[Music Bits] Pansy Division.

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 07:01:12 -0700

Since Byars often accuses my musical tastes of skewing toward U.S.
mainstream garbage, I figured I'd break with tradition and recommend
Pansy Division, a militant homosexual punk rock band. Well, not
militant, really: they just like to have fun wearing homosexuality on
their sleeves. The music is fast and furious, tending toward melodious
punk pop.

I have the album "Deflowered"


and it's pretty good. Their new album "Absurd Pop song Romance" comes
out September 8


so I'll have to wait till then to review it. If you get a chance to see
them live... well, they're raunchy and outrageous. Good fun. :)

Update on the new albums by Liz Phair,


They Might Be Giants,


and Heather Nova


is that I (surprise) like them all. They Might Be Giants' "Severe Tire
Damage" is a fun little live album. I thought since I had most of their
albums I wouldn't care for it too much, but much like Moxy Fruvous'
"Live Noise"


, there's enough new bits in there for the fans that it's worth having.

Liz Phair and Heather Nova are two more women in Dan Kohn's "angry young
female" genre, and both of them deliver albums with lots of delicate
personal effects after taking a few years' hiatus. I actually like the
Heather Nova album better at this point -- the songs are more noticeably
hummable, to be honest -- but all Liz Phair albums take 10 or 20 listens
before you get addicted to them. I'll be enjoying these two albums for
many months to come.

And, in September, I'll be getting that new Pansy Division album...

> From pdv@pansydivision.com Thu Aug 13 16:08:40 1998
> To: adam@cs.caltech.edu
> Subject: PANSY DIVISION official postcard
> O f f i c i a l PANSY DIVISION 1 9 9 8 p o s t c a r d !!!!
> * The new CD ABSURD POP SONG ROMANCE. Our new baby!
> Our proudest achievement! You'll gurgle and coo! $11 US postpaid
> * A compilation CD by The Outnumbered, Jon's former band, titled
> SURVEYING THE DAMAGE. Has 22 songs, 73 minutes worth of songs from
> their 3 late 80's out-of-print LPs. Pure guitar pop, great songs. $11
> US postpaid
> * A 2-hour video called A VIDEO HISTORY OF PANSY DIVISION. Numerous
> live performances, TV appearances, cable access classics, our music
> videos, more. $11 US postpaid
> For other releases, go to
> http://www.pansydivision.com/store/recordings.html
> * New t-shirt: Navy Blue with the new Pansy Division "pd" logo on front
> in gold. Sizes: XL, L, or M. $11 US postpaid
> * New sticker, blue logo on white. 2 for $1 postpaid
> * New pin, with new logo in gold on blue. $1 postpaid
> * New promo poster, band shot and CD cover. 24 x 18. $2 postpaid
> For other merchandise, click on
> http://www.pansydivision.com/store/recordings.html
> ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: Send check or money order to Pansy Division, PO
> BOX 460885, San Francisco, CA 94146-0885. All prices include postage.
> http://www.pansydivision.com/gigs/gigs-upcoming.html
> to find out where we're playing.
> To visit our website, click on http://www.pansydivision.com
> There are several recent PD News updates with nifty info.


I would swallow my pride, I would choke on the rhines, but the lack
thereof would leave me empty inside. I would swallow my doubt, turn it
inside out, find nothing but faith in nothing. Want to put my tender
heart in a blender, watch it spin round to a beautiful oblivion.
Rendezvous then I'm through with you.
-- Eve 6, "Inside Out"