Girls Against Boys

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Girls Against Boys
Girls Against Boys at the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Block Party, 2006
Girls Against Boys at the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Block Party, 2006
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C., United States
Years active1988–2003, 2006, 2013, 2017, 2021-present
Associated acts
MembersEli Janney
Scott McCloud
Johnny Temple
Alexis Fleisig
Past membersBrendan Canty

Girls Against Boys is an American post-hardcore band which formed in Washington, D.C. and subsequently relocated to New York City shortly after their formation. The band released six albums including one on Geffen but became, for the most part, inactive in 2003. They temporarily reunited in 2013, recording an EP and touring in support of it.


The group began as a studio project of bassist Eli Janney who recruited Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Soulside guitarist Scott McCloud who provided guitar and lead vocals for the project. This line up recorded three "industrial disco" songs in 1988 and 1989.[3] Canty left the project by 1990 due to his commitments with Fugazi. Janney replaced Canty with two other former members of D.C. hardcore group Soulside to complete the lineup: bassist Johnny Temple and drummer Alexis Fleisig.[4] The four piece line-up, which would remain unchanged for the life of the band, recorded the three other songs on their debut EP.

Girls Against Boys employs dual bass guitars, a rarity in rock music. However, Janney occasionally doubled on keyboards. Their second album, Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby, was a heavy yet nuanced entry into early 1990s post-hardcore. It was later performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series,[5] and at the 25th anniversary concert for Touch and Go Records held in Chicago in September 2006.[6] Following their first two releases which were on the D.C.-based Adult Swim record label, the band band relocated to New York City. After releasing three more albums on Touch and Go, they were subsequently signed to Geffen Records, but released only one album on the label.

They provided music for the soundtrack to the film Series 7: The Contenders (2001). They have also contributed to soundtracks of the films Clerks, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Permanent Midnight, White Oleander, SubUrbia, Terror Firmer, Mallrats, the Psycho remake and Songs of the Witchblade. They covered the song "Boogie Wonderland" for the 1999 movie 200 Cigarettes; the band also appears in the film.

The band has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States and Canada. They have performed in numerous festivals including Lollapalooza 1993, 1995 and 1996, All Tomorrow's Parties, Reading Festival,[7] 1994 Phoenix Festival, Dour Festival, Primavera Festival, 1997 Fuji Rock Festival, Pukkelpop, Lowlands Festival, Les Transmusicales. They have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Jon Stewart Show, Canal+ and MTV. Touring included stints with bands such as Jawbox, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Helmet, the Jesus Lizard, Garbage, Rage Against the Machine, Interpol, Fugazi, Brainiac, Pitchshifter, Atari Teenage Riot, Foo Fighters, Luscious Jackson, Tar, No Means No, Les Savy Fav, Magic Dirt, Big Chief, Edsel and others. Bands who supported them before going on to have mainstream success include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, dEUS and Placebo.

In May 2013, Girls Against Boys resumed touring in support of a new EP. The first show of their reunion tour was performed at the Donaufestival in Krems, Austria, with David Yow of The Jesus Lizard providing additional vocals.[8][9] The band played fours shows on the East Coast of the U.S. prior to the release of the EP and they toured Europe following the release of the EP.[10] In November 2013, the band played the final holiday camp edition of the world-famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[11]

In 2017, Girls Against Boys reunited to play one show in Prague at Scott McCloud's fiftieth birthday on November 5th at the Lucerna Music Bar.[12]

In August 2021 in an interview on the Protonic Reversal podcast,[13] Temple announced the reissue of the House of GVSB and a small run of US tour dates.[14]

Side projects/current projects[edit]

Scott McCloud and Johnny Temple also played together in a side-project called New Wet Kojak, releasing two records on Chicago's Touch and Go Records followed with three more on Beggars Banquet. The group included Geoff Turner (ex-Gray Matter), Nick Pellicciotto (Edsel) and Charles Bennington.[15]

Alexis Fleisig performed with Moby for his album Animal Rights.[16]

Scott McCloud, Johnny Temple and Alexis Fleisig toured with Gina Gershon in 2002 in support of her film Prey for Rock and Roll, a film focusing on the struggles of an all—female band based roughly on the life of Cheri Lovedog. The tour consisted of Gershon and three members of Girls Against Boys performing songs penned by Stephen Trask and Linda Perry. The tour resulted in the reality series/documentary Rocked with Gina Gershon.

Scott McCloud contributed guitar for several tracks on Courtney Love's album America's Sweetheart.

Scott McCloud currently plays in Paramount Styles with Alexis Fleisig, who have released two records on Dutch Label Cycle/Konkurrent Records - Failure American Style (2008) and Heaven's Alright (2010) - and one on Silver Rocket, Distant Karma (2017). The group has toured extensively in Europe and less extensively in the United States and Canada. The group features revolving guests including Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs), producer/bass player Geoff Sanoff (Edsel), Julia Kent, Michael Hampton (The Faith, S.O.A., One Last Wish, Manifesto), John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, Caribou), Simon Lenski (DAAU), Chris Smets and Libor Palucha.

After Girls Against Boys became inactive in 2003, Eli Janney became a full-time producer for many musical acts, including Obits and James Blunt.[17] Johnny Temple founded Akashic Books,[18] an independent publisher, known for many books including Go the Fuck to Sleep,[19] Hairstyles of the Damned and an extensive Noir Series. Temple has written for The Nation and other publications.[20]

Band members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

Johnny Temple (1993)

Extended plays[edit]

Split releases[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "(I) Don't Got a Place" (1994)
  • "Kill the Sexplayer" (1994)
  • "She's Lost Control" (1995)
  • "Super-Fire" (1996)
  • "Park Avenue" (1998)
  • "Basstation" (2002)


Compilation albums

  • Chairman of the Board: Interpretations of Songs Made Famous by Frank Sinatra (Grass Records, 1993)
  • Enragez Vous (Black and Noir Records, 1993)
  • The Day We Killed Grunge (Caroline Records, 1994)
  • Elements of Mammoth (Mammoth Records, 1994)
  • Jabberjaw: Good to the Last Drop (Mammoth Records, 1994)
  • Guinea Worm (S&M/TJ's Newport, 1994)
  • The Day We Exhumed Disco (Caroline Records, 1995)
  • Life is Too Short for Boring Music (EFA, 1995)
  • PIAS s'Enrage (Rage, PIAS, 1995)
  • A Means to An End (Virgin Records, 1995)
  • Introducing Vol. 4 (Indigo, 1996)
  • Kerrang! Welcome to Planet Rock (Roadrunner Records, 1996)
  • Studio Brussels '96 (Double T Music, 1996)
  • Fuji Rock Festival '97 (TGCS, 1997)
  • Everything Is Beautiful (Geffen Records, 1997)
  • Vox Spring Collection (Vox, 1998)



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  6. ^ "Touch and Go 25th". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  7. ^ [2] Archived October 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ "End Of An Era Part 2 curated by ATP & Loop - All Tomorrow's Parties". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  12. ^ "Scott McCloud will celebrate 50th birthday with Girls Against Boys, Paramount Styles and more". Lucerna Music Bar. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Protonic Reversal Ep261: Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside, Fake Names, Akashick Books)". Retrieved 23 August 2021.
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  16. ^ "animal rights". 1996-09-01. Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  17. ^ "Selected Discography". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  18. ^ "Little Big Man: JOHNNY TEMPLE of Akashic Books :: Stop Smiling Magazine". 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
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