- Pansy Division
Infobox musical artist
Name = Pansy Division
Background = group_or_band
Origin = San Francisco,
California, United States
Pop punk Alternative rock Queercore
Years_active = 1991–present
Outpunk Alternative Tentacles Mint Records Lookout! Records
URL = [http://www.pansydivision.com/ www.pansydivision.com]
Luis Illades Joel Reader
David Ayer Dustin Donaldson Patrick Goodwin Liam Hart Jay Paget Danny Panic David Ward Bernard Yin
Pansy Division is an American rock/punk band that formed in San Francisco,
Californiain 1991. Featuring primarily gaymusicians and focusing mostly on gay-related themes, Pansy Division is a founding example of the Queercoregenre.
Frustrated by the lack of openly gay musicians in the indie rock and punk scene,
Jon Ginoliformed Pansy Division (the name itself a pun on Panzer Divisionand the word " pansy") in San Francisco in early 1991. The intent of the band was to defy the common stereotypes towards gay men, particularly that they were more or less limited to enjoying and/or performing disco and showtunes, and that rock was strictly heterosexualterritory. Originally a solo act on guitar, Ginoli eventually recruited bassist Chris Freeman and drummer Jay Paget, forming the first openly all-gay rock band.
Pansy Division's sound was heavily influenced by 1960s pop and 1970s
punk rock, most notably bands such as the Ramones, the Buzzcocksand early Beatles: short, catchy pop punknumbers with humorous, in-your-face lyrics that dealt with various aspects of both gay life and life in general. Most of their early repertoire featured explicit and near- pornographic(though firmly tongue-in-cheek) lyrical depictions of gay sex, though some songs focused on more universal, unisex topics such as loneliness, friendship and attraction.
In 1993, following extensive Californian touring, several 7" singles and compilation appearances, Pansy Division was signed to
Lookout! Records, released their first album, "Undressed", and embarked their first national tour.
In 1994, with the release of their second album "
Deflowered" and an appearance on Outpunk's seminal compilation " Outpunk Dance Party", the band had proven themselves to be one of the more prolific and well-known artists to spring from the budding queercoremovement. Also catching the wave of pop punk's mainstream explosion, Pansy Division were selected to tour with Green Dayon the band’s " Dookie" tour, thus introducing the group and queercore to a much larger audience.
While signed to Lookout!, the band continued to release an album a year: 1995's "
Pile Up" (notable for it’s various cover songs, including Ned Sublette's " Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (covered as "Smells Like Queer Spirit")), 1996's " Wish I'd Taken Pictures" (featuring the single "I Really Wanted You", whose music video played once on MTV) and the 1997 B-sides compilation " More Lovin' From Our Oven".
Pansy Division also toured prolifically during these years, both nationally and internationally, touring with such alternative rock and punk bands as
Chixdiggit, the Groovie Ghoulies, cub and Servotron, God Is My Co-Pilot and Team Dresch, while often sharing the stage with such bands as Rancid, The Vandals, New Bomb Turks, Jimmy Eat World, Supergrassand The Supersuckers.
During this time, Pansy Division primarily performed as a trio, with Freeman and Ginoli being the only constant members amid a slew of perpetually rotating drummers, both gay and straight. In 1996, the band finally found a permanent gay drummer in the form of
Luis Illadesand became a quartet in 1997 with the addition of lead guitarist Patrick Goodwin.
New Direction and Label
1998 saw the release of their fifth studio album "
Absurd Pop Song Romance", which was a departure from earlier Pansy work, featuring less humorous, more introspective lyrics and a darker, two-guitar layered alternative rocksound. Although fans regard the album as perhaps the band's best work, it was their least-selling album and curbed their six year long touring and recording streak.
In 2001, Pansy Division was finally ready to record another album, but the lack of support from Lookout! caused the band to leave their long-time label and sign with
Alternative Tentacleslater that year. What resulted was 2003's " Total Entertainment!", an album that the band described as a meeting point between the lighthearted humor of their early work and the introspective rock of their previous album. Goodwin left the band the following year, being temporarily replaced by Bernard Yinand then by former Mr. T Experiencemember Joel Reader.
In 2006, Alternative Tentacles released "
The Essential Pansy Division", a comprehensive 'best-of' compilation featuring thirty tracks hand-picked by Ginoli and a DVD of various video footage.
Following the release of "Total Entertainment", Pansy Division's active touring and recording schedule declined as most of the members relocated to different parts of the country. The band continued to perform sporadically, usually at various gay pride festivals or local shows in San Francisco. In 2007, Pansy Division launched their first national tour since 2003 with reformed San Francisco punk band The Avengers, whose current line-up features both Illades and Reader.
In 2008, the band became the subject of a documentary film entitled "Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band", directed by
Michael Carmona. The film has been touring internationally, playing at various LGBT film festivals, and will be released on DVD in 2009.
Recently, Ginoli announced on Pansy Division's official website that 2009 would see the release of their seventh studio album, titled "
That’s So Gay", a live DVD, another national tour, and his memoirs, a biography of the band entitled "Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division".
Jon Ginoli- vocals/ guitar(formation - present)
*Chris Freeman - bass/vocals (1991 - present)
Joel Reader- lead guitar/vocals (2004 - present)
The Mr. T Experienceand The Plus Ones
Luis Illades- drums (1996 - present)
Both Reader and Illades are members of the reformed San Francisco punk rock band The Avengers.
Jay Paget- drums (1991 - 1992)
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
David Ward- drums (1992 - 1994)
Liam Hart- drums (1994)
David Ayer- drums (1994)
Danny Panic- drums (1994 - 1995)
Patrick Hawley- drums (1995)
Dustin Donaldson- drums (1995 - 1996)
I Am Spoonbender
Patrick Goodwin- lead guitar (1997 - 2004)
Hammers Of Misfortuneand Dirty Power
Bernard Yin- lead guitar (2004)
* "Undressed" on
Deflowered" on Lookout! Records (1994)
Pile Up" on Lookout! Records (1995)
Wish I'd Taken Pictures" on Mint Records(1996)
Absurd Pop Song Romance" on Lookout! Records (1998)
Total Entertainment!" on Alternative Tentacles(2003)
That's So Gay" on Alternative Tentacles (2009)
More Lovin' From Our Oven" on Lookout! Records (1997)
The Essential Pansy Division" on Alternative Tentacles (2006)
* "Fem In A Black Leather Jacket" b/w "Homo Christmas" & "Smells Like Queer Spirit" (Lookout! Records, 1992)
* "Bill & Ted's Homosexual Adventure" b/w "Big Bottom" (Outpunk, 1993)
* "Touch My Joe Camel" b/w "Homosapien" & "Trash" (Lookout! Records, 1993) (cover art by
* "Nine Inch Males" EP: "Fuck Buddy", "Cry for a Shadow" & "The Biggest Lie" (Lookout! Records, 1994)
* "Jack U Off" b/w "Strip You Down" (
Empty Records, 1994)
* "Jackson" b/w "I Really Wanted You" (
K Records, 1994) (Collaboration with Calvin Johnson)
* "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond Of Each Other", on 'Stop Homophobia' compilation with
Fagbash, Happy Flowersand Black Angel's Death Song( Turkey Baster Records, 1994)
* "James Bondage" b/w "Flower", "Real Men" & "Denny (Naked)" (Lookout! Records, 1995)
* "Gay Pride" split EP, with
Chumbawumbaand Spdfgh, ( Rugger Bugger Records, 1995)
* "Valentine's Day" b/w "He Could Be The One" & "Pretty Boy (What's Your Name?)" (Lookout! Records, 1996)
* "For Those About to Suck Cock" EP: "Headbanger", "Sweet Pain" & "Breaking the Law" (Lookout! Records, 1996)
* "Manada" b/w "One Night Stand", "Hockey Hair", "Manada (Version Quebecois)" (Mint Records, 1997)
* "Queer to the Core" EP: "Political Asshole", "Two Way Ass" & "Expiration Date" (Lookout! Records, 1997)
* "Scutter Fanzine presents 'Tummy Shaking'" split EP, with
Bis, Sourtooth& Ozma( Scutter Records, 1998)
* "Dirty Queers Don't Come Cheap" split EP w/
Skinjobs: "Your Loss" & "I Know Your Type" (Mint Records, 2004)
* "Average Man" b/w "Coming Clean" (
Green Daycover) ( Alternative Tentacles, 2009)
* "I Can't Sleep" on '
Outpunk Dance Party' ( Outpunk Records, 1992)
* "Homo Christmas" on 'Punk Rock Christmas" (
Rhino Records, 1995)
* "Ring of Joy" on 'A Slice Of Lemon' (
Lookout! Records, 1996)
* "Jackson" on 'Project: Echo' (
K Records, 1996)
* "Bunnies" on 'Stars Kill Rock' (
Kill Rock Stars, 1996)
* "Pillow Talk" on 'Team Mint' (
Mint Records, 1996)
* "The Summer You Let Your Hair Grow Out" on 'Heide Sez Lookout!' (Lookout! Records, 1996)
* "Can't Make Love" (w/
Tr'e Cool) on 'Generations, Vol 1: A Punk Look at Human Rights' ( Ark 21 Records, 1997)
* "Loose" on 'We Will Fall: The
Iggy PopTribute' ( Royalty Records, 1997)
* "Political Asshole" on 'The Last Great Thing You Did' (Lookout! Records, 1997)
* "Expiration Date" on 'Milkshake - A CD to Benefit the Harvey Milk Institute', (
timmi-kat ReCoRDS, 1998)
* "Musclehead" on 'Forward 'Til Death: A Sampler Compilation' (Lookout! Records, 1999)
* "Hockey Hair" on 'Puck Rock, Vol. 2' (
Sudden Death Records, 2000)
* "The Summer You Let Your Hair Grow Out (Live)" on 'Songs for Summer' (
Oglio Records, 2000)
* "Used to Turn Me On (Demo)" on 'Lookout! Freakout' (Lookout Records!, 2000)
* "Luv Luv Luv" on 'Bi the People: A Compilation of Bisexual Artists & Friends' (
Violent Yodel Records, 2003)
* "Luv Luv Luv" on 'Queer Stock Queer Soup' (
Queer Stock, 2003)
* "I Can Make You A Man" on '
The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show' ( Springman Records, 2004)
* "Musclehead" on '
Plea for Peace, Vol. 2' ( Asian Man Records, 2007)
* "Deep Water" in "Angus", directed by Patrick Read Johnson (1995)
* "Queercore: A Punk-U-Mentary", directed by
Skin & Bone", directed by Everett Lewis (1996)
* "First Betrayal" in "
Hellbent", directed by Paul Etheredge-Ouzts (2005)
* "Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band" (2008)
* [http://www.pansydivision.com/ The Official Pansy Division Website]
* [http://www.alternativetentacles.com/bandinfo.php?band=pansydivision&sd=QRZ2NrNMw6WDh-Fu04s Pansy Division's page] on their label,
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