I didn't come out until the very end of high school, but I was slowly, inexorably working my way out via the décor of my room. I started slowly. The first poster I had up was Cyndi Lauper by Lynn Goldsmith. I'd bought it in Hawaii, but it had gotten a little crushed, so it was waved through the entire poster. I learned quickly that posters have souls.
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Cyndi Lauper is (fucking) 60 years old today. Sixty! Impossible. I still remember the first time I ever saw her...and it wasn't until after her fame peaked that I realized it had been Cyndi. I was flipping through Life and found this totally cool image of an orange-haired nymph in a beauty parlor setting. It looked so rad I tore it out and saved it. Years later, when she was a household name, I was looking through my already voluminous clippings boxes and found it and lo and behold, it was Blue Angel-era Cyndi. (I can't find it online, but if I come across it at home I'll scan it.)
Above is one of my fave Cyndi shots, my Matthew Rolston. I didn't really love when she went glam, but this shot seemed to have glam but to retain the essence of what made her so unusual from the beginning.
I recently ruminated about the fact that Debbie Harry has never had a Top 40 solo hit in the U.S., and had no problem at all coming up with 12 of her songs that deserved it.
Now, I've put together a list of 50 of my favorite songs of the '80s that failed to hit the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100. In some cases, these are the biggest songs of the decade, songs you simply can't believe were not bigger chart hits. In other cases, these are fantastic pop singles that simply failed to cut the mustard. And in still other cases, these are just songs that seemed squarely aimed at the Top 40 and were by acts who'd had not trouble breaking through earlier.
Enjoy, and please comment back with your own suggestions for songs I forgot...
WeHo realtor brain dead from bacterial meningitis. Get the shot.
Kmart becomes cool with just one commercial.
MILKIN' IT: Mama cat adopts orphaned bunny.
Cyndi Lauper pleads veggie on Lady Gaga's meat dress.
Men's fall/winter '13 collections are here.
PUBIC NUISANCE: Hugh Jackman gets pubic-bombed at gym.
Justin Bieber really is an idiot.
A list of the BIGGEST male stars, like Steve "12.4-inch" Cochran.
Brian Shimansky works it on out.
Is La Toya the "most relevant living Jackson?"
In the Deep Web series about friends with secrets.
Is Walt Disney World "an unconstitutional form of government?"
Scott Brown to carpetbag New Hampshire?
YESTERGAY: San Francisco's forgotten gay bars.
Best Star Wars parody ever?
Which has the Weitz stuff?
A (Work Unfriendly) Tumblr: Guys & Pits.
1st look at Darius Goodworth's FU e=fu8 Underwear shoot:
Iconic Spanish actress Sara "Sarita" Montiel also died yesterday.
Marc Jacobs and boy-toy get frisky in public.
Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry engaged!
GREEK ACTIVE: Homophobic ad protested, pulled.
Amanda Bynes is morphing into Angelyne.
DEEN MOM: Farrah Abraham $exing pornstar.
"Accidental Racist" = worst song ever.
Madonna stepped on the president's toes in Malawi.
Amsterdam vs. Putin.
Parties break out over Thatcher's death.
Morrissey: Thatcher was "without an atom of humanity."
Hazing-death defendants plead not guilty.
Vatican advisor on who doesn't deserve communion.
2 House GOPers in Illinois down with marriage equality.
Glenn Beck: "Gay marriage advocates have won..."
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pennsylvania) running for guv.
New Totally Tyler book = Boys, Booze & Bootycalls.
AY, PAPI: Your hunk of the day.
Anderson Cooper learns how to pronounce "Andy Cohen."
Immigration reform ices out LGBTs.
Bar Mitzvah Boy a pro speaker...there's nothin' to it!
Joe Biden was a hot piece of tail:
I've got two tickets for the fabulous new Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical KINKY BOOTS on Broadway—and it's a snap to enter for your chance to win them!
Simply comment this blog with your favorite Cyndi Lauper OR Harvey Fierstein project—it can be a play, a movie, a song or an album—and on February 24 at 5PM EST I will randomly pick one winner!
Note: This prize does not include any travel or lodging, so you will have to get yourself to and from the show. Please do not enter if you are not in the area and available to attend.
Featuring a sensational new score, knockout dancing and a spectacularly uplifting story, KINKY BOOTS is the must-see new musical that proves that sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out!
Above, a gallery of the night's pro-gay glitterati
BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** OUT OF ****
Last night was Home for the Holidays, what's becoming an annual event hosted by Cyndi Lauper ("& Friends") to raise money for her True Colors Fund, which benefits homeless LGBT youth. While the night also offered Lauper ample opportunity to remind us of her beloved music catalogue, her upcoming Broadway show Kinky Boots and WE reality series Still So Unusual (even her underrated 1988 movie Vibes got a shout-out!), there's no questioning that her heart's in the right place, nor would you get very far if you attempted to convince anyone her charm or vocal skills are on any kind of decline.
The show started right on time and spanned three hours, including brief appearances by Whoopi Goldberg (a bit discombobulated), Andy Cohen (studly in plaid and denim) and Carson Kressley (game for anything, including jokes about Grindr that Cohen could be seen having to lean over and explain to Rosie O'Donnell), not to mention a pretty hysterical stand-up spot by Rosie.
Is it the singer's real-life sexual persuasion, the explicit or implicit (and positive or negative) lyrical content, how it has been embraced by the gay community, being inextricably linked with its homo-erotic video...or something else?
Or all of the above?
My picks for the gayest songs of all time follow below in alphabetical order by artist. There is also a separate post (with a crazy load time) with the songs arranged somewhat creatively for your listening/viewing enjoyment.
Feel free to tell me what am I missing, in both senses of the question...