Private Oyster

Private Oyster is the debut solo studio album by American singer Jayne County, released in 1986 by Revolver Records.

The back cover includes a dedication to fellow former Warhol superstar and playwright Jackie Curtis, who had died the previous year of a heroin overdose at the age of 38.[2]

Private Oyster
Studio album by
ProducerJayne County
Jayne County chronology
Rock and Roll Resurrection (In Concert)
Private Oyster
Goddess of Wet Dreams
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Critical reception

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Dave Thompson gave the album three and a half out of five stars and wrote that "Private Oyster's only real downfall lies in the less than lavish production that is draped across the grooves." adding that "the record still sounds good. But it should have been better."

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Jayne County, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Private Oyster"
  2. "Man Enough to Be a Woman"
  3. "Fun in America"
  4. "I Fell in Love With a Russian Soldier"
  5. "Bad in Bed"
  6. "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl" (Geoffry Morris)
Side two
  1. "When Queens Collide"
  2. "Double Shot"
  3. "Xerox That Man"
  4. "The Lady Dye Twist"
  5. "Love Lives On Lies"


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[3]



  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Private Oyster". AllMusic. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (May 5, 2004). "FILM REVIEW; Always the Lady, Even When He Needed a Shave". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2009.
  3. ^ Private Oyster liner notes. Revolver Records. 1986.
Jayne County

Jayne County (born June 13, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer whose career has spanned five decades. She was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band Wayne County & the Electric Chairs and has been known for her outrageous and unpredictable stage antics. She went on to become rock's first openly transgender singer.

County's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of her career, including glam punk, punk rock, blues rock, and boogie-woogie. County did not think her birth name Wayne Rogers "sounded very glamorous" and decided to adopt the name of the county in which Detroit was located because she admired bands from that city "like Iggy [Pop] and all those people." Though she has never been a commercial success, she has been an influence on a number of musicians including David Bowie, the Ramones, Patti Smith, Pete Burns and Lou Reed, and many of County's songs have become well-known, including "Are You Man Enough to Be a Woman", "Fuck Off", "Stuck on You," and "Night Time". Pianist Jools Holland's first studio outing was with County on her single "Fuck Off". She also appeared as an actress at Andy Warhol's Factory.

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