15 April 2012

GAY POLITICS

Here at Project New Boyfriend, I won't shy away from the controversial topics.

I've covered all the big ones from gay marriage to fisting but I think this topic will be my most polarising to date.

It is something that has troubled me for a large part of my life and I know other gay men who have the same internal struggle.

Who is your preferred Minogue?

I know. Hold on to your fedora's it's time to get political.

I would like to start with a story about a young man who once took a university poetry class in the late 90s.

I was studying at a less than desirable Sydney university, in a less than desirable Sydney suburb but coming from small town Australia it was Sydney and it was going to be Mardi Gras Parades every day - when really it was Greater Sydney and it was a parade of teen mum's and their junkie boyfriends.

Hooray!

At that time, I was one of the only gays on campus - oh except the bi guy on Student Council who was constantly badgering me to become the university sexuality officer. I'm sorry, but what can an 18 year old virgin from the country bring to that role?

"Here we have a dental dam - I'm not sure what they do but they taste like blueberries."

No.

So, I found myself in a writing class learning the art of poetry coz I was deep and shit.

I loved that class. I once wrote a poem about a group of emotions living in shared accommodation doing really mundane everyday things like "Love was cleaning up spilt milk in the kitchen" and "Hope didn't come home last night" or my fave "Fear was hanging curtains in the bedroom."

WTF?

It ended up sounding like a group of midgets living together in a Big Brother type scenario.

Still got a Distinction. Oh Arts degrees, there really is no wrong answer.

That leads me to the next assignment. It was simple: bring a song in that appealed to your poetic senses, read the lyrics for the class and then play the said song. Some of my more esteemed class members chose The Smashing Pumpkins or Radiohead, others Dillon or The Stones.

I chose Dannii Minogue.

The song? Everything I Wanted from her 1997 Girl album.

While the class snickered and my lecturer shifted uneasily in his seat, I stood stoic and read the lyrics you see below. Unfortunately I had chosen the dance remix, so there was a LOT of repetition.

Everything I Wanted by Dannii Minouge

Everything I wanted
Everything I wanted
Everything I wanted
You're everything I wanted

Mmm Ahh

Everything I wanted
Everything I wanted
Everything I wanted
You're everything I wanted

There's just somethin' 'bout ya
Feels just like I've always know ya
Always hangin' round ya
Ever since the day I found ya
I found ya

You're all I need
You're everything
You're everything I need

You're everything I wanted
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted

You're everything I wanted
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted

Mmm Ahh

Somethin' that's inside ya
Lifts me like no other lover
Let my soul surround ya
Forever let me feel the power
Your power

You're all I need
You're everything
You're everything I need

You're everything I wanted
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted

You're everything I wanted
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted

Mmm Ahh
Mmm Ahh
Everything I wanted

Somethin' that's inside ya
Lifts me like no other lover
Everything I wanted

You're everything I wanted (All that I wanted, All that I needed)
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted

You're everything I wanted
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted

You're everything I wanted
You're just another part of me
You're everything I wanted
Everything I wanted 



The Mmm Ahh was particularly difficult to read.

A 500 word presentation followed in which I tried to fit in as many Arts degree go-to terms as I possibly could. I have summarised the crux of the argument below:

This song is an ironic, post modern, self-reference to Minogue's career. The "Everything" that she wants does not pertain to a lover, but the career that once bloomed for her on Young Talent Time when she was a mainstay in the Australian Zeitgeist and that has now been usurped by her older sister Kylie. This song is about nostalgia for the past as much as it is a yearning for success in the future. Pastiche.

Whatever.

OK tenuous at best, but remember I went to a less than desirable university. They were just happy I could spell university.

I cannot describe how much I fucking love Dannii Minogue. I grew up watching her on Young Talent Time and cried so much when she left that my mother had to give me my dinner in bed. So it made me really sad face that her childhood success did not translate into a lucrative recording career like her sisters. Don't get me wrong, I love Kylie and everything she stands for but it was Dannii's go first Kylie!

Oh and I got a Distinction for my musical presentation. Pfft. Like it was hard or something.

Anyway I've said too much. I wanna know who is your Minogue?

1 comment:

  1. you're best yet -

    ...'was constantly badgering me to become the university sexuality officer. I'm sorry, but what can an 18 year old virgin from the country bring to that role?

    "Here we have a dental dam - I'm not sure what they do but they taste like blueberries."

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