By Jon Ginoli
"We're the buttfuckers of rock-and-roll, we wish to sock it on your hole!" With those phrases written in a laptop, Jon Ginoli units off on a trip of self-discovery and musical ardour to develop into the founding member of Pansy department, the 1st out and proud queercore punk rock band to hit the semi-big time. Set opposed to the altering a long time of track, we keep on with the band from their inception in San Francisco, to their look for a track label and an enduring drummer to their present prestige as indie rock icons. We see the highs—touring with eco-friendly Day—and the lows—homophobic fans—of striving for attractiveness and good fortune on the earth of rock. Replete with the considered necessary stories of intercourse, medicines, groupies, band fights and label battles, this rollicking memoir is additionally an impassioned account of staying precise to the creative imaginative and prescient of queer rock'n'roll.
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Record head) Jello Biafra was the emcee, so we had him ask Nirvana if they minded us doing a version of the song with queer lyrics. According to Jello, all gave their assent, saying they didn’t mind, so we felt that much safer releasing the record. (Later, after we became better known, and after “Queer Spirit” appeared on a CD collection of our singles, Nirvana’s publishing company, EMI/Virgin, tried to sue us over our version. We’d paid our royalties, but they saw dollar signs; after they saw we’d sold only 20,000 copies, they laid off.
A. in the ’80s, finally came out as bisexual on his hospital bed the day before he died. Everywhere I looked, gay meant Stigma Attached. Rock was heterosexual by default. You were assumed to be hetero unless stated otherwise. Only in the uncontested terrain of disco and show tunes were things different. People like Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, Communards), Andy Bell (Erasure), and Sylvester, all of whom I respect for being out, made out gay dance music that ironically made me feel marginalized and isolated.
At this point I had no musical ambition; I was extremely surprised when someone I knew slightly from Illinois came to an ACT-UP 19 meeting, and recognized me from The Outnumbered. What were the odds of that? After several smaller demonstrations, my first large ACTUP demonstration was October 4, 1989. This was the infa mous ACT-UP police riot, where police blocked off Castro Street, arrested marchers, and declared martial law—keeping Castro Street sealed off for forty-five minutes, not letting people go in and out of shops and restaurants, detaining people who had no involvement with the demonstration.
Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division by Jon Ginoli