Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ….
“Rainbow Bright and Ragedy Andy try to show their pride on ice.”
Thanks to chronomaxx for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Josh Brolin (above) is 49, Michael McDonald is 64, Christina Ricci is 36, Kim Novak is 83, Peter Gabriel is 66, Freddie Highmore is 24, and Stockard Channing is 72.
The cast of the Power Rangers movie are shredded AF and ready to fight.
Kristin Davis dragged into embarrassing Sex And The City reenactment on Australian TV.
Jason Derulo takes it all off for new video “Naked.”
IN OTHER NEWS
Davis Mallory has released a lovely new video just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Anyone Would Know” was written about a past boyfriend, and is sweet and warm and will make you want to cuddle someone.
Matt Bomer looking dapper on the set of The Last Tycoon.
Here’s something special. Superhero Pop presents a fan video featuring classic ’80s mutants Dazzler and Lila Cheney (sporting a faboo Joan Jett look) performing “I Will Steal Your Heart,” as New Mutants Cannonball, Sunspot, Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane, Magma, Magik, Cypher and Warlock enjoy the show.
Stop straight-splaining Bernie and Hillary to LGBT voters.
Matt Baume presents True Life Love Stories.
Celebrities react to cancellation of Sirius OutQ.
Here’s the Friday Puzzler! “Nap Time”
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 we give a ShoutOUT™ to … Jim J. Bullock
Closing out our week with Jim (above, with George Wendt), since 2007 he has played both Edna and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray on Broadway and around the country.
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.
AND NOW THE TOP TEN LOST HITS OF THE 80’s (VERSION 2)!At #7 is “Through The Fire” by Chaka Khan.
The faboo Chaka had the biggest hit of her career with “I Feel For You,” and then never hit the top 40 again with a solo song. It wasn’t for lack of trying, though. She had plenty of chart flops (including the underrated “Love Of A Lifetime,” which can be seen on the first Lost Hits list), the most egregious of which was “Through The Fire.” Written specifically for her by David Foster, this gorgeous ballad spent a total of 19 weeks on the Hot 100, while climbing no higher than #60, an incredible chart run for such a low-charting record.
Congrats to jazz, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was She-Ra.
Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?
Here’s your caption pic for this week. Drop your caption ideas in the comments (And please remember to keep the captions PG-13!)
Today’s Briefs are brought to you by … This Furry Friday Guy!
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 1971 Bowie released Hunky Dory, possibly his most personal album. Half the songs were dedicated to people that he loved or admired (his newborn son, his mentally ill brother, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Lou Reed) and the other half were inspired by the things that interested him most: show business, science fiction and the direction of his career/life.
His public self was almost fully formed – and about to take over from his private self for a few years. This brought him to a pinnacle of fame, but almost killed him. He became addicted to drugs and paranoid. He would eventually “kill” all of his public personas and resume rigid control of his private life, which became pointedly obvious during the last 12 years.
The song that opened the album, “Changes” would telegraph his intentions to the world: he was ready to take big risks (“turn and face the strange”) and nothing would be the same anymore. In less than a year from then, he had announced to the “Melody Maker” that he was gay, created the Ziggy Stardust persona and seminal album and famously appeared on Top Of The Pops performing “Starman” with the Spiders From Mars, a flamboyant, multicolored creature in a a flamboyant, multicolored costume. He owned the stage, flirted with the camera and flirted with his guitarist, causing the nation’s jaws to drop, but not in shock and disgust, more like in shock and admiration. A superstar was born.
Changes for Bowie, however, meant an endless stream of them in rapid succession: while people were still struggling to get their heads around the idea of his gayness, he was already telegraphing new facts through his songs. Years before his “I’m not gay, I’m actually bisexual” “Playboy” interview, it was already made clear in two songs in 1972.
“John, I’m Only Dancing” was recorded right after the Ziggy Stardust album, the watershed moment of Bowie’s career and the definitive album of the Glam Rock movement. It was his follow-up single to “Starman” and it was a hit in the UK, although it was not released in the US, being judged too risqué. It’s the timid apology of the singer to his lover: “John, I’m only dancing, she turns me on, don’t get me wrong, I’m only dancing”. He even equivocally states his love to him. ” Oh shadow love was quick and clean, life’s a well-thumbed machine. I saw you watching from the stairs, you’re everyone that ever cared. Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving. Move me, touch me.”
In 1974, a completely reworked funky-dance version was recorded in the US, called “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”, which drops the gay content of the original. Perhaps David meant to release it in the US market, where the “gay stuff” did not fly. The US success of his singles “Young Americans” and especially “Fame”, made the release of JIODA redundant. It was finally released in 1979 in the UK and reached the same chart position as the original version.
If it’s geoblocked, try this version
It was a track from “Ziggy Stardust” called “Suffragette City” that took things to the next stage: this time there was no timid apology. “Hey man, ah leave me alone you know… This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place” he sings and to make things perfectly clear, he adds “There’s only room for one and here she comes, here she comes”. Not that romance is involved: he clarifies this with “wham bam thank ya ma’am!”. The metamorphosis is complete, however: without much fanfare, Bowie is now a bisexual entering his heterosexual phase.
Original lyrics version:
Live in Austin, Tx, 1990: