Gay Bar (song)
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|Single by Electric Six|
|from the album Fire|
|Released||2 June 2003|
|Format||CD, DVD, 7"|
|Genre||Glam rock, comedy rock, dance-punk, hard rock|
|Electric Six singles chronology|
"Gay Bar" is a song performed by the Detroit-based rock band Electric Six, and written by their lead singer, Tyler Spencer (whose band pseudonym is Dick Valentine). It was the second single off their debut album, Fire released in 2003.
According to Spencer/Valentine, the idea for the song came up from incorrectly hearing the lyrics of DEVO's "Girl U Want" as "just a girl, just a girl at a gay bar" while the song was playing in a very loud nightclub. (The actual lyric is "She's just the girl, she's just the girl, the girl you want".)
While both the song and music video received significant airplay, various lyrics mentioning war were edited due to their possibly offensive nature since the song made its air debut at the start of the Iraq War.
The music video, directed by Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire, was recorded in April 2003 at a movie studio in Toronto, Canada. The video depicts a series of Abraham Lincoln ('Gaybraham') look-alikes in the White House, portrayed primarily by the band's lead singer Dick Valentine, but stand-ins were used for some scenes. Various Freudian phallic images appear throughout the video, such as a bell, a train entering a tunnel, a hamster running through a tube, and so on.
- "Gay Bar"
- "Don't Be Afraid of the Robot"
- "Take Off Your Clothes"
- "Gay Bar" video
- "Gay Bar (Peaches remix)"
- "Rock Show"
- "Gay Bar"
- "The Living End"
In the clean version of the song, the words "nuclear" and "war" (in the line "let's start a war, start a nuclear war") are cut out and a whip lash sound is used instead.
A Japanese radio version exists in which the same lyrics are replaced with "let's do an edit, do a radio edit".
Austrian band Harpia Deiis covered the song live as a recording in the studio in September 2012 and released it in December 2013.
- In 2007, the song was used in the British comedy movie Magicians.
- In 2009, the song was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series along with "I Don't Like You" and "Dance Epidemic".
- The song was featured in a sketch on The Armstrong and Miller Show.
- An Instrumental version of the song was featured in the trailer for the British comedy film Magicians.
- The song is used as the theme for the French comedy web-series 'The Golden Show' (Davy Mourier, Mister Poulpe and François Descraques)
- The song was used during the Intros Round on an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
The song was used in a parody video shortly after the beginning of the Iraq War. The video is a mash up of clips featuring George W. Bush and Tony Blair, edited to look like they are apparently singing the song to each other by cutting the clips at different points so their mouths match up. The original video was distributed on many forums and imageboards as a Flash file, and it had become a viral video long before the advent of YouTube, where it has been uploaded several times. The original uploads have been removed due to copyright claims from the band, with one remaining version having more than 785,000 hits.
|UK Singles Chart||5|
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- Video on YouTube Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- http://www.discogs.com/Peaches-Fatherfucker/release/623004 Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- Video on YouTube
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- Video on YouTube Retrieved 2013-01-19
- Video on YouTube Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=30913 Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- "Gay Bar" music video on the band's official website
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- Viking Kittens animated video at rathergood.com