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The Queers were formed in 1981 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.[7] The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Joe King, bassist Tulu, and drummer Wimpy Rutherford.[8] King and Rutherford had played together in several short-lived punk bands, but King was inspired to start a new group after spending a summer in Manhattan Beach, California, and seeing Black Flag play.[9] Tulu stated that their name had nothing to do with homosexuality, and meant queer as in someone strange or an outsider.[8]

The original lineup only played four shows before Rutherford switched from drums to lead vocals Tulu from bass to drums,[8] while Keith Hages joined on bass.[10] This lineup broke up in 1984 when Tulu went back to school,[9] and while never releasing a proper album at the time, the 1996 compilation A Day Late and a Dollar Short compiled various singles and other recordings from this era.[11]

In 1986, King formed a new version of the band with DMZ guitarist J. J. Rassler, bassist Kevin Kecy, and drummer Hugh O'Neil. The band broke up again in 1989 after King bought a restaurant, but the next year were reformed by King and O'Neil, with new bassist B-Face.[9] In 1990, this lineup released the band's debut album Grow Up on a small English label called Shakin' Street Records. When Grow Up caught the attention of Screeching Weasel frontman Ben Weasel, he convinced Lookout! Records owner Larry Livermore to sign The Queers, who released their second album, Love Songs for the Retarded, on Lookout! in 1993.[11] To promote the album the band went on tours with Screeching Weasel and Rancid.[12]

By now the band had developed problems with drug and alcohol use.[13] Larry Livermore, who was in the studio with the band for Love Songs for the Retarded, recalled that while Joe King was able to stop drinking, heroin remained an issue for both King and Hugh O'Neill. The other members staged an intervention for O'Neill, who was forced to take a leave of absence from the band to deal with his addiction.[14]

Jay Adelberg filled in on drums, performing on the live album Shout at the Queers; their 1994 cover version of the Ramones' 1977 album Rocket to Russia (released as part of Selfless Records' Ramones covers album series); and "Blabbermouth", their contribution to the 1994 Ben Weasel-curated compilation album Punk USA.[15][16][17]

The recording for the band's next album, 1994's Beat Off, was scheduled to take place partway through a U.S. tour, but O'Neill was once again sidelined by addiction. The Queers instead recruited Screeching Weasel drummer Dan Panic, and also added his bandmate Dan Vapid as a second guitarist. Panic and Vapid would record Beat Off with The Queers, though Vapid's guitar parts were removed from the album before its release.[13] They also played on the subsequent live album, Suck This (1995), and Vapid would play on 1995's Surf Goddess EP.[17][18][19] For the 1995 studio album Move Back Home, O'Neil returned, and the classic lineup of King, B-Face, and O'Neil would record one more album together with 1996's Don't Back Down, which also saw the return of JJ Rassler on guitar.[20][21] The album also marked the last release with Lookout! Records. The band had been offered a three-album deal with Epitaph Records, which King was in favor of, but B-Face and O'Neil weren't. The rift over this caused King to replace them with bassist Dave Swain from Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, and The Dwarves drummer Chris Fields.[9][12] After leaving The Queers, B-Face would play bass for Chixdiggit!, The Mopes, and The Groovie Ghoulies, while O'Neil developed brain cancer, dying on January 21, 1999
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