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22 Queer One-Hit Wonders From Yesteryear

Paul Lekakis, "Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)" (1987)

Take one look at pretty boy Paul Lekakis and you'll understand why this goofy ode to one-night stands was a hit back in the day, settling in at number 43 — not quite Top 40, but of course it was a staple in the gay clubs. A former model, Lekakis has had asporadic recording career that includes a few more naughty dance tracks. (One title: "Assume the Position.") In 2000, Lekakis, who is HIV-positive, appeared on the cover of Poz magazine. In the article he recalls major record labels wanting to market him as a teen idol in the 1980s, which did not interest the already out young singer.


Jane Wiedlin, "Rush Hour" (1988)

Belinda Carlisle was not the only member of the Go-Go's to add a post-breakup solo hit to the list of Top 40 tunes that band enjoyed. Bisexual guitarist Jane Wiedlin scored exactly one Top 40 hit on her own with "Rush Hour," which made it all the way to number 9. 

Kon Kan, "I Beg Your Pardon" (1989)

Another dance club staple, "I Beg Your Pardon" was the only hit (number 15) for Canadian synth-pop group Kon Kan, which featured gay musician Barry Harris, who told author Randolph Michaels the song was about an ex-boyfriend. He added that he got the idea to sample country star Lynn Anderson's 1970 hit "Rose Garden" from the Pet Shop Boys' "Always on My Mind."


Army of Lovers, "Crucified" (1991)

Though it only got to the number 43 spot on the Billboards singles chart, "Crucified" made it to the number 6 spot on the dance chart and was a bona fide club sensation. The song was so huge, even Kurt Cobain wrote about loving it in journals published after his death. The Swedish band, which takes its name from a German documentary about gay rights, has had rotating members over its long on-and-off career. Alexander Bard and Jean-Pierre Barda, the act's male members in 1991, are both out and proud.


Right Said Fred, "I'm Too Sexy" (1991)

British Brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass had everyone singing this silly song in the summer of '91 as it shot to the top spot on the singles charts. In 1991, Richard told a British tabloid he was bisexual and revealed he was in a relationship with a man. In 2010, Stuart Pantry, his partner of 28 years, died of cancer.


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