Personal Best (Team Dresch album)

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Personal Best
Team Dresch - Personal Best Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by Team Dresch
Released January 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Punk rock, queercore, hardcore punk
Length 24:14
Label Chainsaw, Candy Ass
Producer Donna Dresch
Team Dresch chronology
Hand Granade
(1994)Hand Granade1994
Personal Best
(1995)
Captain My Captain
(1996)Captain My Captain1996

Personal Best is the debut studio album by the United States punk band Team Dresch. The album was released in January 1995 on both singer/guitarist Jody Bleyle's label Candy Ass Records and bassist Donna Dresch's label Chainsaw Records.

Washington Post writer Chris Richards called Personal Best "a fiery, all-but-forgotten punk masterpiece".[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Allmusic declared the album is a "call to arms" that "explodes on contact", saying: "Of all the punk records to come out of the 1990s, Personal Best comes closest to actually recapturing the sheer passion and rage which originally spawned the movement two decades earlier..." and praised the band's all-encompassing fusion of the dual emotional and polemical issues felt within the LGBT community, as well as how the band "never put their politics ahead of their songs — each of these ten tracks is airtight, with melodies as blistering as the lyrics".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Fagetarian and Dyke – 2:45
  2. Hate the Christian Right! – 2:35
  3. She's Crushing My Mind – 1:42
  4. Freewheel – 1:39
  5. She's Amazing – 3:03
  6. Fake Fight – 3:07
  7. #1 Chance Pirate TV – 3:04
  8. D.A. Don't Care – 2:21
  9. Growing up in Springfield – 2:19
  10. Screwing Yer Courage – 1:39

Personnel[edit]

Cover[edit]

The album's title and cover art are a reference to the 1982 film Personal Best, a film about female track and field athletes which included LGBT themes. The cover art was photographed by Neilson Abeel, Jr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richards, Chris (2007-06-22), "Team Dresch Digs Deep Into Its Playbook", Washington Post, retrieved 2007-06-27 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r247355