Alex Blaze

Queer Music Friday - Phranc

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 20, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

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Tags: phranc, queer music

Phranc is a folk/punk singer/songwriter who performed transparently queer music in the 80's in southern California. This is "M-A-R-T-I-N-A," and it's still hilarious.

Here she is in a Dutch documentary singing about why people shouldn't wear swastikas (which was a trend at the time?):

And here's a song from a bit later, "Bloodbath."

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Aubrey Haltom | May 20, 2011 7:43 PM

I saw Phranc when she opened for The Smiths on their Queen Is Dead tour ('86?). She was greeted with some amusement by the East Coast hipsters/young kids at first, but by the end of her set had won most over.
I haven't listened to much of her work, but I think her live performance exceeded the recorded content.

Phranc opened for the Smiths?? What a great bill.

Aubrey Haltom | May 20, 2011 10:19 PM

@Jessica Max Stein
The Smiths had some interesting opening acts in the US. I forget if it was the 86 tour, or the previous Meat is Murder tour - but they had a troupe of drag queens opening for them at several cities (including Lady Bunny, if I remember correctly). The dq act sort of came and went, but other (what would now be called) queer acts were openers.
And then the '86 tour had Phrance standing alone on stage with guitar and mic. As she played her set, the crowd slowly got the connection btwn Phrance and Morrissey, I think.
And yes, it was fun. And at the end of her set, much appreciated by The Smiths fans.