Pride anthems for a new century: update your gay pride soundtrack with these postmillenial queer anthems.
Pride season hits. You're planning a fabulous pre-parade brunch and organizing your checklist when your best friend steps in: "Honey, please, not again. Give that Priscilla soundtrack/Holly Near album a rest." Your friend is right. But don't take offense--take action. Fire up your iTunes, freshen up Verb 1. freshen up - make brighter and prettier; "we refurbished the guest wing"; "My wife wants us to renovate"
gentrify - renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations; "gentrify a row of old houses"; "gentrify the old your party, and program some new pride music.
AS HEARD ON TV
Sometimes liberation means crossing over. We are a media-savvy people, and we are shopping, shopping for our lives. And we're even on TV.
* All Things (Just Keep Getting Bettor) by Widelife, from What's That Sound? (2004). Better known as the theme from Queer Eye far the Straight Guy.
* I Got My Pride by Barry Harris, featuring Pepper MaShay, CD single (2001). You heard it on Sex and the City.
* Proud by Heather Small, from the first Queer as Folk Queer as Folk may refer to:
* Breathe by Melissa Etheridge, from Lucky (2004). You heard it on The L Word.
DIVAS WITH A MESSAGE
Dance divas have been sending secret empowerment messages out to dance floors for decades, and the '00s are no exception.
* Beautiful by Christina Aguilera, from Stripped (2002). Penned by out musician Linda Perry, this song led to the video that featured that hot gay kiss and picked up a GLAAD GLAAD Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Award.
* I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. by Jeff Krassner, from Maybe (2000). Like the Pet Shop Boys' version of "Where the Streets Have No Name"? Here's another U2 tune turned into a brilliant queer cover song. So what if he's a skinny white guy--he's got the voice of a diva
* No More Drama by Mary J. Blige, from No More Drama (2001) and Dance for Me (2002). Mary sings that she's "tired of this drama." Amen, sistah.
* Believe and Strong Enough by Cher, from Believe (1998). We know, we know, but some forces you just can't fight.
WE SHALL OVERCOME, GIRL
Pride also has its serious side, whether it is responding to the world's evils or just making space for the entire queer community.
* What Matters by Randi Driscoll, from The Play (2002), and Driscoll with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) has been a notable part of the Southern California performing arts community for over twenty-six years. Formed July 12, 1979 as a volunteer effort of 99 gay men from all over the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, GMCLA has , from Red, White & Blues (2003). A tender and plaintive plain·tive
Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy.
[Middle English plaintif, from Old French, aggrieved, lamenting, from plaint, complaint; see plaint. memory song, benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded in December 1998 by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. .
* Everything Taboo, Freak, and II Adore, from the original London cast recording of Taboo (2002). The show may have been flawed, but Boy George's original score is flawless.
* Something Inside So Strong by Labi Siffre, from So Strong (1999). It first garnered attention in a car commercial; it has since become a queer chorus favorite.
* Philosophy of LOSS by the Indigo Girls, a hidden track from Come On Now Social (1999). Chock-full of queer political content, this one's an all-time Indigo fan favorite.
Finally, for those unimpressed by the mainstreaming of queer culture, check out these edgier offerings.
* It's Only Time by the Magnetic Fields magnetic fields,
n.pl the spaces in which magnetic forces are detectable; created by magnetostrictive ultrasonic scalers to cause the tips of instruments such as ultrasonic scalers to vibrate. , from I (2004). A warts-and-all examination ends with this sincere proposal, offering depth Britney will never understand.
* Take Your Mama Out by Scissor scissor
pertaining to scissors; like scissors in effect.
see scissor bite.
a narrow space between the rami of the mandible so that the molar arcades do not meet. Sisters, from Scissor Sisters (2004). A glamrock coming-out song for a new generation.
* Chicks & Dicks by Junior Senior, from D-D-Don't don't stop the beat (2003). A perfect ending to the festivities fes·tiv·i·ty
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
3. as queers and straights prove they can share a song and a dance floor.
Davis is the editor of UCLAlumni magazine.