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gayband! gayband!

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News just in: a Christian website has published a list of “gay bands”, here. Besides the grammatical error – some are solo artists, not bands – the list makes for hilarious reading. The author appears to be listing bands submitted by readers, without further examination.

There are artists on the list who are gay, and bands that have gay members, which is to be expected: Erasure, k d lang, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode. Others listed are completely off the mark: Motörhead, Eminem, Björk, Jay-Z, Nickelback. I’m surprised AC/DC aren’t on the list; the least gay band in the world, formed in suburban Sydney, Australia, by teenagers completely unaware what that name meant in the red light district.

Now, while I’m not a fan of “camp”, of the type displayed by the Village People, Erasure, and more recently the Scissor Sisters, I’m still not convinced that has any influence on the listener’s sexuality at all. In other cases, you wouldn’t know an artist was gay unless he or she pointed it out. Certainly, people had suspicions about Rob Halford for years, given his fondness for leather and studs on stage, but I would never have outed k d lang, a singer I quite like, since her music isn’t anywhere near as risqué to my ears as that of her fellow Canadian, Joni Mitchell.

It’s all a little pointless, and a particularly American view of the world. I wish all these Yankee moralizers would stop and read their own country’s Constitution. Take particular note of the part guaranteeing all citizens, of any particular curvature, the inalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.


Written by brian t

January 29, 2007 at 2:18 am

Posted in humour, music

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  1. I found this site a couple of days ago and after a little research I think it must be a hoax. In one of his past videos, he thanks Andrew Sullivan (a gay rights blogger) for supporting him.

    Also his band’s myspace account has a few clues ( There was a song “God Hates The Fags” which was very obviously tongue in cheek, although this seems to be gone now. There is a quote from him about who they should allow into their concerts: “we shouldn’t accept anyone from San Francisco because it might be a trick.”

    To me this is almost certainly a joke, I don’t know how anyone else feels about it.

    Rob Beagrie

    January 29, 2007 at 11:01 am

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