"What did he say?"
He said, 'that's so gay'!
Uhm, guess what?
That's not Okay!
And if you say it again
There'll be hell to pay!
- "That's So Gay", 2009Pansy Division
is a San Francisco Punk Rock
band founded in 1991 by Jon Ginoli, and is probably the best known example of the Queercore
sub-genre, being one of the few to gain any mainstream recognition. While they have not released any new albums since 2009, they have released a pair of compilations online, and have continued to perform live, mostly in local venues in the SF Bay Area.
- Undressed, 1993
- Deflowered, 1994
- Pile Up, 1995
- Wish I'd Taken Pictures, 1996
- More Lovin' From Our Oven, 1997
- Absurd Pop Song Romance, 1998
- Total Entertainment!, 2003
- The Essential Pansy Division, 2006
- That's So Gay, 2009
- Lost Gems & Rare Tracks, 2010 (iTunes release only)
- Pansy Division Live 1992-2003, 2010 (iTunes release only)
Tropes appearing in Pansy Division songs:
- Anti-Love Song: "Luv Luv Luv", about the unrealistic expectations people get about 'absurd pop song romance'
- Berserk Button: "That's So Gay" is an entire song upbraiding a straight teen for casually using that phrase without thinking about its Unfortunate Implications.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: "Dick of Death". The subject pops up in several other songs as well.
- "Deep Water", about the pressures of being an openly gay teen in a hostile social environment.
- Conversely, "Happiness is the Best Revenge" exhorts the listener to overcome their angst and use joy as a defense against social mistreatment.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Alpine Skiing" sounds innocuous enough at first, but anyone who listens carefully to the lyrics will quickly realize they aren't talking about a downhill slalom.
- Gym Bunny: "Musclehead", "Who Treats You Right"
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "James Bondage". The converse appears in the song "Vanilla", however, where the protagonist is explaining that he is not interested in kink.
- Queer Romance: a frequent theme in their songs:
- Refuge in Audacity: several, especially "Anthem", "Loose", "I'm Gonna Be a Slut", and "Cocksuckers' Club".
- STD Immunity: Understandably, this is soundly averted.
- "No Protection", about refusing to have unprotected sex even when your partner insists on it.
- "Denny", about an AIDS victim coping with the results of not having practiced safe sex until it was too late.
- The Cover Changes The Gender: averted with "Son of a Preacher Man", for obvious reasons.
- The Cover Changes The Meaning: most notably "Smells Like Queer Spirit" and "Son of a Preacher Man".