Archive for category: Classics: Music

Advisory Committee • Mirah

Released March 19, 2002
Mirah’s third album, Advisory Committee, is imaginative, gripping and totally unexpected.

“Mirah’s way with words at times feels like an internal monologue, describing the things we talk ourselves through when alone, the things we never got to say and reliving moments that have passed. “

An Innocent Evening of Drinking • Declan Bennett

Released January 1996
An Innocent Evening Of Drinking is folk pop perfection and sits somewhere between Ani DiFranco and Damian Rice but with an underlying pop sensibility.

“This album is essential listening for any fans of well written pop, folk, or just music in general. It’s also the most lyrically arresting album I’ve heard in years, and deserves to be heard for that reason in general.”

Valentine’s Day • Pansy Division

Released January 1996
Pansy Division’s Valentine’s Day takes a humorous stab at love, lust, and loneliness, backed with their signature brand of poppy punk rock.

“Soaked in Pansy Division’s signature sauce of pop-flavored power chord punk rock, backed with Ginoli’s snarky humor, the title cut tells the story of what should really be called ‘Single Awareness Day’.”

Ripe • Banderas

Released April, 1991
Ripe, the one and only album by Banderas, was one of best queer albums of the 1990s. Beautifully composed, profoundly perceptive and deeply affecting.

“Strong melodies are a characteristic of all the songs. When coupled with the keenly perceptive lyrics the tracks are highly memorable. Musically, the album keeps the listener engaged, shifting its colours and tones effortlessly from danceable pop songs to heartfelt ballads.”

Evil Empire • Rage Against The Machine

Released April, 1996
With their second album, Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine brought their righteous anger to mainstream America.

“Rage Against the Machine were the spiritual heirs of legendary ’60s revolutionaries the MC5; they had the anger and they had the fireball musical chops to back it up.”

I’d Rather Fight Than Swish • B. Bubba

Released August, 1964
From Camp Records, the home of queer novelty songs recorded under pseudonyms, B. Bubba’s ‘I’d Rather Fight than Swish’ is about accepting your inner gay.

“The lyrics were considered raunchy for the time and even today, they would probably be considered offensive, given that they satirize violence and the hero of the song is a stereotypical effeminate pansy character. But it’s an important part of American queer history.”

The Troubled Troubadour • GG Allin

Released August 1990
GG Allin was without a doubt the most notorious punk rocker, but here he goes country for an acoustic detour.

“GG Allin may have been one of the most anti-social personalities in the history of rock n roll, but this song shows that maybe he still felt a glimmer of human emotion.”

Bat Out of Hell • Meat Loaf

Released October 1977
Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell is one of the most powerful progressive rock albums of all time.

Bat Out of Hell became one of the biggest selling albums of all time, with an estimated sales of 43 million copies worldwide. Meat Loaf and Steinman created something rare and special, a multi-layered rock album with not one stale track on it.”

Here’s Little Richard • Little Richard

Released March 1957
Little Richard is the Godfather of Queercore. Here’s Little Richard was the wildest LP cut during the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.

Here’s Little Richard is ground zero for those in the LGBTQ community who wanted to pick up a guitar and rock harder and meaner than anyone else.”

Sliver • Nirvana

Released April 1, 1990
Sliver is the song that saw Nirvana moving towards the melodic hard-edged punk-soaked grunge that would make them famous.

“‘Sliver’ is a thumping melodic rocker, featuring the soft/hard dynamic that became a signature of the band’s sound.”