Some Of The Best Alternative LGBT Songs | Part One

If you have a taste for alternative music, finding songs for your own Pride Party, or even just songs you can relate to, can be hard. A lot of the lists for Pride out there have songs that I wouldn’t listen to outside of hearing them in the gym or while shopping, and finding LGBT anthems that also sound good to my picky ears can be difficult. So, here are five of the best alternative LGBT songs. If you enjoyed this article, let me know, and I’ll write more; there’s a regular treasure trove of songs out there, just waiting to be discovered.


Judas Priest – Sword of Damocles

Who doesn’t love a bit of Priest? Whether or not this band are for you, you can’t deny that they have written some classics. Hell Bent For Leather, Painkiller, Breaking The Law… the list goes on. I wanted to avoid those somewhat overplayed tracks, and go for something a bit more modern. This track is from their latest album, Redeemer of Souls.

This a pumping, sing a long anthem that is unabashedly in your face, with just the right smattering of cheese. Rob Halford, the lead singer who famously came out as gay in 1998, might be getting on in years but his voice still has astounding power. The lyrics I feel are fitting, too – just take a look at a couple of samples.

When men lead by words that are false as they preach
Fatality waits in the wings

And then, later on…

Stand tall, rise up, stay strong fighting your enemies
Truth will find it’s reward

I think now you’re starting to get a feel for why I picked this song. Don’t take my word for it, though – listen for yourself.


Sigur Ros – Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa

This is quite the jump from the pumping, epic feel of Sword of Damocles. Sigur Ros are an Icelandic band, known for their atmospheric and ethereal rock music. This song is a slow burner that goes on for seven minutes, and is one that is worth watching the music video for.

The video is all about homophobia, and for any LGBT person who has been through similar struggles I have one recommendation: bring the tissues. Sigur Ros may not be gay as a whole, but their lead singer is. Not only that, but many LGBT people are citing them as an inspiration, and a rock in times of need.

Their lyrics are in Dutch, but here are a couple of samples translated thanks to lyricstranslate.com

I put myself forward over the head, halfway backward
See myself singing the gospel hymn we wrote together

We had a dream, we had all

We rode to the end of the world,we rode searching
Climbing skyscrapers
Which then shattered the peace there
I played steady

You need to watch the video with this one, though.


Placebo – Every You, Every Me

I doubt any veterans of any alternative scene are surprised to see this one here. Not only are Placebo a source of nostalgia for those of us growing up in the nineties, but they are just a fantastic band with plenty of stellar albums to choose from. The fact that they come from an LGBT point of view is just a bonus, as singer Brian Molko is bisexual. A lot of their songs speak to that teenage angst, but they are also well written songs that still stand up to this day.
I have picked this song because, well, it’s one of my favourites. I still remember the lyrics after all these years, and some of the best lines are…


Carve your name into my arm
Instead of stressed I lie here charmed
‘Cause there’s nothing else to do
Every me and every you

And later…

Like the naked leads the blind
I know I’m selfish, I’m unkind
Sucker love I always find
Someone to bruise and leave behind

 

Rush – Subdivisions

This may not have been written by a gay fronted band, or even a band with a gay bandmember, but I feel the lyrics here can speak to LGBT people, as well as anyone who is a little outside of society’s definition of “normal”. (Whatever that word means)

I think, for many, this captures the feelings of isolation many can experience as a teenager, and sometimes, as an adult. It takes some people years to find a group of friends that accept each other for who they are, or even just a place where they can feel safe and let go. And this songs captures that feeling almost perfectly.


Growing up it all seems so one-sided
Opinions all provided
The future pre-decided
Detached and subdivided
In the mass production zone
Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone

(Subdivisions)
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out

 

Peaches – I U She

Does any other song capture sexual fluidity better? If it exists, I haven’t heard it yet. The structure of this song may be simplistic, but that does not make it any less powerful. The lyrics laid bare with a simple yet catchy beat, makes it ballsy and proud. It even touches on the topics on the topics of BDSM and sexual fluidity, making it an anthem for anyone who again doesn’t fit into the “normal” category. I have seen this song being played by all types of people, and that is another upside of it’s simplistic structure and beat. I don’t mean the word “simplistic” as something negative, quite the opposite – it’s one of this songs best qualities. It makes it memorable, and gutsy – it simply says: this is who I am, deal with it.

I, you, he together, come on, baby let’s go
I, you, she together, come on, baby let’s go
I, you, he together, come on, baby let’s go
I, you, she together, come on, baby let’s go

I don’t have to make the choice, I like girls and I like boys [Repeats]