Remembering One of the Best Queercore Bands That Ever Existed: SISTER GEORGE

The early to mid 1990's was filled with more than just grunge and Paula Abdul. It was the peak of riot grrrl, feminism, more females in rock bands, and the first stages of Queercore. One of the first and most influential of the Queercore genera was Sister George out of the U.K.

The groups' name was inspired by the 1968 UK movie The Killing of Sister George, which was an adaptation of a BBC radio play of the same name. It was a parody of a Story line in The Archers. Although queercore bands had existed in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, such as The Apostles, Academy 23, and No Brain Cells and early 1990s, such as Tongue Man, Sister George brought queercore into the spotlight there. The members were Lisa cook on bass, Daryl stanislaw on drums, Lyndon holmes on guitar and vocals, and Ellyott on lead vocals and guitar; Ellyott was the main singer and song writer of Israeli band Pollyanaa Frank, one of Israel's most important alternative bands. she was also drummer of The Darlings, a band which included Lesley Woods, formerly of the post punk band Au Pairs, and Debbie Smith, later in Curve and Echobelly. Their first album, Drag King, came out on Catcall Records, which was run by Liz Naylor. The band found themselves heralded in the pages of British music magazines such as the NME. They toured with acts like Huggy Bear and Hissyfit at first, but soon they were joined by other queer bands such as Mouthfull and Children's Hour, and it was these groups that popularized queercore in the UK. Their album was rereleased in the U.S. by Outpunk Records, and a music video for the song "Handle Bar" was made. This song also appeared on the Outpunk Records compilation, Outpunk Dance Party. Also featured on Drag King was a hardcore style cover of the Tom Robinson song "Glad to Be Gay". The Sister George version featured the voice of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and the band chanting, "We kill in self defense".In a gig in London's club v, the alternative queer club, in the mid 90's, Robinson intoduced his song by saying, "I'm now going to sing a Sister George cover."

The band broke up around 1996 but their music lives on. Listen below and never forget our godmothers and godfathers who opened the doors and paved the roads.



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