“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.

As you listen, watch or slam dance around you will most likely agree that the band never really took themselves all too seriously and this is clearly apparent with songs like “Ursula Finally Has Tits”. It’s a tune that they wrote for a long time fan who begged them to have a song penned about her. The information comes from one of the very candid interviews that are held with Joe Queer and interlace with the concert footage. It’s often backstage from a venue while they wait to perform or just afterwards. Once or twice they are merely sitting in the stairwells talking. Having been in a lot of clubs I know full well that sometimes this is the only quiet space that you can find. Queer is very outspoken on how he feels Punk has changed over the years and he shares these opinions on some of the bands today and their overall relevance against the original scene that this all spawned from. This is the first official DVD by The Queers so Punk music fans in general might appreciate checking this out and for the rest of us it’s a good chance to enjoy what they have done.

Track Listing:
1. I Spent The Rent
2. Nothing To Do
3. This Place Sucks
4. Hi Mom It’s Me
5. Don’t Back Down
6. Night Of The Livid Queers
7. Blabbermouth
8. Ursula Finally Has Tits
9. Like A Parasite
10. We’d Have A Riot Doing Heroin
11. Terminal Rut
12. Fagtown
13. Wimpy Drives Through Harlem
14. I Only Drink Bud
15. Ben Weasel
16. You’re Tripping
17. Granola Head
18. Fuck The World
19. Debra Jean
20. Tamara Is A Punk
21. I Live This Life
22. Drop The Attitude Fucker
23. I Cant Get Over You
24. Brush Your Teeth
25. I Live This Life
26. Definitely
27. We’d Have A Riot Doing Heroin
28. Noodlebrain
29. Punk Rock Girls
30. Sidewalk Surfer Girl

Official Website: www.queersrock.com

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