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Life In A Gay Rock Band
virus396 (2009) Double DVD - $16.00
This documentary about the kings of homocore- Pansy Division- was assembled by Director Michael Carmona and PD's bassist Chris Freeman. "Life In A Gay Rock Band" starts with co-founders Chris Freeman & Jon Ginoli's pre-PD bands (The Attachments & The Outnumbered respectively) & their reactions to the prevalent San Francisco gay scene of disco & show tunes. They joined the radical new queer scene that came out of organizations like ACT-UP & Queernation, clubs like Klubstitute, & zines like Tom Jennings' Homocore, and ran with queer activists & punx like Matt Wobensmith (Outpunk Records). Along with riotgrrl, queer core created a perfect storm of explicitly "out" gay & gay-friendly bands- from Bikini Kill to Tribe 8 to Team Dresch to Blatz to God Is My Co-Pilot.

The documentary features interviews with past & present band members, Jello Biafra, Matt Wobensmith (Outpunk fanzine & record label), Larry Livermore (Lookout Records), Jesse Luscious (Blatz, AT Mail Male).

The bonus dvd features great-sounding live performances from the Green Day tour & many other 1990s shows that are NOT found on the Essential Pansy Division DVD!

Don't forget the CD, 7-inch and co-founder Jon Ginoli's Book! All Region Compatible NTSC!

"Quick but comprehensive, this documentary celebrates the pioneering queercore outfit, surveying its party-punk sound and some of the raunchiest lines in the history of explicit lyrics: 'We're the buttfuckers of rock'n'roll/We wanna sock it to your hole.' While the film suggests that the band's alternative sexuality limited its success on the alternative music scene, frontman Jon Ginoli adds that they were stereotypically oversexed to gain a large gay following. The 2-disc set, like the band's 3-minute anthems, rattles with joy, featuring 5 complete live performances and playfully charting how Pansy Division burned through more drummers than Spinal Tap."
- Pansy Division

"Overall, relatively few bands can make an interesting album, let alone live interesting enough lives to make for a good documentary. Pansy Division are lucky, talented, fortunate and whatever-else-enough to have done both. Life chronicles the San Francisco band's nearly two decades together through a wealth of archival footage and new interviews with Lookout! label founder, Larry Livermore, Outpunk's Matt Wobensmith, and members past and present. The editing works particularly well too- not simply relying on fan-shot footage as with most music documentaries (thankfully it saves this for a bonus live disc)- but interweaving numerous different media to tell a coherent, unique, compelling story."
- Filter Magazine



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