True Panther collects 7" tracks released over the past few years by Seth Bogart's homoerotic, rock'n'roll throwbacks.
Despite the fact that Gay Singles is Hunx and His Punx's trashy-excellent first full-length, you may be familiar with the group's frontman Hunx, aka Seth Bogart, whether you know it or not. Perhaps you know him from his keyboard and vocal duties in Oakland's garishly theatrical, ambisexual band Gravy Train!!!!. Or perhaps you recognize him from his very naked appearance in the "hardcore" version of his labelmates Girls' "Lust For Life" video. Or maybe you're one of the fans that have been trolling eBay for the five hard-to-find, sold-out Hunx and His Punx singles that have been released (and just as quickly snapped up) over the past two years.
If you count yourself in the latter category, then you're in luck; this album collects the tunes from those 7”s, presenting them (along with new bonus track "Do the Make Up") together for the first time. If you count yourself in the first category, however, you may be quite surprised by Gay Singles. There are no cartoonish synthesizer melodies, cheap Casio beats, or party-starting cacophonies of cowbell. There's no tongue-in-cheek rapping, either. Yes, the content is still overtly sexual, but it is softer and sweeter-- both lyrically and musically-- than anything you'd expect from a Gravy Train!!!! member.
Hunx and His Punx make swooning bubblegum-punk, and though they aren't the first group to marry the effortless, sugary pop of 60s girl groups with the garage-rock revival, they might be the first whose skuzzy "My Boyfriend's Back"-like songs are explicitly homoerotic. There is a wry dissonance between the songs' easy three-chord strums, resonant vintage organ flourishes, and hand-clapped percussion and their plainspoken lyrics about getting into someone's pants. The songwriters (most tracks are credited to a combination of Bogart and Justin Champlin, the garage-punk character known as Nobunny) may think they're being shocking, but the lyrics are actually charmingly innocent. While Gravy Train!!!! sing explicitly raunchy lyrics about masturbation, lap dances, and hand jobs, Hunx are more interested in winning over straight guys ("I don't think he's gonna miss her/ Cuz I'm a really good kisser," Bogart sings on "Good Kisser"), and flipping 60s girl-pop tropes like waiting for boys to call.
1-You Don't Like Rock'n'Roll
2-Gimme Gimme Back Your Love
7-Don't Cha Want Me Back?
8-The Last Time
9-Teardrops On My Telephone
10-I Won't Get Under You
11-You Better Tell That Girl
12-Do The Make Up