Hey Gay Music Artists

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    Apr 22, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    Not that i think it's "central" to any singer/songwriters, but are their any gay artists that you listen to? As an aspiring singer/songwriter i'm often conflicted about blantantly saying "I'm Gay" in songs or in performance. In some cases it's advantageous and in others record execs are like, "Well, we don't know how to market you because mainstream america won't like you" Artists like Elton John are openly gay but he doesn't write his lyrics. Any thoughts? i just finished my 6 song ep, i'm based in new york, www.myspace.com/nickydeutsch
    I have no idea what will happen in the future but i'll probably continue skirting around the issue in public because part of thinks it shouldn't matter, the other part of me feels the need to connect with other lgbt folks.
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    Apr 22, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    The Scissor Sisters, and Elton John come to mind. I also like a couple of Sylvester's songs (he is now deceased). Tchaikowsky is one of my favourite composers.

    To be honest I don't care about a musician's personality (including sexual orientation) just his/her musical talent. He could be a total bastard for all I care (e.g. Wagner or Beethoven).
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    Apr 22, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    The Hidden Cameras: what if Pet Sounds was recorded not by manic Brian Wilson, but by a gay man who gets around town. It is pop perfection.
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    Apr 22, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidThe Hidden Cameras: what if Pet Sounds was recorded not by manic Brian Wilson, but by a gay man who gets around town. It is pop perfection.


    Thanks for the suggestion, I will see if they are on ITunes to sample their sound.
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    Apr 22, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    Get their album {i]The Smell of Our Own[/i], it is their best album.
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    Apr 22, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Victor K is the bassist for Camper Van Beethoven, one of my favorite bands. He's a mo, and it makes him even cooler to me that he plays the music he does.


    I've had multiple straight people tell me "You play the coolest music for a gay guy," or "For a gay guy you fuckin ROCK."


    I know what they mean, and I don't hate on them for it, but it's not really the nicest thing to say. They just don't really realize that it's a DUMB thing to say.



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    Apr 22, 2008 5:55 PM GMT
    Camper Van Beethoven! Wow that is a blast from the past. "Take the Skinheads Bowling" is one of my favourite quirky alternative pop songs (right up there with "Balloon Man" by Robyn Hitchcock).

    I forgot to mention one of the most famous gay songwriters and singers, Michael Stipe from REM. I have always loved REM, and I thought Michael Stipe was very sexy when he was in his 20's. Sensitive artsy face with long dark blonde curly hair. Yum.

    I need to fan myself now, I have gotten very hot all of a sudden.
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    Apr 22, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    Heya, Nick,

    I think you're a strong songwriter. That's some nice singer/songwriter stuff on your page.

    I think you should drop all consideration of the gay/straight thing when you write. Write it as you feel it and then re-write it if you must make it somehow gender free, with different pronouns, or write in second person (which you've done).

    You got a wonderful timber to your voice. Check out a group called the Waterboys, you're right in there with their singer. I forget his name, but his voice was perfect for his songs (look for "Whole of the Moon"). Your pitch falters here and there but you got a real natural feel and know right where to harmonize. Try to be a little less concious of yourself when you're singing and if you're not multitracking, you should. When recording, don't try to play and sing at the same time, it might reduce some of the cry in your voice. I'm assuming all the voices are you.

    If you get the op, take these songs and flesh them out with a whole band.

    I'm impressed.

    McG
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    Apr 22, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    I'm a big fan of the way Rufus Wainwright writes his music. It's quite obvious that he's gay, as he openly sings about men in some of his songs and alludes to glbt themes on occasion; however, he doesn't make "coming out" songs or sing about his sexuality. He just never apologizes for using past lovers or relationships and doesn't use ambiguous personal pronouns.
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    Apr 22, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    DARREN HAYES OF SAVAGE GARDEN
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    Apr 22, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    hmm, that's all very interesting and thanks for the compliments and the pointers and such. I guess i meant someone more along the lines of "john mayor" as being gay. I mean do you think straight guys would buy records from a gay artist? who knows, i mean people do buy elton john and rem but they are both considerably older. I'm more interested in a trail blazer in his 20's, haha, i guess it will just have to be me! ,one day, thanks for the comments y'all
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    Apr 22, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    lead singer of Sigur Ros,
    Michael Stipe
    Jay Brannan
    Hidden Cameras
    George Michael


    Lead singer of Bloc Party
    Magnetic Fields lead singer

    all gay.
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    Apr 23, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    Pansy Division are fantastic as well.
  • mcwclewis

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    Apr 23, 2008 12:26 AM GMT
    Melissa Ferrick is pretty awesome.
  • DJKeens

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    Apr 23, 2008 4:24 AM GMT
    By far Eric Himan is my favorite artist. Acoustic and a good voice. GREAT song writing. Just released his new album this month. You should check him out (he's on iTunes and myspace.com/erichiman).
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    Apr 23, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    KD Lang... I like Jake Spears icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    Mika! I don't think he caught on too much in America, but he is such good, high-energy fun.

    When I saw his show in DC, he introduced the song "Billy Brown" (the only song blatantly about gay love on his record), and said something along the lines of "FU to all the people who said we could never release the record in America with this song on it..."

    Love him.

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    Apr 23, 2008 11:45 AM GMT
    Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has said repeatedly that a lot of his lyrics are about being gay. Which is funny because the PMRC got all confused about accused him of being demeaning to women.

    Other artists that don't seem to have an issue with bring up their sexuality:
    Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar, Solo)
    Imperial Teen
    Pet Shop Boys


    But come one how does someone confuse Halford for straight?
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    Apr 24, 2008 1:59 AM GMT
    let's see, i listen to

    hidden cameras
    kd lang
    b-52s
    beirut, aren't they gay?
    Morrissey & The Smiths...
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    Apr 24, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    hey! dont worry about it, if you have a good voice or a big talent, the people will love in the same way! Maria Callas had a great voice and her voice had a great soul and too much colours, she have been the gratest lyric singer and she had a very complicated life.
    But every gay singer/songwritters of today starts whitout make mention of their "gayttitude". You can make The same. donĀ“t telll anything and then in the top of fame you can tell that freely
  • Buddha

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    Apr 24, 2008 8:32 AM GMT
    Rufus Wainwright, I really like him. Also Morrissey (sp?).
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    May 15, 2008 5:00 PM GMT
    tegan and sara are twin lesbian sisters, but I don't think that's what your looking for heh
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    Erasure Erasure Erasure!.....try the album "nightbird"..........
    The Associates:Billy MacKenzie/ the best innovative band and lead singer of the eighties.

    Marc Almond of Soft Cell.


    Antony and the Johnsons.

    Oh,boys,.....listen up! ;)
  • joggerva

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    Aug 22, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    Great stuff Nick. I really liked "Oh My Friend" and "If I Could".

    The lead singer of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, is openly gay. Judging by your influences on your myspace, I think you'd like their music. Dan doesn't make a big point of announcing he's gay and I think all of his music is written gender ambiguous.

    http://www.myspace.com/thefeeling
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    Aug 22, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    don't forget our own sacha sacket

    stunning lyrics, voice and personality!