Pansy Division The Essential Pansy Division

Widely acknowledged as the first openly gay and proud pop punk band to hit the big time (although Husker Du were in actuality), Pansy Division have never been afraid to do things their way. After seven full-length discs, most of which are out of print, the band offer up this 31-track "greatest hits” package featuring material from 1992 on. In addition to the music disc, they have included a DVD of live performances and videos, which is the real treasure. The songs are all previously released, but the videos were almost impossible to find. For the uninitiated, the Buzzcocks-derived pop punk will come across as dated; but PD have always been more about frankness, shock value and what the songs said than originality in music anyway. A must for fans. (Alternative Tentacles)