I'd like to thank all those blog sites who are honoring pride month....otherwise I would have been completely clueless...so thank you!
I heard from BosGuy, that it is pride in Boston this weekend - I wish I could be there, after all, Boston is one of my favorite places - a place where I can see family, and just relax and roam about the city. They also have quite a good music scene there as well...
And speaking of music and pride, here's a list of my favorite "gay anthems". Like mentioned, it's a "list according to SteveA", so I hope it is at least pleasing to all. So here goes with one of the toughest lists I've had to do:
10. It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
The name of the song is a utopia in a gay club!
9. Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
I've blogged about FGTH several times on this blog, and the amazing video for "Relax", which I believe is a video ahead of it's time. After all - in the 80's who else can make a main stream video with a gay leather bay, and a gay club scene. The video was of course banned in the U.K. and the U.S. and in it's place was a live video which was more acceptable to the masses.
8. Y.M.C.A. - Village People
When this song came out in 1978/79, I had no idea what the message was behind it nor the nature of the band. I was quite young then, and I took the song and the look of the band as just a stage. But this song is heard at any 70's party and is still played on radio - a true classic.
7. We Are Family - The Sisters Sledge
We are truly family. I love this song, and it reminds me of myself an my sis having a hamburger at a fastfood joint called "Wimpy's".
I just realised that I don't have this song on my iTunes....how did this happen?
6. Vogue - Madonna
OK - this song is on the list mainly because we queens like to vogue at a gay club, and it's Madonna.
5. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
This song holds many special meanings to different people....it can be an anthem for those who have been through a tough time in love and life; and it's also a song which is motivating for the name of the song alone. But in the conext on this post, it is an anthem for any drag queen competition....c'mon - you must have seen it and sang along to it (we're all guilty of that!).
4. Don't Leave Me this Way - Thelma Houston (original)/The Communards (re-make, and an
I have always loved this song from the original (which in my opinion is one of the Top Songs from the 1970's disco scene) and the remake by the Communards. Jimmy Sommerville has put a nice gay touch to it.
3. Small Town Boy - Bronski Beat
Jimmy Sommerville was "out" before the word became a "a sign of independence" for us. He was unapologetic about what he and Bronski Beat were, and the video for Small Town Boy is just classic. The theme of the video is about "coming out" and the "hate" that many gays have to face.
I put this song way up on the list because of it balls that this band has to be openly gay from the outset and more of course - it's a great song, especially when remixed for a gay club cha-cha-cha!
See The Age of Consent which talks about the "Age of Consent" of homosexuality - the classic album from "Bronski Beat".
2. Dancing Queen - ABBA
OK - some of the songs are classic pop songs, but they have been embraced by the gay community for one reason or the other - take "Dancing Queen" for instance. ABBA's all about classic pop, but the band and their music has been embraced by the gay community - I guess we gays can just recognise good music when we hear it.
1. You Make Me Feel - Sylvester
It's a tough list, but I chose Sylvester because I remember this video when I was really young and liking the song. I also thought that the singer (Sylvester) looked - well - not like a man should look. Of course, back then, I had no concept of "gayism", but I think this song holds alot of meaning for me, because it shows that Sylvester could be whom he wanted and really did not make an excuse to anyone about himslef and who he was.
And of course - it's am awesome track that any gay can move their feet too - young, and old, twink, daddy, bear, lesbian, straight men and women.
Anyways peeps - hope you enjoy and be safe at your pride festivals.