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“CBGB OMFUG Masters: Live 2/3/03, The Bowery Collection” by The Queers

Artist: The Queers
Title: “CBGB OMFUG Masters: Live 2/3/03, The Bowery Collection”
Label: MVD Audio
Release Date: 5/13/2008
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

Since 1982, the Punk Rock band known as The Queers have been entertaining the dedicated fans of their brand of Surf Punk meets Pop Punk and this live CD appropriately titled “Live at C.B.G.B.’s” captures them in action on the stage at the now extinct but still legendary Punk Rock club. The recording presents the bands full set according to its liner notes and since it runs some thirty one numbers I am quick to believe this to be true as Joe Queer and company deliver quick paced riffs and drumming that makes the couch potato listener want to jump out of their seats and dance. If you like The Queers sound then you will love this but if you don’t “get them”, then this is not recommended because much of the bands repertoire follows a similar vibe and songs tend to run right into the next one with often only a quick “1-2-3-4” ala The Ramones offering you any separation or distinction. I was never more than the casual fan myself, but I did enjoy the chance to have so many of their tunes on one CD and done live as this becomes the perfect release to load onto ones music player and take on the road with you. The recording captured the band during their show on February 3rd, 2003 and while this is a couple of different lineups into the bands career, the main man is still present and holding the banner of their musical style proud. Some of the highlights on the quality recording come via the bands cover of the Ramones classic “Rockaway Beach” which is their opener and “Surf Goddess”, and their crowd pleaser “Ursula Finally Has Tits”, which I understand is an actual homage to a fan that followed them for a long time and well, you can figure out the rest behind that one. From beginning to end the gig sounded like a lot of fun and one that is probably fondly remembered by anyone who was in attendance.
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“Munki Brain” by The Queers

Artist: The Queers
Title: “Munki Brain”
Label: Asian Man
Release Date: February 6, 2007
Genre: Punk
Rating: 4/5

If you’d consider yourself a garden-variety metalhead, the Queers may not be what you’re looking for but they’re certainly a hell of a lot of fun. Ostensibly a punk band, they wear their heavy surf and Ramones influence flagrantly on their sleeves, serving up latter day, lighthearted twang charmers that are even suitable for your little ones to rock out to. (I played this for my adorable three-year-old niece, Cleonir-Rose, and she loved it, although her mom balked at the one dropping of an “F-bomb” that I’d forgotten about. Yeah, forgotten…)
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“The Queers Are Here” by The Queers

Artist: The Queers
Title: “The Queers Are Here”
Label: MVD Visual
Release Date: 2/20/2007
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

In 1982 Joe King (aka Joe Queer) would form The Queers and to some the rest would be Punk Rock history. For those unaware of exactly what they are all about it’s very simply described as a band that delivers a cool brand of bop worthy Pop Punk that flows with energy and is usually on the catchy and memorable side. If you were a fan of the way that The Ramones did things early in their own career then there is a good chance that some of the music that The Queers were dishing out would be perfect for you. When you hear the song “Tamara Is A Punk” you might find yourself thinking that this could have easily been something that the leather jacketed legends delivered based on the similar 4/4 groove and riffs. While I always considered myself a bit of an Old School Punk Rock fan by having listened to Ramones, Damned and Sex Pistols – I admit that I never really followed anything that The Queers had been up to since their inception. With this being the case for me, it made this DVD really interesting to watch as it is just perfect for the unaware as far as a document of the bands music. Conversely it is also great for the die hard fans since it has so much in the way of archival footage for them to enjoy. The scope of the footage seems to run wide over the years of performing as opposed to being one full show and as result features many of the bands various lineups across history. As a band, the only constant member has been Joe Queer while everyone else rotated in and out over the years. There are about thirty songs to enjoy and while most of them are from assorted live shows at various clubs they had played there is also a bunch of their videos which makes this all the more appealing. It’s very low-budget productions on these videos and we are not talking about much more than performance footage of the band while something else goes on around them. In all honesty a Punk Rock band needs very little to have a successful video presentation. I felt that the clips for “I Can’t Get Over You” and “Punk Rock Girls” worked out just fine. The actual concert footage is also very standard in regards to the way it was filmed. We’ve all made these types of live videos if we had bands and essentially its one of the road crew guys or our friends sitting near the sound board shooting. There is no 3 camera shoot with feeds to the mixing board. The rawness of this makes it a better Punk DVD.
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