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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
The Music Challenge Has Been Met
By Lito Sandoval, who will have a copy of the mix disc flown out to him in the next few days. For those of you who are still curious, here's the annotated list of what went onto the disc.
1) "His eyes said 'make a date.'"--An unknown artist (to me, anyway) singing a song called "Down by the Riverdrive," a song about getting tossed into jail for cruising a cop. There is a brief, spoken word piece at the start of the song, about "tension between police and homosexuals" being deal with in "homophile humor and songs." I love that phrase, "homophile humor and songs."
2) "Tell the story of my life, from zero hour to twelve AM."--"Scheherazade" from the film "Zero Patience," the self-described movie musical about AIDS. It's an upbeat sad song, and probably one of the two stand-out songs in the film. Well, except for the one where the two male leads dissect Freud in bed.
3) "You told me you loved me, I know where and when."--"T Thought You Were My Boyfriend" by the Magnetic Fields. It's another upbeat song, only this time about getting dumped and trying to put on a brave face about it.
4) "Playing with prodigal sons takes a lot of sentimental valiums."--"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright. Not an explicitly "gay" song, but it certainly touches on a lot of familiar sounding refrains.
5) "I was late getting to church on the morning of my ceremony."--"Ban Marriage" by the Hidden Cameras. I really like their sound, full of big, jangly musical arrangements. That most of their songs are about gay sex is a bonus.
6) "Hey Johnny what's the deal, boy?"--"Johnny, Are You Queer?" by Josie Cotton. So I like cheese.
7) "I'm tired of boys who make me cry, they cheat on me and they tell me lies."--"Gay Boyfriend" by the Hazzards. This is the remix version, so the ukulele is a little drowned out.
8) "I got a sweet tooth for licorice drops and jelly rolls."--"Sugar Daddy" specifically Frank Black's cover of the song from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". A big and loud rock song about dressing like a woman to please your man.
9) "Remember that tank top you bought me?"--"You're Gorgeous" by Babybird. Any song about a man stripping so that another man can take his picture sort of needs to be on this mix.
10) "Got tired of wasting gas, living above the planet."--"Ballad of Maxwell Demon" by Shudder to Think, from the film "Velvet Goldmine." The entire soundtrack to that film is amazing, but I specifically wanted this song to serve as a counterpoint to the next song.
11) "Got your mother in a whirl"--"Rebel rebel" by David Bowie, not my favorite song of his, but the most explicitly "gay" one of his glam years.
12) "Off the rails I was, and off the rails I was happy to stay."--"Piccadilly Palare" by Morrissey. A song allegedly about teenage male prostitutes using gay slang that uses precious little gay slang.
13) "Take your mind back, I don't when, back when it seemed to be just us and them."--"Real Men" as covered by Tori Amos. I thought briefly about putting the Pansy Division cover on here instead, but I honestly don't like it as much.
14) "When you're walking down the street and a man tries to get your business."--"Filthy/Gorgeous" by the Scissor Sisters. Any song about transsexual prostitutes tripping on acid had to be on this mix.
15) "Hey dude I was thinking we could go do something dirty."--"Soccer Practice" by Johnny McGovern, aka Gay Pimp. Very funny, over the top raunchy song that, unsurprisingly, isn't about soccer practice at all...
16) "Every time I see your face I get all wet between my legs."--"Flower" as covered by Pansy Division. In the liner notes to one of their albums, they make a note about how this song just screamed out to be covered, and I sort of agree with them.
17) "I started this, it's all for me."--"Be Aggressive" by Faith No More. I really used to like Faith No More. I still do, but my patience for obnoxious and fast and angry rock has diminished as I've mostly gotten over my teenage angst. They still make for good driving music. And to go with the theme, given what the song is about, I had to put it in the mix.
18) "Let me tell you the way it is everywhere I go."--"Yes Sir" by Extra Fancy. From that brief period when the mainstream music world was pretending to treat gay musicians who worked in genres other than jazz or dance seriously. Technically, their song "C'Mon Louie" would have been a better fit, but I really like the idea of a chorus where men just chant the phrase "yes sir!" over and over again. Plus, it supplies a nice counter-point to the first track's discussion of "tension between police and homosexuals."
19) "You're the one I trust enough to hurt me."--"Take Me Home" by King Missile. I know what you're thinking..."Detachable Penis" would have been the obvious choice, but the song about S&M fits with things several of the other songs hint at. And while it's not a "gay" song per se, their keyboard player is a really cute bear.