Moved to NYC in 1980. Joined a post-punk, art-rock band. Career commenced with gender bending “Peter and the Girlfriends,” “Happy The Pet,”Joy and the Atomics,” finally, “Joy Rose,” then “Housewives On Prozac.” Played the New York downtown scene with some greats and some not so greats. Made videos. Stayed up late. Found my voice. Uncovered passion. Still rockin’.
Joy Rose graduated Denison University with a BFA in Theater. Edward Albee [PDF} directed her in the role of Mrs. Barker while at Denison, and she moved to NYC upon graduation after a stint on the set of KTLA TV to intern in The Julliard School costume shop. She joined her first post-punk performance project in 1980 and the rest is her-story. Peter and the Girlfriends [PDF] was named “the best unsigned bands [PDF] in New York” in 1982. “In and Out of Love Affairs” was an MTV Basement tape winner (1984), and top 100 Billboard Dance single. A second single “Sexual Voodoo” was released on DICE Records in 1986 and Joy continued to perform in the New York Club scene through 1990 playing clubs like the Limelight, SNAFU, Mud Club, with performers as diverse as Bo Diddley, Genya Ravan, and Ronnie Spector.