Ten T.O. tracks to rock your party
1. HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL,
BY ROUGH TRADE Carole Pope stirred up a lot of controversy at the 1981 Juno Awards by singing the famous “She makes me cream my jeans” line, which seems quaint in retrospect.
2. RISE UP, PARACHUTE CLUB If you didn’t listen closely to the lyrics, you might have missed that line about “freedom to love who we please,” but Toronto’s gay scene definitely got the reference. 3. ALL WOMEN ARE BITCHES,
BY FIFTH COLUMN This furious slab of Toronto queer punk made Courtney Love seem almost polite at the time. A far more influential act than they get credit for.
4. LOVERTITS, BY PEACHES T.O. gays were the first here to get what Peaches was doing, and the charmingly low-budget video for this track features a suggestively sapphic appearance by a young Feist.
5. SPUNK, BY GREEK BUCK The Toronto electro-punk duo were heard by millions of people worldwide when this gleefully spazzy track was used as the theme music for Queer As Folk. 6. BREAKDANCE HUNX, BY KIDS ON TV This gloriously sleazy lo-fi house/punk single perfectly captures the mood of mid- 00s underground Toronto parties. Great memories of sweat dripping from the ceiling at 56 Kensington. 7. COLOUR OF A MAN (PET SHOP BOYS
ORGANIC MIX), BY HIDDEN CAMERAS Who would have guessed back in their early “gay church music” days that the Hidden Cameras would be getting official remixes by the Pet Shop Boys?
8. YOUNG AND GAY, BY AUSTRA The b-side of Austra’s debut single, Beat And The Pulse, is a lovely tribute to much-missed Toronto queer activist/artist/DJ Will Munro, who had an immeasurable impact on the local scene before his dying far too young from brain cancer.
9. SHOW ME YOUR STUFF, BY DIAMOND RINGS Two songs in a row from the One Big Silence label run by Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk might seem a bit much, but he’s definitely tapped into something great. It’s fun to play spot-the-local-musician in the video, too.
10. RECKLESS WITH YOUR LOVE, AZARI & III The production twosome behind this house anthem are basically straight, but if you’ve ever caught the full live experience with flamboyant vocalists Starving Yet Full and Fritz Helder, there’s no mistaking the queerness of this banger of a track.