Music Videos of Ten Gay Club/Dance Classics

Posted by Billyjam, June 30, 2012 10:29pm | Post a Comment

As this year's LGBT Pride Month comes to a close here is one last installment in the series of Amoeblog specials celebrating the occasion It is ten music videos of gay disco/dancefloor favorites culled mostly from the 70's & 80's / disco/new wave eras (some 90's too) - and compiled from various lists and playlists drawn up by music fans and DJs.

Naturally it only scratches the surface and doesn't include a ton of great songs/videos. So feel free to post in comments any ones you think that should be added. But it does have some classic gay dancefloor staples in there including such ever popular ones such as the Village People's "In The Navy" and the Pet Shop Boys' later decade single/video cover of the Village People's "Go West."

Also included is Diana Ross' 1980 hit single "I'm Coming Out" which song producer Nile Rodgers reportedly got the idea for the track after noticing at some discos drag queens dressing like Ross. Of course the song, which was a disco and mainstream radio hit, was perceived on different levels by different people. For Ross herself it was her signature concert entrance opening theme as in the video below from her 1981 Great Western LA Forum show (note the clip also includes her doing "The Boss").

Originally known as Two Tons O Fun, The Weather Girls' Martha Wash & the late Izora Armstead began their career backing Sylvester (the late great Bay Area star's timeless disco era dancefloor burner/megahit "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" from Fantasy Records is also below). The Weather Girls enjoyed their biggest hit with "It's Raining Men" which became a huge gay anthem. Surprisingly the disco/dance single was co-written by Paul Schaffer (Letterman Show band leader) - although not originally intended for the Weather Girls - and it has over the years since been covered by numerous artists such as k.d. Lang and Andy Bell of Erasure fame.

Also included in these ten videos below is RuPaul's 1992 single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" which interestingly was released by Tommy Boy - a label mostly known for rap/hip-hop - who that same year released such rap records as House Of Pain's debut. "Small Town Boy" by the Bronksi Beat and Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax" - both from the early 80's new-wave era - are both below too as are songs from Madonna and Cher ("Vogue" and "Believe") - two female artists with dedicated gay followings.

Sylvester "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (1978)

Diana Ross "I'm Coming Out" (1981)

The Village People "In The Navy" (1978)

The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men" (1982)

Bronski Beat "Smalltown Boy" (1984)

Madonna "Vogue" (1990)

Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Relax" (1984)

RuPaul "Supermodel (You Better Work)" (1992)

Pet Shop Boys "Go West" (1993)

Cher "Believe" (1998)

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Bronski Beat (4), Madonna (47), Cher (8), Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1), Sylvester (4), Queer (15), Disco (43), Dance (16), Gay (18), Lgbt Pride Month (9)