"The all-female extravaganza"
This cite is dedicated to Homer Erotic and providing easy access to all things Homer. Here you will find details on each of their songs, exclusive info and media, other work by the band members and so much more. Feel free to explore the site and enjoy their music!
About Homer Erotic
Barbara Barg and Maggie Dubris, two poets/musicians coming out of the New York School, decided to start Homer Erotic in 1990. After being in other bands, mostly led by men, they decided to start a band that was more of a democracy than a hierarchy led by one person.
When asked where the iconic name came from, Dubris talked about receiving a call from Barbara saying if they called the band "Homer Erotic" they could apply for a grant from the NEA, not get it because their art would be deemed homosexual, and then they'd sue to get money! Though the band started out as somewhat of a joke between the two, they played together for 10 years and after accomplishing everything they wanted to are still able to remain friends. Barbara recently passed away and the band reunited and performed in her honor.
Band Members: Barbara Barg (songwriter, lead vocals, percussion), Angela Babin (bass, guitar), Maggie Dubris (songwriter, guitar, bass), Heather Ferguson (drums), Suzanne Gallant (vocals, percussion), Angela Pierotti (violin) and Sara Wendt (lead singer, percussion)
Images Courtesy of Maggie Dubris.
New York School Roots
The two founding women are directly associated with the New York School second generation of poets. Dubris and another well known NYS poet, Elinor Nauen started Koff poetry magazine and had a close relationship with Ted Berrigan. Dubris noted that the most clear connection between the punk rock movement and poetry that grew out of the second generation was in the type of artist that created both of these forms. As she put it, punk rock was created by the "derelicts" of society, which, at this time in NYC, the successful poets were often derelicts as well. Despite the second generation being different and somewhat negative towards the first, the informality and freedom in their poetry remains consistent amongst both generations. Elinor Nauen noted that even though she and Maggie initiated the "Fuck You, Frank O'Hara" movement under the pseudonym Maria Mancini and created t-shirts with bullets on many famous poets faces, that they recognized how talented these poets were and weren't criticizing their literary work but rather how they were so overly idealized and worshipped. Homer is a "poet's band", and the influence of the NYS on their work can be clearly heard.