Alex Blaze

Queer Music Friday - Boys Town Gang

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 06, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: bill motley, boys town gang, queer music

I can't believe I've been on this site for four years and I haven't ever mentioned Boys Town Gang. They were a group put together by DJ Bill Motley, who is credited as a leader in developing the San Francisco "sound" along with Patrick Cowley, in the early 80's. They were a club group, so dancing, keeping the fun going, and looking pretty were just as important as musical talent.

Here's a gay song, "Cruisin' in the Streets," but I can't find any sort of video to go with it. Lead singer Cynthia Manley wants to teach us "a new way to meet." Yeah, it's about the most descriptive songs about cruising for gay sex that I know of.

This is their cover of the Four Seasons' "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

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HI-sterical!!! Love the video. Stealing and sharing it- thanks for discovering it, Alex. Boys Town gang is like gay gold - quite an historical find! Nice job!

Aubrey Haltom | May 8, 2011 1:32 AM

I haven't thought of BTG in ages. But I can remember the I-Beam's Sunday T dance (in SF), circa '80-'82. Definitely in the mix in those days. Sylvester and Martha Walsh (2 Tons of Fun) would be the live acts.
Not to sound too serious, but thinking of those times reminds me how few of the people I knew in those days are still walking this planet today.