Personal Best (Team Dresch album)

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Personal Best
Team Dresch - Personal Best Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1995
RecordedAugust 1994
StudioAvast! in Seattle, Washington
GenrePunk rock, queercore
LabelCandy Ass, Chainsaw
ProducerJohn Goodmanson, Team Dresch
Team Dresch chronology
Hand Granade
Personal Best
Captain My Captain

Personal Best is the first studio album by the American queercore band Team Dresch. It was released in January 1995 by both Candy Ass Records and Chainsaw Records.

Recording and release[edit]

Personal Best was produced by John Goodmanson and the band and recorded at Avast! in Seattle, Washington, from August 12 to August 16, 1994.[1] As the band's first album,[2] it was released in January 1995 on the singer and guitarist Jody Bleyle's label Candy Ass Records and the bass guitarist Donna Dresch's label Chainsaw Records;[3][4] the album's title and cover are a reference to the 1982 lesbian-themed film, Personal Best.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]

Johnny Histon of Spin praised the album's LGBT lyrical themes, writing that they had never been explored before in rock music, he concluded, "Team Dresch knows that simply being itself and making great music is a political act. On Personal Best they do both."[5]

Retrospectively, Jason Ankeny of AllMusic declared the album a "call to arms" that "explodes on contact", writing, "Of all the punk records to come out of the 1990s, Personal Best comes closest to actually recapturing the sheer passion and rage which originally spawned the movement two decades earlier", he praised how the band "never put their politics ahead of their songs — each of these ten tracks is airtight, with melodies as blistering as the lyrics".[4] The Washington Post writer Chris Richards called Personal Best "a fiery, all-but-forgotten punk masterpiece".[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Fagetarian and Dyke – 2:45
  2. Hate the Christian Right! – 2:35
  3. She's Crushing My Mind – 1:42
  4. Freewheel – 1:39
  5. She's Amazing – 3:03
  6. Fake Fight – 3:07
  7. #1 Chance Pirate TV – 3:04
  8. D.A. Don't Care – 2:21
  9. Growing up in Springfield – 2:19
  10. Screwing Yer Courage – 1:39


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[1]


  1. ^ a b Personal Best (CD booklet). Team Dresch. Seattle, Washington: Candy Ass Records and Chainsaw Records. 1995. CHSW11, CAR11.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Brett Atwood (May 6, 1995). "Queercore Punk Rock Ready To Face Market". Billboard. 107 (18): 74–75. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Natasha Stovall (March 1995). "Kicking Against the Pricks". Spin. 10 (12): 40. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Jason Ankeny. "Personal Best". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Johnny Histon (February 1995). "Personal Best". Spin. 10 (11): 78–79. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  6. ^ NM Mashurov. "Team Dresch: Personal Best". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Chris Richards (June 22, 2007). "Team Dresch Digs Deep Into Its Playbook". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2018.

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