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Jan 03 2017
Kellyanne Conway In High School Comments (0)
 
Oct 24 2016
Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns Dies @ 57 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 2.45.34 PMPete Burns: August 5, 1959-October 23, 2016 (Image via Epic)

I'm so sad to report that Pete Burns, the trans-vibing lead singer of '80s pop outfit Dead or Alive, died yesterday following what's being called a massive heart attack. He was just 57.

Burns's family released the following statement on social media:

As a founding member and the lead singer of the British New Wave pop/dance group Dead or Alive, formed in 1980, Burns was surely one of the most uniquely recognizable figures on the scene, rocking a long, wild mane and Elizabeth Taylor makeup, bellowing in baritone and flaunting fluidly feminine dance moves that made him even more of a gender-bender than the more iconic Boy George.

With the group's debut album, Sophisticated Boom Boom (1984), they made their mark with the staccato “I'd Do Anything” and the minor hit “Misty Circles,” which featured Burns's trademark operatic-leaning Goth vocals. Showing they were unafraid of the disco backlash, the group also covered the 1975 hit “That's the Way (I Like It),” the KC and the Sunshine Band. Revved up by an added refrain of, “Keep that, keep that body strong,” the song's video echoed Olivia Newton-John's 1981 video for “Physical,” presenting Burns as a slinky taskmistress surrounded by rock-hard female bodybuilders.

It was a twist on ideas of gender that would come to define the act.

With 1985's Youthquake, the band tasted true success—it would be their highest-ranking Billboard 200 album in the U.S., and also its biggest seller in the U.K. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” from that album hit #1 all over the globe (a career-best #11 in the U.S.) and is one of the top hits of the '80s.

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It was followed by Top 40 Euro hits “Lover Come Back to Me,” “In Too Deep” and “My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor).”

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know (1987) represented a streamlining and mainstreaming of the band's sound, resulting in I'll Save You All My Kissesthe pop hits “Brand New Lover” (#15 U.S.), ”Something in My House,” “Hooked on Love” and “I'll Save You All My Kisses.”

With 1989's Nude, featuring a beautiful, painting-like nude profile of Burns, Dead or Alive had become a full-on Hi-NRG dance act—in this fan's opinion, the entire record is one long, irresistible thrash in a gay club, with stand-out tracks like “Turn Around and Count 2 Ten” (by the way, poppers help, too), “I Cannot Carry On” and the unapologetically horny “Come Home with Me Baby” (quite a statement during the AIDS era), the final DOA single to touch the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.—and of course it landed on #69.

Fan the Flame (Part 1) (1990), Nukleopatra (1995) and Fragile (2000) were released only in Japan (until many years later), the last place where DOA was still big. All have a same-sounding appeal to the group's biggest hits, following the same it-ain't-broke-and-we-ain't-fixing-it approach as groups like Erasure, New Order and Pet Shop Boys.

Along with the studio albums, there have been many hits and other packages. An utterly massive Dead or Alive compilation A1bPv7LrqnL._SL1500_called Sophisticated Boom Box is set for release for around $150 on November 4. It contains a mere 17 CDs worth of material.

In spite of his flamboyant demeanor that made many assume he was gay, Burns was married to Lynne Corlett from 1978 until 2006. He did engage in a civil partnership with Michael Simpson in 2006, but they broke up and Burns disparaged gay marriage, saying he preferred marriage to a woman. He and Simpson did reconcile.

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Burns was perhaps as well known (fueled by a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K. in 2006) for his ever-changing visage as for his musicality and showmanship, claiming to have had hundreds of plastic surgeries. 

One, on his lips, went so horrifically wrong he required a year and a half of reconstructive procedures. He was barely recognizable in his fifties, a state he said was his goal:

“The number of surgeries that I’ve had'll probably be 300. I hope when I’m 80 that I get to heaven and God doesn’t recognize me.”

Sadly, he was off by over 20 years.

One of Pete's stage final performances of his signature hit, from earlier this year:

 
Sep 07 2016
6-PACK — Death Of The Party + DALLAS MORNING NEWS For Hillary + Trump's Bondi Graft Revealed + King Of Norway Speaks Up For Queens + 50 Cent's Anti-Trans Slam + Uplifting Song! Comments (0)

Chris-edwardsChris Edwards, one of Toronto's glittering stars (Image via Chris Edwards/Facebook)

*widget boy cultureChris Edwards, a popular Toronto drag queen, has died after collapsing August 26 folowing a performance at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. 

*widget boy cultureDallas Morning News: “We recommend Hillary Clinton for president.” First Dem endorsement in 75+ years.

*widget boy cultureForget about the appearance of impropriety—Donald Trump looks to have bribed Pam Bondi to drop investigation.

*widget boy cultureAmazing speech on LGBTQ rights, religious tolerance by 79-year-old King of Norway:

*widget boy culture50 Cent mocks his ex, Vivica A. Fox, using image of trans woman disfigured by bad injectibles.

*widget boy cultureCheck out Mikey Wax's “Helium,” written when a friend was diagnosed with cancer:

 
Aug 13 2016
6-PACK — Rubio's LGBT Fake-Out + Russian Hackers Strike Dems Again + TOWLEROAD's Goff Scoffs At DAILY BEAST + MAKING A NON-MURDERER + Hugh Must Be Joking + Madonna's Gift To Rocco! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 10.11.48 AMThe crooked places will be made straight ... (Video still via YouTube @marcorubio)

*widget boy cultureLocked in a tight Senate race, failed prez candidate Rubio offers message of tolerance at anti-LGBT event.

Watch Rubio's speech here/after the jump.

*widget boy cultureRussian hackers leak House Democrats' e-mails, cell numbers. Not a Republican victim in sight. Hm.

*widget boy cultureTowleroad's Michael Goff excoriates The Daily Beast and its right-wing leadership over Grindr column:

*widget boy cultureSHOCKER: Making a Murderer subject's conviction overturned.

*widget boy cultureHugh Grant couldn't recognize his co-star Renée Zellweger, who has passionately denied plastic surgery.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's displays heart of gold with 16th b'day gift to Rocco.

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Jun 21 2016
6-PACK — Musto Read On Nick Jonas & Lady Gaga + Baby Got Beck + BIG HOMOPHOBE + Hillary > Trump + Cosmetic Work, Work, Work, Work, Work + Sotomayor Seeks Justice! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureAs always, Michael Musto writes provocatively and thoughtfully on whether Nick Jonas & Lady Gaga are gay allies or opportunists.

*widget boy cultureActor Tom Beck bares his backside in a German flick. (Work Unfriendly)

Tom-beck-tom-beck-18861988-640-368Beck for good (Video still via RTL)

*widget boy cultureWhy is there always a resident homophobe on Big Brother? Do they do this with racists???

*widget boy cultureIt's all about the electoral college, but FYI, Hillary is way ahead of Trump in a new national poll.

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*widget boy cultureGuess the cosmetic procedure one expert thinks just about every famous woman has had? Yes, even her.

*widget boy cultureJustice Sotomayor's latest dissent is a withering essay that nods to #BlackLives Matter. 

 
Mar 18 2016
6-PACK — After Vilifying The Concept, Sanders Warms To Superdelegates + Teacher Held Sex Parties For Kids + NYC's First St. Patrick's Gay Parade + Courtney Acts Up On Politics + Bernie Sanders Bolts Interview! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 3.44.32 PMDon't miss his touching story of coming out as gay to his twin. (Video image via I'm From Driftwood)

*widget boy cultureGay twins come out to each other, then to mom. (See video after jump.)

*widget boy cultureTeacher charged for hosting underage sex parties.

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 9.49.30 AMTeacher Jared Anderson has admitted to the sexual impropriety, and apologized to parents. (Image via KIAH)

*widget boy cultureNYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade's historical first inclusion of LGBT groups. Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 3.53.10 PM

*widget boy cultureAustralian Courtney reads us the riot Act on the U.S. primary.

*widget boy cultureSanders walks out on interview—imagine Hillary doing this?

*widget boy cultureSuddenly, Sanders likes superdelegates? (A rare flip-flop.)

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Mar 02 2016
Back From The Dead: New DEATH BECOMES HER Blu-ray Comments (0)

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Yeah, so there is a new collector's Blu-ray of Death Becomes Her, one of the most beloved movies of yesteryear among gay dudes in their 40s on down.

 
Feb 27 2016
Hillary Clinton Speaks Of Breaking Down Barriers Following SC Win Comments (0)

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Hillary Clinton's win in South Carolina is by about 50%, and she followed it with a riled-up, inspiring speech.

Quote:

Together, we can break down all the barriers holding out families and our country back. We can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every single American can have that chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. And then and only then can America live up to its full potential.

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