As part of our 30 Days of Pride initiative, we’ve asked LGBTQ stars to create playlists to show what “pride” means to them. And we couldn’t leave out Scissor Sisters queer frontman Jake Shears, who took a break from his recent mini U.S. solo tour to hand-pick the anthems that resonate with his definition of pride.
Give Shears’ playlist a spin below, and read on to learn why he chose each track.
1. Beck — “Mixed Bizness”
This song is as queer as they come, it’s always been one of my favorite freak flag anthems.
2. The B-52’s — “Theme For A Nude Beach”
Any song by the B’s belongs on pride playlists. But “Theme from a Nude Beach” is kind of an unsung one. It’s ridiculous.
3. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult — “Waiting for Mommie”
A BDSM masterpiece. This song never gets old to me.
4. Ween — “The Goin’ Gets Tough from the Getgo”
Ween is in my top five, and have always been a huge inspiration. This song is undefinable. I wish whatever characters they’re doing on this song got their own album. They made themselves sound like bored drag queens with a drum machine. I love it.
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood — “Relax (Sex Mix)”
This song basically gave me the idea for the whole Scissors album Night Work. A DJ played it very late one night in Berlin in 2009. Gave me visions.
6. Tiga — “Plush”
Tiga is the best DJ alive, also makes instant classics. This came out three years ago, and I still listen to it all the time. He’s a total weirdo.
7. Peaches — “I Feel Cream”
Maybe the best Peaches song ever, in my opinion.
8. Nneka — “Shining Star” (Joe Goddard Remix)
Another one that never gets old. You can put this on in any club at any time if night, and it will give everybody the feels.
9. GusGus — “Crossfade”
A gorgeous love song sung by two men. GusGus records are flawless.
10. Antonio Pocai — “Take Me As I Am”
Such a good title. I discovered this on a sunrise beer run a couple years ago. Reminds me a little of some Eurythmics, and I love how grand and dark it feels.
11. Donna Summer — “Lucky”
Because Donna. It’s one of my faves of hers. It sounds like it’s about a sex worker, but apparently it’s about a dog. Named Lucky.