Queer The Music: Jake Shears On The Songs That Changed Lives

Queer The Music: Jake Shears On The Songs That Changed Lives

By Mercury Studios

Jake Shears celebrates the anthems that have dominated dancefloors and shaped queer lives. Throughout the history of popular music, queer artists have made huge contributions - often at great expense and risk to themselves personally and professionally. This podcast shines a spotlight on those who trailblazed paths towards self expression. Join Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears and his guests as he unearths these important stories song by song. Executive Producer: Alice Williams, Producer: Debbie Kilbride, Research: Mark Wood and Luke Wheatley

Episodes

5 - ‘King’ by Years and Years (Olly Alexander)

This episode celebrates a hit from 2015 that went straight to the top of the UK Charts and was named song of the year by Time magazine. It’s the compulsively danceable ‘King’ by electro-pop then-trio Years and Years. Jake is joined by Musician and Actor Olly Alexander, the then frontman of Years & Years. Olly is a huge champion of LGBTQ+ issues, proudly celebrating his queerness by writing inclusive songs, displaying queer love in his music videos and portraying lead character Ritchie in the hit TV show ‘It’s A Sin’. They discuss the making of 'King', Olly’s career, his influences and the struggles he’s faced as a Queer artist.  Good luck representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision Olly! (This interview was recorded last summer, so before the news was announced).  Thank you to our sponsors... Factor’s delicious, ready-to-eat meals make eating better every day easy. Head to factormeals.com/queerthemusic50 and use code queerthemusic50 to get 50% off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/24·37m 17s

4 - 'Fuck The Pain Away' by Peaches

Cult feminist musician and artist, Peaches exploded onto the music scene in 2000 with her punky, electroclash album The Teaches of Peaches and it’s standout hit 'Fuck the Pain Away'. She’s been pushing the boundaries ever since, making genderqueer work that is sex and body positive and has led the way for successive generations of artists to diddle their skittles (hi Beyonce). In this episode Jake speaks to Peaches about the making of 'Fuck The Pain Away', her creative process, it's initial reception and what being a queer artist means to her. You can watch the full episode on Mercury Studios' YouTube channel here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/24·36m 17s

3 - 'A Little Respect' by Erasure

Andy Bell was out and proud from the get go, fronting synth pop duo Erasure who sold over 20 million albums and had an incredible 17 Top 10 singles. This episode celebrates the most enduring of all their records, the 1988 hit ‘A Little Respect’. Considered by many as the ultimate Pride Anthem, to this day it still gets dance floors heaving and crowds singing their hearts out. Jake and Andy discuss the making of the song, the gay scene in London during the early days of Andy's career, growing in confidence and progressing as a queer performer. You can watch the full episode on Mercury Studios' YouTube channel here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/24·31m 32s

2 - 'I Do This All The Time' by Self Esteem

Since leaving her Indie band ‘Slow Club’ and going solo Rebecca Lucy Taylor (aka Self Esteem) has been releasing patriarchy-smashing anthems and shining a spotlight on the under-represented experiences of queer women. In this episode Jake talks to his West End Cabaret co-star Self Esteem about her brilliant single “I Do This All The Time” which is about how complicated it is to just be a human.  You can watch the full episode on Mercury Studios' YouTube channel here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/24·38m 46s

1 - 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' by Sylvester

This episode celebrates trailblazing diva Sylvester James and his iconic disco anthem ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’. Black, gay and gender fluid (before that was even a term), Sylvester’s uncompromising attitude paved the way for generations of queer artists. Longtime collaborator and close friend Jeanie Tracy shares intimate memories of working with Sylvester and biographer Josh Gamson paints a picture of San Francisco in the 1970s and ‘80s - from glitterball heyday to the terror of AIDS. You can watch the full episode on Mercury Studios' YouTube channel here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/24·52m 20s

Queer The Music: Jake Shears On The Songs That Changed Lives - Coming Soon!

Jake Shears celebrates the anthems that have dominated dancefloors and shaped queer lives. Throughout the history of popular music, queer artists have made huge contributions - often at great expense and risk to themselves personally and professionally. This podcast shines a spotlight on those who trailblazed paths towards self expression. Join Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears and his guests as he unearths these important stories song by song. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/24·1m 59s
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