Starfucker (sometimes stylized as STRFKR), briefly known as Pyramiddd, is an American electronic band from Portland, Oregon. Formed in 2007, the band was initially started as a solo project by Joshua Hodges.
Members include Joshua Hodges aka Sexton Blake (vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums), Shawn Glassford (bass, keyboards, drums), Keil Corcoran (drums, keyboards, vocals), and Patrick Morris, formerly of Strength (guitar, keyboard, vocals). Hodges describes the goal of the band's music as "dance music that you can actually listen to, that's good pop songs, but also you can dance to it."
Prior to forming Starfucker, Hodges released a solo album titled Sexton Blake and followed up with an album released under the band name "Sexton Blake" entitled Plays The Hits! Both albums were released on Expunged Records. During this time Corcoran was the drummer for Vegas-based grindcore band The Weirding Way.
The name Starfucker started off as a joke, but then it quickly blew up in their face seeing as their success grew rapidly. In response to this success the band decided to change their name to Pyramiddd thinking more people would take them seriously as musicians; however, it turns out their fans loved them as Starfucker.
In 2010, Starfucker announced that they would be signing with Polyvinyl Records, releasing a two-song EP, and a full album in preparation for March 2011.
Samples from lectures by Alan Watts are featured in the intros or endings of several of their songs, including "Florida," "Isabella of Castile," "Medicine," "Pistol Pete," "Mystery Cloud," "Hungry Ghost," and "Quality Time".
On August 2, 2011, Starfucker announced that Ryan Biornstad would be leaving the band.
The band, notably bassist Shawn Glassford, has earned a reputation for wearing women's clothing during live performances. This was prominently displayed in the band's music video for the song "German Love," directed by Rebecca Micciche.
Use in other media:
Starfucker's song, "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" (2008) was notable for its use in Target's "Pink Pepto" commercial in 2009 created by the Portland ad agency Wieden+Kennedy. The promotion was selected as the AdWeek's "Ad of the Day" on September 4, 2009. "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" was also featured in the TV series Weeds in a scene where Andy and Audra are in a minivan, as well as their song "Boy Toy" in the final episode of the series (episode 12 of season eight). "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" also recently was featured in the TV series The Blacklist near the end of episode 14 of season 1 in 2014.
Their song "Bury Us Alive" was featured in the 2012 film Chronicle.
Starfucker's cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" from Jupiter was featured in a Juicy Couture ad directed by Terry Richardson starring Candice Swanepoel in 2012, and in the pilot episode for the MTV series Faking It in 2014.
The song "Millions", off of the album Reptilians, was played on the American version of the television show Skins.
The song "Mona Vegas", off of the album Reptilians, was played in the 2013 film 21 & Over.
"While I'm Alive", from the band's latest album Miracle Mile, is featured in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.