The Queers Albums Ranked

The Queers are an American punk rock band, formed in 1981 by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire native Joe P. King (a.k.a. Joe Queer) along with Scott Gildersleeve (a.k.a. Tulu), and Jack Hayes (a.k.a. Wimpy Rutherford). With the addition of Keith Hages in 1982 the band started playing their first live shows. The band originally broke up in late 1984, but reformed with Joe Queer and a new line-up in 1986. In 1990, the band signed with Shakin’ Street Records and released their first album Grow Up. The album earned the band notability within New England, but with the release of their next album 1993’s Love Songs for the Retarded, on Lookout! Records, their following grew larger. In 2006, after releasing six albums on Lookout! Records, the band rescinded their master rights from the label, citing breach of contract over unpaid royalties. Later that year they signed with Asian Man Records. Here are all of The Queers albums ranked.

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10. Punk Rock Confidential (1998)

Punk Rock Confidential - Album by The Queers | Spotify

“Poppy punk rock, with rather simple riffing and some great melodies to it. At the same time this one is the cheesiest of their albums that I’ve heard so far. It’s quite much lacking energy too compared to their other albums. There are a few rather Ramoneslike tracks involved too, but those alone won’t hold up the standards of the album, which to me remain quite low.”

9. Pleasant Screams (2002)

The Queers – Pleasant Screams (2002, CD) - Discogs

“With this album the first thing I came to think of was Blink 192. Energetic kind of happy pop punk with good riffing and good hooks and high catchiness. And pretty much that is what this album gives to the listener, all the way from the beginning to the end. Very solid, and really not that much material that could be called fillers.”

8. Munki Brain (2007)

The Queers – Munki Brain (CD) - Discogs

“Very singalong friendly garage punk rock with a strong 60’s pop/rock influence to it. Still very simple and straight forward riffing, but the bass playing and at the same times singing in harmonies and very melodic ways takes me totally into a stupidly good mood, which the music also supports. Quite an alternative album by the band, but at the same time, I think this has kept the punk attitude, even though the sound is a bit cheesy. In some kind of perverted way I actually like this album a lot…”

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7. Back to the Basement (2010)

Back to the Basement - Album by The Queers | Spotify

“I heard some songs by the band last weekend, and liked what I heard (though they we’re more brutal punk than this turned out to be). On “Back To The Basement”, the music is quite Ramoneslike easy going garage rock/punk with catchy melodies and quite simple straight on riffing to it along to a solid drumbeat. Anyhow, the album manages to keep my attention from beginning to the and works rather well. I’d almost say the 3-4 opening tracks are the strongest efforts on the album. Also a nice mix of really short tracks with some slightly longer ones as well.”

6. Weekend at Bernie’s (2006)

Weekend at Bernie's (album) - Wikipedia

“I think I said it before about another live album, but a sure sign of a great live album by a great band is that if you have seen one of their shows live and the CD version brings memories of the show flooding back to you then it is a good one. Nice little live CD by a great live band. Bonus points for the tracks that have Wimpy Rutherford(original vocalist back in 1982, and current vocalist for the old GG Allin backing band, the Jabbers) on vocals. Good stuff.”

5. Move Back Home (1995)

Move Back Home - Wikipedia

“Move Back Home” is a great album with a lighter edge. This album is great for fans of “Love Songs for the Retarded” and “Punk Rock Confidential” because it has a very similar sound. A must have for fans of the Queers.”

4. Grow Up (1990)

The Queers - Grow Up Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

“The Queers have made music that is great fun. You can tell that they were enjoying themselves when they recorded these songs. They don’t take themselves, or anything else, too seriously. Their main objective is to entertain, and they do this very well.”

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3. Beat Off (1994)

Beat Off by The Queers : Napster

“This album is a great mix of fast snotty punk on about half the songs, while the other half is a more melodic surf/punk hybride. I personally like the snotty in your face punk songs like “Drop The Atitude F@ucker” and “Teenage Gluesniffer”, over the surfy songs like “Mirage”. Both styles are done excellantly, and fans of Love Songs For The Retarded won’t be disapointed. This is a great buy for fans of snotty Ramones influenced punk rock.”

2 Don’t Back Down (1996)

Don't Back Down - Album by The Queers | Spotify

“Don’t Back Down” and “Love Songs For The Retarded” are my two favorite Queer’s albums. And two of the very best punk albums ever. Not since “London Calling” and “Nevermind The Bollocks” has punk been this good. I don’t care much for the Beach Boys’ cover which is the album’s namesake, but you have 13 other amazing tracks. Clever lyrics, fast hard music and vulgarity I haven’t heard since Grandma stopped drinking. “Born To Do Dishes” is a great anthem for those of us who can’t afford to buy cd’s in the first place. “I’m OK …” Is one of my all time favorites. Overall an incredible album.”

1. Love Songs For The Retarded (1993)

The Queers – Love Songs For The Retarded (2009, Grey Marble, Vinyl) -  Discogs

“Love Songs For The Retarded is the best album by the best punk rock band on the planet (after the Ramones, of course). Originally released in 1992 and remastered in 2007, this album is chock full of brilliant pop-punk gems, ranging from fast headbangers (“You’re Tripping”, “I Can’t Stop Farting”) to slower (but never slow), more introspective songs (“Granola Head”, “Debra Jean”). Singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe Queer has done what few punk songwriters have accomplished: write catchy, memorable songs filled with punk nastiness AND pop hooks.”