Thursday, September 11, 2008

Are These the Gayest Soundtracks of All Time?

Out Magazine recently published their list of The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time), tallied up from a poll they conducted of "more than 100 actors, comedians, musicians, writers, critics, performance artists, label reps and DJs". They asked everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Candis Cayne to Bruce Vilanch to name "the 10 albums that left the most indelible impressions on their lives".

Somewhat surprisingly (at least in my eyes), only three soundtrack albums and only two Broadway cast albums made the final cut. Hedwig and the Angry Inchplaced highest, just shy of the top ten at #11. You then have to go all the way to #70 (and past a lot of Madonna) to get to Rent,followed by Fame(#73), The Rocky Horror Picture Show(#78) and Hair(#94). I have to say, I'm not sure how Fame and Hair got in there (their gay content is minimal at best, derogatory at worst), but the fact that all five of these have (for the most part) rock scores shows that those polled spend more time listening to their record collections then going to see movies or the theater.

And really, how serious can you take a so-called list of the "gayest albums of all time" that has no mention of Barbra? Or Liza? No Village freakin' People?!? Granted, they did put Judy at Carnegie Hallin the top ten, but still. Perhaps we'll have to do a future poll of our own to determine the gayest soundtracks of all time.

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