Buoyed by the example of Sam Smith as a superstar of the Montreux Jazz Festival, this moment is ideal to remember how much the history of pop has been shaped by artists outside gender norms.
This summer, weirdness is everywhere. Everywhere in music, especially pop. It was at the Fête de la Musique in June with the Geneva magazine Pisco Poppers. Great success on the Place Neuve, in front of the prestigious lyrical institution of the Grand Théâtre.
The Queer also headlined at the Montreux Jazz Festival. With American rap star Lil Nas X. Sam Smith again, a colorful creature of the English pop scene and its “Gay Cabaret”. A feast for the ears and eyes. gently subversive. After all it is so easy to reach. Kind of weird for everyone. Without forgetting Christine and The Queens, who also attended the Riviera festival.
If the term “queer” is applied more recently, even though the term is out of date, we would see that the entire history of pop has been remarkably crossed by queer figures, trans or non-binary, as we are today. Will say Today.
pure fad? Or real paradigm shift? Of course both. Fashion today, as yesterday, still reflects strong trends on the fringes, where other modes of existence are invented and experimented with. In this case, art remains a formidable accelerator of ideas.
If the term “queer” is applied more recently, even though the term is out of date, we would see that the entire history of pop has been remarkably crossed by queer figures, trans or non-binary, as we are today. Will say Today. Each era has its own tenure. But what difference does the word make? The idea remains the same, challenge to applicable norms, political correctness, a critical look at orthodoxy, received views.
Then how to deny homosexuality? Since queer has been everywhere for a long time! From at least Little Richard to Elton John, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Freddie Mercury, Prince, Madonna, Klaus Nomi, Boy George, Lady Gaga… the list is endless. At the height of pop, his music is essential, in everyone’s ears, everywhere.