|a brief history of the band|
the summer of 1978
Newman was the name of the Catholic school Edward attended when living
in London. To his surprise it was also the name of the school Gerardo
attended in Mexico. So two guilt ridden Catholic boys exchanged guilt
for erotic rage and became creative partners. Originally the band consisted
of three synthesizers and a badly tuned guitar, later it would go through
a "Guitar" incarnation, but the core sound of the group
was synthesized noise.
They were looking to combine the raw, aggressive power of punk with electronic music. Gerardo and Edward were the only constant in the group. The first lineup included Michael Ochoa and Phranc. Phranc was with the group for four or five shows and then joined the band Catholic Discipline and eventually began performing solo. Michael Ochoa was in Vox Pop so his participation was intermittent. During the early 80's Paul Rossler of the Screamers graced the stage with NG for over a year and played homemade synth on the Live at Target album. Don Bolles, of the Germs and 45 Grave, came and went a number of times. At this time Bill Cline joined the band and played synth for two years. Both Don and Bill performed on the Music from Hell album.
Sven Pfeiffer, an 8-year old German drummer, followed Don. Sven was in the band for approximately 2 years until his mother decided that they should go home to Germany. In the mid 80's Bruce and Mark Moreland, along with Chaz Gray and Ned, (Wall of Voodoo) helped form the guitar incarnation of NG.
the basic line up, in various configurations, up until 1988.
From the very start the guys from Wall of Voodoo were extremely supportive of what Nervous Gender was trying to accomplish. To give us broader visibility, they booked us to open for them at venues which were normally off limits to punk and industrial bands. At one point Bruce Moreland found out that we were about to disband. He came over to our apartment and told us that he wanted to be our new bass player and that Ned wanted to drum for us; then came Marc and Chaz with a lineup like that we'd have been crazy to quit. At a show at Variety Arts, Joe joined us on stage playing bongos and whatever else he could hit. This lineup became the guitar incarnation of NG and we performed regularly for a number of years, whenever WOV were not touring.
nicknamed Wall of Gender,
There was a difference, men fell in love with her.