Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Hint Of Mint – Volume 76: LGBTQ Music From 1983 To 1984

Most of the performers on this installment of the history of LGBTQ music have been heard from already in this series, though we welcome a few new names – Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Marilyn, and Gloria Gaynor covering a gay-themed show tune and making it a classic post-disco anthem.

This playlist consists of twenty songs, some performed by artists who fall somewhere under the LGBTQ umbrella, others with queer lyrical content.


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A Hint Of Mint – Volume 75: LGBTQ Music From 1982 To 1983

The British invasion of the early 80s continues! Welcome Boy George! Welcome George Michael! Welcome Morrissey (I’m claiming him as one of us; I don’t care what he has to say about it)!

This playlist consists of twenty songs, some performed by artists who fall somewhere under the LGBTQ umbrella, others with queer lyrical content. Some of the acts are American.


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A Hint Of Mint – Volume 74: LGBTQ Music From 1981 To 1982

The British are coming! Not that they ever left, but the early eighties brought the U.S. pop charts another British invasion, this one queerer than the previous ones. Half of the twenty songs on this playlist come from UK artists, including new acts such as Soft Cell and Depeche Mode, plus some folks we’ve heard from on previous playlists in this series.

Also debuting in this edition is Luther Vandross. He didn’t come out publicly during his lifetime, but that doesn’t mean his place in queer music history should be left out.


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A Hint Of Mint – Volume 73: LGBTQ Music From 1980 To 1981

In creating this LGBTQ series, I’ve purposefully stayed away from songs our community has adopted as anthems, such as “We Are Family” and “I Will Survive.” However, this time I’m including one such song, performed by Diana Ross and written by the same pair who wrote “We Are Family.” While the lyrics aren’t expressly gay, they knew what the chorus would mean to a core audience of Ms. Ross, thereby intentionally creating an anthem.

Elsewhere, we have a couple of bands from Georgia, a handful of artists from England, some mainstream acts and some obscure ones, all of whom fall somewhere under the LGBTQ umbrella or sing queer lyrical content.


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