EVERY TUESDAY, A FORGOTTEN VIDEO CLASSIC, AND WHY YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE...
THERE AREN'T MANY openly gay artists in the music industry, and fewer still openly gay black or Asian artists. Hardly any of them gain mainstream success.
(As an aside, I'd argue that an openly gay black artist is more likely to be successful than one who is white. Kele Okereke, lead singer of Bloc Party, gets away with it; his sexuality goes seemingly unnoticed and passing without comment. Here's the thing. One of my closest friends is particularly fond of aggressively pursuing seemingly straight white boys - in particular, macho, working class lads like builders - and using his black thug boy persona [laced with charm] to first befriend them, and then slyly seduce them. I don't necessarily approve - it's the predatory homosexual cliche, and the obsession with "turning" a straight boy maddens me - but nevertheless it's an amusing spectacle to witness unfolding. These straight white boys are intrigued, confused and probably flattered by something that's totally alien to them...)
One openly gay, black artist who gained mainstream success in the 90s was David McAlmont, notching up hits as the voice of McAlmont & Butler. His solo career has been less successful, but generated one of the most gorgeous, and important albums of the decade, A Little Communication.
Before that lush, lost classic, there was his collaboration with David Arnold. It's gorgeous. McAlmont's voice is gorgeous. And oh boy, in this video, McAlmont is gorgeous. The camp is turned up to the max, and fem is redefined. And the lips, my God, the lips... Simmering masculinity and heaving pecs have their place, but sometimes you just want a sleek, pouting fem boy in a white catsuit to get wild with.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Diamonds Are Forever...
Previously - Discographic: Nothing Like The Rain