Tag: Music

Music: The Gay Edition

So to wrap up Pride month at least for the north eastern United States here’s my musical tribute. All gay artists to my knowledge. What inspired this is my Amazon music player – it was on a roll playing a bunch of different gay artists.

Let’s start with Bronski Beat.

Smalltown Boy:

And just because Jimmy Sommerville is the lead in Bronski Beat here’s the Communards.

Never Can Say Goodbye:

Here’s Patrick Crowley.

The song is Menergy – and yeah it works:

Then of course there’s Modern Rocketry.


And I cannot forget Erasure.
Chains of Love:

That one above brings back memories of my friend Ron. He passed away in 1993. But prior to that I can recall hearing this in a little gay club called Galaxy in  Providence. And the lyrics – well just listen and you get it.

Then of course there’s:
A Little Respect


New Old School stuff added to my library

First up is Connie with Funky Little Beat from 1985:

Then there’s Cybotron with Clear from 1983:

Next up there’s Strafe with Set It Off from 1984:

Next up Nocera with Summertime, Summertime from 1986:

And finally Freeez with IOU from 1983.

You’ve probably noticed a few things if you listened to all of this. The first is this is all from a period of 1983 to 1986 – that was the true rise of the synthesizer – analog and digital as well as drum machines. Having spun, created and done things with synthesizers I highly approve.

This entire music set was arrived at from wanting to replace the last track. That’s how Nocera, Strafe, Cybotron and Connie were suggested on YouTube.

New Music: Gorillaz Humanz

So I’ve loved Gorillaz for some time, ever since I heard this song:

I mean come on, the video itself is pretty good. Cars with blowers aka superchargers. Great fun. Plus the nitrous oxide button. Having had experience with nitrous systems it’s too awesome.

And then there’s On Melancholy Hill:

Feels Good Inc.

What’s most fascinating about the group is that they have never gotten together to play. It’s an amlagam of a bunch of artists all done over the net.

Well after six years and a whole bunch of good stuff their sophomore album is out. Here’s Charger featuring Grace Jones (Strangay herself!) Yes he’s gay!

Lots of electronica and sampling too in Momentz:

They have a pretty wide range too, here’s Submission:


New (Old School) Music I’ve Added This Week

Ready for it, here’s the list. I should mention, it all started beginning with the YouTube recommendation of Suzy Q’s “Get on Up And Do it Again”. The mix goes from roughly 1977 to 1985 or so. And did I purchase any of them, not on your life. So long as there are sites that will convert YouTube videos to MP3 files, well I’ll just keep filling in my music collection that way. 

Angel – Angela Winbush
Lay Your Troubles Down – Angela Winbush feat. Ronald Isley
Ring my Bell – Anita Ward
Love and Desire – Arpeggio
When You Look In My Eyes – Cherrelle
Contact – Edwin Star
Touch me (all night long) – Fonda Rae
Nights Over Egypt – The Jones Girls
Let’s All Chant – The Michael Zager Band
In The Bush – Musique
Love is in You – Nightlife Unlimited
Inside Out – Odyssey
You Know How To Love Me – Phyllis Hyman
Must Be The Music -Secret Weapon
Keep In Touch (Body to Body) – Shades Of Love
Body Music – The Strikers
Get On Up And Do It Again –  Suzy Q
At Midnight – T Connection

Some music I love

A lot of it started with this tune, DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Raheem DeVaughn – My Soul Ain’t 4 Sale:

Which leads me to one by Raheem DeVaughn  – Love Drug:

Another one I like is Q-Tip with Vivrant Thing:

And Raphael Saadiq – you know him if you ever heard Tony Toni Tone here he is with “Let’s Take a Walk” in very neo-soul style:



A little Classic Disco for a Saturday (And a little more)

Remember this one? Here’s Jackie Moor with “This Time Baby” from 1979:

Or how about this, Diana Ross with “The Boss”:

And then there’s Bonnie Pointer with “Heavy Must Have Sent You”:

And a personal favorite, even if she has gone all Christian is Stephanie Mills with “Never Knew Love Like This Before”:

And a little Shalamar to round it out. Shalamar produced both Jodi Watley and Howard Hewett on solo efforts in the 1980’s.

Which leads me to:

Jodi Watley feat. Eric B. and Rakim here’s “Friends”

*Side Note – Whodini also did a song called “Friends”:

And Howard Hewett gives us “For the Lover in You”:

The Thompson Twins

Of on Maybe It’s Just Me there was a post about five groups that should get back together. That sent me on a Thompson Twins odyssey.

The name of the group comes from a series of Comic albums called “The Adventures of Tintin”.

And the name of the group came from the comics two bumbling detectives Thompson & Thompson.

The first that came to mind of their tunes – “Long Goodbye” off their album “Close to the Bone” in 1987. I was five years out of high school when this song came out, all of 22 years old.

Another favorite of mine of theirs, “The Gap” from the album “Into the Gap” in the year 1984 – 2 years out of high school for me, and 20 years old.

Here’s “Come Inside” from the album “Queer” and it harks from the year 1991, I was 26 years old – and 9 years out of high school.

Then there’s “King for a Day” from 1985, I was 21 years old and oh man. Live was a never ending party back then.

Another one of their “Into the Gap” album in 1984 is one everyone should know, “Doctor, Doctor’

And last but not least, “Hold Me Now” from the album “Into the Gap”. This was in my opinion their best album.

So there you have it, my Thompson Twins tribute.

Oddly Prophetic Music

Here’s one from 1985. Now computers in 1985 were very rudimentary 8 bit machines. Graphics might be 4 color, and AOL was just a twinkle.

So with the introduction out of way, here’s Zapp with Computer Love:


My iTunes top 25

Got the meme from Polt’s Palace.

Anyhow I’ll start with number one and you get video on these:

1) Brazilian Love Affair – George Duke

2) Brother Man – The Brothers Johnson
Interestingly YouTube doesn’t have a clean version of this. Weird.

3) I’m In Love – Evelyn “Champagne” King

4) Fantastic Voyage – Lakeside

5) Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack and Peace

6) Your Love Is On the One – Lakeside

7) Slide – Slave

8) Ridin’ High – Platinum Pied Pipers (A remake of the Faze-O classic)

9) Dubfunk – Shur-I-Kan

10) Time for some Fun – Central Line

11) Freddie’s Dead – Curtis Mayfield

12) Juicy Fruit – Mtume

13) Haven’t You Head – Patrice Rushen (Probably know her from Forget Me Nots)

14) Far Beyond – Sunburst Band

15) Summer Madness – Kool & The Gang (Now you know where DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince got theirs)

16) The Groove Line – Heatwave

17) Mercy Mercy Mercy – Philip Bailey

18) Pick Up the Pieces – Average White Band

19) Ffun – Con Funk Shun

20) Too Tight – Con Funk Shun

21) Street Dance – The Fatback Band

22) Pull Up to the Bumper – Grace Jones

23) Saturday Love – Cherelle feat. Alexander O’Neal

24) Snap Shot – Slave

25) Another Man – Barbara Mason

Now the thing is, I haven’t listened to iTunes all that much lately. It’s either Pandora, TuneIn, etc. on my phone or computer.