Queer memories of when opposite crusaders The Frogs dropped “noise” album…
By Uncle Blurt
We like controversy. We LOVED The Frogs (look ‘em up). We USED TO LOVE Michelle Shocked, but not after her 2013 meltdown at Yoshi’s in San Francisco in which she decided that rainbow was not the new orange, or black, or… you get the idea. (If you don’t, I’ll spell it out: Michelle Shocked has a problem with gays. Spelling it out a bit more, I have a problem with people who have a problem with gays, because two of my family members are gay, and as the saying goes, “I have a lot of friends who are gay.” Sorry to be so blunt. But seriously: the singer/songwriter said, onstage, “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back. You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates [homosexuals].'”
God ain’t necessarily a fan of your albums, so methinks one shouldn’t cast stones. You’ve gone to the dogs.
Wait – that last statement can be taken literally. Read on. Not to be outdone by her 2013 self, Ms. Shocked has just released a music-free album called, tellingly, Inaudible Woman. Reports Billboard.com:
“Taking a page from the Vulfpeck playbook, folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has released an album consisting of silent songs that are named mostly after executives in the digital music world… The 11-track album, titled Inaudible Women, is available for purchase on cdbaby.com, with silent tunes — most clocking in at less than a minute — named after such high-ranking digital music execs as SiriusXM executive VP/general counsel Patrick Donnelly and Clear Channel executive VP/general counsel Robert Walls…. [It] also features a song named after journalist Chris Willman, a contributor to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter who wrote about Shocked’s anti-gay comments at a San Francisco concert in 2013.
“In a bizarre video posted on Vimeo, Shocked explains that the high-pitched frequencies on Inaudible Women can be heard by dogs, and that money raised from the album will help fund an upcoming tour: ‘I decided that I was going to make a high album — in fact, the highest album ever made, just so that my friends Spot and Rex can hear it, not audible to human ears,” she says while sitting next to two dogs. ‘And to raise money for my fall tour.’”
Hey Michelle, here’s a buck, go buy your pooches some food and then go away. Love, BLURT.