The Virgin-Whore Complex

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The San Francisco-based indie pop trio the Virgin-Whore Complex took their name from the pop-psychology truism that certain men need to see women as either all good or all bad, and that sort of sarcastic…
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The San Francisco-based indie pop trio the Virgin-Whore Complex took their name from the pop-psychology truism that certain men need to see women as either all good or all bad, and that sort of sarcastic cleverness envelops everything the group did. The Virgin-Whore Complex was formed in 1992 by keyboardist and part-time DJ Charlie Fulton, singer/guitarist Spats Ransom, and multi-instrumentalist Deb Fox, formerly of the Dambuilders. Ransom's real name is Peter Getty, grandson of J. Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the Getty oil fortune; Getty is also the owner of Emperor Norton Records, the band's label. (The stage name Ransom is both an old family name and, possibly, a reference to his uncle Paul Getty, victim of one of the most famous kidnappings of the 20th century; that sort of mordant humor is evident in many of Ransom's lyrics.) The trio released their first album, Stay Away From My Mother, in 1996. The more polished and ornate follow-up, Succumb, came out in May 1998. The trio split up shortly thereafter, with Getty turning to running Emperor Norton full-time, Fulton embarking on a variety of local projects, and Fox staging her own one-woman multimedia performance art show.