Gretchen Phillips

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Gretchen Phillips
Gretchen Phillips March 25 2011.jpg
Phillips in 2011
Background information
Born 1963 (age 54–55)
Galveston, Texas
Genres Folk, riot grrrl
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1981–present

Gretchen Phillips (born 1963) is an American singer-songwriter known for her humorous and topical songs. Phillips has been openly gay throughout her life and her lesbianism has inspired much of her material.[1]


Phillips grew up in Houston. Her parents were musicians, and she played music from childhood. After graduating from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, she decided move to Austin in 1981 to become a professional performer and was in a band with Sara Hickman.[2]

Meat Joy, Girls in the Nose, and Two Nice Girls[edit]

Phillips was a member in three influential area bands in the mid-eighties: the punk band Meat Joy[3] (with Jamie Lee Hendrix, Melissa Cobb Unit, John Hawkes[4]-under the name John Boy Perkins, and Tim Pierre Mateer), the rock band Girls in the Nose (with Pam Barger, Kay Turner, Joanna Labow, and Darcee Douglas), and the country/disco/rock/folk/pop band Two Nice Girls (with Pam Barger, Laurie Freelove, Meg Hentges, and Kathy Korniloff). Two Nice Girls attracted national attention with Phillips' song "I Spent My Last $10 (on Birth Control and Beer)" which satirized heterosexual relationships.

Bands and solo projects since Two Nice Girls[edit]

Since the break-up of Two Nice Girls, Phillips has been part of The Gretchen Phillips Experience (with Andy Loomis, Thor Harris, John Paul Keenon, and Jo Walston), Dusty Trails (with Josephine Wiggs and Vivian Trimble), Phillips & Driver (with David Driver), Lord Douglas Phillips (with Terri Lord and Darcee Douglas), and The Gretchen Phillips Ministries (with the Experience line-up), as well as performing as a solo artist.


Two Nice Girls won a GLAAD Media Award in 1991. Phillips was inducted into the Austin Chronicle Music Poll's Hall of Fame in 2001.

Personal life[edit]

Phillips has been openly gay throughout her life and her lesbianism has inspired much of her material.[5] Phillips has generally resided in Austin, but has also lived in San Francisco and New York City.


An archive collected by Phillips, including items such as reviews and news articles, video recordings of her shows, and fan mail, is part of Cornell University Library’s Human Sexuality Collection.[6]


  • The Many Moods of Meat Joy - Meat Joy
  • Chant to the Full Moon, O Ye Sisters - Girls in the Nose
  • Girls in the Nose - Girls in the Nose
  • Meat Joy - Meat Joy
  • 2 Nice Girls - Two Nice Girls
  • Like a Version - Two Nice Girls
  • chloe liked olivia - Two Nice Girls
  • Songs to Save Your Soul - Gretchen Phillips
  • A Taste of LDP - Lord Douglas Phillips
  • Seitan is Real - The Gretchen Phillips Ministries
  • Togetherness - Phillips & Driver
  • Welcome To My World - Gretchen Phillips
  • Welcome to My World and a Half - Gretchen Phillips
  • Do You Ever Wish For More? - Gretchen Phillips
  • "Eau Du Lesbianism" appeared on Mr. Lady Records' sampler album, Calling All Kings & Queens, in 2001


  1. ^ "Biography". Gretchen Phillips' website. Archived from the original on 2007-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Gretchen Phillips Bio". Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (April 2000). "Girls + Guitars". Out. 8 (10): 85. ISSN 1062-7928. 
  4. ^ Shulman, Dave (2007-05-10), "John Hawkes: Wandering Star", Los Angeles Weekley, retrieved 2009-12-10 
  5. ^ "Biography". Gretchen Phillips' website. Archived from the original on 2007-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Lesbian singer's archive captures pre-internet gay life | Cornell Chronicle". Retrieved 2017-07-20. 

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