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Tribe 8 is an all-women outspoken punk band from San Francisco, California. Considered one of the first queercore groups, they take their name from the practice of tribadism.

Tribe 8 has had some turnover of personnel, but Lynn Breedlove, Flipper (Silas Howard), and Leslie Mah (formerly of Anti Scrunti Faction), and Slade Bellum were consistent members. In concert, lead singer Lynn frequently performed shirtless, wearing a strap-on dildo, and encouraged audience members to interact with it. Their songs often deal with subjects such as S/M and the band was the subject of controversy because of this, nudity, fellation, and transgender issues.

Tribe 8 toured throughout the U.S., playing at venues such as DUMBA and 924 Gilman Street; they also played in Europe and Canada, and released a number of recordings on independent record labels.

Outside of the band, Lynn Breedlove is also the author of a novel, Godspeed, published in 2002, now tranlated into German “Goetterspeed”. Leslie Mah has appeared in various films including The Yo-Yo Gang by G.B. Jones; Shut Up White Boy, co-directed by Vu T. and Thu Ha; and produced her own film, Estrofemme, in 1998, as well as appearing in movies with Tribe 8.

In 1996, the band made its screen debut in A Gun For Jennifer, directed by Todd Morris. The band performs live in the documentary film She’s Real, Worse Than Queer by Lucy Thane, released in 1997. As well, members of the band are interviewed, speaking about a range of topics including the development of the queercore music scene. In 2003 the film Rise Above: A Tribe 8 Documentary, by director Tracy Flannigan, was released, documenting not only performances by the band but, as well, the motivations and reasons behind the band and the part it plays in their lives.

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  • larrybob

    The final Tribe 8 CD, Thanks for the Mammaries, can be purchased from http://www.killerbanshee.com/shop/rec_cd.html

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    lol i thought these were dudes, id still rockem

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Musilov

    'Fist City'!!!!!!! Bring this band back!!!!!!

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Musilov

    I first read about them in a book called 'Angry women in rock' quite a while back. Now I just bought 'Snarkism' and I can't believe I missed out on one of the greatest bands of the nineties: it's excellent! I expected the sound to be more heavy, but the songs are really wacky, and that suits me fine. I'm more of an early eighties kind of music lover and I always considered the nineties less worthy, but not this band. It's a bit late, but I will surely buy more of their stuff.

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Idiot_flesh

    Any idea where one could find a copy of 'Thanks for the Mammories', the farewell CD? It's the only thing of theirs I still need. Dying to hear the Rebel Girl cover

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • sigilove

    i just met lynnee for the first time and he is still hott as fuck, in case you're wondering.

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • AnneChovie

    Also “Butch in the Streets (Fem in the Sheets)” was a laugh riot, and I also loved “Kick” They were really a fun band. They got a lot of support from straight & gay men and from straight women also, but a lot (not all) of the lesbians that I knew were sort of offended by them. And I could understand that, they could be pretty bloody offensive.

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • OneWhiteDuck

    This band's sound, delivery, & lyrics are just excellent. If anyone knows of anything similar, do drop me a line. NEANDERTHAL DYKE!

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • froghat

    Sorry I missed out on this. Love their lyrics.

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • strawberry_jamz

    i saw the documentary Rise Above! about these fools. Wow. Really bummed I didn't get to see them back in the day! cool stuff. watch the doc... you'll love it!

    2 Jul 2009 Reply
  • montavilla

    ah, my youth...

    10 Aug 2007 Reply

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