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David Bowie: Oh, You Pretty Thing: David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, January 1972

DAVID BOWIE, rock's swishiest outrage; a self-confessed lover of effeminate clothes, Bowie, who has hardly performed in public since his 'Space Oddity' hit of three ...

Gloria Gaynor, Labelle, Barry White: Disco: "Kids Want Something Different — This Is It!"

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975

...so says Billy Smith, an expert on New York's booming discos. In a country where radio rules, it's an amazing phenomenon. CHRIS CHARLESWORTH reports... ...

Valentino

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1975

WITHOUT A shadow of doubt, one of the most controversial records of all time within our musical sphere is Valentino's 'I Was Born This Way'. ...

Charlie & Ray, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, Valentino: Gay Soul

Overview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1975

Valentino's 'I Was Born This Way' is probably the most upfront "gay" record ever to get played in the discos (where it's a big hit). ...

Disco Kids in Gay L.A.

Report by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, August 1975

Where cycle sluts, tanktoppers and dedicated bumpers dance, dance, dance, stick poppers up adversity's nose and dodge surging roachers... ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs, The Dictators: Wayne County and Handsome Dick Manitoba: War of the Gargantuas

Interview by Susan Whitall, Creem, June 1976

NEW YORK — One early spring evening at CBGB's Wayne County was wrapping up his parody of Patti Smith when a disturbance erupted. All that ...

D.C LaRue: DC LaRue: Gay Clubs Give Birth To Hetero Hit

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1977

PERHAPS THE final bolt in the ages old controversy about soul and colour was nailed in just a month back when D.C. LaRue's 'Cathedrals' topped ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Rock Voice Of '78?

Profile and Interview by James Johnson, Evening News, December 1977

MUSIC WITH a hard-core political bias could soon become a regular feature of the Top ten if a singer called Tom Robinson continues his sudden ...

Tom Robinson Band: Tom Robinson: Happy The Way He Is

Profile by Paul Rambali, Trouser Press, February 1978

SOME PEOPLE are worried that the next few years in Britain will see the rise of extreme right wing sentiments turning the country into an ...

Amanda Lear: The Secret Life of Amanda Lear

Interview by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, February 1979

SHE'S BEEN called everything from the Renee Richards of Rock to Miss Before and After Science of 1984. And although she's sold millions of albums ...

Village People: The Annals Of Disco

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, February 1979

DANNY BAKER tests the dancefloor action 1979 from uptown Manhattan to downtown Rotherhithe, interviews THE VILLAGE PEOPLE people, lays on a historical overview of Disco, ...

Culture Club: Top Of The Fops

Interview by Betty Page, Sounds, June 1982

"PEOPLE THAT plan interviews are really boring. I just say what I want when it comes into my head. People in Scunthorpe don't care what ...

Sylvester: Woofers And Tweeters

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, September 1982

HAD I BEEN expecting some shimmering trans-sexual diva to sweep into the room like a hostess into her salon, the rotund, maternal figure who welcomed ...

Divine: The First Lady of Filth

Interview by Don Watson, New Musical Express, March 1983

Divine pits his 300lbs of solid glamour against Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. Don Watson referees. ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: The Year Of The Smiths

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, The Virgin Yearbook, 1984

GAY MEN PAVED pop’s way this year. With Boy George’s wardrobe fully open, all the closet cases came spilling forth: Burns and The Bronskis, Frankie ...

Bronski Beat: Runaway Boys: Bronski Beat

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, June 1984

Bronski Beat are young, talented and they've only played a handful of concerts. And suddenly everyone's asking them questions. Questions about their "stance" as a ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Chain Reaction

Interview by Max Bell, No. 1, August 1984

Frankie Goes To Hollywood are what's been happening while we've been away. They've been at Ho. 1 with 'Two Tribes' and at No.2 with 'Relax'. ...

Jayne County: The Pink Palace, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, September 1984

THE FIRST thing Jayne County has to say is "It's a bit short, can't you make it any longer?" And she was only talking about ...

Sylvester

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, December 1984

NOT EVEN the New York cool that infests a group like The Force MD's can prevent the obvious excitement that sweeps through them as Sylvester ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Say Buzz Off

Profile and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Record, February 1985

WELL, HOLLY Johnson, lead singer of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, would use a more explicit four-letter word than buzz to express his feelings toward anyone ...

Bronski Beat: What Is Bronski Beat?

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Spin, May 1985

MEET WHAT IS perhaps the first real gay group in the history of pop. They’re not drag queens, not even sure they want to be ...

Arthur Russell: Echo Beach

Profile and Interview by Frank Owen, Melody Maker, April 1987

YOU MAY KNOW ARTHUR RUSSELL FOR HIS WORLD OF ECHO ALBUM. THEN AGAIN, YOU MAY REMEMBER DINOSAUR L OR THE NECESSARIES OR... WELL. FRANK OWEN TAKES US ON A TRIP ...

Pet Shop Boys (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1988

Messrs. Tennant & Lowe discuss Thatcherite anti-gay legislation and pop politics; making movies; their fans; pop associates Depeche Mode, Morrissey and George Michael; singles, albums and the music business; being starstruck by Dusty Springfield, and dressing up!

File format: mp3; file size: 83.9mb, interview length: 1h 31' 35" sound quality: ***

Pet Shop Boys: Opera House, Blackpool

Live Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, June 1991

"WELL, MY mother would agree with you," says Neil Tennant after. "She doesn't like the first half either." ...

Marc Almond: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, October 1992

NIGHT IN SHINING AMOUR ...

Check Yo’self At The Door: Cryptoheterosexuality And The Black Music Underground

Essay by Carol Cooper, Vibe, 1993

I) Time Considered as a Helix of Semilegal Nightclubs ...

k.d. lang: k.d. Sings The Blues

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, April 1993

She’s a genre-hopping pantheist, Lesbian, vegetarian, big-mouthed aromatherapist. In big boots. Yet despite unpromising ingredients, k.d. lang’s multi-layered cake continues to rise quite beautifully and ...

Sister George: Queercore: Come Out Feel The Noise!

Report and Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, February 1994

Alienated by the white, middle-class, mostly male gay scene and spurred on by riot grrrl, the exponents of QUEERCORE are young, working class, politically motivated ...

Arthur Russell

Retrospective by David Toop, Wire, The, April 1995

This New York composer, who died in obscurity of AIDS in 1992, was a true visionary, traversing dub, disco and minimalism and anticipating the '90s ...

Village People: "Macho Types Wanted, Must Have Moustache"

Retrospective and Interview by William Shaw, Face, The, April 1997

Young man! There's no need to feel down... Until you've heard the strange and tragic tale of the man behind the biggest disco sensation of ...

Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997

Obituary by Miles, MOJO, June 1997

ALLEN GINSBERG and I were friends for over 30 years, and even though I am his "official" biographer, it is hard to sum up so ...

George Michael: My High Times with Gay George

Retrospective by Fiona Russell Powell, Punch, March 1998

George Michael made £50 million as the music businesses ultimate pin-up. It wouldn't do to compromise that by coming out as gay. But his carefully ...

David Mancuso (1998)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1998

The Godfather of Disco takes us right back to NYC in the '70s and his legendary Loft parties: the gay/straight, black/white clientele; the search for perfect sound; the community of like-minded DJs and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 73.5mb, interview length: 1h 20' 19" sound quality: ***

Jobriath: I'm Ready For My Close-Up: Jobriath

Retrospective by Rob Cochrane, MOJO, November 1998

Glam rock was a movie in search of a soundtrack. Today, Velvet Goldmine is that movie, but 25 years ago the publicity machine roared into ...

Glad To Be Gay: Out in Rock

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

IN THIS ISSUE of Q, Michael Stipe, whose public utterances have crept closer to coming out of late, finally does the deed in a cool ...

Erasure

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

Vince Clarke, b. 3 July 1960, Basildon, Essex, England; Andy Bell, b. 25 April 1964, Peterborough, Northants, England ...

Rufus Wainwright: The Rueful Master Wainwright

Interview by j. poet, Stereotype, 2001

"A LOT OF SONGWRITING is revenge," Rufus Wainwright quipped, from his New York City hotel room. ...

Rufus Wainwright: "My Parents the Folk Heroes"

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, June 2001

THE WITTIEST REQUEST from the crowd at Rufus Wainwright's New York show last week was for ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’, a song written aeons ...

Tatu: We Have Seen The Future of Rock & Roll (and Gulp! It's Two Teenage "Lesbians" From Moscow)

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Blender, June 2002

Two underage ambisexuals known as Tatu have turned the Russian pop world upside down. Now, led by their ex-psychiatrist manager, they've set their sights squarely ...

Morrissey: Mark Simpson: Saint Morrissey

Book Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, November 2003

Former World's Biggest Smiths Fan Simon Price checks his credentials against a passionately provocative analysis of Morrissey's art. ...

Melissa Etheridge: Hitched, Happy, and On Tour

Interview by Bonnie J. Morris, Gay & Lesbian Review, The , March 2004

MELISSA ETHERIDGE has been a lesbian rock icon since 1988, when audiences who had not heard her at clubs and women's music festivals grabbed her ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Says Come Again

Retrospective by Max Bell, Uncut, July 2004

The T-shirts. The gay sex imagery. That BBC ban for 'Relax'. Nine weeks at No. 1 with 'Two Tribes'. For one amazing year — 1984 ...

Katy Perry: Kiss Me, Katy

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer Music Monthly, August 2008

Katy Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl' is a runaway hit in the States – and she's now repeating that success over here. Sheryl Garratt caught ...

Antony & the Johnsons: Antony and the Johnsons

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, October 2008

ONSTAGE AT Harlem's fabled Apollo Theatre, Antony Hegarty cuts an imposing figure. Swept along by a 20-piece orchestra, New York City's reigning demi-monde diva sobs ...

Wendy And Lisa: Wendy & Lisa's impressive post-Prince parade

Comment by Simon Warner, Rock's Backpages, January 2010

TWO US TELEVISION shows with little in common beyond the fact that they have made their mark on the viewing public and garnered critical warmth, ...

Arthur Russell

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, May 2010

"I'VE GOT so much to do. All the music in the world," wrote Arthur Russell to a San Francisco friend after arriving in New York ...

Lady Gaga, Valentino: Lady Gaga's New Gay Anthem

Comment by Jon Savage, Guardian, The, February 2011

Has Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' got what it takes to be a classic gay anthem? Jon Savage on the debt she owes to a ...

Frank Ocean Comes Out: A Brave Move In The Exaggeratedly Heterosexual World Of Hip Hop

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, New Statesman, July 2012

What it means to be the first out gay star in urban music. ...

Antony & the Johnsons: "Women have suffered for so long" says ANTONY HEGARTY "And we need to support each other"

Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, August 2012

ANTONY HEGARTY is a very persuasive man. He rarely smiles, he doesn't crack jokes, but there's something about that whisper, which at first sounds cool ...

Chely Wright's Rediscovered Country

Profile by Charles Bermant, No Depression, September 2012

WE ALL HOLD our own set of prejudices and preconceptions, with clear ideas about politics and religion, tolerance and hatred for country music singers and ...

Kitchens of Distinction: An Accidental Comeback: Reassembling Kitchens of Distinction

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, September 2013

The return of Kitchens of Distinction was unexpected, even for the band. Wyndham Wallace joins them for their first face-to-face interview together in almost two ...

Lesley Gore, 1946-2015

Obituary by Dave Laing, Guardian, The, February 2015

Singer whose passionate teen anthems of the '60s included 'It's My Party' and 'You Don't Own Me'. ...

Elton John, Mika: Is There a "Gay Aesthetic" to Pop Music?

Comment by Geoffrey Himes, Smithsonian , August 2015

From Elton John to Mika, the "glam piano" genre may be as integral to the Gay American experience as hip-hop and the blues are to ...

Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me

Review by Maura Johnston, Boston Globe, The, September 2016

THE FLORIDA-BORN Against Me! has been one of the standard-bearers of politicized nth-generation punk since their debut in 1998, thanks to the strangled voice and ...

Psychic TV's Genesis P-Orridge (2016)

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Rock/Talk, November 2016

The Psychic TV mainperson talks about the sonic evolution of PTV; collaboration and connectivity, fear and totalitarianism; the 1992 police raid and exile; the changing personnel, and about S/he, Lady Jaye and Pandrogeny.

File format: mp3; file size: 29mb, interview length: 31' 41" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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