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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    “Mystery” is generous for this book because there was not really much of a mystery, but it was a pretty fun book and discussion!

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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 Grey Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    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!

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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 Vinc Thanks 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!

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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 AudioRose Thanks 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 bless4 An extra special thanks to KJ from The Oddysy for playing our theme song!

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    This week, Tanner and Bolphunga the Unrelenting are trying something a little different! It's called "High Brow/Low Brow" and we hope you enjoy it!

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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 Vinc Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    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.

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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. And the consequences of this return to the past will be cataclysmic.

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    “[The Baby-Sitters Club Super Club #9 is] Electrifying. Dangerous. Masterful.” –Erik Anderson, AwardsWatch

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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__St Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.

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    Pilot two of three! On this first episode of 1998: The Podcast, Jack and Tanner discuss: REM's "Up", Pokémon Yellow, and the season two finale of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

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    Ann’s back with a whole lot more snow and a rare and surprising tribute to the heroic men who are so often unsung in these novels – He-Man’s friend Man-E-Faces, Jason X (or “Space Jason”), the Mouse King, Quint, and of course Logan Bruno, the dreamiest boy on two skis. Meanwhile, Stacey gets trapped in a car, Kristy has to hide her pajamas from Bart, and the horrifying Hounds of Tindalos are back again to drain your fluids with their hollow proboscises. And a brand new rule in the Wandering Frog People game! This one’s jam-packed. Music credits: “All Our Clocks Are Dying,” by Ergo Phizmiz “Winter,” by SongMail “Epic Trailer,” by YourvisualDesigner “Tanzen” by KieLoBoy “Jazz Sad Hip Hop,” by Black Stone Sound “Horror Trailer,” by Sound Tree “Rendezvous 72.5,” by Adrien Wilcox “Bubble G Funk Electro,” by TeknoAxe “Kill The Flesh,” by Dyman “Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel Schmitt Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.