That Song is Gay
Sometimes when I listen to music, all I can think is, “That’s a gay song.”
Gay in the Oscar Wilde, Judy Garland, I-just-fall-in-love-with-the-person sense. And what better way to spend an afternoon than to dissect some of my favorite gay (or at least bi-curious) songs.
Boy- “Book of Love”
Boy is the ultimate theme song for girls who want to be boys. When I first heard this song I was a bit too young to get the full idea, but also a bit too gay to not notice that something was different about this little number. The band later admitted in interviews that for the fans who got it, they knew what it was about. And even though not all gay songs come from gay songwriters, it was later confirmed that two parts of the Book of Love foursome were in fact gay, lead singer Susan Ottaviano and band member Ted Ottaviano (no relation).
Kitchens of Distinction- “Gorgeous Love”
This is a very pretty love song that never comes out and pronounces its preferences. However, any song that invokes Lord Alfred Douglas, poet and often-time companion of Oscar Wilde, and his poem “Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name” gets at least a ‘curious’ rating in my gay book.
Jose Gonzalez- “Smalltown Boy”
For the small town gay kid who just wants to get away, here is Jose Gonzalez’s cover-of the wonderfully gay Bronski Beat song, done to perfection as all his covers are.
Blur- “Girls & Boys”
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I’ve never understood the glorification of straight singers as gay icons. Just because they make good dance music doesn’t make them my gay hero. However, I can’t deny a good beat when I hear it, and this one in particular is indelibly tied to a prideful image of my gay hero, Brian Kinney.
Of course, gayness can really be read into any song. A by-product of being on the fringe of popular society is a tendency to search out reflections of one’s self, finding it in the oddest of places. But music has always been, and will continue to be, the unifier of the lonely.