9 songs, 36 min, 5 min reading time.
It’s been a while since I contributed to the RunPip Pride playlists, and what better time than in Pride Month so here’s my second playlist, I hope you all enjoy.
1) “In this Shirt” – The Irrepressibles
Everything about this song is brilliant, I’m only sad that I hadn’t found it sooner.
Album: “From the Circus to the Sea” (2009)
Label: Of Naked Design Recordings
2) “Lewis takes off his shirt” – Owen Pallett
The whole sound of this song is something completely different to what I normally listen to but I love it. Just listen.
Album: “Heartland” (2010)
Label: Domino Recording Co Ltd
3) “Straight Boy” – Shamir
Shamir once tweeted: “To those who keep asking, I have no gender, no sexuality and no fucks to give”. I think this song is incredible and nothing else needs to be said.
Album: “Revelations” (2017)
Label: Father/Daughter Records
4) “Gayby” – Sam Vance-Law
When asked about the title of this song: “First of all, the title is too good not to go with. And the second thing is that we like to pretend that perhaps because we have gay marriage that now we’ve finished whatever fight there is going on. That doesn’t suggest that any fight is over quite yet.”
5) “Fear” – ELM
This song is all about accepting who you are and who you love – a message I could not support more.
Single: “Fear” (2019)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Ireland Limited
6) “Wobbly” – Ezra Furman
“Visibility creates a problem in my life. A real problem. Or a bunch of ’em. But at the end of the day, I don’t really feel like I have much of a choice. It’s more of a danger to my wellbeing to not be openly gender non-conforming than to be.” No one should ever have to hide who they are. Full stop.
Ezra is also heavily featured in Netflix’s Sex Education soundtrack – an incredible show, and now another reason I love it.
Album: “Perpetual Motion People” (2015)
Label: Bella Union
7) “girls” – girl in red
Besides from being incredibly catchy and on repeat in my playlist since I found it, Marie Ulven, in an interview back in 2018, said that the one thing she would want people to take away from her music was “be gay and loud!” So be gay and loud!
Back in 2016 she was voted the most controversial pop star of the year – her response to this was “it’s weird, but I’ll just keep doing it until people realise that it’s not that unusual.” I love the whole vibe of this song, especially Ängie’s voice and the music behind it: magical.
9) “I know a place” – MUNA
Naomi McPherson, one of the band members has said “it would have meant a lot to me when I was, say, 12, to know of someone in a band and think they were cool and know they were out.” I could not agree more with this and how much it would have meant to me.