Birthday shoutouts! Brandon Boyd (above) is 39, Alex Borstein is 43, Amber Riley is 30, Renee O’Connor is 45, Janice Dickinson is 61, Jane Seymour is 65, and Melissa Manchester is 65.
AN ED KENNEDY POST! Steve Grand: “Nothing Says ’I Love You’ Like A Clean Butthole.”
8 horrible things Antonin Scalia said about gay people.
Rebel Wilson says she’ll practice her “Transgender Face” for awards season.
Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play a married couple in new movie.
Adidas tells sports stars it won’t drop them if they come out, and they put it in writing.
IN OTHER NEWS
John Barrowman and Katrina Law dancing To “Opposites Attract.” Because of course.
Stephen Fry says the ’frothing’ homophobia of Ugandan politician led him to try to kill himself.
Is it too late?
Life after Scalia: A true revolution can now begin.
“The next president could be the one making the appointment, and if that person is a Democrat with a Democratic Senate, there’s not much the GOP can do for long. The stakes are enormous. We could secure abortion rights for a long time to come if not once and for all, not worrying about Roe being in peril. Labor unions, affirmative action, the death penalty, global climate change, campaign finance, Wall Street reform, immigration and so many other issues can all be affected in dramatically positive and fundamental ways.”
Ricky Martin in Puerto Rico on his One World Tour
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.
This week our 153rd ShoutOUT™ is to … Xavier Dolan
26-year-old Canadian director, actor, screenwriter and producer Xavier was a successful child actor (especially with voice acting, he did the voice of Ron Weasley in the French translations of all the Harry Potter films). In 2009 at the age of 19 he released his first film,I Killed My Mother, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in.
It was screened at Cannes, where it received an eight-minute standing ovation and won three awards. It was Canada’s pick as their official entry for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film, but failed to get a nomination, and wasn’t released theatrically in the U.S. until 2013.
Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten
We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.
At #6 is “We Close Our Eyes” by Go West
The last song on the list from Peter Cox and Richard Drummie was their sparkling debut “We Close Our Eyes,” which was a top ten hit across Europe, but like all of their pop gems from the ’80s, it was a chart failure on the Hot 100, peaking at #41 in April 1985.
Congrats to rob, who guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was The Wild Thornberrys.
Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a character from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?
And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Justas
And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!
In 1973, Aladdin Sane consolidated Bowie’s Starpower: it was hugely commercial (5 weeks at #1 and produced two Top 3 singles) and it was critically acclaimed, even by the “difficult” critics, who cringe when an act that they champion when it was unknown becomes a hit. It was a sort of travelogue, as it was written and recorded while DB was extensively touring (mainly the US) – in fact most of the songs are linked to cities (Jean Genie: NY, Cracked Actor: LA, Panic in Detroit: duh). Also the addition of pianist Mick Garson in the line-up gave the album a more jazzy feel.
None of the songs are clearly gay, but a number can be taken as such: “Jean Genie” is said to be inspired by friend (and lover?) Iggy Pop, while the title is a word play on Jean Genet, the out French author/playwrighter (A song of love, Querelle, etc). “Cracked Actor” could be about a closeted middle-aged Hollywood star and a male prostitute. “Time” was characterized as a gay song by Bowie himself. Even in his cover of the Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together” “Bowie is asking us to re-perceive ’Let’s Spend The Night Together’ as a gay song, possibly from its inception”. Ben Gerson/ Rolling Stone (19 July 1973).
We’ll start with he camp melodrama of “Time”, a song which was described as “burlesque vamp”. The most notorious lyrics came in the 1st verse: “Time – He flexes like a whore, falls wanking to the floor, his trick is you and me, boy.” (For those of you not acquainted with English expressions, wanking refers to the most universal of sexual practices).
The 2nd song presented here is “Jean Genie”, the big hit of the album (#2). The song was composed and recorded in New York City and mixed in Nashville. What stands out musically is the relentless beat, as close to the rhythm of copulation as one can get. The lyrics are quite surreal. What we can make out of the Jean Genie character are the following: he “lives on his back”, he “sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile”, “he’s outrageous, he screams and he bawls”, but most importantly, he “loves to be loved”. Don’t we all…