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Record of The Day – Boy George's Cheapness And Beauty

The most bizarre thing about Boy George’s post-grunge album isn’t that it’s a mixture of punk, metal, glam, rock, dance, soul and new wave… it’s that somehow it all seamlessly flows from track to track and never loses energy or emotion. Peppered with answering machine and clips of interviews and random audio noise, Cheapness And Beauty was the album I had no idea I wanted until I heard it.
The lead single, a punk-tinged cover of Iggy Pop’s Fun Time shocked pretty much everyone. The stunningly beautiful Il Adore moved us all to tears. But my favorite track is still the glam rock pedal-to-the-metal Satan’s Butterfly that I have on many occasions blasted in my helmet as I ride my motorcycle through the canyons, highways, beach roads and meadows of rural southern California.
I’ve been a huge fan of Boy Geroge since I was a teenager and Culture Club’s third album Waking Up With The House On Fire changed me in ways that I can’t really explain. I was a lot less hardcore before it, if that makes any sense. A few years ago, he blocked me on Twitter… I probably made some silly joke that sounded funny in my head that made me come across like an asshole when it was read back… meh.. not the first time I pissed on an idol and it won’t be the last, I’m sure. But trust me… this album is excellent and you should go hunt down a copy of it.

 

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Record of The Day: Kate Bush's The Red Shoes

One of those albums that I bought simply because it was by the artist. Kate’s previous 5 albums Kick Inisde, Lionheart, Never Forever, The Dreaming, Hounds Of Love and Sensual World were all odd, offbeat… a meld of folk, punk, art rock and a proprietary style that many tried to copy and few came close to…nobody matched.
But her album The Red Shoes was a commercially accessible pop album. Appearances by Prince and Eric Clapton. A mainstream dance/pop song called Rubberband Girl to open the album… some people were afraid she was “selling out.” She wasn’t. The Red Shoes was certainly the most accessible pop she’d done but it was still uniqely Kate.
I have listend to this album hundreds of times since it came out and I don’t think I’ve ever made it past track four (Moments In Pleasure) before I’m a puddle of tears.

Moments of Pleasure is about missing close friends who had died. While this song is specifically about Kate’s friends that she name checks, when it came out at the height of the AIDS crisis… it was like she was singing about all my gone-way-too-soon friends. At the time as I watched my friends (my own age of 23) die… I realized that just being alive can hurt but as long as you can squeeze some joy out of life, it’s all worth it.

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Record Of The Day – Totally Hot

I’ve been traveling all day, but here’s what I was grooving to last night.
In retrospect the lyrics to “a little more love” sound more like date rape than a love song, but it was the 70s. Olivia’s soft rock album was her first after the Grease soundtrack and she had begun to move out of “have you never been mellow” to “have you ever been spanked.”

Wearing something close to the black stocking she wore in Grease, Olivia had never looked so… seductive.
Probably as a backup in case the new rock look and sound didn’t take, the album also has a couple of obvious country radio potential hits on it (Particularly “Dancing Round and Round” that doesn’t even bother to try to hide the steel guitar)
It wasn’t quite the full on gay dance party of Xanadu or Physical, but it was the perfect album to release at that time. AND… she was the most successful woman in rock at that point. Stevie Nicks was just about to take that crown from her and then have to hand it to Madonna within a few years but this album is still a classic.

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Record Of The Day- U2’s Pop

The first song I recall leaking to the internet was U2’s single Discotheque. It was only a 30-second clip… mono audio file that was low quality…half a verse and half a chorus. But not only did it hype the new album, it showed us that the future would be a digital wild frontier…. most of us had no more than a 56.6 modem and those 30 seconds would take 10 minutes to download even if we could find it posted to the UseNet, but within a few years, it would be easy to pirate an entire album in minutes.
The message was clear… the future had arrived and not everyone was going to like it but everything would change.

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Record Of The Day – Rare Bowie with Cher

I dunno even know what to call this. David Bowie showed up on Cher’s show and together they performed Can You Hear Me together. This wasn’t commercially released at the time but eventually EVERYTHING comes out… so on this rather quirky colleciton of live broadcasts and bootleg recordings, you can find two gay icons David Bowie and Cher performing together. Hard to believe this was 44 years ago. They’re both kinda ageless and timeless
Enjoy:

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There's a Rumor that These Three Men (plus one more) will be in Key West next week

Almost exactly 5 years to the day after Jesse Jackman, Dirk Caber and I wrapped up shooting our movie OUT! and piled in the car to have a quick sing-along to Cobra Starship’s ‘I Kissed A Boy,’ Jesse, Dirk and I will grab my husband Carlo and the four of us are going to head to Key West where we’ll spend a week at Island House hanging out with a bunch of naked men by the pool. I might get drunk.

We were going to just fly into Key West but then Jesse said “why don’t we instead drive down the 7-mile bridge and do another Car Karoake video?”

So… watch for that.
We here at GayDailyHot still miss our friend John Tegan, but he was always asking us to do more of these. So.. This one is for you, John. Hope you enjoy it.

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Vinyl Of The Day: Josie And The Pussycats

The movie was oddly good but it came out maybe just a bit too late or a generation too early. Based very loosely on a rock band from the Archie Comics, Josie And The Pussycats had begat a whole generation of young women who loved punk rock and kicking ass.
The movie was a weird hodgepodge of Courtney Love, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210,  vaguely-gay humor (that would today be considered homophobic) and an anti-corporate message that would have been perfect in 1992 or 2016, but in the early 2000s, it just kinda flew by the audience. Generation X was too busy trying to start their careers to wax nostalgic about how much we hated corporations.
But enough about the movie… let’s talk about the album. The fake band was excellent. The songs were so good that it was almost like getting a new album by The Go-Gos. Fun, catchy, edgy and just punk enough to be bad-ass. Probably because it was mostly co-written by Jane Wiedlan of The Go-Gos. It was ALMOST as good as getting a new album by the Go-Gos.
And… within a year, we actually had a new Go-Gos album, too.

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Two Members of Rammstein Kiss On Stage in Russia to Protest Anti-LGBT Laws

While I this isn’t QUITE as hot as when the band released their album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da in a deluxe eddition that contained dildos molded from the dicks of the band mebmers, this comes in a close second. (*if you want the dildo box, you can still find copies of it here on Discogs for upwards of $800)
While playing a concert in Moscow, Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared a kiss in front of the crowd. While being gay isn’t expressly illegal in Russia, there are a lot of laws making being gay very difficult. So it’s nice to knmow that they’re on our side.
GayTimes has more…

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