1/2 Mad Poet

1/2 Mad Poet

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

1/2 Mad Poet is an all female rock band with influences ranging from Mozart to James Brown to Megadeth. These musicians are known for their energetic live shows and charismatic stage presence. They play from 1 to 3 hours with both originals and covers in venues ranging from bars to festivals.


"This band breaks stereotypes and barriers into the realm of rock-n-roll by women, the sound leaves you at a loss for description." (The Liberty Press - Wichita, KS)

"1/2 Mad Poet are a tough, hard rock band and for the first three songs I was holding on to the table in front of me to stop myself from being blown out of the bar and onto the sidewalk." (Night Spots - Chicago, IL)

½ Mad Poet is an entertainingly unpredictable rock trio that conveys a visible passion for music to every audience. This Chicago band comes from a variety of musical backgrounds and influences, but they share a powerful rock sensibility that keeps the energy level high throughout the show. The mixture of fervor and intensity they bring to every performance make for a compelling live act. ½ Mad Poet loves to play and have fun with everyone who comes to see them from the most dedicated fan to the curious first timer. ½ Mad Poet’s musical prowess and ability for diversity have allowed them to play venues ranging from parties and bars to local and national festival stages. Some of their larger shows have included Lilith Fair 1998 and performing with such acts as Joan Jett, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Evil Beaver, Warrant and even Weird Al Yankovich. ½ Mad Poet has traveled to more than 11 states ranging from Minnesota to Texas bringing their distinctive sound to an ever growing legion of fans. Despite their large array of influences, ½ Mad Poet still retains a tight-knit musical cohesiveness that captivates the listener. The serious commitment of this professional band to their art is reflected in the name of the band itself: ½ Mad Poet’s name came from the idea of the passionate (i.e. mad) artist tempered by rationality; as heard by their ardent enthusiasm for music and thought provoking lyrics. This is a “need to see live” band who always go all out to put on an exciting concert that will cause even the drunkest crowd member to wake up the next day with a smile on their face.



Written By: Anita Chase

Sometimes it's so hard what a woman's got to do
When she's got to take her stand because her time is in demand
She's gonna end up singing' the blues
I love my music I want my man
Don't ask me to choose
Either way I go don't know which one I'll miss more
Just know I got a lot to lose

Would you mind telling me to go
'Cause I don't want to have to say those things to you
I don't mind tripping down that road
Because the things that I feared they are coming true
Well I might not be satisfied thinking
That you were somewhere with someone else
I could hope you were happy anyway
I can't just always please myself
So I'll let you go


Would you mind if I stay for a while
Because it's so hard to get up and just walk away
I just want a chance to remember your smile
And don't you worry about me because I'll be okay
Well I might not be satisfied thinking
That you believe I just don't care
I could hope you were happy anyway
When you needed me I might not be there
So I'll let you go


I would not want to take you for granted
Always there to hold my hand
Living out your life as I planned it
Just because you understand my dreams
I would not want to trap you in my
Search for truth and meaning of my life
Hold you forever hold you close and I
Don't want to say goodbye

Chorus (2x)


Written By: Anita Chase

A complete soul it's all I ever wanted to be
In this ignorant society
Are our minds too tangled in brutality
To show a little mercy
Ignorance this ain't the way it should be
Just because you're different from me
Are our minds too wrapped up in our apathy
To show a little mercy

Could I ever run far enough to get away
Got no where else it go
I'm just looking for a change
Could I ever run far enough to escape
Get so tired of the same shit every day

Find myself steeped in mediocrity
Yeah, find myself asking for your amnesty
"For myself," shouldn't make me feel guilty
Walk a fine line between neurosis and humility
A complete soul, it's all I ever wanted to be
Get away from lying in self-pity
Tell myself my life is not a tragedy
So show a little mercy

I'm Not the One

Written By: Sheela Reddy

It’s only been 2 weeks since it happened
How dare you get pissed off at me?
It’s only human to react this way
What do you want me to do?

I can’t automatically shut off my emotions
And say, “It’s ok”
You’re the one who wrote this song
That I’m singing today.

I’m not the one who found another lover.
I’m not the one who lacks communication.
I’m not the one who forgot about you.
I’m not the one with baggage like you.

You said you’d put yourself in my shoes
I don’t think you did…
Because then you would understand
Why I have the blues.

I hope that in the future
You get yourself together.
Break away from that big head of yours
And you’ll be fine.

(Repeat Chorus out)


"Ain't I a Woman?!?" (LP) - 1999
"Pictures" (LP) - 2002
"Run-I'm Not the One- More Than That- Imbroglio" (EP) - 2005

Set List

Depending on the venue, a typical set list will include a mixture of covers and originals; we have approximately two hours worth of each.

1/2 Mad Poet can play up to 3 - hours of music

Some covers include:
Like A Stone - Audioslave
Song #2 - Blur
Keep On Rockin in the Free World- Neil Young
Bitch- Meredith Brooks
Imagine- John Lennon
You Oughta Know- Alanis Morissette
Vampire Song- Concrete Blonde
Tomorrow Wendy- Concrete Blonde
Happy Birthday- Concrete Blonde
Art School Girl- Stone Temple Pilots
Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Gloria- Van Morrison
Strong Enough- Sheryl Crow
What's Up- 4 Non Blondes
Here and Now- Letters to Cleo
Fly Me Courageous- Drivin and Cryin
Powerhouse- Drivin and Cryin
Sea of Madness- Warbabies
Volcano - Damien Rice
Big Black Horse & the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

We can learn specific covers for special events and continue to add new covers as we go.

We have two hours worth of original music (2 CDs released plus n