Script for July 2000, QMH:
Welcome to Lesbian & Gay Voices on KPFT and this segment is called Queer Music Heritage. I'm JD Doyle and I'm here on the 4th Monday of each month to bring you an hour devoted to our culture's music. I plan to cover a lot of territory in terms of years and types of music. Mostly, I just don't think gay and lesbian music of the past should be forgotten, and I try to give a little information about the music and artists as I go. I also slip in songs from the present as well. I introduce this segment with the song "gay spirit" by Charlie Murphy, from the 1979 album "Walls To Roses." It's one of my favorite gay anthems, and here's just a little more of it.
First up on tonight's show is Teresa Trull singing "woman loving woman". That's from her 1977 album "The Ways A Woman Can Be" and also appeared on the various artists album "Lesbian Concentrate", issued on the Olivia label the same year. It's followed by a very rare song by a lesbian group from Australia.
Trull - woman loving woman (1977)
That last song is from 1978 and is called "lavender blues" and was from a very obscure album by the same name, and that was also the name of the group. The Lavender Blues were an Australian trio, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the first time this song has ever been played on the radio in America.
Next up are a couple humorous songs. The first one is by Julian Clary. He is an English comedian and in 1988 he released a parody of the Shangri Las song "Leader Of The Pack". He did this under the name Joan Collins Fan Club, and he's pictured on the cover of the 45 in a leather jacket, mascara and earrings, which seem to fit the song. I follow that one with the group DykeAppella, singing "Teenaged Lesbian," from their 1998 CD "At The Gates Of Heaven."
Fan Club - leader of the pack (1988)
Well, they finally found happiness on the softball team, which is a perfect lead-in for the next song, which is all about women's softball. It's by a group called Destiny and is from their 1992 cassette "We Are Destiny". Here is "Softball On Belmont Plateau."
Destiny - softball on belmont plateau (1992)
Okay, that was Destiny singing "Softball on Belmont Plateau". I'm going to change the pace now to play a cabaret song that I think nicely sums up the gay movement. It's by John Whitley and is from his 1997 CD. It's called "Special Rights." And I'm going to follow it with the CD's title track, "History Remembers."
John Whitley - special rights / history remembers (1997)
Helping John Whitley out on that last track was the NYC Gay Men's Chorus Chamber Choir.
This would be a good time to take a break
and remind you that you are listening to Queer Music Heritage, a part
of Lesbian & Gay Voices on KPFT, Houston, 90.1 FM. Also, be sure
to listen to KPFT every Saturday night at midnight for After Hours
with Jimmy Carper. It's Queer Radio With Attitude.
It was well known that he was gay, but the first song I'm going to play makes it sound like he was blatantly gay, which was not the case. In the song "where shall I find him" he sings the male-to-male pronouns, but this was not recorded for the public. It was for the 1961 play "Sail Away" and Coward was in the habit of recording himself singing all the songs of his shows, which helped him get an idea of how he wanted to produce a show. I'm following this with a little bit of a song where he IS singing about being gay. That song is "green carnation", and it was from a play called "Bittersweet" from 1933. The song is about gay life in the times of Oscar Wilde, where high society gay men reportedly wore green carnations.
- where shall I find him? (1961)
I followed Noel Coward with Tom Robinson singing my favorite Coward song, "mad about the boy" from his 1982 album "Cabaret '79". Last year a tribute CD was issued of Coward's songs, called "Twentieth Century Blues," with artists such as Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, and the Pet Shop Boys. In my opinion they really missed a golden opportunity. They had "mad about the boy" sung by Marianne Faithful. What a treat it would have been to have had it sung instead by the Pet Shop Boys.
Next up are a trio of folk songs by male singers. The first two are called "gay pride fair" and "man who loves men." Both are by Martin Swinger, from his 1994 release "Singin' Out". And the one after that has a kind of ironic twist.
- gay pride fair / man who loves men (1994)
Following Martin Swinger was the song "I think I'll be a homo" from 1996 by The Foremen. I don't know whether the group is gay or straight, but the song is certainly gay. The group is known for their satirical and political songs and this one can be found on a various artists benefit CD called "Human Rights Campaign". The Human Rights Campaign is the group that uses a gold equal sign on a blue background as its logo, and they were very prominent in the organizing of the recent March on Washington.
I want to play two songs now that I think have terrific lyrics. They both tell stories. The first is about someone suffering the pain of staying in the closet. And the second is perhaps about slowly realizing that they need to come out of the closet.
- how I feel (1998)
I hope you enjoyed those two. The first
one was by a group that call themselves Rebecca Riots and the song
is called "how I feel". It's from their CD "Some Folks"
from 1998. And the second song of that set was called "at karen's
house," by Jamie Anderson. Jamie has several excellent CDs, but
this song can only be found on the various artists CD "A Family
Of Friends" from 1993.
While many of the songs I play on Queer Music Heritage are long out of print, most of the more recent ones are still available. I'd be glad to supply website addresses for the artists that have them. I've decided not to bog down the show giving those complex addresses on the air, but you can email me, and I'll sure try to help, or if you just have comments, they are welcome also. This is JD Doyle for Lesbian & Gay Voices on KPFT in Houston, and I'll be back on the 4th Monday of next month with another installment of Queer Music Heritage, and as promised, here's Mark Islam singing "get used to it"
Mark Islam - get used to it (1998)