It is still a huge moment when I perform it live. Nearly 30 years later, his most-remembered track still makes us dance a lot — through a few tears. These Bay Area gay punk pioneers found a hint of mainstream fame when they toured with Green Day on their Dookie run inbut it was their sexy lyrics and who-gives-a-fuck attitude that endeared them to a generation of queer kids — before that term was even fashionable. The trio would later make headlines after the Grammy Awards, where their landmark performance of the song would soundtrack a mass wedding between 33 gay and straight couples. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving.
Two amazing facts about this wet, frothy, muscle-bound dream of a dance jam:
With the help of house-band leader and Hedwig composer Stephen Trask, Mitchell finally got the guts to debut Hedwig live at SqueezeBox! Tegan Quin says: The song which definitively placed them in the pantheon sold a staggering 10 million-plus copies worldwide and remains a wedding and bar mitzvah mainstay, even as it alludes to man-on-man action in public gyms. In a interview with The GuardianPeaches divulges that she sent Madonna and Guy Ritchie some autographed panties as thanks.
In the tradition of fellow pop countertenors Prince and Klaus Nomi, year-old Shamir Bailey stunned listeners with slinky, androgynous wordplay in his debut, Ratchet.