What’s on – Thursday, 2 September 2010

Tune in at 7pm tonight: we talk about The Greens deal with Labor that excluded any change to the ban on same-sex marriage. We talk about where pop music is going in this coming decade. And on Guy’s Gay Music History Corner we talk about taxi driver-cum-70s gay singer-songwriter, Michael Cohen.

The Greens have just signed a deal with the ALP, to support their forming a government. Significantly, it includes no agreement to remove the ban on same-sex marriage. hmm. The three rural independents, Andrew Wilkie in Tasmania and the WA National, are all still in talks with the Liberals and Labor to form a majority to govern. Who will come out on top in the end? And what will it mean for the queer community?

[This panda has made its decision about who it supports in the election. It might just be going with the fashion though.]

This election has seen a lot of attention on The Greens and the role of ‘independents’ in politics. On the show we’ll discuss whether this is a good thing or a bad thing for democracy and social change in Australia. I think the person who mocked up the picture below has made up their mind. But hey, the panda seems to be Green supporter, so…

Also on the show, we’ll be playing some of our favourite songs from 2010 (so far), and we’ll make some preliminary predictions on where this new decade of music culture seems to be going? Do we have enough perspective to describe the 2000’s in a way like we can describe the 80’s or 60’s? We’ll quiz Nick on what he reckons!

Mr Guy Blackman will also join us for our regular segment ‘Guy’s Gay Music History Corner’. Today, we are talking about Michael Cohen who was a gay NYC cab driver. Cohen also happened to be a singer-songwriter active in the 70s, who released some of the first openly gay music. And it’s great!

We’re going to play a song called ‘Evil and Lusty’ which is off his first release. Watch a youtube clip of the song here. It’s somewhat harder to find than his two albums that came out on Folkways in 1973 and 1976. Sadly, Michael Cohen never got the attention he deserved and after these three albums, he stopped making music and fell into obscurity. He died in 1997 from an AIDS related illness.

Just for the record, Alex’s favourite gay song EVER is a Michael Cohen song called ‘Bitterfeast’ that is available on a fantastic compilation (very easy to find) put together by music critic Jon Savage. It is called Queer Noises 1961-1978: From the Closet to the Charts.



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