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50 years in 50 weeks; 1995 rocked

by Jim Provenzano

50 years in 50 weeks; 1995 rocked

Given that this is Folsom week, albeit in a retro-reduced MehaHood format, I at first perused the late Marcus Hernandez' leather column of this week in 1995, which was expansive, as was his IML coverage in other issues.

But what visually stood out, and reminded me of a mid-90s phenomenon, was a Sept. 21 arts section feature on the band Extra Fancy, who played on that year's Folsom Street Fair's main stage.

Front man Brian Grillo may have been the most prominent out gay rock singer of the year. The band endured the ups and downs of music label adoration, then rejection. But their performance at the fair was quite memorable.

In similar queer rock news, our Feb. 16 issue covered the historic gig where queer rockers Pansy Division opened for Green Day at Madison Square Garden.

Designer, writer and musician Adriana Roberts, who penned the Pansy Division article, also queried Lollapalooza in search of queer grooves, and interviewed lesbian band The Hail Marys in our Aug. 24 issue. Altogether, it was a very musical year.




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