Best Revenge
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Best Revenge
Best Revenge
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Best Revenge 2006 reunion gig group photo
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, CA, United States
GenresPunk rock, queercore
1998-2002, 2006
LabelsSpitshine Records
Skinjobs, iamloved, Gay-Gays
Ryan Revenge
Bilito Peligro
Frisky McNicholl
Glen Livid

Best Revenge was a queercore punk band from Los Angeles. They were active as a studio and live act from the beginning of 1998 until December 2002.


Best Revenge was formed by members Ryan Revenge (vocals/guitar) and KT (bass/vocals) in early 1998. The two were previously in a band called Happybomb while attending college at the University of Southern California.[1] Revenge pitched to KT his idea of putting together a melodic punk rock band with queer-oriented lyrics, playing her a few songs he'd been working on including one that would later become one of the band's anthems, "Punk Rock Fag."[1]

While searching for a rehearsal space and a drummer, the two found both when they answered an ad to rent a garage space in Venice Beach, CA. The garage space was coincidentally at the former home of Jordan Crane, and the current occupant of the house was Bilito Peligro, who later joined the band on drums.[1]

The gathering scene created the need for a record label to document the music that would probably never find a place in the major label mainstream. Peligro and Revenge responded by starting up Spitshine Records, which went on to put out all of Best Revenge's releases as well as releases by local acts IAMLOVED, $3 Puta, Brian Grillo (of Extra Fancy and Lock Up), Hot-N-Heavy, the Sharpease and a Freak Show compilation CD.[2][3]

Post-Best Revenge

After Best Revenge, Ryan Revenge played with the bands Exit Plan and Terrazzo.[2] In June 2012, he completed his doctoral work in Political Science, earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. He is currently employed as an assistant professor at Bradley University.[4] Bilito Peligro and Frisky McNichol played with the Gay-Gays, the all-gay Go-Go's tribute band.[5] Bilito has continued playing drums for Los Angeles bands Miata, Temperamentals, and Local Channel (LCL CHNNL). KT skates as Trixie Biscuit on a banked track roller derby team called Fight Crew and performs as a stunt woman in film and television.[6]

The Best Revenge song, "Know You", was featured in the 2004 gay horror film Hellbent, which also featured songs by such notable queercore bands as Three Dollar Bill and Pansy Division.[7]

Best Revenge was featured in the 2005 book Homocore:The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Punk by Ken Knox and David Ciminelli.[8]


LPs and EPs

Year Title Label Other information
2000 Begin Spitshine Records Debut EP
2001 Pink On the Inside Spitshine Records Split EP with prettypony
2002 Starts With You Spitshine Records LP

Compilation appearances

Year Song Title Album Title Label Other information
2001 Rockabilly Boy, Cockring for Christmas Freak Show, Year One The Freak Show Compilation
2002 Bash Back Stand Up & Fucking Fight For It Agitprop! Records Compilation
2002 Typical One Year Later...It Still Hurts: Queers Against G8 Speeddemon Compilation
2003 Bash Back (Live on KXLU) Freak Show, Year Three The Freak Show Compilation

Band members

The band experienced several lineup changes, first spurred by the departure of bassist KT just after the completion of the Starts With You full-length.
Lineup 1, 1998-December 2001:
Ryan Revenge, vocals and guitar
KT, bass and vocals
Bilito Peligro, drums and vocals

Lineup 2, January 2002-May 2002:
Ryan Revenge, vocals and guitar
Bilito Peligro, drums and vocals
Shug, bass and vocals

Lineup 3, May 2002-December 2002:
Ryan Revenge, vocals and guitar
Bilito Peligro, drums and vocals
Glen Livid, bass
Frisky McNicholl, second guitar and vocals

Lineup 4, final show December 6, 2002:
Ryan Revenge, vocals and guitar
Bilito Peligro, drums and vocals
KT, bass and vocals
Frisky McNicholl, second guitar and vocals


  1. ^ a b c David., Ciminelli, (2005). Homocore : the loud and raucous rise of queer rock. Knox, Ken. (1st ed.). Los Angeles, Calif.: Alyson Books. ISBN 1555838553. OCLC 60491880.
  2. ^ a b Unhip, So Very (2008-06-19). "queercore galore". So Very Unhip. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Eddie Hibbs and Steve Lozier Present... The Freak Show - Year Two, Spitshine Records, retrieved
  4. ^ "Bradley University: Ryan Reed". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "The Gay-Gay's, the All-Gay Male Go-Go's Celebration!". Retrieved .
  6. ^
  7. ^ :: arjanwrites music blog ::: Hell Bent Soundtrack Archived October 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ *Ciminelli, David, and Knox, Ken, Homocore: The Loud and Raucous Rise of Queer Punk, Alyson Books, 2005

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