It's no secret that Mika has gay fans. His new album No Place in Heaven (itself an obvious gay reference) is chock-full of gay-inspired music, too.
“Good Guys,” a song written by Mika with Skyler Stonestreet is an homage to his teen heroes all of whom were gay or thought to be gay:
It’s not the cowboys
that are missing anymore
That problem was already old in ’94
Don’t be offended
this might seem a little wrong
But where have all the gay guys gone
To the romance when I was 14 years old
To my heroes that were dressing up in gold
Only hoping one day I could be so bold
Where have all the gay guys gone
If we are all in the gutter
It doesn’t change who we are
Cuz some of us in the gutter
Are looking up at the stars
Tell me where have all the good guys gone
Thank you Rufus,
thank you Auden and James Dean
Thank you Emerson and Bowie for my dreams
Wilfred Owen, Kinsey, Whitman and Rimbaud
Thank you Warhol, thank you patience,
thank you Porter and Cocteau
The song sounds like its allowing for gay people to be less than perfect, but urging us to aspire to be big, bold, brash, memorable. The gutter reference is an allusion to a The Picture of Dorian Gray line, and there are “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (Pete Seeger, 1955) and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” (Paula Cole, 1997) echoes as well.
As underscored by his publicist:
“By asking where have all the gay guys gone, Mika poses a question on the relevance of gay icons nowadays, wonders where bold, challenging, rules breaking heroes may be today.”
The video for the song, which is a European single, was shot in London, directed by KT Alueta and co-choreographed by Mika.
The American single is the pop smile-inducer “Talk About You” ... hopefully, we'll get the gay song, too!
On a related note, in case you missed it, Mika has also released a Web video of the song “Last Party,” directed by Peter Lindbergh. The song was directly inspired by the story of the three-day party Freddy Mercury gave when he found out he was HIV positive.
Check out that video after the jump ...