This playlist is my musical tribute to all the LBGTs out there; some of whom I’m enriched enough to call my friends. I’ve chosen these songs because of their lyrical relevance – and also because they are uplifting pieces of music; fit for celebrating diversity.
Among them is Pet Shop Boys’ ‘To Speak is a Sin’, which harks back to gay bars of the early 80’s and the quiet desperation and hopeful optimism of picking someone up. In Erasure’s ‘Hideaway’, Andy Bell sings of enduring family rejection after coming out, while Placebo’s in-your-face ‘Nancy Boy’ explores androgynous sexuality and distorted gender roles. For some reason Depeche Mode’s ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ makes me think of dogging.
Electric Six – Gay Bar
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax – Original 7”
Pet Shop Boys – To Speak Is A Sin – 2001 Digital Remaster
Queen – I Want To Break Free – 2011 Remaster
White Town – Your Woman
Erasure – Hideaway
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
The Rumble Strips – Girls And Boys In Love
Placebo – Nancy Boy
Billy Bragg – Sexuality
Crash Test Dummies – Androgynous
The Hidden Cameras – Awoo
Roy Zimmerman – Defenders Of Marriage
James – Homeboy
Peaches – I U She
t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said – Original Album Version (Edited)
Tanita Tikaram – Twist In My Sobriety
Pixie Lott – Boys And Girls
Tori Amos – Raspberry Swirl – Lip Gloss Version
Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Missy Higgins – Scar – Australian Version
Blondie – Sunday Girl
Bratmobile – Are You A Lady?
Leah Zicari – Kiss That Boy
Rihanna – Te Amo
The Pipettes – Judy
Melange Lavonne – Gay Bash
Tegan And Sara – I Was Married
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