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Average Men
virus394 (2009) 7" - $5.00 - temp. unavailable

2 amped-up pop-punk tunes from Our Heroes: Pansy Division! The A-side is a duet w/ Jello Biafra from the new That's So Gay CD, while the B-side is a Green Day cover that's exclusive to this sweet 7-inch slab o' wax! On Ebony Vinyl!

(Don't forget to check out the brand new Pansy Division documentary DVD & co-founder Jon Ginoli's new Book!)

And why did Pansy Division cover Green Day's "Coming Clean" from their 3rd album "Dookie"? Read on, Bat fan!

From the 1995 The Advocate interview with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day:
"For Armstrong, who grew up with band member Dirnt in a suburb of Berkeley called Rodeo, homosexuality is neither a new subject nor one he must defend himself against. 'I think I've always been bisexual,' Armstrong says simply. 'I mean, it's something that I've always been interested in. I think everybody kind of fantasizes about the same sex. I think people are born bisexual, and it's just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of Oh, I can't. They say it's taboo. It's ingrained in our heads that it's bad, when it's not bad at all. It's a very beautiful thing.

When asked whether this beautiful thing is something he's ever actually acted on, the recently married (and about to become a father) Armstrong smiles. 'I think mostly it's been kept in my head,' he says. 'I've never really had a relationship with another man. But it is something that comes up as a struggle in me. It especially came up when I was about 16 or 17. In high school people think you have to be so macho. People get attacked just because someone insinuates something about their sexuality. I think that's gruesome.'

Armstrong's struggle with his sexuality isn't something that has gone unnoticed by his fans. 'I've gotten letters because I wrote this song on Dookie called 'Coming Clean' about coming out,' he says with the same ease that Kurt Cobain used to show while talking about his song 'All Apologies' and the now-famous lyric from it: 'What else should I say/ Everyone is gay.'"

Brand New!

"It took three days of intense soul-searching to finally pick it up again and listen to the A-side for the first time. Turns out "Average Men" kicks ass. It's a stomping, rolling rock song, with the touches of menace and humor that you'd expect from Jello, but it has the upbeat pop of '90s Bay Area (see: Lookout! Records). Somehow, it's exactly what I expected while still being incredibly surprising and fresh. It lasts maybe 30 seconds longer than it needs to, but that doesn't keep the song from becoming an instant favorite.
After being so taken with that song, I figured it was worth giving "Coming Clean" another shot. Knowing what to expect this time, I was again surprised by (a) how many subtle changes they actually did make to the song and (b) how much I liked it. It plays well as an introspective counterpart to the more defiant A-side, which is kind of a triumphant refusal of "straight dude stuff" (Pansy Division is a bunch of gay dudes). The instrumentation and vocal delivery add a tenderness to the song and offer up a slight reinterpretation of some choice lyrics ("now mom and dad will never understand...")."



1. "Average Men" (3:23)
2. "Coming Clean" (1:39)

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