10/10 Gaydar rating.
Someone told me that decades ago there was a rumor about Rod Stewart. The rumor went something like he collapsed and had to go to the hospital where it was found that his stomach was filled with semen. Or something similar. I laughed that shit off. Rod Stewart? Yeah, probably.
The following article makes me wonder:
Rod Stewart has long favored story songs, going back to 1971’s classic Maggie May. But five years later, he spun a story about something far more serious and forward-thinking. Its subject couldn’t be more horribly relevant, given this past weekend’s massacre in Orlando.
Forty years ago this Saturday (18 June), Stewart released The Killing of Georgie Parts I and II, the first major pop song to tell the tale of a gay man who died, in part, because of his sexual identity.
Far from solely a sad tale, Georgie also ranked as the first chart hit to present a gay man with not only empathy but admiration.
Now we know why? Who knows, who cares?
So is this like when white people say they’ve got tons of black friends so people wont think they’re racist? If not, then why does pulling the gay card work for this guy? This is just more proof that to be anything interesting these days all you’ve got to do is be female, black, or gay (or any other version of a sexual deviant.)
While the outlines of Georgie’s story, and his murder, are true, Stewart admits: “I wasn’t on the scene when it happened, so I embellished a bit.”
In honor of the song’s 40th anniversary, Stewart just put Georgie back in his live set for the first time in a decade. “It’s a favorite all over the world,” he said. “When we just start to play the intro, there’s this wonderful sigh: ‘Oh, they’re doing that one again.” Read more…
I’d really love to care about this aging glam rock star but I’ve never been too much into his work. To each xir own.