Bil Browning

Mika: Where Have All the Good Guys Gone?

Filed By Bil Browning | May 29, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: gay history, Good Guys, LGBT history, Mika, new single

If you're a regular reader of the blog, you already know how much I adore Mika. He is, hands down, one of the best queer pop musicians today. His latest single, "Good Guys," is just as spectacular as the rest of them and the video - which features a contemporary dance number - doesn't disappoint either.

In fact, Bryan Lowder at Slate has a good reflection on the song, it's symbolism to the queer community, and the larger statement that the song project. Here's a sample, but you should definitely go read Lowder's quick writeup for the whole thing.

The most touching part of the song is Mika's séancelike summoning -- "To all my heroes that were dressed up in gold/ only hopin' one day I could be so bold" -- of all the gay figures that have inspired him: W.H. Auden, James Dean, Walt Whitman, Cole Porter, and Jean Cocteau, among others. This pantheon comes after a striking bit of songcraft, in which Mika shifts "gay guys" to "good guys" in his question, insisting on the still-powerful equivalence "gay is good."

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