About The Queers

The Queers are an American punk rock band, formed in 1981 by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire native Joseph “Joe” P. King along with Scott Gildersleeve and John “Jack” Hayes. The band's original lineup also included bassist Dave Betts and drummer Lenny Clarke. The Queers went through a number of lineup changes over the years, with King being the only constant member. The band was influential in the development of the pop punk genre.

The Queers began as an extension of Joe King's previous band, The Ramones-influenced The Fuzztones. In 1981, King and Betts recruited Gildersleeve and Clarke to play with them. The band's first show was at The Bunker, a now-defunct club in Portsmouth. The Queers soon began playing shows along the East Coast of the United States.

In 1982, The Queers released their self-titled debut EP on the New Hampshire-based label Tupperware Records. The EP was later reissued by Slumberland Records in 1992. The following year, the band released their first full-length album, Grow Up, which was also released by Tupperware Records. In 1984, The Queers' second EP, Kicked Out of the Webelos, was released by New Red Archives. The EP featured a cover of The Ramones' song "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker".

In 1985, The Queers signed with the California-based label Posh Boy Records and released their second full-length album, Love Songs for the Retarded. The album was reissued by Posh Boy in 1993. In 1986, The Queers released their third EP, Another Rock & Roll Christmas, on Posh Boy Records. The EP featured covers of Christmas songs by artists such as John Lennon and Slade.

Joe Queer has been the only permanent member of the band all its line-up changes since its founding. Joe Queer (guitar/vocals), Cheeto Bandito (bass), and Hoglog Rehab make up the band at the moment (drums). Joe Queer, Tulu, Keith Hages, and Wimpy Rutherford made up the original lineup. Hugh O'Neill, Kevin Kecy, and Joe Queer were the members of the lineup in the middle of the 1980s. The trio of Joe Queer, B-Face, and Hugh O'Neill from the Lookout Records era of the 1990s is the most well-known. B-Face, Hugh O'Neill, and Dangerous Dave all quit Lookout Records after doing so. A new record is in the works, and The Queers are still busy on the road.

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