Band Profile

The Queers

The Queers
Hometown: Portsmouth, New Hampshire Current Label: Asian Man Records Websites: Official Website
MySpace Profile
Band Members: Joe Queer-guitar,lead vocals
Dangerous Dave-bass,vocals
Lurch-drums,vocals

The Queers Bio:

The Queers are an American pop punk band formed in 1982 by Portsmouth, New Hampshire native Joe King (A.K.A. Joe Queer). Supposedly, the name 'Queers' was used simply to poke fun at what he called the "Art Fag" community in New Hampshire. The band originally broke up in 1984, but reformed with Joe Queer and a new line-up in 1990. That year, the band signed with Shakin' Street Records and released their first album Grow Up. The album earned the band notoriety within New England, but with the release of their next album 1993's Love Songs for the Retarded, on Lookout! Records, their following grew to larger proportions.

In 2006, after releasing six albums on Lookout!, the band rescinded their master rights from the label, citing breach of contract over unpaid royalties. Later that year they signed with Asian Man Records.

The Queers play a Ramones-derived style of pop punk, commonly and appropriately referred to as "Ramones-core". Much like the Ramones, common lyrical themes are girls, drugs, alcohol and having fun. Musically the band deviates slightly from the driving rhythm guitar sound of the Ramones and augments their songs with harmony vocals, handclaps, keyboards and guitar solos. They have been described as "The Ramones meets The Beach Boys". Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel frequently collaborates with Joe Queer to write their songs. The band are well known for the variety of cover versions they include on their records and in live appearances. Bands/artists covered by The Queers include The Beach Boys, The Ramones (including a complete re-recording of the Rocket to Russia album), The Mr T Experience, Skeeter Davis, The Fantastic Baggys, The Who, The Undertones, The Hobos, Tommy James and The Shondells, Helen Love and many more.

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  1. Random Cover Song: The Queers – “I Enjoy Being a Boy” (Banana Splits cover)11/10/2012 9:43 AM | Permalink

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  10. Dangerous Dave’s (The Queers, The Bugs) bass gets stolen | Wrecking CrueWrecking Crue7/14/2013 5:18 AM | Permalink

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  11. 10 Songs That Made Me Fall In Love With Punk Rock – Joe Queer (The Queers)7/16/2013 12:02 PM | Permalink

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  12. six6sick
    six6sick7/30/2013 10:33 AM | Permalink

    What happen with the Queer TBR Copyrights tour. Why no Dallas. I’m really disapointed I know queers and TBC just played Dallas but I want Copyrights here

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    six6sick7/30/2013 10:33 AM | Permalink

    TBR

  14. The Queers total tour van on the way to show in Indianapolis; rent vehicle to continue tour w/ The Dwarves8/21/2013 6:03 PM | Permalink

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  17. Interview: Joe Queer talks solo album, Ben Weasel side project, Hopeless vs. Asian Man Records and more10/18/2013 8:16 AM | Permalink

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  18. The Queers announce spring European tour dates2/18/2014 10:49 AM | Permalink

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  19. The Queers announced more scattered US shows3/4/2014 12:41 PM | Permalink

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  20. The Queers to play “Love Songs For The Retarded” in full at upcoming Denver, Colorado show3/27/2014 2:23 PM | Permalink

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  21. Full Set Video: The Queers (Long Beach, July 16, 2014)7/19/2014 11:16 AM | Permalink

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  22. Video Interview: Joe Queer discusses The Queers’ career, sobriety & staying humble8/1/2014 3:52 PM | Permalink

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  23. Video: The Queers play a few Ramones classics with Richie Ramone8/7/2014 1:12 PM | Permalink

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  24. Video: The Queers play “Kicked Out Of The Webelos” and “White Minority” with Blag Dahlia8/9/2014 10:41 AM | Permalink

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  25. Watch “Turn-On, Tune-In, Lookout!” DVD in full (The Queers, Mr. T Experience, Squirtgun)8/10/2014 10:22 AM | Permalink

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  26. The Queers to re-record “Punk Rock Confidential” and “Beyond The Valley…”8/27/2014 10:17 AM | Permalink

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  28. Live Video: The Queers ft. Richie Ramone at The Roxy (7/20/14)9/15/2014 4:17 PM | Permalink

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  29. The Queers release remixed, remastered version of “Beat Off” in celebration of its 20th anniversary10/21/2014 4:58 PM | Permalink

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  30. The Queers and The Dwarves announce November shows10/23/2014 5:51 PM | Permalink

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