Strong Love

Label
Chapter Music
Release date
4 May 2012
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
53:47

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Everyone Involved - A Gay Song 4:15 67
2 Charlie Murphy - Gay Spirit 5:35 62
3 Blackberri - It's Okay 3:53 40
4 Smokey - Strong Love 3:49 206
5 Robert Campbell - Dreamboy 4:00 38
6 Mike Cohen - Evil & Lusty 3:12 29
7 Lavender Country - Cryin' These Cocksucking Tears 3:13 973
8 Chris Robison - Big Strong Man In My Life 2:34 157
9 Steven Grossman - Out 3:21 48
10 Tom Robinson - Good To Be Gay 2:55 57
11 Buena Vista - Hot Magazine 3:04 36
12 International Gay Society - Stand Up For Your Rights 2:48 35
13 Scrumbly & Martin - Hots For A Hustler 2:59 31
14 Paul Wagner - The One 3:42 29
15 Conan - Tell OI' Anita 4:27 24

About this album

“Strong Love” explores the first wave of openly gay songwriting, emerging after New York’s Stonewall Riots kickstarted the modern gay rights movement in 1969. It took just a few years for the defiant chanting and interlocked arms of early 70s pride marches to reverberate onto record, and Strong Love begins with the earliest known example, 1972’s A Gay Song by London hippie collective Everyone Involved. Across 15 tracks, the compilation takes in disarmingly personal folk, uplifting soul, outsider country and dark synth-rock. But tellingly, none of its songs could be considered well-known. New York’s Steven Grossman released the first major label album by an openly gay artist in 1974, and Tom Robinson hit the UK Top 20 with the fiery Glad To Be Gay in 1978, but these are the exceptions. The coy ambivalence of Lou Reed and David Bowie was about as sexually adventurous as the 1970s music industry got, and most Strong Love artists released their own self-funded recordings in very limited numbers. Unlike their lesbian counterparts, who joined forces to create long-lasting record labels, strong distribution networks and considerable sales figures for artists such as Cris Williamson and Holly Near, gay male musicians in the 1970s existed largely in solitary bubbles. Which doesn’t mean they didn’t carve out niches of their own. Eccentric one man band Chris Robison played with the New York Dolls and Elephant’s Memory, while LA glam seducer Smokey saw members of the Stooges and Quiet Riot pass through his backing band.

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