Though often derided by punk aficionados as little more than a Ramones tribute band, the Queers have always embraced this implied criticism, proud to emulate the band that vocalist Joe (King) Queer venerates above all others. Formed in New Hampshire, USA, in 1982, the bands original line-up comprised King, Wimpy, Tulu and Jeff Useless, though this incarnation was soon superseded by the classic line-up of vocalist/guitarist King, bass player B-Face, and drummer Hugh ONeill, although second guitarists came and went frequently (including occasional co-writer JJ Rassler). Initial recordings comprised limited singles and compilation tracks (later collected as A Day Late And A Dollar Short), before the first full-length Grow Up, an aborted attempt on the UKs Shakin Street label. Coming to the attention of Lookout Records in the early 90s, Love Songs For The Retarded duly followed. Produced by Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel, it was a punk pop...
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