Wednesday, 8 July 2015

PANSY DIVISION



























"quite contrary"
Year:    2016
Country:    US
City:    San Francisco
Label:    Alternative Tentacles
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    14
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Pop Punk











To celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary, queercore pioneers Pansy Division have treated us to a new album. “Quite Contrary” is the follow-up to 2009’s “That’s So Gay” and on it they do what they do best. Which is writing songs that can be found on the cross-section of punk and pop. With one difference though. Whereas in the past they tended to focus on the more graphic aspects of gay sex, this time around the lyrics center around growing older (“(Is This What It’s Like) Getting Old”) and settling down with one man and leaving their more promiscuous days behind them (“Love Came Along”). But they will just as well get political on “Blame The Bible”. “Quite Contrary” is filled with catchy songs like opening track “He’s Trouble”, the unabashedly sweet “Kiss Me At Midnight (New Year’s Eve)”, the Pet Shop Boys cover of “It’s A Sin” or the Social D-like “My Heart Aches For You”. Like a lot of their fellow Lookout labelmates, Pansy Division always had a knack for taking the same approach as the Ramones by beefing up 60ies girl group style melodies. It’s a treat to see that hasn’t changed. As a result, they ended up with an album that is a lot of fun to listen to while also bringing a message to the table that is still as topical as it was when they first started out (*Review writen by Thomas ).
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"that's so gay"
Year:    2009
Label:    Alternative Tentacles
Format:    CD
Tracks:    14
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Pop Punk





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"total entertainment!"
Year:    2003
Label:    Alternative Tentacles
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    14
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Pop Punk











The kings of queercore return with a collection of heartfelt love tunes and hilarious send-ups that eschew simple pop-punk for crunchy power pop (the bouncy and bittersweet "Spiral," for example). The album marks a return to the band's upbeat form after the more serious Absurd Pop Song Romance. Pansy Division has always been especially adept at clever lyrics and Total Entertainment! is no exception, from the laugh-out-loud "Blurry Down Below" ("Woke up this morning and I was pixeled out,") to the wry "Saddest Song" ("Why do I feel so stupid if I'm so damn smart?"). They've also got a knack for new wave (like the vocodered "No Protection") and Pixies punk (like the dark and grinding "Alpine Skiing" -- and if you don't know what that euphemism means, well, you'll just have to either think about it for a few minutes or listen to the song). Pansy Division may still offend conservative sensibilities, but Total Entertainment! is exactly what the title says -- not necessarily the most innovative album of the year but definitely one of the funniest and most fun.
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"deflowered"
Year:  1994
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco
Label:  Lookout
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Alternative Rock






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