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Sister George

Sister George
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Powered by Audioscrobbler™Queercore band active in the UK in the 1990s.

Sister George was an influential queercore band from London that formed in 1994.

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", although Sister George was less than sincere in regard to the sentiment of the original. The Sister George version featured the voice of serial killer Aileen Wuornos chanting, "We kill in self defense" throughout the entire song.

Sister George performed in and are interviewed in the film, She's Real, Worse Than Queer by Lucy Thane.

Catcall Records label owner Liz Naylor said of the band's relation to mainstream gay culture, "To me, the gay lifestyle is getting to be like just another alternative lifestyle. You go down Old Compton Street in Soho and see them sitting there in nice coffee bars with their pink pounds - and these (Sister George) are 20-year-old kids who are angry and on the dole."

According to an early 2008 YouTube comment post by Sister George's Ellyot, Lisa Cook, bass player with the band, died that year.

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 (itself a parody of a story line in longtime radio soap The Archers).

The band broke up in the midst of recording their second album. Afterwards, Ellyot Dragon went on to form Nightnurse which featured then 16 year old Charlotte Hatherley on guitar, who would later have success with the band Ash. Daryl drummed for The Elements Of Crime with Chris and Jo from Huggy Bear, Layla from Skinned Teen, Dale from Blood Sausage and Andrew from Linus, releasing the single "The things we do for love...".

Band members: Lisa on bass, Daryl on drums, and Lyndon on guitar and vocals. Ellyot Dragon shared vocals with Lyndon.

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