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Fri, 20 Feb 2015

Queer-Positive Songs

Just recently I stumbled upon one of these songs again and thought to myself: Are there more out there? With these songs I mean songs that could from its lyrics be considered queer-positive. Lyrics that cointain parts that speak about queer topics. To get you an idea of what I mean here are three songs as examples:

  • Saft by Die Fantastischen Vier: The excert from the lyrics I am refering to is: "doch im Grunde sucht jeder Mann eine Frau // Wobei so mancher Mann besser mit Männern kann // und so manche Frau lässt lieber Frauen ran" ("but basically every man looks for a woman // though some man prefer men // and some women prefer women").
  • Liebe schmeckt gut by Grossstadtgeflüster: Here the lyrics go like "Manche lieben sich selber // manche lieben unerkannt // manche drei oder fünf" ("some love themself // some love in secrecy // some three or five"). For a stereo sound version of the song watch this video instead, but I love the video. :)
  • Mein schönstes Kleid by Früchte des Zorns: This song is so much me. It starts off with "Eines Tages werd ich aus dem Haus geh'n und ich trag mein schönstes Kleid" ("One day I'll go out and I'll wear my most beautiful dress" sung by a male voice). I was made aware of it after the Poetry Night at debconf12 in Nicaragua. As long as people still think of people like me as "a dude in a dress" there is a lot work to do to fight transphobia and gain tolerance and acceptance.

Do you have further examples for me? I know that I already mentioned another one in my blog entry about Garbage for a start. I am aware that there probably are dedicated bands that out of their own history do a lot songs in that direction, but I also want to hear about songs in which it is only mentioned in a side note and not made the central topic of the whole song, making it an absolutely normal random by-note.

Like always, enjoy—and I'm looking forward to your suggestions!

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Sandro wrote at 2015-02-20 18:05:

Ich würde dir mal sookee eine* queere Rap* aus Berlin mit an die Liste hängen: (bitches butches dykes & divas) endlich feiern alle queers hiphop wieder // und der grund ist offensichtlich meine hits sind lila// queer leben ist kein partymotto dis teil geht tiefer // quing is bitch butch dyke and diva

Kess wrote at 2015-02-20 18:09:

Thanks for the post, I really like «Mein schönstes Kleid»!

One band I keep coming back to is The Hidden Cameras: https://www.youtube.com/user/thehiddencamerasTV

Grazer wrote at 2015-02-20 19:25:

Sookee Berlin -- YEAH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Ic3hMzno0&list=RDu1Ic3hMzno0#t=0

Syndacation wrote at 2015-02-20 22:17:


I think there may be a problem with the syndication of your blog. This post shows up at planet Debian and I guess it is not intended for there.

Apart from that... Good listening :)

Rhonda wrote at 2015-02-20 22:26:

Oh, it very much is intended to show up there. :) But thanks for your comment!

Stefan wrote at 2015-02-20 22:59:

Die Ärzte, M&F:

Manche Männer lieben Männer, Manche Frauen eben Frauen // Da gibt's nichts zu bedauern und nichts zu staunen // Das ist genau so normal wie Kaugummi kauen // Doch die meisten werden sich das niemals trauen

Someone wrote at 2015-02-21 06:36:

Do you consider the second one queer-positive, or just non-traditional-relationship positive ("three or five")?

Rhonda wrote at 2015-02-21 07:56:

I do consider Polyamory as part of queer too, yes.

Anne wrote at 2015-02-21 12:55:

Fabulous Troubadors - Y a des garçons:

Y'a des garçons pour les filles // Des filles pour les garçons // L'opéra pour la Bastille // L'apéro pour les glaçons // Y'a des garçons pour les filles // Des filles pour les garçons // Y'a des filles pour les filles // Et des garçons pour les garçons (x2)

Blah wrote at 2015-02-21 14:25:

I would translate "so mancher Mann" with "many a man" or "quite a few men".

skierpage wrote at 2015-02-23 08:40:

I'm not sure what you mean but Tom Robinson Band "Glad to Be Gay" is old and nifty. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=31s2z257tAI

summerfield wrote at 2015-02-23 23:42:

Have you ever come across The Communards, and Jimmy Somerville, their songwriter and singer. They were very political about this stuff back in the day, with songs like "There's more to love than boy meets girl". Placebo have a few tunes on the subject too, starting with their breakout track Nancy Boy.

zou wrote at 2015-02-24 18:20:

I think Lou Reed's "Walking on the Wild Side" qualifies :D

Mike wrote at 2015-02-28 14:33:

And don't forget (from way in my dim past, we won't go there), "Lola", by the Kinks...

Someone wrote at 2015-03-01 17:45:

The folk song Everything Possible (Fred Small) might fit the criteria? I particularly like the Boston Gay Men's Chorus version, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cC6f64d_Nc

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