Music in gay bars
Why is the music in gay bars always the same generic shit? I'm not even talking about Gaga or Katy Perry, but the totally anonymous beats better suited for a circuit party than a neighborhood bar.
I'd love to go out to a gay establishment that was playing whatever was new on the local college-radio station. Or 80s New Wave. Or a night given over to "Rock 'n' Roll Queer Bar." Even classic disco would be better.
Straight bars don't play all the same music all over the country. Why do gay bars do it?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/09/2015|
Dance and Pop is politically safe.
Some genres of music have strong anti-gay sentiment, like Dance Hall and Country Music.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/07/2012|
Because gay men, by and large, are sheep.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/07/2012|
The fact that there are chains of gay bars is at once an encouraging sign of equality and the last breath of the intrinsic brotherhood they once impressed upon patrons and patrons upon each other. The music is only a symptom.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/07/2012|
Why is it so fucking loud? That's what I want to know. Even in places that don't have a dance floor.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/07/2012|
It's been this way for as long as I can remember.
Gays aren't known for their hip musical taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/07/2012|
They don't. That is just your perception. In NYC the music from bar to bar is as different as night and day.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/07/2012|
Personally I love loud pulsing techno and I wish it was played in more establishments.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/07/2012|
Katy Perry... Bwwwaaaa hahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahahhahahahaha hahaahah ... what a sad eldergay op is.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/07/2012|
I have been saying this since 1977! And "bar music" seems to be The Official Music Of The Gays. I was once at a lovely gay Bed and Breakfast. The pool are was beautiful. A round pool with fantastic tile work and an image of a seahorse expertly painted on the floor of the pool. The area was surrounded by an array of colorful hibiscus and swaying palm and banana tree, The hindrance to the absolute perfect serenity was the thumping thump of a house mix played at maximum volume . I was told that the mix tape was prepared by a local gay bar dj in exchange for a weekend there.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/07/2012|
Huh, r8? Why does the fact gay bars play Katy Perry make me an eldergay? I don't care if you think I'm one; I just don't get the connection.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||10/07/2012|
because she is so 2006. How old ARE you?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/07/2012|
R11 sees no value in older culture and is constantly glued to his iPhone.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/07/2012|
PLEASE, R11, tell us the secrets of today!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/07/2012|
I'd love to find a gay bar that just has a jukebox, so the patrons could be in control of the music. I used to go to one that did, and I'd spend more money on music than I did on drinks. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find one in over a decade.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/07/2012|
get out of mama's basement R13 and you might find them yourself.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/07/2012|
R8/R11, if you're going to be a cunt, at least get your facts straight.
Katy Perry's first album came out in 2008.
Her second album came out in 2010 and is still getting airplay. There have been eight singles from it, most of which were No. 1 hits.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/07/2012|
R14 kept putting Doris Day on the jukebox so they had the thing removed.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/07/2012|
r5, gays used to have great taste in everything, especially music. But now most gays under 25 are essentially teenage girls with teenage girl tastes.
I say fuck it and go to dive bars. Honestly, If I want to play music that suits my taste, I get less judgement or dirty looks at the neighborhood dive bar down the street.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/07/2012|
The image of the singer is more important than the actual song today. This is why there is so much bad music, not just in gay world but in straight world too (Rap Music).
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/07/2012|
It's fun to go to Akbar & Roosterfish to play the jukebox.. Wide variety of CDs & music...
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/07/2012|
Not quite an eldergay and I totally agree with OP. I travel for work and seems like every gay bar is playing the same teen girl targeted pop confections. Gaga, Perry, Pink and etc. Also agree with R9. Anyone who has been to The Dunes in Michigan knows how badly music can ruin an otherwise perfect afternoon. I did stay at The Russian River Resort and they hired a killer DJ. She was probably all of 22 but balanced classic disco with '80s progressive and current hits. Everyone was happy. For me, watching a room full of 25+ year old men lip synch to Lady Gaga is just cringe worthy.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/07/2012|
My favorite watering hole has a jukebox and it's fun. But be warned with musicmatch, it's no longer fair.
Using your Iphone, you can play what you want without anyone knowing, and what's worse, well the bump feature. You can play 5 bucks and expect to hear your songs, and if someone wants to hear something different, they can pay extra, and push your songs to the bottom of the queue. Of course, they pay for that feature. Only one who enjoys it is the bar owner who gets a cut.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/07/2012|
[quote]I'd love to find a gay bar that just has a jukebox, so the patrons could be in control of the music.
I'd hate that. There's nothing worse than a queen with a roll of quarters controlling what everyone else listens to all night.
Maybe YOU want to hear Dolly Parton sing Jolene 37 times in a row, but not everyone else does.
Look, it's simple. Dance clubs play dance music. All DJs spin pretty much the same shit so at least you know what you're in for.
If you want other kinds of music go to other places. Piano bars, pubs, sports bars, dive bars, etc. I go to pne particular hipstery dive bar that plays old school (70s and 80s) punk and New Wave most of the time, which is fine by me.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/06/2012|
I always play this song when in the gay bars
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/06/2012|
All gay bars are the same bar in my experience.
Don't got to gay bars. Easy.
And before you say....'where am I going to meet someone?" Look around.
People are everywhere. Even gay ones.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/06/2012|
I can't stand the younger gays they have zero taste in music. They should be forced to some sort of one year gay boot camp like they did in Europe
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/06/2012|
Anyone ever watch that show, "Bar Rescue" where the guy who has a lot of experience turning around failing bar businesses swoops in and whips everybody into shape (a la Tabatha's Salon Takeover)? Anyway, it's pretty good, and the guy is always talking about how important the right music and a good DJ are in getting bar businesses to thrive and grow. The DJ has to work the crowd like a conductor so people are always alternately dancing and then drinking in short cycles throughout the night. Good music/DJ can make or break a bar.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/06/2012|
[quote]I can't stand the younger gays they have zero taste in music.
I can't stand eldergays who dismiss all popular culture of the past 20 years.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||11/07/2012|
r17: I'd love to hear some Doris Day in a gay bar!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/07/2012|
OP here again, almost a year and a half later...
So I went out to my neighborhood dive-sports bar last night and heard Mumford & Sons, Everly Brothers, Sara Bareilles and some stuff I didn't recognize.
After one beer I went down the road to a new gay neighborhood bar (same vibe - a little dive, not a disco). There were four patrons, two of whom were friends with the owner.
Music videos: Auto-Tuned Beyonce, Auto-Tuned Rhianna, and some hideous fucking parody of "Girl's On Fire" with three drag queens singing "The Boy is a Bottom." It would be fine if I was the only one who was tired of generic gay bar music, but no one at all seemed to be enjoying any of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/22/2014|
I miss the early '80s (that period right after disco faded) when a couple of gay bars here in Houston played music by Queen, The Pretenders, Devo, Kiss, Gary Numan, The Vapors, Blondie, Cheap Trick, David Bowie, The Cars, Pat Benatar, etc.
By 1984, generic house music took over and has been raping our ears ever since.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/09/2015|
If you want to attract a younger crowd to your club, you have to play contemporary pop and dance music because that's what the twinks want to hear because they want to dance with each other. Young gay guys who prefer rock will go to whatever bar their straight friends go to.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/09/2015|
And you have to have "bar voice" to cut through the noise if you want to communicate.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/09/2015|