There are layers of devastating appeal to gay singer-songwriter John Grant’s new video “Glacier.” First, his voice will stun you. It sounds like Beck performing Sea Change from under 30 oceans. Second, the song itself is eerie but direct, with plenty of lyrics about hypocrisy and anger that seethe with crude (as in, NSFW) resentment. And then there’s the video itself, which is filled with images of gay and gay-related imagery from the past 100 years. There’s footage of gay soldiers, homophobic news bulletins, as well as “sissy” characters featured in Celluloid Closet movies. It’s just moving. You’ll remember it.
Grant also sings about being HIV-positive on the track “Ernest Borgnine” from his very acclaimed album Pale Green Ghosts. Call me Ethel Merman, because I want to marry this man impulsively.