Category Archives: MUSIC


Village People Modern Gay

Gay-themed music videos are not a new phenomenon. From The Village People to Queen, music artists have been “camping” up their clips for decades. What has changed though is the meaning behind the songs behind the videos which are now using the platform to promote social change, recount stories of same-sex relationships and encourage self-love. While it would be easy to compile a list consisting of Katy Perry, Madonna, Kylie Minogue or Lady Gaga, here is The Top 5 Modern Gay Videos as compiled by The Modern Gay:

5. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

The year was 2004, Carson Kressley was the best looking gay on television and I was a teenager who had never seen two men passionately kiss on commercial television. That is until Christina Aguilera released her power ballad “Beautiful” which caused a stir with its accompanying music video that depicted two young men kissing on a bench.

4. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Same Love

Rap music is not traditionally known for its support of gay issues which is why Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ summer hit “Same Love” turned the genre on its head. The political protest was a Top 10 hit and beautifully demonstrated how music can reflect social issues of the time.

3. Eli Lieb – Young Love

While other good looking gay artists with guitars have recently released songs about their same-sex attraction, Eli Lieb has managed to create a music video that keeps it sweet and innocent, creating an honest video for a beautiful song that doesn’t come across as shameless self-promotion.

2. Ivri Lider – Bo (Let’s)

Openly gay Israeli singer Ivri Lider released his version of Rita’s “Bo (Let’s)” as the title track for the 2002 gay-themed movie “Yossi and Jagger”.  The music video is a montage of scenes from the Hebrew language movie that follows the relationship of two gay soldiers posted on the Israel-Lebanon border.

1. Cosmo Jarvis – Gay Pirates

Although straight, UK singer Cosmo Jarvis’ 2010 single “Gay Pirates” is about two pirates who happen to be in love with each other. In the music video, which Jarvis directed and starred in, the pirates are tortured by their fellow crewmen and finally sentenced to death.  When asked in an interview by AfterElton where a straight man comes up with the idea of a song about gay pirates, Jarvis responded

So if one in ten guys today is gay, then one in ten guys back then must have been gay, so I was just thinking there must have been gay pirates, although pirates were very tolerant toward homosexuals for the most part. But if you did end up on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you can’t run anywhere and everybody is totally against the idea of you having a partner on the boat, I felt that it was the worst thing that could happen to somebody who was gay”.

And here’s an extra video just for the fun of it…

J-Pee – I’m Not Gay

If you have any suggestions for songs that were not on the list, make sure to post a link in the Comments section.

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The Kin Modern Gay

It may not actually be Friday but that’s no excuse not to start the week on a positive note with the charming sounds of “The Kin” and their single “Get On It”. Brothers Isaac and Thorald along with drummer/percussionist Shakerleg make up the three-piece band who are based in New York City but are currently supporting Pink on her Australian tour.

Enjoy while: getting dressed first thing in the morning to put you in an inspired and uplifted mood for the rest of the day.

Interesting fact: The Kin conduct “musical robberies” whereby they storm restaurants and bars and spontaneously begin playing their music.

The Kin Modern Gay

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Next Friday, 26th July, The Modern Gay will be travelling to the beautiful beachside town of Byron Bay on the North Coast of New South Wales in Australia for “Splendour in the Grass“, a three-day music festival extravaganza. The line-up is basically a soundtrack to my Modern Gay Life from 1998 until today and includes:

Frank Ocean, The National, Mumford and Sons, Empire of the Sun, Klaxons, The Presets, Flume, Passion Pit, James Blake, Flight Facilities, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Cold War Kids, Haim, Sarah Blasko, James Blake, MS MR, Of Monsters and Men, Chet Faker, Birds of Tokyo, Vance Joy, Mitzi and many others.

Amongst the aforementioned artists is The Polyphonic Spree, a choral symphonic psychedelic pop rock band that produces music that would most definitely be enjoyed by members of a new-age cult that worshiped the rainbow dragon and believed that “love” was the only law to follow. Here’s my favourite song, “Hold Me Now”, which only confirms my willingness to be part of such a cult.

If you’re attending Splendour in the Grass then make sure you tweet me @joshvansant and we can schedule a Modern Gay dance off.


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Currently fixed on “Royals” by 16 year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor).

Sounds Like: Sophisticated pop music from a teenager with a promising future. The next “Queen of Pop” perhaps?

Enjoy while: Lying on your bed with your best friend when you should be doing your homework.

Interesting fact: Lorde was born in Auckland, New Zealand where she is currently a Year 12 student attending Takapuna Grammar School. Royals debuted at Number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 on 15th March 2013.

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Calvi on the Rocks

Currently fixed on “I Didn’t Believe” by Aussie DJ duo Flight Facilities feat. Elizabeth Rose.

Sounds Like: The soundtrack to a sexy summer.

Enjoy while: Partying with your best friends on the beach at Calvi on the Rocks this July in France.


Jimmy and Hugo from “Flight Facilities”.


Pool Party Modern Gay

Currently fixed on “Elouisa” by Australian duo The Swiss.

Sounds Like: Tropo-funk disco

Enjoy while: Eating breakfast by the pool with some groovy ladies after a night partying at Studio 54.

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Currently fixed on “Riptide” by Melbourne singer-songwriter Vance Joy.

Sounds Like: A soundtrack of folk songs from summer camp in 1973

Enjoy while: Drinking ciders with friends

Interesting fact: Vance has just signed a 5 album deal with Atlantic Records in the US

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Currently fixed on “Oh Sailor” by Mr Little Jeans

Sounds Like: A merry-go-round of musical goodness

Enjoy while: Baking cupcakes

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Currently fixed on “La Foret” by Lescop

Sounds Like: Brooklyn indie pop but in French.

Enjoy while: Eating a baguette. Wearing a beret. Sampling foie gras or doing anything else stereotypically French (like marrying your French boyfriend because same-sex marriage is legal in France!).

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Currently fixed on the Cyril Hahn remix of  “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child.

Sounds Like: Early 2000’s Destiny’s Child, after taking acid.

Enjoy while: Trippin’ balls.

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