Chi-Pig was an Akron, OH-based new wave power trio consisting of guitarist and keyboard player Susan Schmidt, bassist Deborah Smith, and drummer Richard Roberts. Schmidt and Smith were already longtime mainstays of the Cleveland/Akron scene, having participated in the teen all-girl group the Poor Girls from the late '60s. In the mid-'70s they played in the Peter Laughner-led groups Cinderella's Revenge and Friction. Not long after Laughner died, Schmidt and Smith founded Chi-Pig, naming themselves after a local barbecue and rib joint. They performed in matching outfits modeled on the garb worn by 1940s Latin-American entertainers, but their music was in no way "Latin" and had no relation whatsoever to disco. Chi-Pig's music consisted of informed, literate, and exceedingly well-written pop songs that addressed the concerns of women living in a consumer society, with a dash of humor added for good measure. Schmidt and Smith's many long years of experience playing in various Cleveland and Akron groups paid off in the tight precision of their music-making; Deborah Smith deserves singling out as being an exceptionally able and imaginative bass player.