Sunday, July 20, 2008

Music And Man Ass

I stayed up waaaay too late last night, and frankly I blame the sweet boys of the Aussie electronic duo The Presets (myspace page, with audio). For decades now there has been an overnight music video show called Rage on Aussie tv. It's sort of like our version of MTV I guess, but it goes out on a free-to-air channel starting late at night and finishing in the early morning on weekends. They hand over the reigns to local and overseas acts to VJ and guest program the show. Sometimes this works amazingly (Debbie Harry was a real treat, just for starters), and last night was one of those nights.

Anyhoo, so the boys were very chatty and camping it up something fierce, and had programmed a real eclectic mix of early underground electronica, 80s pop, and a few surprises. Like Billy Joel. (Apparently, as kids both of the boys were fans.) What I thought was very amusing though, was Jules's intro into the Billy Joel clip they played. Jules prefaced it by saying that as a band The Presets were known for the homoerotica of their video clips.

Case in point, cute boys wrestling in milk. "This Boy's In Love" by The Presets:

Then Jules went to some length to describe the homoerotic nature of the clip to "Allentown" by Billy Joel. You know, homoerotica was not something I ever would have thought of associating with a Billy Joel clip, but Jules is spot on. Bare torsos, boys showering together and even a spiffy dance routine. (Check it out here: Allentown by Billy Joel.) It's pretty camp.

Or as Jules described the clip: "Come for the music, but stay for the man ass".


Mikey (TLE) said...

OMG! I did not realise the high campness that is Allentown. Most amusing though I mourn for the "sullying" of my innocent childhood memories.

jason said...

Oh lord, back in the day, I'd fast forward the VHS just to get a glipse of bare ass in "Allentown"
closest thing to gay porn I could find.

The Other Andrew said...

Well there you go, and all this time I thought I was clued into the zeitgeist! said...

I have to say, that the Presets have been a surprise for me... with each listen, I am more and more hooked.

Ur-spo said...

I am certain mr. Joel is having a fit over this one.

The Other Andrew said...

Duane, I wish you could have seen this episode of the show I was talking about, because the boys were so funny and charming. It's not everyday that you hear a VJ extolling the virtues of seeing a band live, because the guys have great legs. I'm a big fan of their music too.