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Why does this sound exactly like Chilly Gonzales? 

Pop Music Gender Musings

Looking at all the vids I’ve posted, I’m struck that the alternative pop stars of thirty years ago seem to portray far more gender-fluid images than now. I wonder why that is? 

Even the ones that weren’t gay were perfectly happy dressing like “girls” in a way I just can’t imagine equivalent alt bands doing now. 

And let’s not even examine the current pop punk / hardcore scenes which are so unremittingly macho, boyrock, heteronormative and gender-conformist as to often make me queasy. The bands seem to be an endless line of frat boys in backwards baseball hats and shorts, bellowing about how sensitive and not like the other boys they are. 

Maybe that’s why a Conchita seems so revolutionary and refreshing now, like a cold glass of water in a desert. 

I saw The Cure in ‘81, the first gig I went to see on my own. It was scary, full of old people who were, like, 25! Argh. 

So many goths. The reek of hairspray, more from the boys than girls. I was a young Indian kid in a sea of pale faces made even paler by make up. Pixie boots, Oxford bags, trench coats and black nail varnish / lipstick by the lorry load. 

They fucking ruled, I loved it.

I remember a straight lad at school admitting he fancied Marc Almond a bit. 

You really can’t overestimate what Soft Cell did for gay visibility in the early ’80s. 


I remember one ep of Oxford Road Show where I’m sure they got Dave Gahan to host it. And they had DM and Yazoo playing? And then Dave asked Vince about leaving DM and it was all the most awkward thing ever. 


The Passions with their quintessentially ’80s anthem. 

Today, I will be posting a load of vids from one of my fave shows as a kid: THE OXFORD ROAD SHOW. 

I love Robert Elm’s awkward intro here, so fucking ’80s. 


femmeviva said: I have actively tried to find something more than merely problematic about harrow boy there. It would be hard without asking his mom. Anyway, I find it hard to not like him.

But why are you trying to put yourself off him? He seems like a throughly good egg to me! 

Any time an ubergeek like Cumberbatch becomes a romantic icon to millions, I’m happy! :-)


No explanation needed.

When fan gets to talk to Benedict. 

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Comic-Con Newsflash: Women Are Obsessed With Benedict Cumberbatch


"I’m gonna try not to cry," said the big-eyed brunette fan, quavery-voiced as she approached the microphone. 

Forty feet away, the British actor seated at the dais in Comic-Con’s Hall H leaned forward and nodded benevolently.

"We’ll all try together," replied Benedict Cumberbatch.

Many a genre heartthrob has graced the stage at Comic-Con in years past, but the reaction to the 38-year-old Cumberbatch — who’s never made the trek to San Diego until now, despite a Con-worthy résumé that includes Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit — was on a different level than the shrieks that used to greet Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson here. This felt personal. The women in this audience, whose crush on Cumberbatch was stoked initially by the BBC series Sherlock, had helped to make him a romantic lead and a movie star almost by sheer force of fervor, and now he had arrived to face his overcome creators at last.

"You exist!" he said to his fans as he took the stage to a cavernous ballroom lit up by raised iPhones. Mere minutes later, his name began trending on Twitter.

Cumberbatch was there at Comic-Con to promote, uh, the animated film Penguins of Madagascar. Sure, we’ll go with that. Rumor has it that Marvel will announce his casting as Dr. Strange during the studio’s Saturday panel, and Cumberbatch coyly fanned those flames of speculation when a fan asked him what superhero he’d like to play. “Nurse Normal,” he said, to crickets. Then, “That was a joke on Dr. Strange.”

But for the most part, he talked Penguins. (Moderator Craig Ferguson warned the audience in advance, “Any questions at the end of this about Sherlock, Comic-Con is canceled.”) In the film, spun off from the popular Madagascar series, Cumberbatch voices a wolf that recruits our titular birds to fight John Malkovich’s selfie-taking, villainous octopus. 

Did he do any research for the role? Sure, joked Cumberbatch: “I worked undercover in Yellowstone Park as a wolf for a while. I was accepted right off the bat quite quickly, but it got pretty hairy — no pun intended — when I became the alpha male.” That notion prompted the woman next to me to let out a brief, guttural noise as Cumberbatch continued, “About a month into it, I realized that two of the other wolves were Christian Bale and Daniel Day-Lewis.”

The panel went mostly in that fashion, with Cumberbatch wafting complicated jokes through Hall H (whilst saying the word “whilst”) and discussing the notion of extraordinary rendition as he promoted an animated movie for children. Occasionally, the actor would say something vaguely sexual — when asked about taking live-action roles, he murmured, “I like to use my body, yeah” — and if you listened closely, you could hear Tumblr collapsing somewhere in the distance.

At one point, a fan asked Malkovich and Cumberbatch a suggestively worded question about the difference between films for children and, well, “adult movies.” Malkovich gamely went off on a tangent about how forbidden sexuality can be in most movies, and how verboten it was to show something onscreen as innocent as “a thigh or upper arm.” Cumberbatch misheard the latter. “Other arm?” he asked quizzically, and lasciviously. The joke dangled.

But with questions about his more fan-friendly properties mostly banned, the women in the audience were at a loss for what to ask Cumberbatch — only that they had to ask him something, lest they lose their big chance. The third time a nervous, grinning girl queried Cumberbatch about the difference between live-action acting and voice roles, Ferguson shot her question down on the grounds of redundancy. 

"Oh, poor girl," murmured Cumberbatch into his microphone. "Do you want to ask another question? Ask what my shoe size is."

"What’s your shoe size?" asked the fan, to more shrieks.

Cumberbatch grinned. “It’s a whole other arm.”

I love living in a world where a bloke who’s portrayed Stephen Hawking, Sherlock Holmes, Khan Noonien Singh and, shortly, Alan Mathison Turing is way more fancied than hyper-muscled “heartthrobs” of his generation.

You go, girl!

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s first ever Comic-Con Interview with Josh Horowitz (x)

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Please be entertained by this fish scaring this dog.




Marvel should call any minute now.

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