Pride Week: Planet Slop’s Pride Playlist

Planet Slop kicks off Pride Week with an extensive playlist celebrating the greatest past, present and future queer artists. 

By Shaun Ponsonby
Mon 22 July, 2019

It’s Pride Week!

This coming weekend, the streets of Liverpool will be filled with queers of all kinds (and a few token, arsehole fundamentalist protesters) in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride is a party, but it is most importantly a protest. This is more vital now than ever. We’re living in a time of strange dichotomy; on the one hand, queer culture itself is celebrated more openly than ever before. We have artists like Years and Years making heartfelt speeches about queer life on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage, and TV shows like Pose telling our stories like never before.

On the other, between Brexit and Trump, the bigots are energised, and we have seen a shocking spike in hate crimes.

Throughout this week, Planet Slop will be exploring different factions of queer culture – both homegrown and international. But we’re kicking off with our Pride Playlist for 2019.

We started going through our favourite queer artists today, but the more we thought about it, the more we went back and revisited important artists from the history of hip pop rock & soul.

We went back, far back, to the very beginnings of rock & roll; Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a queer woman and one of the greatest influences on the very formation of rock & roll. Little Richard, a queer man who further laid the foundation for rock & roll.

It was at this point that we decided to put together a list of 100 songs by 100 queer artists, stretching back from Tharpe, right up the the plethora of queer artists working both underground and in the pop mainstream all over the world today.

What we’ve come out with is a playlist that shows the influence LGBTQ+ people have had on popular music of all forms.

Obviously, it isn’t a complete list – there will be many glaring omissions – and in some cases there may be a group with only one key queer member (such as Nona Hendryx in Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles), and some were not outed until either later in life, or in the case of Luther Vandross after their death.

We did, of course, want to keep flying the pink flag for queer Liverpool, so not only did we make sure to include legendary figures such as Pete Burns and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, but also queer artists working out of the city today; Queen Zee, Amique, Claire Welles, Qfolk.

In the middle of it all, we hope we have at least given you a little taste of the queer history of modern music.