alone, into a future devoid of Super Specials. But before they do, a loving look back at this really great final book! Jessi has committed a series of cold-blooded murders, Alan Gray’s joined the Stoneybrook Liberation Front, and Kristy’s doing kissing and arm stuff with a Canadian! This is Pete Lerangis’s swan song and his magnum opus and it is so much better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Music credits:“Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel Schmitt“Sad to Hopeful,” by TheStoryShop“Polish Funk,” by Artur Orbelyan“Ambient Dream,” by bdProductions“Romantic Background,” by Aleksandr Shamaluev“Haunted,” by LucaFrancini“Angelic Choir Divine Elevation,” by AllenGrey“Ethereal Voices,” by LucaFrancini“Cathedral,” by CleanMindSounds“Battle Area,” by Fifty VincThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Wow! This book was a banger. You’ve never heard two boys who are more excited to talk about a BSC book. The girls FINALLY make it to America, and they do it all! They confront America’s dark past at a plantation turned slavery museum. They marvel at the splendor of the Grand Canyon. They go to the MALL OF AMERICA! Also, maybe it’s because we’re kinda getting down to the wire and don’t have any real plans for what comes next, but we get a little punchy, and when we get punchy, we tend to sing. A lot.Music Credits:“Party in the USA” Karaoke Version by Miley Cyrus“Breaking News” by Phil Larson on Envato Elements“Energetic Indie Guitar” by MeGustaMusic on Envato Elements“Basketliner” by Blue Dot Sessions“Father And Son” (Cat Stevens Cover) by Bia Bogéa “Glueworm Evening Blues” by Lobo Loco“Piano Inspirations“ by Olexandr Ignatoc on Envato Elements“We Didn’t Start the Fire” (Karaoke Version) by Billy Joel“Get Outta My Dreams” by Billy Ocean"Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings” by Georg Friedrich Händel“Pavane for a Dead Princess“ composed by Maurice Ravel, performed by Markus Staab

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    Stacey’s chopper is down and she’s missing in the jungles of Hawaii. Meanwhile, back in Stoneybrook, Mallory has alienated a potential client by mishandling a tantrum. Are these two crises treated with equal gravity and concern in this novel? Yes. Because this is the Baby-Sitters Club, and, frankly, Stacey is expendable. Fair warning: This one’s rated R, not just because of the helicopter carnage, but because there is a surprising amount of Arm Stuff, and some EXTREMELY enlightening new rules for the delicate dance known as Da Bonky. Have fun and be careful!Music credits: “Movie Trailer Action,” by AllenGrey“Polish Funk,” by Artur Orbelyan“Rendezvous 72.5,” by Adrien Wilcox“Dark Cybernetic World,” by AllenGrey“Tanzen,” by KieLoBoy“Sadness,” by AudioRoseThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Live at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY, the boys dig deep into one of the greatest mysteries of all time: What the heck is going on with ghostwriter Jeanne Betancourt and her twisted blood orgies? It may just be part of her writing process for these Super Mysteries, in which case it worked! Plenty of spooky ghosts, scary vampires, and unsavory teenage boys in this one, not to mention a whole mess of parades, because Stoneybrook has finally gone fully off the deep end. This is the first (and therefore, currently, best) BSCC live show! Avoid this one if you're scandalized by wine crimes.Music credits:“Inspirational Dreams,” by StereoNuts“You Gotta Have Theremin and Ukulele,” by Squidlord“Emotional Documentary Background,” by musicdream“Lovely Memories Ident,” by CreativeMedias_net“Kantai Collection: KanColle Theme,” by Akino from bless4An extra special thanks to KJ from The Oddysy for playing our theme song!

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    It’s pilot three of three! Now that we’re teetering on the edge of uncertainty, with only a couple Super Special books left before we need to find something new to podcast about, we’ve got one last podcast concept for you to check out.This week, Tanner and Bolphunga the Unrelenting are trying something a little different. We’re calling it High Brow/Low Brow and it’s an exercise in drawing suppositional insights from a text or body of work in an effort to elevate that work to a level of discourse fitting the standards of academia. Which is to say that we talk about dumb stuff like comic books in a smart way. Oh, and vice versa.This week, we’ve prepared two selections:“The Waste Land” by T. S. EliotThe first three trade paperback collections of Geoff Johns’ run on the Green Lantern comics, including:Green Lantern: RebirthGreen Lantern, Vol. 1: No FearGreen Lantern Corps: RechargeWe hope you enjoy! We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled nonsense next week.Music Credits:“Sonatina No. 1 in C Major - I. Allegro” by Aaron Dunn“Song Groove (Abortion Papers)” by Michael Jackson“The Waste Land” (Audio Recording) by T.S. EliotThe theme song for High Brow/Low Brow is “Grizzly Bear Sharktopus” by Holy Coast (with some lyrical accompaniment from Tanner Greenring).

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    Put a dollar in your Pete jars, folks, because the boys are talking about the Pete Lerangis Super Special so nice … they read it twice! That’s right, your good buddies Weed Lord and Half Pipe are back for a second hit from the gravity bong that is Super Special #12, "Here Come the Bridesmaids!” and this time they’re not leaving until Dawn’s dad really makes it official by kissing Carol for a second time. And hold onto your wedding veils because there’s a brand-new, extremely cool catchphrase in this one, as well as a surprising amount of Rusted Root. “Teenage Freakout,” by Mules“Air on G String,” by Adigold“Dark Cybernetic World,” by AllenGrey“Jingle Bells (Dark Piano Version),” by Myuu“Tanzen,” by KieLoBoy“Sadness,” by AudioRose“Battle Area,” by Fifty VincThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Everyone remembers the 24 to 72 hours immediately preceding the first time they ever met Kristin Amanda Thomas. For most of the girls in the Baby-Sitters Club, the moment Kristy entered their lives, everything changed, because when you meet Kristy Thomas, all your problems seem to disappear. The same holds true for Jack and Tanner. Their lives have never been the same since first being introduced to Kristy and their fortunes, positive attitudes, and gainful employment records have never wavered since.Music Credits:“Into Darkness” By Allen Grey on Envato Elements"On Fire" by Robin Hustin"At Doom's Gate" from the soundtrack to DOOM by Id Software"Sad Feelings" by Enrize on Envato Elements"Iris" (Karaoke Version) originally performed by Goo Goo DollsThanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music and Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Stacey and Mary Anne are headed back to the scene of the crime. To the place where it all started, all those years ago – to the locus for those half-forgotten events of that tumultuous summer in Sea City when Stacey went boy crazy, a condition that affects her to this very day. And the consequences of this return to the past – of this “recherche du temps perdu” – will be cataclysmic. A great storm is coming. A hurricane. A tempest of rage and hurt and remembrance that threatens to consume everything in its path. And with the darkness preceding the deluge come other dark things. Things that crawl and creep and grasp with their tendrils and their tentacles. Things that devour. Here we come, Sea City. And may Heaven protect us from what follows. Music credits:“Tanzen” by KieLoBoy“Dramatic Trailer,” by Audiophile-Trax “Love Potion,” by Fasol Prod“Powertool Massacre,” by JBlanks“The Dark Castle,” by Fesliyan Studios “The One You Loved Is Gone,” by Soularflair“Epic Halloween,” by OlexandrIgnatov“Sadness,” by AudioRose"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn,” by The Eldritch ReaderThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    “Electrifying. Dangerous. Masterful.”–Erik Anderson, AwardsWatch“Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, The Baby-Sitters Club Super Club #9 is sure to establish Greenring as a directorial force to be reckoned with.”–Emma Myers, IndieWire“It would be an insult to call Shepherd a "promising" podcaster, as The Baby-Sitters Club Super Club #9 doesn't indicate mere potential - it is evidence of authentic, sometimes blazing talent.”–Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times“The Baby-Sitters Club Super Club #9 is electric from beginning to end, a musical story of obsession, frustration and outright cruelty built on two knockout performances.”–Tom Long, Detroit NewsMusic Credits:“Caress Me Down” (MIDI Version) originally performed by Sublime“My Sharona” (MIDI Version) originally performed by the Knack“Silence” by Kai Engel “Visual Pop” by Ergo Phizmiz“Echo Chamber of Horrors” by Dr. StrangeDub & DJ Baby Swiss “Back in Black” (Karaoke Version) originally performed by ACDC“You Gotta Have Theremin and Ukulele” by SquidLord“Two Handed Hi Hat Funk Drum Loops” by Jim Dooley"Improv Solo, Snares Off” by The WoodshedThanks to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music and Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Shadow Lake holds many mysteries – including a disappearing family that haunts its islands and a big scary monster that lurks in in its depths – but Stacey McGill and Sam Thomas’s fiery, tumultuous romance is the biggest, juiciest mystery of all. Why is Stacey interested in Sam even though he insists on calling her “Dahling”? Why has Hodges painted Stacey with a pained grimace on her face as she and Sam dance? The boys dig into these pressing questions, with a short break to say a painful goodbye to a sad, old aquatic friend. Recommended reading this week: The 12th Century “Chansons de Geste” (preferably in the Old French), Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Criseyde,” and “1,001 Email Closings and Valedictions,” by Flavio Olcese. Also: It’s UGC week this week, so don’t blame any of these segments on the boys. Music credits:“The General’s March and Army Song,” by Mike Shetley“Magical Mystery,” by Freddie Hangoler “All Our Clocks Are Dying,” by Ergo Phizmiz“Halloween’s Revenge,” by TeknoAXE“Horror Trailer,” by Sound Tree“Battle Area,” by Fifty Vinc“Sadness,” by AudioRose“Polish Funk,” by Artur Orbelyan“Tanzen” by KieLoBoy“Jazz Sad Hip Hop,” by Black Stone Sound“Sentimental,” by Daniel__StThanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Welcome to pilot two of three! This week, Jack and Tanner go back to the first good year, the last good year, and possibly the only good year in living history: 1998. Each week on 1998: The Podcast, the boys will select some fondly remembered pieces of media from that fine year to discuss. This week, the selections are:The REM album "Up"Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu EditionThe Buffy the Vampire Slayer season two finale "Becoming" parts one and twoI'll go ahead and warn you in advance that your opinion on Tanner may be forever tarnished due to his views on the two Buffy episodes he watched and the character assassination he does against Willow. We hope you can manage to enjoy this pilot episode despite Tanner's obvious lack of taste of culture.Music Credits:"Daysleeper" by REM"Walk Unafraid" by REM"Airportman" by REM"Walk Unafraid" by First Aid Kit"Lucky" by Radiohead (feat. Michael Stipe), from the Tibetan Freedom ConcertThe theme to Pokémon Red/BlueThe theme to Buffy the Vampire SlayerOur theme song is "The Insider Theme" by the Insider.