Monday, 28 September 2009

Chris Freeman of Pansy Division

1. Which book are you currently reading?
I usually have two or three books that I read at the same time to keep from getting bored and not finishing them. At the moment I'm reading three: "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins; "Grunge is Dead" by Greg Prato (I'm from Seattle) and "The Inscrutable Mrs. Winchester and Her Mysterious Mansion" by Lisa Selby. I've always been fascinated by her story.

2. Do you smoke?
No cigarettes, but occasionally pot. I did smoke from the ages of 16 - 29, quit, then started again at 35 when Luis joined Pansy Division, then quit once more (for good this time) on New Year's Eve 2002/2003 at age 41. About 20 years total. Too long. I'll never smoke again.

3. When was the last time you got angry?
I tend to keep my anger in check, but it got away from me last December ('08) when I was taking care of my dad for a month. After a hospital stay, I had to move him and his current wife into a nursing home. They're 87 and 94. My dad's a Fox News loving, rascist homophobe with survivor's guilt (from being in the Navy as a CPO during WWII in '44), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mountains of self-loathing. He was picking a verbal fight with me and we got into it, yelling and carrying on. He hobbled down the hallway and slammed the door after I blew a raspberry at him (I thought it would make him laugh and diffuse the issue). I gave him 10 minutes to cool down then went and apologized, even though he started it. What the hell, he's 87. He's never gonna change.

4. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
It was on our last tour in June, we played a show in Washington, DC. I rip up a Bible at the end of our show and I happened to hit someone in the face with a piece of it when I tossed it out this time. After the song was over, I don't know where this came from, but I said, "Did I hit you? Oh my god, I'm so sorry, but you know, the Lord works in mysterious ways!" I looked over at Jon who was laughing hysterically, and I started to have one of those laughing fits that threatens to not let up, tears streaming down my face, doubled-over. Just one of those moments that come from out of nowhere. Another was when Ronnie Barnett from the Muffs at a show recently told me that a friend of his works for KISS and that Paul Stanley is completely bald. That got me going.

5. Was there a movie where you could not bear to see the end?
You mean because I hated it so much and wanted to get out of there, or because I loved it so much I never wanted it to end? Hated it: "The Royal Tenenbaums;" Loved it: "The Wizard of Oz"

6. What character would you have liked to have played?
I think I'd be a really good Frank'n'Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show.

7. "Law & Order", "Special Victim Unit" or "Criminal Intent"?
I know nothing about any of these shows since I rarely watch any television. I think I watched part of an episode of "Law & Order" once, so I'll say that one.

8. Who do you currently have a crush on?
Famous: Daniel Craig - what a cutie! I can watch "Casino Royale" over and over. He's steaming hot. Not famous: my friend Don Speziale, but he's got a great boyfriend/partner (10 years together) so that won't happen. I'd love to find someone just like him.

9. What's the best moment of your day?
Coming home from work after 6PM and having a 1/2 hour swim and a jacuzzi. I LOVE to swim.

10. What song of yours do you think is your best?
Probably "You're Gonna Need Your Friends." I think that one was the most natural. It just came out of my head fully realized. Most of my songs I get snippets of, then I need to figure out the rest. This one was effortless. My second favorite would be "I'm Gonna Be a Slut." We were on the floor laughing when we were working on the lyrics to that song, thinking about what people would think when they heard it. Still gets a rise out of everyone when we play it.

In 1991, Chris Freeman discovered an ad in the SF Weekly that stopped him in his tracks. The ad was looking for “gay musicians into the Ramones, Buzzcocks and early Beatles”. Through the ad he met Jon Ginoli, who gave him a demo tape of a new project called Pansy Division and by November he joined. The rest is history.

Chris Freeman - official website
Pansy Division - official website
Pansy Division on Myspace

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