I never forgot it! It was back in my 1980’s Lake Howell High School years. (That’s in Central Florida.) When I mentioned I liked Prince, what did metal-heads say?
“Prince is gay!”
Yet, their metal heroes were the most masculine dudes in the world. In the 80’s, real men wore tight leather pants and makeup.
Real men like Motley Crue.
How about some Poison?
Christians jumped on the bandwagon, too! I didn’t forget Stryper.
While we’re at it, let’s dig up Twisted Sister. (For the record, that’s the name of the band. Not the lead singer. Just like Alice Cooper was originally the name of the band, and not the singer.)
One more, there was even a time Pantera looked like real men. Observe the pretty hair.
As the reader can see, when metal-heads called my favorite musician gay, their heroes were the most masculine men in the world.
Thinking about this now, I always remember the story about Rob Halford, lead singer of heavy metal group Judas Priest.
For decades, Mr. Halford sported leather and studs. Many metal bands took on this look. (Observe the Motley Crue pic.)
Yet, back in the 1980’s, many metal-heads didn’t know that. They didn’t realize one of their heroes actually looked like a member of 70’s disco group Village People. A group who sung about fun at the Young Men’s Christian Association. Also known as the YMCA.
Even the term “heavy metal” has gay origins. I shall quote a line from gay writer William S. Burroughs. This is from his novel The Soft Machine, the first mention of the term.
“With their diseases and orgasm drugs and their sexless parasite life forms – Heavy Metal People of Uranus wrapped in cool blue mist of vaporized bank notes – And the Insect People of Minraud with metal music.”
Y’all saw that Uranus reference, right?
A gay man influenced the metal look. Also, a gay man first coined the term “heavy metal”. I guess this is why instead of “heavy metal”, the music is now just called “metal”.
Understand, I have nothing against metal music. It’s just that ignorant folks irritate my scalp worse than dandruff. Oh yea, apparently, the metal music scene
still has a homophobia problem.
But what do I know? I’m just a bitter, middle-aged, black man who wouldn’t know shit about music stolen…I mean heavily borrowed from black musician Jimi Hendrix.
Nope, I don’t know shit. Let me return back to my Prince music.