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DEBUT 1980

Geri and the Atrics is a rock and roll band on The Muppet Show. The polar opposite of Bobby Benson's Baby Band, the group consists of six elderly ladies, and one pair of false teeth. The band appeared in three episodes of The Muppet Show. The group had a rather eclectic sound, performing classic rock and roll songs, but with such instruments as a tuba and cello.

Geri and the Atrics debuted in episode 404, with a rendition of "Hound Dog". Statler and Waldorf are quite appreciative, calling the group their kind of act. The band returned in episode 413, singing "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" as the UK Spot.

The group resurfaced the following season, asking the musical question "Who Put the Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp" as the opening act of episode 517. Statler and Waldorf, in their status as the show's producers, reverse their previous opinion, calling the act a terrible mistake. The band is unfazed, noting that they have a gig at the Boom Boom Room.

While Geri and the Atrics disbanded when the series ended, the group would be recycled on many other occasions when old lady Muppets were required, either individually or collectively. As a group, they sang counterpoint to the babies in The Muppets Take Manhattan; sat with Statler, Waldorf, and Pops in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years; and several members appeared in The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Tonight, and The Muppets episode "Because... Loveβ€Žβ€Ž".

Image Instrument Notes
Geri.jpg Cello Geri is the lead vocalist for the band and their front performer, performed by Jerry Nelson. Hers was one of the only puppets not to be recycled for later productions.
Geri-tambourine.jpg Tambourine This musician takes over as lead performer in Episode 517. Also performed by Nelson and given her status as leader, this might in fact be a re-designed Geri.

The puppet was recycled on Muppets Tonight as Agnes Stonewick and one of the Dancing Grandmas. She also appeared in The Muppets Go to the Movies, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years.

Geriatrics-guitar.jpg Guitar The guitarist always stands next to the piano and is performed by Louise Gold.

The puppet was recycled with the rest of the group in The Muppets Take Manhattan, and several times on Muppets Tonight. While she joined the tambourine player as the Dancing Grandmas, the puppet subsequently underwent gender re-assignment, becoming the doddering butler Carter.

Geri-piano.jpg Piano The piano player tickles the ivories with wild abandon, as performed by Frank Oz.

In addition to appearances in Muppets Take Manhattan and The Muppet Christmas Carol (with other elderly female Muppets), the puppet was reused as Madame Mumu on The Ghost of Faffner Hall.

Geri-drummer.jpg Drums Performed by Dave Goelz. The puppet's design, albeit slightly recolored, was recycled for a chorus member in The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted and as Miss Weatherington on Muppets Tonight. On The Muppets Take Over Today, a photograph of the puppet was shown as being "Ida Thornbush of Topiary, Kansas", and celebrating her 100th birthday.
Geri-tuba.jpg Tuba Performed by Steve Whitmire.
Geriatrics-knittinglady.jpg Vocalist Performed by Kathryn Mullen. The only member (outside of the teeth) not to play an instrument, this lady sits in a rocking chair and continually knits. Her chair helps confirm the band's status as a rock band, however, and she joins in the chorus and on solo lines. When the band debuted in episode 404, she also appeared in Veterinarian's Hospital as the patient.

The puppet was recycled as Wilhemina for the Little Muppet Monsters episode "Gonzo's Talent Show," on Muppets Tonight as Miss Kathleen in the musical number, "Starfish and Coffee," on episode 201 and as a customer at Johnny Fiama’s Pasta Playhouse on episode 208.

Geri-falseteeth.jpg Vocalist A pair of false teeth (performed by Richard Hunt) sits on top of the piano, next to the guitar player. Whether they're her teeth or communal property is unclear. The pair of teeth chatters away and joins in the chorus, especially on "Yeah yeah yeah" lines.