Gossip, the (now defunct) band headed by the gloriously full voiced (and deliciously outspoken) Beth Ditto, always seemed to have its pulse on both joyous empowerment and the angst ridden underside of culture. Never was this truer than with their 2009 (major label) release Music for Men. Filled with diatribes against inadequate lovers and odes to being true to one’s self (see Men in Love), the jittery and ominous undertones of the music here seems to perfectly fit the anxious times that we are currently experiencing in this age of Clinton vs. Trump.
The dark swells that erupt beneath the track Vertical Rhythm are a perfect example of this:
A fresh bravo to such presient awareness!
Ditto, who is now concentrating on solo work and a fashion career, can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/gossipmusic/ and https://twitter.com/oBETHoDITTO.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!