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Origin New York, New York State, USA
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1993–1999
Labels Merge
Ecstatic Peace
Associated acts Sonic Youth
Free Kitten
Pussy Galore
Cat Power
Members Charles Gansa (vocals, guitar)
Pumpkin Wentzel (bass, vocals)
Danny Tunick (drums)
Past members Brian Logan (drums)
Jamie Lawrence (drums)

Guv'ner was an American alternative rock band from New York City, formed in 1993 following a relationship between members Charles Gansa and Pumpkin Wentzel. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth discovered the band when he was handed a demo of theirs by Julia Cafritz of Pussy Galore, who had known Wentzel since school. Moore put out Guv'ner's debut album Hard For Measy For You on his label, Ecstatic Peace.[1]

Further albums – The Hunt and Spectral Worship – were released on Merge Records in 1996 and 1998 respectively. The drummer, Danny Tunick, joined after the debut album. On Hard For Measy For You, drumming duties were shared by Brian Logan and Jamie Lawrence.[2]



Title Release Date Label
Hard For Measy For You 1994 Ecstatic Peace!
The Hunt 1996 Merge Records
Spectral Worship 1998 Merge Records


Title Release Date Label
Earl Grey Tea 1993 Gap Year
Curry Favor 1994 Wiiija
Baby's Way Cruel 1995 Wiiija
Knight Moves 1995 Merge Records
The Nazarene 1996 Radiation Records
Break A Promise 1996 Merge Records
She's Evil 1996 Wiiija
In The Fishtank Vol. 2 1997 De Konkurrent

Split Singles

Title Release Date Label Song Featured
Porn No. 2 (w/The Melvins) 1995 Amphetamine Reptile Coitus City
Guv'ner in Catpowerland/Cat Power goes to Guvnerville (w/Cat Power) 1996 "Guvpower" (financed jointly by Matador and Wiiija, distributed by Wiiija) Great Expectations

Compilation Appearances[edit]

Title Release Date Label Song Featured
Threadwaxing Space Live: The Presidential Compilation 1995 Zero Hour Records I Will Get You (live)
Star Trackers A Spunk Compilation 1995 Free cassette tape with Spunk magazine I Will Get You
Screwed 1996 Amphetamine Reptile Coitus City
Compulsiv III 1996 Compulsiv Records Lotus Fix
Merge 100 1997 Merge Records Your Majesty (Mark Robinson remix)
Oh, Merge 1999 Merge Records Lucky Ladybug
Old Enough To Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records 2004 Merge Records Break a Promise


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Guv'ner". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Merge Records Guv'ner". June 1998. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 

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