It was I was 17, gay as springtime, and loved rock and roll. That same year a friend of mine and I snuck into our first gay bar. I thought it was going to be great, to finally be somewhere full of other gay people. It was all tuneless dance beats, nary a guitar or a melodic hook in sight. Years later I would come to appreciate why gay popular culture had evolved as it had, why a certain kind of music dominated the scene then.
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Template:Otheruses4 Template:Otherpeople. Robinson was the founding member of the Tom Robinson Band TRB , an overtly political band with several classic hits in the s , such as " Motorway",  "Power in the Darkness", "Up against the wall"  and "Don't take no for an answer" . He was an outspoken advocate of the gay movement in the s and perhaps his best known song is "Glad to be Gay"  , originally written for a Pride rally in London in , and which reached No. In the s he fronted and bankrolled Sector 27 , a less political rock band which released one album - produced by Steve Lillywhite and left Robinson virtually bankrupt. He fled to Hamburg to escape his creditors where he penned his hit "War Baby" and released his first solo album North By Northwest. His return to the UK led to late-night performances at the Edinburgh Fringe , some of which later surfaced on the live album Midnight at the Fringe.
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Sing If You’re Glad to Be Gay
In Britain in there were, quite simply, no openly gay public figures in any field; even in the relatively liberal world of entertainment the campest of comedians preferred to keep their sexuality as an albeit open secret, a matter that was just not discussed. The age of consent for male homosexual activity - legal at all only for a decade or so - was still 21 five years older than the minimum age to serve in Her Majesty's Forces , four years older than the minimum age for a driving licence and three years older than you needed to be to vote and some degree of homophobia was almost a social norm. The word " queer " had not yet been reclaimed by those whom it was used to denigrate. At the age of 17 I had in fact, as far as I recall, never met or had any dealings with anyone who was openly gay. But this was also the era of punk , with the more nebulous " New Wave " on its coat-tails, and Malcolm McLaren had made shock into a selling point, so perhaps it was not such a surprise when rumours came through the music press of a new act 1 that had made gay politics central to its very existence.
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