…and the heavens opened and down descended Kylie, who gazed upon her gaggle of gays and declared, “Do you wanna dance like it was the last dance of my life?” They nodded in agreement for they knew what they needed to do. Hands up boys, its Friday.
Thank Gay-Oriented Dance(GOD), It’s Friday: Joakim – Nothing Gold and Kris Menace Ft. The Kiki Twins – We AreApril 20, 2012
Continuing our theme of being far too occupied with the weekend, here are two very different tracks, that depending on your mood, serve to get you into your groove in anticipation of the weekend. One gets you moving and whets your appetite to electro-out Moroder-style on the dance-floor while the other chills and soothes and is perfect for the lounging.
We realize we haven’t posted a GOD posting in awhile, so to make up for it, we are giving you a triple threat. Gay-Oriented Dance (or GOD music for short) celebrates the OUT and gay-aligned artists making music you can get your groove on in preparation for the weekend.
First up is Ukranian dancer boy band and viral sensation Kazaky, and their new single, Dance and Change. You know you have reached the big leagues when your video features product placement by Smirnoff Vodka (take that Lady Gaga). I am happy to report the boys are back in their signature heels and insanely sculpted bodies.
Next up is the fabulous Jessica 6 (how cool their namesake is taken from a character in Logan’s Run!) and the fabtastic Eliot’s 1987 Mix for Prisoner of Love . It transports us back to when Stacy Q ruled the airways and reminds us of those glorious days of sipping cocktails while discovering new music at gay video bars.
Finally, we have SIRPAUL, one half of Simulover, whose sexy track Tourniquet made our list of top singles of the 2011. He enlists the assistance of the always amazing Candy Apple Blue for a new track, Mistaken. We are particularly taken by the Candy Apple Blue 86 Mix.
For this week’s TGIF, we have to thank blame acknowledge the contributions of Beyonce and Lady GaGa. Although men taking on female attributes in popular culture is nothing new, men wearing female clothing and making it sexy as a way to make a profit is not. A YouTube sensation was born when Shane Mercado meticuliously recreated the dance routine from the Single Ladies video. Mercado was not performing in drag or as parody, but legitimately as if to say, “anything a girl can do, I can do better.” It would inspire a seemingly infinite number of imitators and parodies (ad nauseum), but would also give exposure to middle America through computers and talk shows, and thus legitimize and inspire, for 15 minutes anyway, the concept of men incorporating traditional female aesthetics… as men. Raising the bar, Lady GaGa, would casually feature a man, dressed in fishnets and heels in a room filled with men, (who didn’t seem to notice or care) in the video for Alejandro. It was done not so much as a gimmick (it was not emphasized or exploited), but rather suggested that men wearing traditionally women clothing can be sexy, a revolutionary concept, that proved we have evolved to such a point in our culture, that such a transgressive statement won’t raise an eyebrow or make a headline. It was only a matter of time when musicians, looking to make their mark on the worldwide web, would incorporate female asethetics, while maintaining their masculinity, thus questioning the legitimacy of such roles, but would do so not in order to make a political statement or change the world, but rather as a marketing strategy to make money. May I introduce to you, heals on guys as sexy commodity, the new hot trend of 2011.
The most successful (virally speaking) is Ukranian?! Kazaky and their video for Love. Kazaky are made up of professional dancers turned boyband, who marry the sexiness of GAGA with Beyonce’s attitude. This hybrid is ultimately more subversive than GaGa and fiercer than Beyonce considering the simple fact that Ukrainians are not known for their tolerant views of homosexuality or transgressive politics (a conservative country where over 80% feel that homosexuality is “never acceptible”) and they unapologetically display it, straight out front and center. The music may not be as commercially viable as their influences, but what they lack in actual musical talent, they more than make up for with balls.
Next up is The Young Professionals, featuring Ivri Lider, one of the biggest-selling contemporary artists from Israel. Their video, D.I.S.C.O. mixes equal parts Robert Palmer with the reincarnation of Freddie Mercury, to create an infectious pop confection that is a whole lot better than it ought to be. It also seems to embrace the “anything a girl can do, I can do better” mentality explored/exploited by Mercado. For you musicphiles out there over a certain age, if the chorus sounds familar, it is actually a sample from the 80s Ottawan’s single of the same name.
Most recently, JbDubs have jumped on the high healing video bandwagon, but add the popular sentiment, especially in these difficult financial times, that feelings of frustration, tedium and loathing come with our everyday work life, in the appropriately titled, I Hate My Job.
Thank Gay-Oriented Dance (GOD), It’s Friday: Mathew Duffy – Homosapien (The Sanfernando Sound Remix)December 2, 2011
New York-based Matthew Duffy has created a dance remake of the 80s classic Pete Shelley track and has enlisted our choice for remixer of the year, The Sanfernando Sound, to create this homo superior, in my interior mix. Buy it or download it for free.
And in case you were wondering, here is the original version.
French Synthpop band, Lacquer found their way onto our radar for their wonderful remix to So Far, by Marsheaux, which we featured here. Now they have released a fun video that seems more like vacation footage than an actual video, for Backseat Lovers. The video reminds us of the Fire Island fan-made video for Miley Cyrus’, Party In the USA, but of course we prefer this song way better and we think the Mediterranean makes a way better backdrop than Fire Island any day. We have also included their demo for the wonderfully delicious, Toy Boy.
Jessica 6 is a Brooklyn-based Nu-disco band, formed after working on a Hercules and Love Affair show. Their name is derived from character in the cult novel Logan’s Run (whose 1970s movie’s adaption is one of our favorite guilty pleasures). They have met critical and minor commercial success with their previous single, White Horse. They are back and in top form with a new video for Prisoner Of Love featuring the always incredible, Antony Hegarty. To hear lead singer Nomi Ruiz and Hegarty duet together is simply sublime as their voices compliment each other perfectly. It’s an excellent single choice taken from an excellent debut album.
Hailing from Australia, Garcon Garcon have been on our radar for awhile now, releasing a spattering of demos over the past few months, but we feel it’s new single, Stay In Touch, that will help propel them to the big leagues. It’s a wonderful song whose sweet lyrics and catchy melody “bears” a striking resemblence to Anything Box in the best possible way. We have also included some mixes worth checking out.
As the winner of the very first Pop Idol (the original American Idol, before Kelly Clarkson for you Americans not in the know), Will Young was not really on our radar until two seismic events took place. First, he contributed vocals to the Groove Armada track, History, one of our favorites tracks last year and secondly, he enlisted Richard X (Annie, The Sound of Arrows, Mirrors, Saint Etienne) to produce his new album, from which Jealousy, is the first single. The track moves Will away from the saccharine of his idol days into the electronic/dance realm, and is a beautiful song about desire and unrequited love (we’ve all been there). We love the video, ridiculous premise and all, which finds Will performing in a circus act?! and longing after another male aerialist, who in turn, seems to be torn between him and his girlfriend aerialist. Oh what a web Will weaves.