Starfucker

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Starfucker
Starfucker Concert at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ - 1-10-2012.jpg
Starfucker Concert at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona on January 10, 2012
Background information
Also known as STRFKR
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Indie pop, electronica, synthpop
Years active 2007–present
Labels Badman, Polyvinyl Records
Associated acts Strength, Fake Drugs, Sexton Blake
Website strfkr.com
Members Joshua Hodges
Shawn Glassford
Keil Corcoran
Patrick Morris
Past members Ryan Biornstad
Ian Luxton

Starfucker (sometimes stylized as STRFKR), briefly known as Pyramiddd, is an American electronic band from Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2007, the band was initially started as a solo project by Joshua Hodges.

History[edit]

Members include Joshua Hodges aka Sexton Blake (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums), Shawn Glassford (bass, keyboards, drums), Keil Corcoran (drums, keyboards, vocals), and Patrick Morris, formerly of Strength (guitar, keyboard, vocals).

Prior to forming Starfucker, Hodges released a solo album titled Sexton Blake and followed up with an album released under the band name "Sexton Blake" entitled Plays The Hits! Both albums were released on Expunged Records. During this time Corcoran was the drummer for Vegas-based grindcore band The Weirding Way.[1]

The name Starfucker started off as a joke, but then it quickly blew up in their face seeing as their success grew rapidly. In response to this success, and with the guidance of a business agent, they briefly changed their name to Pyramiddd thinking more people would take them seriously as musicians; They later realized that they did not want to market the band that way, and soon changed their name back and let the agent go.[2]

In 2010, Starfucker announced that they would be signing with Polyvinyl Records, releasing a two-song EP, and a full album in preparation for March 2011. On August 2, 2011, Starfucker announced that Ryan Biornstad would be leaving the band.[3]

Use in other media[edit]

Starfucker's song, "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" (2008) was notable for its use in Target's "Pink Pepto" commercial in 2009[4] created by the Portland ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. The promotion was selected as the AdWeek '​s "Ad of the Day" on September 4, 2009.[5] "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" was also featured in the TV series Weeds in a scene where Andy and Audra are in a minivan, as well as their song "Boy Toy" in the final episode of the series (episode 12 of season eight). "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" also recently was featured in the TV series The Blacklist near the end of episode 14 of season 1 in 2014.

Their song "Bury Us Alive" was featured in the 2012 film Chronicle.[6]

Starfucker's cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" from Jupiter was featured in a Juicy Couture ad directed by Terry Richardson starring Candice Swanepoel in 2012, and in the pilot episode for the MTV series Faking It in 2014.

The song "Millions", off of the album Reptilians, was played on the American version of the television show Skins. The song "Mona Vegas", off of the album Reptilians, was played in the 2013 film 21 & Over. "While I'm Alive", from the band's latest album Miracle Mile, is featured in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.

Style[edit]

Further explaining the band names intention, Josh Hodges said:"I was around all these people who were kind of douchey, the kind of people I would never hang out with, and one of them bragged about being a "starfucker." I thought, "Who are these people? What is this world?" That's why I chose the name: because it represented all I didn't want to be a part of, all I didn't want to do. So it does hold us back, but that was the point, originally." [7] They have also explained it is to keep themselves from taking themselves too seriously as a band and get involved in social politics in the music industry: "I got kind of sick of the idea of success through music or something, so that’s how STRFKR was born. I had this other band and the label it was on had this vision for it and I wasn’t that into it. So I just kind of quit doing that and I was still making music in my basement. It’s just something I always will do whether I’m showing it to other people or not and that’s what STRFKR was. I was like, let’s just do this at house parties. I was trying to remove myself from that rat race or whatever."[8]

Hodges describes the goal of the band's music as "dance music that you can actually listen to, that's good pop songs, but also you can dance to it.".[9] Another defining characteristic is their lyrics which often discuss death, mortality, and the end of the world but doing so over upbeat and popular dance music. Samples from lectures by Alan Watts are spliced into several of their songs, including "Florida," "Isabella of Castile," "Medicine," "Pistol Pete," "Mystery Cloud," "Hungry Ghost," and "Quality Time".[10]

The band, notably bassist Shawn Glassford, has earned a reputation for wearing women's clothing during live performances. This was prominently displayed in the band's music video for the song "German Love," directed by Rebecca Micciche. This is used in harmony with their "anti-fashion" approach to music. Most of their music videos are not made with much of the bands actual involvement or appearance, however.

Discography[edit]

Albums

EPs

  • Starfucker (EP) (2007)
  • Burnin' Up (2008)
  • Starfucker B-Sides (2010)
  • Jupiter (Remastered) (2011)

Singles

  • "Julius" (2010)
  • "Happy Fucking Holidays" (2010) (Soundcloud Release Only)
  • "Dragon Queens" 7" Split w/ Champagne Champagne (2011)
  • "The Wisdom of Insecurity" from Japan 3-11-11: A Benefit Album (2011)
  • "While I'm Alive" (2012)

Other

  • Heavens Youth (Reptilian Demos) (2011)
  • Mixtape 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vegas Archive: Weirding Way – Discography 2000-2005". Punks in Vegas. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2012/02/starfucker.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Gross, Josh (August 3, 2011). "Ryan Biornstad Leaves Starfucker". Boise Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "What We Listened to in 2009". Seattle Weekly. December 30, 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Target "Pink Pepto"". Adweek. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ Kim, Brandon (February 1, 2012). "Soundtracks: "Chronicle"". IFC. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/starfuckers-joshua-hodges-talks-about-writing-music-and-hanging-out-alone-on-a-creepy-beach/Content?oid=1686941
  8. ^ http://bullettmedia.com/article/how-joshua-hodges-distate-for-the-music-industry-led-to-strfkr/
  9. ^ Fiare, Rita. "STRFKR: Oh My Stars!". Status Mag Online. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Morgenstern, Hans (April 17, 2011). "Exclusive interview with Starfucker (Part 1 of 2): Philosophy and rock ‘n’ roll". Independent Ethos. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 

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