I remember hearing of Pansy Division in the early nineties. I was digesting everything from Lookout Records I could at the time and to me Pansy Division was just another band on Lookout. While being a longtime lover of Punk Rock new and old, I found their sound to be a little flat for my taste. “OH!!! YOU MUST HATE GAY PEOPLE!!!” Noooooo, just wasn’t my thing artistically.
The bands openly gay expression was not that shocking to me, even in those early days. I personally thought it was something that should happen and was happy to see a band like Pansy Division playing, recording, and touring the world with Green Day, which Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band chronicles. This documentary further solidifies my never ending respect for Green Day, even if I do not love all of their albums. They took Pansy Division out with them and exposed them to a whole new crowd whether they were accepted or not from town to town. I thought it was great at the time and saw that show here in Detroit at Cobo Arena. Pansy Division were great that night even if I was not a huge fan and I loved all the jocks trying to deal with this band as they played that night.
Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band takes us into the history of the band and what it took to keep the band going. I really enjoyed how the timeline of the film circles around the many, many drummers they went through.
You will find yourself cracking up through Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band. I loved how the film flowed and really enjoyed the energy and warmth of all the interviews with core members Jon Ginoli and Chris Freeman, along with old and new members of the band. One thing that really came out in Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band was with all of the turbulence this band has experienced, there always seemed to be a respect with the people who have been and are a part of the band Pansy Division. This lack of tragedy makes Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band a great story that is told about a band that is still going strong today.
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Scott W. Lambert