18 Jan Trading Tunes with Whiskey Houston

Ahead of the Sugar Mountain Festival this weekend in Melbourne, local legend Katie Pearson A.K.A. Whiskey Houston has kindly traded some tunes with us. If you’re wondering why you can’t see her name on the Sugar Mountain line-up, it’s because she’s playing in a secret club, hidden within the grounds of Sugar Mountain. The secret club is called Absolut Nights presents Studio 45 and if you find it, not only will you get the best disco, house and club bangers via Whiskey Houston, but Andee Frost, Kate Miller and 2 secret international acts.

You can also catch Whiskey Houston on the 4th of February at The Gasometer. Until then, here’s Whiskey Houston’s Trading Tunes based on the theme of ‘secretly queer songs’.

Wham! – ‘Blue (Armed With Love)’

“A huge hurdle to coming out is doing it alone. A lot of queers will keep their queerness quiet until they’ve fallen for someone because you feel a whole lot less vulnerable when you’ve got some company for that kind of journey. It’s such a smooth jam for such a heart-breaking story.”

Dusty Springfield – ‘In Private’

“This is maybe my favourite thing the Pet Shop Boys ever did, and definitely my favourite Dusty song. She craftily includes the lyric, “When you run back to your wife?”, which would have been a her sharp defence against the homophobes to get the song some mainstream airtime.”

The Skatt Brothers – ‘Life At The Outpost’

“This song is the namesake of a disco night I run with a couple of friends called The Outpost. “What a way to keep up your raging” indeed. The Skatt Brothers made masculine disco with hyper-homoerotic lyrics and had the world thinking they really were into wooing the ladies with their cowboy ways.”

Material & Nona Hendryx – ‘Busting Out’

Nona Hendryx is a bit of a musical genius. She’s a third of Labelle and wrote a lot of their music, pretty much all the sexier later stuff. She made a bunch of amazing new wave and had video clip banned from MTV for having drag queens in it. It’s said that she wrote this song with Material to celebrate finally busting out of that awfully grim closet.”

Carl Bean – ‘Born This Way’

“Ok, so there’s nothing secret about this one at all. This was probably the most unfiltered and direct declaration of a person’s queerness at that point in time (1977!). Queer or not, it’s impossible to not feel overwhelmingly gay when this comes on, but maybe that’s just me being a massive queer.”


Marcus Rimondini

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