Spitboy

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Spitboy
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresAnarcho punk, hardcore punk
Years active1990–1995
LabelsEbullition Records, Allied Recordings, Lookout Records
Associated actsInstant Girl, Aus Rotten
MembersMichelle Gonzales
Adrienne Droogas
Karin Gembus
Paula Hibbs-Rines
Dominique Davison

Spitboy was an American anarcho-punk band founded in the San Francisco bay area, in California in 1990.[1] The all-female band aggressively criticized patriarchy and gender roles but did not associate with the contemporaneous riot grrrl movement.[2] They released several records and toured extensively before disbanding in 1995.[1] Members later played in the bands Instant Girl and Aus Rotten, while drummer Michelle Cruz Gonzales and vocalist Adrienne Droogas have been active as writers.

History[edit]

Spitboy was founded by drummer Michelle "Todd" Gonzales, vocalist Adrienne Droogas, bassist Paula Hibbs-Rines, and guitarist Karin Gembus. Paula left the band before the release of the Rasana 7" EP and was replaced by Dominique Davison.

The band toured the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Their records were released on prominent punk rock labels Lookout Records,[1] Allied Recordings,[1] and Ebullition Records, including a split LP with the Chicago-based hardcore group Los Crudos.[1]

After the breakup of the group, Davison, Gonzales, and Gembus played together in the group Instant Girl,[1] whose sound was less aggressive than that of Spitboy. Instant Girl released an LP on Allied Recordings. Droogas was briefly a member of the group Aus Rotten[1] before moving to Richmond, Virginia. She also wrote columns for the punk zines Heartattack and Profane Existence. Davison is now an architect and owner of Draw in Kansas City.[3] Gonzales teaches English at Las Positas College in Livermore, California,[2] has published zines and memoirs on her time in Spitboy.[2]

In April 2021, it was announced that the band would be releasing their complete discography as a new compilation, Body of Work (1990-1995), released by Don Giovanni Records on June 25th.[4] The first single, "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", was released in May 2021.[5]

Legacy[edit]

The band had a large impact and fans included fellow musicians Alice Bag[1] and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day[4] as well as members of Operation Ivy, Fugazi, Neurosis, and Citizen Fish.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • The Threat Sexism Impressed b/w Ultimate Violations 7" (Lookout Records 51) - 1991
  • True Self Revealed LP (Ebullition Records) - 1993
  • Mi Cuerpo Es Mio 7" (Allied Recordings) - 1994
  • The Spitboy CD (Allied Recordings) - 1994 - Contains the first two singles and the LP
  • Rasana 7" - (Ebullition Records) - 1995
  • Split LP with Los Crudos (Ebullition Records) - 1995
  • Body of Work (1990-1995) (Don Giovanni Records) - 2021

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sacher, Andrew (April 6, 2021). "'90s feminist punks Spitboy reissuing discography on Don Giovanni w/ liner notes by Billie Joe Armstrong". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Ruggiero, Angela (October 8, 2016). "From punk to professor: Livermore teacher details journey in new memoir". East Bay Times. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Collins, Leslie (November 15, 2019). "WWMB@20: From punk rock to architecture, Davison finds a groove of her own". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Grow, Kory (April 6, 2021). "Billie Joe Armstrong Recalls How Feminist Punks Spitboy Changed Hardcore". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Moore, Em (May 19, 2021). "Spitboy release "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"". PunkNews.org. Retrieved May 20, 2021.

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