62 posts categorized "CYNDI LAUPER"

Jun 28 2014
It's Raining Divas: Martha Wash, Melba Moore, Billy Porter, Kevin Aviance & The Cast Of MIGHTY REAL On Gay Music History @ Sirius XM Comments (0)

I had so much fun during my visit to Larry Flick's Sirius XM radio show today, during which he was counting down the top gay anthems ever as part of Proud & Loud:A Celebration of Gay Anthems. Spoiler alert: “I Will Survive” came out on top, and yet as we all know, those on the bottom are often just as interesting, if not more.

Martha-Wash-Melba-Moore-Billy-PorterMs. Wash, Ms. Moore and Ms. Porter—3 divas 3

Martha Wash-Melba- MooreMartha's 60, Melba's 68—don't they look good?

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Anthony Sylvester Wayne

Anthony Wayne as Sylvester

Anthony Wayne performing

Anthony Wayne plus backups

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Anthony WayneAnthony Wayne, Anastacia McCleskey & Jacqueline B. Arnold slaying their star-studded audience.

Case in point, the countdown also featured songs by The Weather Girls and Melba Moore, and both Martha Wash and Ms. Moore were in attendance. It was especially cool that Martha was there, because Larry had invited Anthony Wayne, Jacqueline B. Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey, the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, to sing two of the late, great disco diva's best-ever tunes. Martha being one half of the original Weather Girls meant she'd be watching people acting out a sliver of her own personal history.

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May 12 2014
Cher Ecstasy: A Review Of Cher's DRESSED TO KILL TOUR Comments (0)
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Above: Dozens of Dressed to Kill-er photos!

Continued from here.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW OF CYNDI LAUPER & CHER: ***1/2 out of ****

When Cher took the Dressed to Kill stage, the venue throbbed like the main artery in the middle of the guiltiest pleasure ever. She appeared beneath a gigantic set of pheasant feathers, adorned in more glitzy accoutrements than one could make from an entire discount bead store. And wearing dreads, a la Cleopatra. Her smile had that inimitable “I know, right?” quality that resides midway between intentional camp and an unapologetic love of all things tacky.

CHER DSC05512 copyBird of a feather

The showgirl had arrived.

She opened the concert with “Woman's World,” her mostly dismissed lead single from her latest album, Closer to the Truth. Heard months after its release as a kick-off tune, it sounds a lot better. Like quite a few of the numbers, it was done to track, but was sold hard by Cher via her facial expressions and easy flaunting of her costume.

CHER DSC05569 copyA bold Cher-'do

She segued seamlessly (or, considering that bold costume, seamfully) into her scandalously underplayed 1998 release “Strong Enough,” which was lost on radio in the wake of “Believe.” Her gladiator-garbed backup dancers bounced around the stage with zero of the coolness of most divas' dancers; it wasn't about being cool, it was about being outrageous and flashy and inciting fun.

The projection behind her resembled a cheesy, vintage electronic one-armed bandit in all its 8bit glory.

CHER DSC05668 copySixty-eight???

Probably the least satisfying aspect of the show was the fact that in order to accommodate the myriad of costume changes, Cher spent a lot of time offstage while her dancers distracted us; it felt like there were several instances in which she sang only one song before disappearing to do a medium-quick change. But this allowed for spectacles like what came next, a gaudy, blood-red, vampire-themed “Dressed to Kill,” an album track from the latest CD.

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May 11 2014
I'll Say!: Cyndi Lauper (With An Assist From Liza Minnelli & Rosie O'Donnell) Opens For Cher Comments (0)
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7, count 'em, 7 Cyndi snaps in the gallery above

Cher review is here.

I've never seen a full Cher concert. #gayshame Or rather, I'd never seen one—until Friday, when I rectified that grave oversight.

I loved Cher when I was a kid, staying up past my bedtime to watch her endlessly entertaining, kitschapalooza of a variety show with Sonny, then lost interest when her promising acting career (Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Silkwood are amazing) became a bit mainstream for my taste. I snapped out of my Cher love when she hit her schlock-rock/infomercial/Madonna-bashing phase.

Cyndi Lauper DSC05276 copyBitch is so grounded, she does her own lighting!

But over the years, Cher has won me back time and again. I personally don't see her as a compelling artist so much as a true original, which can be just as transfixing and important in its own way. She is a personality always worth listening to and watching. And I've thoroughly enjoyed both her Twitter proclamations and her post-“Believe” disco, the latter of which I believe is far superior to at least some of the music she made during the original Disco Era.

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Mar 26 2014
Good Enough? Comments (0)

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You be the judge whether "Rules and Regulations," a She's So Unusual outtake just now surfacing, should have made Cyndi Lauper's iconic debut album. To me, it sounds good but sounds too Blue Angel to have fit. But there's no knowing what a final mix would've sounded like, either.

 
Feb 26 2014
Thou Shalt (Not) Kill Comments (0)

As-I-Lay-Dying-Tim-Lambesis-Hitman-Murder-604x604Killer hooks

Timothy Lambesis, the lead singer of the Christian metal band As I Lay Dying, has pled guilty to arranging a hit on his wife. How Biblical of him.

 
Dec 07 2013
Need To Know: Beauty King, Witten's Tight End, There Are Worse Things Madonna's Daughter Could Do + MORE! Comments (0)

DecMr Gay2This queen is King of the Gays. (Good choice!)

*widget boy cultureMr. Gay U.K. 2013 is crowned.

*widget boy cultureUnite, an LGBT biz mag, launches with Cyndi Lauper on the cover.

*widget boy cultureAnother way to enjoy OMG Blog.

*widget boy cultureJason Witten uses his tight end to sell jeans.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Lola slays in Grease.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's ex-trainer REALLY hates juicing. (The other kind.)

*widget boy cultureHot model Pierre Bourricaud.

*widget boy cultureTool from South Carolina won't put flags at half-mast for FOREIGNER Nelson Mandela.

*widget boy cultureHottie Joseph Eid's Housing Works show is a can't-miss on December 17 in NYC.

Joseph-EidHe's only HUMAN.

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

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A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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#98

POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

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OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Oct 29 2013
Need To Know: Blackface Goes Viral, Chrissy Snowjob, Holy Steve Grand, Sean Zevran's Back + MORE Comments (0)

Elvira-RuPaulShe drives him crazy.

*widget boy cultureDRIVING MISS ELVIRA: RuPaul takes Cassandra Peterson for a ride.

*widget boy cultureTop 5 gay movie monsters.

*widget boy cultureDesigner Allesandro Dell'Acqua & many guests at party do blackface.

*widget boy cultureCelebs in better costumes, just in time for Halloween.

*widget boy cultureTHIGH HIGH: Wall Street Journal decides Suzanne Somers is a healthcare expert...

...but her "takedown" of Obamacare is rather anemic. What's "Nurse Terri" say?

*widget boy cultureBen Cohen showers.

Steve-Grand-Matthew-Rettenmund-Boy-CultureMy snap of Steve Grand from his recent NYC trip.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand on straight boys, conversion therapy and the Church. (My pic above.)

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of my pics: Here's a Work Unfriendly portrait of pornstar Sean Zevran's butt.

*widget boy cultureCyndi Lauper is not a fan of nostril photography.

*widget boy cultureSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) turns on the NSA.

*widget boy cultureHot model Quentin by Jason T. Jaskot.

*widget boy cultureIt's Britney, witch!

Witch-Britney_SpearsShe's British, bitch!

 
Oct 28 2013
Gimme The Unusual: A Review Of Cyndi Lauper's SHE'S SO UNUSUAL 30th Anniversary Tour Comments (0)

Cyndi-LauperLauper candidly confessed that producers wanted her fired "the whole first year" of the Kinky Boots writing.

BOY CULTURE RATING: *** out of ****

Went to see Cyndi Lauper last week in Queens—her homeland!—which took planes, trains and Cyndihunterautomobiles to get to. (Okay, just a subway and a bus, but it was almost two hours thanks to construction.)

The venue for her She's So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour was petite, and while her show was big enough to feature openers (Hunter Valentine), it was small enough that it had a befuddled lady making announcements between sets, just like a Brady Bunch teacher might during callbacks for the school play.

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Jul 12 2013
Need To Know: Zimmermanslaughter?, Cyndi For Christmas, All Things Being Inequal, Gaga In A Brabra + MORE Comments (1)

CYNDI LAUPERCyndi's planning to be Home for the Holidays, per usual.

*widget boy cultureAbove: Cyndi Lauper's annual Xmas concert for LGBT youth is December 7th.

*widget boy culturePA Attorney General Kathleen Kane won't defend anti-equality laws.

*widget boy cultureRachel  Maddow aborts scandal-tainted Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia.)

*widget boy cultureO'Henry candy bar heiress has nothin' on Lady Gaga.

*widget boy cultureAmanda Bynes needs her dog taken away. Now.

*widget boy cultureNew York Fringe Festival is back, with plenty of queer stuff.

*widget boy cultureTrayvon Martin case winding down. Will Zimmerman get off?

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