Nervous Gender

Nervous Gender is an American punk rock electronic band founded in Los Angeles, California in 1978 by Gerardo Velazquez, Edward Stapleton, Phranc and Michael Ochoa.

Nervous Gender
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPunk rock, electropunk
Years active
  • 1978–1988
  • 1990–1991
  • 2007–present
Associated actsPhranc, Wall of Voodoo
  • Tammy Fraser
  • Michael Ochoa
  • Edward Stapleton
  • Joe Zinnato
Past members

Their use of heavily distorted keyboards and synthesizers made them, along with The Screamers, one of the original innovators of what is today called "electropunk", although they could equally be considered an early industrial group. The group was confrontational and experimental.

Phranc's androgynous appearance was the embodiment of the group's name, garnered the band much press in zines such as Slash and, later, proving inspirational to founders of the Queercore movement. [citation needed] Despite their somewhat high profile, the groups' habit of provoking the audience, obscene material and harsh erotics guaranteed they would never gain commercial acceptance.[citation needed] At their first show in 1979, a benefit for the Women's Video Center, Phranc called the audience "pussies" and "dykes" when the band was requested to stop playing.

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