National Coming Out Day

I was trying to pick a “gay” song for my song a day music blog. It’s National Coming Out Day. My instinct was to pick something like Elton John or Queen, but then I remembered that Grant Hart and Bob Mould, the two principle songwriters and singers of one of my all time favorites, Husker Du, are gay. They were loud and aggressive. Their songs were about being people and dealing with stuff that everybody deals with, not specifically about being gay. Elton John doesn’t write songs about being gay either, but I’m sure nobody was surprised when Elton came out. Grant and Bob aren’t stereotypically gay at all. They’re regular guys that, oh yeah, happen to be gay, which I imagine is the case for most gay men and lesbian women. What’s the big deal about that? Well, wouldn’t it be great if people didn’t give a shit if someone was gay or not? That was Husker Du, they didn’t make a big deal out of it, and neither did anyone else. I understand that a group that is discriminated against needs to make a big deal out of their identity as a group until they are no longer discriminated against, but wouldn’t it be great if we were there already? Husker Du were there already in the 80s.

On Joan Rivers

The Biggest Lie

An earlier more “hardcore” song.

I Apologize

The first “emo” song?

Celebrated Summer

The Pixies and Nirvana?

Books About UFOs

Grant Hart perfect pop.

Rebel Girl- Bikini Kill

There’s a lot of aggressive lesbian rock, riot grrrl, stuff from the late 80s and 90s. I like Bikini Kill the best. The last great real punk band?

You’ve Got Another Think Coming- Judas Priest

Rob Halford, who kicked some serious ass and introduced the leather look to metal, is gay. He stayed in the closet until 1998. Hiding his sexuality could have had a lot to do with the drug abuse and depression he experienced in the 70s and 80s (Grant and Bob were also drug addicts in the 80s), but he cleaned himself up in 1986. Twelve years later he was comfortable enough to come out. As far as I know it hasn’t harmed his personal or professional life.