Disco dance party for one?
Bright Light Bright Light, a.k.a. New York-based Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas, has released a new video for “This Was My House,” his ’80s-inspired ode to LGBTQ safe spaces.
“This Was My House” is the lead single off Bright Light Bright Light’s upcoming album Fun City, due out September 18. Produced by Initial Talk, the song features iconic Madonna backup singers Niki Haris and Donna De Lory. Truth!
“This song is my love letter to the LGBTQ+ community whose safe spaces have been really hard hit in the last few years—especially now with public spaces being closed,” Thomas writes on YouTube. “Thank you to all the inspiring people in the LGBTQ+ world who work so hard for our rights, our freedom, and our joy.”
Before the coronavirus shutdown, Thomas hosted and DJed a party called “Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance” in New York City clubs Club Cumming and C’Mon Everybody.
Shot at East Village club Bedlam, the “This Was My House” video is a queer kiki featuring NYC nightlife denizens like Andy Brattain, Angelica Torres, Bill Coleman, Colt Adam Weiss, Erik Perera, Glow Job, Jevon Martin, Matty Crosland, Naiomi Cruz, Red Richards, Richard Schieffer, Ryan Ortega, The Illustrious Blacks, and Thomas Walker.
“The cast are a glorious mix of human rights advocates, party planners, partygoers, bartenders, creatives, and entrepreneurs who all make the tapestry of the NYC LGBTQ+ world so rich,” Thomas says in a statement.
The video was directed by Tyler Jensen, who co-directed Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street, a documentary about gay Nightmare on Elm Street 2 star Mark Patton.
Watch Bright Light Bright Light’s “This Was My House” below.