Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mad and Gay Music?

By pure coincidence, the other day two websites came to my attention. Both are concerned with music but in markedly different and, to me -- by their very juxtaposition in my stream of awareness – rather amusing ways.

www.madmusic.comFirstly, there’s Captain Wayne’s (originally called The Doctor Demento Show) which is a huge archive of tunes going back to the first show in 1972. It’s rather zany yet rewarding, you’ve really got to visit the site to comprehend and appreciate it.

In stark contrast, there’s Love God’s Way Ministries who say they “specialize in Christian topics other so-called Churches do not want to deal with. Recently, we’ve started work on the Homosexual problem.  We believe they can be fixed and we have created a means of fixing them.”Love Gods Way Ministries (home page)

Being an old square I happen to listen almost exclusively to orchestral (“classical”) music, jazz, the Big Bands, and other mainly instrumental music.

So I have only the slightest experience of most of today's “popular” music, the supposedly-dangerous Gay Bands that they list:

“One of the most dangerous ways Homosexuality invades family life is through popular music.  Parents, please keep careful watch over your children’s listening habits. … We Strongly recommend that you burn the CDs” they say.

Nor do I have more than the slightest experience listening to the Safe Bands that they  have cataloged.

Perhaps you’d be interested in reviewing their two lists, the devilish versus heavenly bands, giving your opinions and explaining it all to an out-of-touch old timer?


  1. Not sure if this will help put your mind at ease, but I listen to quite a few of these supposedly "Gay Bands" (Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Sarah McLachlan, Bob Dylan, Bjork, Queen, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Kansas, Indigo Girls, Nirvana, Frank Sinatra, Audioslave, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.), and I haven't suddenly decided I want to be gay. I've even listened to Elton John on many occasions - and he's (according to the link you provided) "really gay", and his music hasn't tricked me into being gay.

    Music doesn't make you gay... being gay makes you gay. You can't trick someone into being what they already are. You can accept who someone is and support them as they attempt to understand and come to terms with that identity (something we all must do periodically)... or persecute them because they're different from you and try to convince them to pretend to be something they're not.

  2. That's pretty close to my reaction too, Tim, but I thought that I'd ask around to find out what others think.

  3. LOL, did the people that created that list become gay?

  4. Lol. Thanks for sharing this post. Check out a gay version of the "Shit Girls Say" video.

  5. This is a really cool website. Great job, the comments are really insightful.