This episode could get quite confrontational. We’ve all had some moments where we would doubt our own identity, but a “fear of queer people” is very serious. We’re diving deep into Victoria’s psyche and try to untangle their thoughts. Latvia has a long way to go when it comes to the acceptance of queer people, so to have this as the environment to grow up in, comes with some severe consequences. Don’t worry though. It doesn’t get too graphic or painful.
Remember, back in episode five when Iron Maiden was first talked about on this podcast? Well, their music finally made it on the show. It might come as no surprise that this band has a particular place in my musical history. In fact, I did cut a lot of sections where I was just talking about my own memories of this band. After a string of episodes with quite some mainstream pop musical choices it’s a nice change of pace to get into more alternative stuff.
What’s more in this episode: Leather pants, more Eurovision and two people trying not to be horrible at playing guitar. We don’t actually play guitar on the pod though, so nothing to worry about there either.
When Cathy left Greece to travel Europe it was an opportunity to go on a journey of self-discovery. This wasn’t the intention they set out with though. The reason they left their birthplace wasn’t clear when they left, to be honest. However, the way they put it: as a child they were always destined for something great. They were right: they’re queer. Meeting new people in so many different countries helped Cathy to figure out their gender, their poetry and general love for life.
You don’t always need to travel Europe to find the best version of what you’re looking for though. According to Cathy mainstream acts only play a disappointing hour to ninety minutes. In their home country however, concerts can go on for hours and hours, and that while maintaining an amazing vocal performance. Call me basic, but now I want a Natassa Bofilliou and Andrea Bocelli collab.
What’s more this episode: a shameless discussion on American early aughts alt rock. This nostalgia fuelled subgenre is a surprisingly common spark to light a musical fire. It didn’t always age too well but the first time you hear 3 Doors Down on the radio can be weirdly impactful.
Flashback Track: The Calling – Wherever You May Go Queer Artist Spotlight: LP- Lost on You Best Live Experience: Natassa Bofiliou – En Lefko Most Recent Discovery: Todrick Hall – Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels
Dominique Mras is the first Vienna trans politician in the city council. She’s a rising star in local politics, which makes interviewing her an absolute joy. Just like a well-trained politician, she avoids answering questions directly. Instead, she tends to look at the bigger picture. I did manage to get some great personal stories though. So, she’s just as fun to listen to, as it is to talk to her.
Amongst this bigger picture stuff is leftist infighting. As the occasional self-proclaimed centrist, she thinks providing social housing for people should not be seen as a radical left standpoint. However, both left and right-wing people tend to disagree. Another issue is, of course, Vienna trans healthcare. Transphobia, in *my* Europe? It’s more likely thank you think.
What’s more in this episode: A shameless discussion about dance hits from the 2000’s. This cheeky branch of pop music seems impossible to shake off. Although it’s not really a genre praised for being top tier art, people still seem to flock to it. Especially on a weekend, when we’re getting ready to party.
For episode 50 I decided not to do anything special, but just a regular old conversation with a girl who feared to be too plain for this show. Eva Marta, like other teenage girls, just tried to be normal. This led to her hiding her love for hugely popular boybands. It’s so weird to think that some people dismiss a widely popular act because it’s target audience is highschool kids.
As a teacher Eva Marta now sees the other end of the story. In between her history classes she notices teenage girls being mistreated based on their musical preferences. In the mean time the curriculum still largely ignores queer kids. It’s part of her mission to slowly filter the assholes out of her classroom. Though her approach to this might be subtle, she experiences it to be effective.
Whether it’s music or social issues, teens are a good way to get some insight into what’s current. Personally, I also had some issues with cultural superiority back in the day. Did classmates ever shame you for something you liked? Share your stories though the link below.
Flashback Track: The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night Queer Artist Spotlight: Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Best Live Experience: One Direction – Best Song Ever Most Recent Discovery: The Boondocks – Whatever You Said Went Over My Head
It’s been a long time since the heights Eurodance Fad. Since then, this specific subcategory of nineties and zeroes pop became surrounded by a stigma of poor taste and a lack of any credibility. Licia is here to throw all those preconceived notions right out the window. The enthusiasm with which Licia talks about subjects others might dismiss as a guilty pleasure is infectious. Nothing needs to make sense as long as you’re having fun.
Eurodance, preferably in languages that aren’t English, became a passion as a result of an internet rabbit hole a long time ago. Since then they created an opportunity to dive into such rabbit holes along with them. Every weekend Licia hosts a radio show in which they play the freshest, grooviest and most fun Estonian pop tunes. For a link to their show, see the shownotes below.
What’s more in this episode: getting into hardcore punk while trying to hide your love for Norwegian pop, dealing people who don’t know how to act around blind people, and our guesses for the 2021 song of the year!