Y'know, it's hard to find music specifically of interest to the "modern" queer person.
Maybe the following offerings will be of help. See also: The Nancy Sinatras and JDs
Homo Hits tapes.
Two Nice Girls -- Like a Version
This, the Two Nice Girls' 2nd record, is sort of like their version of Metallica's Garage
Days Re-Revisited. Well, actually about all that's in common is that it's an EP of covers.
There's the amazing "I Feel (Like Makin') Love," a hybrid of "I Feel Love" and "Feel
Like Makin' Love," the Speed Racer theme, Sonic Youth's "Cotton Crown," and their
own classic, "I Spent My Last $10 on Birth Control & Berr" and two other covers. Two
Nice Girls are four dykes from Austin Teaxs. I saw 'em in San Francsico. Maybe you
can see 'em tour this summer -- they're playing at the Michigan Women's Music
festival, but I can't go 'cause I've got a dick.
Kitchens of Distinction -- Love Is Hell LP, Quick as Rainbows EP -- One Little Indian
After hearing tangentially about these folks for a while, I read the Advocate interview
with the lead singer, who is, as they say, openly gay. That clinched it for me, and I
finally bought Love is Hell. They have two or three other 12 inch EPs, but I got Quick as
Rainbows because it has a complete lyric sheet. I hoped that the "openly gay" lyrics I'd
heard about would become more evident. But yeah, it's all pretty poetically disguied,
Sure, there's rage in "Prize," but you have to listen several times to know what it's all
about. Most people would characterize Kitchens of Distinction as The Smiths plus
(friendly) noise. Kind of mid-early Cocteau Twins noise. Which I guess might turn your
crank. My favorite cut is the cranky funk of "Mainly Mornings." Actually, I like this a fair
ammount, despite my bitching.
The Breeders -- Pod
TK: The Breederz were a Dayton group, but they broke up when you moved? An
accoustic duo, I guess it was?
KM: The biography people got it confused. We didn't play under the name Breederz;
we just went under Kim and Kelly. We played old blues songs.
TK: She's your twin sister?
KM: Yes. I just thought Breederz was cool. it's a derogatory term homosexuals use to
describe heterosexuals. "Oh, they're breeders." So I thought if I ever had a band, I'd
call it The Breederz.
-- from The Offense Newsletter, February 1989, Pixies interview -- excerpt is an
exchange between Kim (Murphy) Deal and Tim of the Offense.
So when I saw this on the shelf, I grabbed it instanly knowing who is was. But I still
don't know what it is. It's kind of like if the Pixies consciously avoided their three-notes-
in-a-four-beat-rhythm kinda thing. Like a whole album of "Silver," the hardest-to-grasp
song on "Doolittle." The Breeders are Kim Deal of the Pixies, Tanya Donnelly of the
Throwing Muses, Josephine Wiggs of the Perfect Disaster, and a drummer named
Shannon who is rumored to be male. Best new band name of 1990, and one of the
hardest-to-pin-down pop records as well.
Go! -- (2 EPs)
O.K., here's what I know, courtesy of Pat of Coon Rapids. He says, "Anyways, if you are
thinking of reviewing more music I've got a suggestion. Go! It's a New York Hardcore
type band with lyrics (at least one song anyways) pertaining to Homo-ness (or at least
protection of.) I'm not the expert at music reviews, but they sound thrashy, you know,
the N.Y.H.C. type. They got this cool song called "Holy Rollers" and it rags on H.R. of
Bad Brains." (who are known homophobes.) They have two 7" EPs -- it's the first EP
that Pat's talking about -- I've heard nothing about the second. They're currently
touring, and will play the Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis July 20th.
[See Go! interview and sound sample in Holy Titclamps #6]