October 17, 2008

REM//So. Central Rain, Morrissey//Hairdresser on Fire

Hey baby. How's it going? Turns out it's OSS’s Queer Week!!! So, can I buy you a beer?

Reader, I am so dedicated to you that I am finishing Queer Week live from my vacation. I didn't have time to post yesterday because I totally misread my plane ticket and had to do a slightly mad dash to the airport. But I got here; yes, yes, I did.

Second report in the feature!!!:

My Super Queer Rock and Roll Crushes Countdown, Part 2: The Boys

2. Michael Stipe of REM

My early love of Michael Stipe should have been (and probably was) a red flag to many. He was my first rock and roll crush. Oh, how I loved him. I remember sleep overs where I would profess my sincere desire to be on this man's arm. This was often met with shrieks of, "he's gay!" I remember covering my ears and chanting my mantra over and over again to try to calm my frazzled adolescent dreams: "He's not gay. He's not gay. He's not gay. He is NOT GAY!" Well, for ages, he won't come out and say it, but dude is gay. And of course, my youthful obsession, who took his own sweet time about coming out in one of those everyone-already-knew situations, speaks volumes about my own orientation. Only difference: I wasted no time!

I was really obsessed with the picture of Michael Stipe that was on the back of Eponymous. For some reason, the internet doesn't own that image! It was Michael with beautiful blond curly locks and giant text that read, "THEY AIRBRUSHED MY FACE." Love. Love, I tell you.

Similar era, at least:

So. Central Rain.mp3
by REM

1. Morrissey of The Smiths, Morrissey

Of course, it's Morrissey. Who the fuck else would it be?!

Not his best song; just his gayest:
Hairdresser on Fire.mp3
by Morrissey

One Gay Fact: A dandy (also known as a beau, gallant or flamboyant person) is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies.

You are repressed,
but you're remarkably dressed!


Emily Elert said...

Is it wrong if I still cover my ears and chant "not gay!" while gazing at pictures of mr. stipe?

One Song said...

if loving michael stipe is wrong, then i don't want to be right.

theneedledrop said...

"Not his best song; just his gayest."

Quite possibly the best thing I've read on a blog.