Sometimes there's a particularly queer song rather than a full album we feel the burning urge to wax lyrical on – enter Aural Fixation's Quick Fix. Shorter episodes focusing on an iconic track which left an impact on our queer selves.
Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil' Kim and Mýa – Lady Marmalade
We kick off with a look at the "finest all-female collaboration between 1988 and 2018" (a big call from Entertainment Weekly), the 2001 cover of "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil' Kim and Mya. We explore this stratospheric meeting of the minds between late 90s/early 00s icons, and Mya, with short stops at Xtina's journey from Mulan to Moulin (Rouge), Drew's own cover of "Lady Marmalade", and Andy's pre-pubescent slut dropping.
Groove Armada feat. Mutya Buena – Song 4 Mutya
Few break-up tracks capture the boppery, struttery and sheer i’m-so-over-you-ery found soaked throughout Song 4 Mutya. Conceived by UK electronica duo Groove Armada, the song was originally meant for Estelle before being handed to ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena shortly after she departed the band. We couldn’t imagine it in anyone else’s hands; Buena’s vocals provided us with the definitive heartbreak anthem of summer 2007.
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth
Heaven is, in fact, a Quick Fix on Earth, as well as four minutes of utter pop excellence performed by iconic ally Belinda Carlise. Join us for an exploration of this A grade masterpiece, including but not limited to, topics such as why this song is so bloody good, why this song is particularly gay, and why “San Junipero” is the greatest episode of Black Mirror ever.
Kele – Tenderoni
We've got the full download on the lead single, "Tenderoni", from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke's first solo album The Boxer. Released ten (!?) years ago, Kele's bold new musical direction and image was in stark contrast to that curated over Bloc Party's meteroic rise to fame and adoration in British indie. Change was now underfoot, all clues point toward that – but why? What had shifted for Kele?
Madonna – Vogue
At the intersection of old Hollywood glamour and the New York ballroom scene, Vogue was responsible for introducing queer POCs and their art to the mainstream on its release in 1990. Accompanied by David Fincher’s chill-inducing black and white video and *that* performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the song immediately became required reading on the Queer Culture 101 syllabus and that position in the canon holds strong thirty years later.