Songs With Queer Themes

I’ve been shoving QUILTBAG history down your throat pretty heavily this week, Gentle Reader, and I intend to continue next week. Why don’t we take a break, and kick off the weekend with some music?

Last year, I shared some of my favorite explicitly queer music with you, and Huffington Post put out a decent, crowd-fueled list of Pride Anthems last year – they weren’t all exactly queer, but they were campy, up-beat, and fun at least. The same goes for Australia’s list of the 50 Gayest Songs Of All Time, – actually,  I don’t think actually it includes any specifically QUILTBAG songs at all, but, you know. CAMPY. FUN.

Speaking of Campy and Fun, I’m just going to leave this right here.

Ok2bGay by Tomboy

This… this video, you guys. Oh, my stars. Enjoy.

“No straight people were harmed during the production of this music video.” Fair enough! Also, I know I’m exposing myself to your rightful judgement, but I would wear approximately 80% of the outfits displayed. You’re welcome.

Let’s, um, balance that out with something more sedate, alright?

A Limp Wrist and a Steady Hand by My Gay Banjo

These guys. If you’re not familiar with these guys – just listen. Now. I’ll wait.

They are adorable, they are heartfelt, they are guileless and genuine. Yes, please. Except for the bit about bathwater.

Also they do an excellent cover of Jolene.

All-American Boy by Steve Grand

I have BEEN THERE, Steve Grand. We’ve all been there. And it hurts.

I Don’t Do Boys, by Elektra

Exactly what it says on the tin. You’re welcome, ladies.

I Really Wanted You and Fem In A Black Leather Jacket by the Pansy Division.

I know I posted two songs by the Pansy Division last year, too. That’s because I love them. It was ridiculously difficult to pick just one of their songs for your listening pleasure, so when I narrowed it down to just these two? It was a miracle.

Traveling back in time to 1926, we find

Masculine Women and Feminine Men, performed by the Six Jumping Jacks

It’s hard to track down a recording of this, kids, and harder still to find the version that I like. The Irving Kaufman one that shows up in the first twenty search results just doesn’t sit right. This, though? The intonation seems more like a baffled celebration of the changes being made in the world, and I can get right behind that.

And because I want to end with something fun,

Billy Brown, by Mika

Have better, or more recent, queer music – or a particular favorite I skipped over? Let me know in the comments!




About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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3 Responses to Songs With Queer Themes

  1. mary says:

    Thank you for a lovely smile and warm thoughts. Hugs

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