Amidst Bulging Pecs and Teased Hair, A Piece Of Art

15 Feb

Marc gives us his take on some gay, gay music videos.

Even with our generation’s mass execution of the age of music television, I’ve always maintained a place in my heart for great music videos, and so it comes as no surprise that I was intrigued by Out.com’s recent piece on “The Greatest, Gayest Videos of All Time” and subsequently found myself watching each and every one of the 30 videos listed.

Essentially (and perhaps not surprisingly), the list is a thorough amassment of videos filled with big 80’s hair, gay icons at their gayest, topless muscle hunks, and a whole lotta drag queens, while the music for the most part is depth-free synth-pop straight out of that big hair decade.  In other words, by the time I got to Cher roller-skating around in a hot pink-zebra print spandex leotard, I was ready to quit.

Well thankfully I didn’t, or I never would have come across the surprising gem that finds itself at number 3 on the countdown. Here lies a beautiful 7-minute short film depicting a young boy hiding his desire to play with dolls from his uber-masculine homophobic father, and who ultimately falls in love with another boy that comes to his rescue.

For all you cool indie-kids out there, the video belongs to Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, and is set to their striking song entitled “Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa”, filled with classical and minimalist elements. Somewhere along the 2-minute mark, lead singer Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto voice warbles in, adding even more depth and beauty to the music and video. As I just recently discovered, Birgisson is both blind in one eye and openly gay.

“Loftarasa” is seriously both beautiful and heartbreaking, and not wanting to ruin it for you with details, I suggest you go ahead and watch it immediately.

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One Response to “Amidst Bulging Pecs and Teased Hair, A Piece Of Art”

  1. Nigel Featherstone February 16, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    You’re right that this Sigur Ros video is powerful, original and affecting. Jonsi, Sigur Ros’s lead-singer, does bring a real freshness to gay culture (if that’s what it can be called) – in his quiet, unassuming way, he seems to be promoting the very productive approach of ‘just be yourself no matter what’. And that to me, as a gay man in a long-term relationship who lost friends when I came out, is pretty bloody refreshing. PS Of course Sigur Ros should be listened to simply because they can make great music, not just because the lead-singer is gay.

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