With your not so ordinary household band name, The Queers have finally released their very first DVD The Queers Are Here. Having been together on and off for twenty years now, the band felt it was time to release a DVD of live footage for the admiring fans. The DVD includes live footage from a whole slew of shows and also some interviews by the band members themselves. The total running time is a little over an hour.
The New Hampshire natives call themselves the Queers not because of a sexual orientation but more to poke fun at a ritzy snobby community that they resided in at the time of the band's conception in 1982. They also wanted to give themselves a band name that people would remember. Their sound is street punk mixed with pop punk. To me they are a wilder Ramones type band that loves to sing about girls, drugs, and just having fun. They played out from 1982 to 1984 and then reformed in the 1990's with a new line up and have pretty much been playing out since then.
Starting with a classic punk rock beginning, the DVD starts with the Queers playing at what looks to be small club or even VFW hall when all of the sudden lead signer Joe King (a.k.a. Joe Queer) starts yelling at a kid in the crowd "Stop F*cking with the roadie!" Apparently the kid had something smart to say back to Joe Queer and he called to have the kid removed from the scene. All of the fans start laughing and point at the kid as he gets ejected from the show — classic.
The video "Don't Back Down" was awesome to watch. It was like watching a Beach Boys video on acid. The video may never have made it to good ol' MTV, but I loved every bit of it. So what if they were not really surfing — the video was humorous, and the girls were cute, and that works for me.