It’s Raining Men

The recent need for distraction from political reality that has us searching new talents on YouTube continues. About a week ago we discovered Broken Peach and plan to post several of their videos in the coming days. 
We decided to start with this awesome cover of a classic disco tune from our youthful gay club days. 
Enjoy!

Broken Peach – The Weather Girls cover – It’s Raining Men – 2015

Slave to the Rhythm

This is what Edith Piaf used to say: “Use your faults, use your defects, then you are going to be a star…”

Slave to the Rhythm –  Grace Jones – 1985

Although originally intended for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow up to Relax, Trevor Horn eventually gave the project to Jones who truly made it into the timeless work of art it is.

Boogie Shoes

I once listened to an interview with KC of KC and the Sunshine Band. He was asked about his music and inspiration for it. He simply stated that coming out of the turbulent times of the early 1970s after the Vietnam War, he wanted to make music that made people happy, music to take them away from troubled times, music to enjoy.

KC struck gold.

Boogie Shoes – KC and the Sunshine Band – 1975

Thank you KC, you made this man’s childhood all the more enjoyable.
Who might our next musical inspiration be?

Dance floors of my past

To say that uncertainty rules my head today is an understatement.

I decided it’s best to pause and escape to a place of bliss, a place I’ve spent many enjoyable hours, a place where I can feel life living itself through every muscle fiber and sensation of my being, a place where I can truly escape.

I’m escaping, if only for 5 minutes, to a dance floor of my past.

Round and Round – New Order – 1989

How about joining me for a twirl?

Boogie Man!

It’s not Halloween without a Boogie Man in your closet.

A Boogie Man can come in more than one form. For instance there’s this here classic disco Boogie Man:

– I’m you Boogie Man – KC and the Sunshine Band – 1976 –

However there is also this more menacing heavy metal boogie man as well:

– I’m your Boogie Man – White Zombie – 1996 –

Let’s keep this Halloween party going! Go ahead, pick your poison!

No Blacks, No Jews and No Gays

This is a disco tune that went past my teenage radar back during my youth and that great era of disco. It’s a tune I found later in life when reliving that bygone era. I fell in love with this tune.

Needless to say that the very first time I heard this tune the lyrics of the headline above stopped me in my tracks.

What the fuck? No Blacks, No Jews and No Gays?

Then I really listened to the message given through such a moving beat. A message that needs to be heard, must be heard.

Now all these years later I’m like “What the fuck?” This tune needs to be heard again? Does nothing ever fucking change?

Ok, ok , ok yes I’m on a soap box, but dammit people… We are not White, Black, Jew, Gay, Muslim, Mexican or PURPLE for that matter. We are human and we must care for each other, live together and care for our planet plus the creatures on it, or else we are fucked. Fucked.

Please click play, please feel the beat and move your tush. Please be kind to someone today that they may pass the kindness and understanding onto another. We have to start somewhere and dammit I start by saying I love you, care for you and wish to lift you higher.

Smooches!

There but for the grace of god, there go I – Machine – 1979

Gay Anthems!

This Gloria Gaynor version of I Am What I Am, although released in 1984 after I came out as a homosexual, was the first tune that I fully understood to be a Gay Anthem. Today it remains a classic.

Gay Anthems!

Sylvester rocked my disco dancing world back in the late 1970s. My friend Cheryl Ayers and I tore up the Copperfield’s (a local disco in my hometown back in the day) main dance floor for every Saturday afternoon’s teen disco. We also entered any disco contest we could enter …being we were underage.

This is an American Bandstand appearance of Sylvester and Two Tons of Fun (AKA The Weather Girls). This classic must not be missed!

Sylvester – Disco Heat & You Make Me Feel Mighty Real – 1978

When I Think of You

You go Janet!

It was another of my regular Saturday nights out at the local gay disco in 1986, a disco called The Park. That cute guy I had met last weekend was out with me. His name you ask? Well like most really cute one, two or three weekend stands from that era of my life his name escapes me. However he was hot, or at least my memory says he was. One thing I do know for sure is that he was just slightly taller than I, he had dark hair and he could dance.

The mix of familiar pulsing music had us sweaty from a seemingly endless twirl on the dance floor. We took a break and stood in line to grab a couple cold draft Budweisers (it was the 80’s after all) when the pulse of music paused and the first few percussion beats of this new tune followed by those now familiar twinkle notes enveloped us. He screamed in his best queen for that moment voice “Oh my god, we have to get back out there! It’s Janet’s new song!” And the beers were forgotten as we lost ourselves back out on that dance floor to what would become one of may favorite all time Janet tracks.

What happened to that cute guy I’ll never know, but when I hear this tune I think of him…and when I think of him I smile.

Blast from the past

There but for the Grace of God By Machine is quite the toe tapper. It always gets Fearsome swinging to it’s 1979 disco beat.

There but for the Grace of God, although fictitious lyrics, reminds us that the human nature of fear often drives unfounded racism.

Fear, False Evidence Appearing Real.

It is the weekend, get your toe tappin’ and your tush swinging. It’s time to dance.

Swirl it, twirl it, twerk it, swerve…

…Work it if you’ve got the nerve

SWERLK

Scissor Sisters & MNDR team up to help the Contigo Fund which emerged out of the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando. All proceeds from this single will go to support the Contigo Fund and you can click HERE to donate and get a download of this fabulous dance anthem.

Thanks to JMG for grabbing our attention!

Firsts

🎶 The best part of breakin’ up, is when we’re makin’ up 🎵

It’s funny how music sparks memories. This tune was pulsing the dance floor one night back in 1982 as I was shakin’ my little tushy dancing with my friend Mike.

I hadn’t heard nor thought of it in like ages. A couple a days ago there it was pulsing outta the speakers of my Ford Fusion Energi Titanium as I was a drivin’ along listening to Sirius XM Studio 54.

Rush!

Memories rush. Suddenly Mike was in front of me on that smokey disco dance floor as we pulsed to the beats. Vivid is the memory. Suddenly there was a body behind me pulsing behind me holding me at the waist. I asked Mike who it was and he said he’d never seen the guy. I then asked Mike if he was cute. Mike said “fuck yeah”. I then pushed my tush back into him and turned my head. I got the first glimpse of my first lover.

Wow. What a vivid memory. Our relationship would last for 6 years and has much to do with the man I am today. I was young. So was he. I wondered often. He was patient, loving and forgiving. I’ll never forget him. I’ll always be grateful for his inspiration. He has his life. I have mine. We don’t talk. I hope that I gave him even a 10th of what he gave me.

Funny how this tune became the theme of our years together. I didn’t realize it was so on target of a theme, until I heard it this week. No worries as there is no “makin’ up” a happening. That was a first lover and a first relationship that started the first time I ever heard this song the very first moment we met.

Festival – Evita!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Y’all!

Now get those toes a tappin’ and bootys a shakin’ to Festival’s1979 Evita!

Side A

…and side B…

Disco music of an era … shirtless sweaty mustached men pulsing on the dance floor.

“Poor pussy, poor pussy cat”

Busy freakin’ day.

Before it’s over and while I’m busy working at my desk I figured some good upbeat humorous fun was in order. Back in the day and after too many vodka cocktails, I could be found shaking my little tush to this tune on the dance floor. It was a tune that made us laugh and smile.

Thank god for one hit wonders.