This Way Out
Remember the flurry of mainstream media attention surrounding Pansy Division last fall when the queerpunk local boys hit the arenas opening for Green Day? Despite a slew of articles on the growing queercore movement, the big labels -- usually frantic to capitalize on any publicized "scene" -- have kept their distance. As P. D. bassist Chris Freeman remarks in Billboard's cover story on "Queercore Punk Rock" -- which also highlights Tribe 8 and the Outpunk label -- his band has never even been approached by a major. The same goes for most of their compatriots, who are still happily indie. Wary of the kind of hype that bit riot grrrl, some queercore insiders are now refusing to speak to the press. Can't blame 'em.
Blue Light Special
Got 85 grand burning a hole in your pocket? Why not purchase the Rolling Stones mobile studio, which a Brit named Don Larking has posted for sale in -- of all places -- Compuserve's classifieds. Seems Larking's brother purchased the unit last year from Bill Wyman, and now they're trying to unload the beast. The Stones recorded Exile on Main Street in it after it was built in 1970; later, the likes of the Who, the Faces and Led Zeppelin rented it out. You could drive away with a 32-channel console, two 24-track recorders and a whole lotta history. How you get it out of the U.K. is your problem. E-mail serious inquiries to 100347.1046compuserve.com.
By Sia Michel, Mike Rowell