| NERVOUS GENDER
Phranc, Michael, Edward & Giraldo
Interviewed at the Atomic Cafe,-
Slash: Phranc, how long have you been playing guitar?
Phranc: oh a long time, since I was about 10, but I was a folk singer, I can't play advanced, I can only play folk music, I would Cheat, just play C, F, G over and over.
Slash: How d'you get that strange sound out of your guitar?
Phranc: Never tune it.
Slash: (laughs) What are some of your song titles besides Mama's Chest?
Phranc: Diptheria, Gestalt ... (pause)
Slash: D'you want to become one of the popular LA bands or would you rather just go on experimenting?
Edward: I don't think we even see it as experimenting.
Phranc: That's what comes out when the 4 of us get together you know.
Slash: What about recording and stuff like that?
Phranc: We made this tape for this record that's supposedly going to come out.
Slash: What is it, a compilation album?
Phranc: Yeah, it's supposed to be called Fun Ahoy and it has a number of different bands on it.
Slash: Where d'you think you fit in the LA scene?
Phranc: In the geek section (laughs) ...
Slash: What did you do before you were in the band?
Geraldo: Sat around and vegetated.
Slash: (to Giraldo and Michael) You were in another band? Which was it?
Michael: They were called The Snappers. It was just basic punk, I was playing bass and synthesizer and we had a guitar and drums.
Phranc: I was a lesbian folk singer, I played a acoustic guitar with all women sponsors ... all that ... I got really sick of the scene down here, I was with women-all the time, it got to be too much and I moved to San Francisco..
Slash: Are you some kind of a renegade now as far as the women's movement?
Phranc: (laughs) I don't know, they're very wary of me now I think, especially since this last gig where only the other band got paid. (Nervous Gender played at a women's movement benefit type of thing. Ed) I stay away from them now. I used to put my foot down on a lot of the songs, I wouldn't sing, I wouldn't have anything to do with 2 of the songs, I just went up on the side and sat on an amp and smoked a cigarette. When we played that benefit we were supposed to sing this song called Die Woman Die and I refused to do it and then when they cut our set after the first song, we were trying to decide what our first song was gonna be, I said 'Die Women Die'.
Slash: Do you think there's a lot of sexism in the punk scene?
Phranc: There's some ... I think in the punk scene the consciousness is a lot higher than in a lot of other scenes, it's definitely different than the basic rock n roll scene - course there's always assholes.
Slash: D'you see yourselves touring soon?
Phranc: That'd be fun.
Slash: What band would you like to tour with? What band d'you fell kind of close to?
Edward: Human Hands.
Slash: Have you heard yourselves compared with the Screamers?
Michael: We were expecting that.
Slash: How do you survive otherwise?
Phranc: By the skin of my teeth - I sell T-shirts, I usually have an art sale the day the rent's due.
Edward: I work, I design clothes for Penney's and Sears.
(Michael and Giraldo said they get social security)
Slash: Did you get paid at all at Club 88? Phranc: We made a little money - it's the first time we've gotten paid for anything ... Although when we played that benefit a friend of mine boycotted the door and collected $20, she ran around saying, 'They're not paying Nervous Gender, don't give your money at the door!'
Slash: Where d'you get your inspiration? Everyday life or what?
Nervous Gender: Yeah.
Michael: Every piece of shit that's on TV we watch.
Slash: What radio shows?
Edward: Just Michael Jackson and Dr. Toni Grant.
Slash: Who's that?
Edward: She's a psychiatrist.
Phranc: She's too much, she's a call-in shrink.
Slash: What about books and stuff?
Michael: No, we're too young to read.
Slash: Have you already been called 'art damaged' by anyone?
Phranc: Art damage?
Slash: (tries to explain) ... I've a feeling that eventually everybody that you see around at gigs in LA is going to pop up in a band.
Edward: We were hanging around a lot. Nobody would talk to you ...
Phranc: Nobody ever would.
Giraldo: Nobody'd talk to me either.
Phranc: (to Slash) I saw you the first time when the Bags played at the Lace Gallery. That was the first time I saw the Bags play and they quickly became my favorite band.
Slash: (to Phranc) I used to see you - now that you're blonde, you're not so incognito.
Phranc: Blondes have more fun.
Slash: (laughs) Are the Bags still your favorite band?
Phranc: As far as local bands,