Pansy Division

Members:
Jon Ginoli: Vocals, Guitars
Chris Freeman: Bass, Vocals
Luis: Drums
Patrick Goodwin: Guitar
Dustin Donalsdon and David Ayer have played drums for P.D

Pansy Division is a gay rock band that had its beginnings in San Francisco in the early 1990s. Guitarist/vocalist Jon Ginoli started the band in 1991 with a batch of songs and an idea about forming a band he’d dreamed of but had never heard. Bassist/vocalist Chris Freeman quickly joined, and together they formed the nucleus of the band. After a series of drummers, Luis joined the lineup at the end of 1996, and guitarist Patrick Goodwin was added in spring1997. Significantly, both Luis and Patrick were already Pansy Division fans who had met the band at shows, and when recruited, jumped at the chance to join the band.

From the beginning–their first 45 in 1992 and first album in 1993–San Francisco’s Pansy Division attracted interest and curiosity. One of the first all-gay rock bands, their good humor, in your face lyrics, and catchy pop-punk stylings have continued to amass a growing and diverse following. They did their first tour in 1993, and in 1994spent two months touring with Green Day, exposing them to a mass audience. They’ve been busy ever since, crisscrossing the US and Canada numerous times, as well as two European tours and visits to Australia and New Zealand.

Absurd Pop Song Romance, their most recent release, is their first recording as a quartet. It’s a major leap in the band’s development, a launch of what is really their 2nd career. The 1997 CD More Lovin’ From Our Oven marked the end of the 3 piece, stripped down, basic rock format. After the More Lovin’ album, the band realized they’dreached the goals they had at the band’s inception, and decided to do something different. Now a 2 guitar/4 piece lineup, the band first toured as a quartet in the fall of 1997. In March 1998, they recorded their latest CD, Absurd Pop Song Romance, with famed engineer Steve Albini at his studio in Chicago. The album was released in September 1998 on Lookout Records. Having started with a minimalist approach, the sound is now fuller, richer, darker, more rock, more pop, and more beautiful than in the past.

Pansy Division toured less in 1999, mostly playing cities in the US and Canada they hadn’t visited in a while. After making six albums in six years, they didn’t make one in 1999, but are slowly beginning work on another. Though no touring is scheduled for the year 2000, the band will play occassional shows and make appearances at several gay pride events in various cities this year.

Discography:

L235 Lookout! Freakout
Compact Disc
(July 2000)

L215 Forward Till Death
Compact Disc
(January 1999)

L198 Absurd Pop Song Romance
Compact Disc
(September 1998)

L218 Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! NTSC (American format) Video Cassette.
(January 1998)

L187 The Last Great Thing You Did
Compact Disc
(October 1997)

L175 More Lovin’ From Our Oven
Compact Disc
(August 1997)

L174 Queer To The Core
7″ Vinyl
(April 1997)

L169 Heide Sez…
Compact Disc
(October 1996)

L147 For Those about to Suck..
7″ Vinyl
(August 1996)

L133 Wish I’d Taken Pictures
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(February 1996)

L127 Valentines Day
7″ Vinyl
(January 1996)

L110 Pile Up
Compact Disc / Cassette
(January 1995)

L109 James Bondage
7″ Vinyl
(1995)

L100 Slice of Lemon
Double Compact Disc / Double 12″ Vinyl
(1995)

L087 Deflowered
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1993)

L085 Nine Inch Males
7″ Vinyl
(1993)

L074 Touch My Joe Camel
7″ Vinyl
(1993)

L070 Undressed
Compact Disc / 12″ Vinyl / Cassette
(1993)

L069 Fem in a Black Leather Jacket
7″ Vinyl
(1993)

L219 PAL Turn On, Tune In, Lookout
A collection of all the Lookout videos along with a few live performances – 19 videos in all! PAL (European format) Video Casette.
(August 1998)

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