Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Existential Homosexual Angst: Vintage album cover

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 19, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment
Tags: gay humor, queer history, vintage

I hope the "mixed emotions" refer to the choice of wearing red socks with that outfit but somehow I don't think it does. Does anyone know (or remember) if this was a real album?


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As somebody who was "out" in the 1960s, this album cover was familiar to me. There were a couple of other albums in this series too...

I remember seeing this album cover displayed in the window of a record store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach way back in 1965 when I was on my honeymoon with my wife....and already realizing I had made a mistake in getting married to try and convince myself I wasn't gay. You can imagine what "mixed emotions" I was having !! Needless to say, the marriage didn't last!

I had that album cover in the mid-1960s. It was a real cover -- only. There was no recording that came with it. I seem to recall that the back side had some made-up names of songs. The sense of fashion was in poor taste then as it is now.

This is part of a series of novelty items that were supposed to look like real album sleeves. They were sold in joke shops. The idea was to place them on a coffee table or on top of a stereo to make it look like someone had an embarrassing item in his or her record collection.

Other titles were:

London Derriere and Other British Favorites
Music for Casual Affairs
Music for Half-Assed Friends
Victory at Sea

The empty sleeves featured nudity, a person on a toilet, or in this case, two men kissing.