CARLY RAE JEPSEN AT WHITE PARTY
I have nothing against Carly Rae Jepsen or this decent pop song. But does anyone else remember when large gay events hired a different kind of act: Kevin Aviance, Inaya Day, Kristine W FanBase, Pepper MaShay, Deborah Cox, Ce Ce Peniston, Kim English, Ultra Nate, Vernessa Mitchell, Deborah Cooper, Robin S, etc? Now gays can fight in the military and may soon be able to get married. But do we have to assimilate so much that we're listening to the same music as straights when our own musical tastes just a decade ago were infinitely superior? And is Carly's pointless guitar player strumming over the pre-recorded track add ANYTHING except a joke factor? With a few notable exceptions, LA was never known for it's house music scene. And White Party is in Palm Springs but it's attended by people from LA and all over. They do have a bigger underground rock scene than NYC. But there used to be a different dance diva performing at Roxy every weekend singing Peace In The Valley or The Pressure. But now gays dance to top 40 and clubs dwindling due to grindr and bottle service in a recession can't afford to book Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Nicky Minaj, etc. But why would gays want anything under the radar when today's gays just lap up the typical hype? There is a market for it if promoters had an imagination: Beth Ditto just sold out XL and it was her first gay club appearance. I think kids buy what they are sold whereas they used to seek out stuff that was different. There was honor in unearthing fresh stuff and it was appreciated by those with open minds--we lionized djs who were able to twirl us in ways we never knew we could be twirled. And when you buy anything you are sold, they freely sell you crap and you buy it. See: Iraq war.