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Saturday, November 3, 2012

"PME"- A Vaginal Davis Project

Pedro Muriel and Esther is a  queer-punk band (one of the earliest) co-founded by Vaginal Davis and Glen Meadmore in the ‘90s. It features Vag and Glen performing in drag while singing songs with mock-discriminatory lyrics and strong guitar chords. Amoeba Records, an independent record label, recorded their first 7” EP which included their songs and Haute Sexy D, Mushroom Head, Anne-ee and Closet Case; then they continued to record their album The White to Be Angry with producer Steve Albini. The band doubles as a satire on bigotry (against minorities and the queer community) and a stand-up comedic routine in which the band members dress according to the theme of the show. Their “White Power Tour”, performed at Spaceland on Silver Lake Blvd. in 2009, is a great example of their powerful combination of comedy, satire, and kick-ass tunes- and yes you can find it on Youtube.
            Homosexual is probably their most famous song (which they performed at Spaceland) as well as my favorite. Punk has always been my preferred genre of music, and though I had never heard of queer-punk before researching Vaginal, it indeed stays true to the core aspects of the punk genre. With its less-than ear pleasing melodies, its abrasive instrumentation and controversial lyrics, the only thing that truly sets PME apart from the likes of Black Flag  or Choking Victim is the drag and queer-laced satire.  

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