We’re back to our regularly scheduled post since my last selection was pushed a week. Plus I really wanted to get in one more Pride selection.

This one came from a show with a really excellent soundtrack. Next to Peaky Blinders, this show’s soundtracks are some of my favorites. The show was critically acclaimed and I think the music had a lot to do with that, at least in my biased music-loving estimation.

The show, Mr. Robot, is about a socially alienated (probably on the spectrum) white-hat hacker with mental health…issues (is that a good description?). This week’s selection comes from an artist who deals explicitly with being a social outcast. As a gay man, Perfume Genius often delves into the fear and terror many LGBTQ+ people feel just by walking out the door. With people like the convicted Club Q killer (I won’t link to their name so as to not add to their notoriety), it’s no wonder Perfume Genius said this regarding this song:

“Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by, if these fucking people want to give me some power—if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles—well, here she comes.”

My favorite line is from the chorus, a wonderful satirical summation of the above quote: “No Family is safe, when I sashay.”

As a white cis straight artist, it’s incumbent upon me to keep my finger on the pulse of the counter-culture. It inspires me to be the best version of myself, to embrace the weird and odd, and to challenge the status quo. I also hope by taking my two-year-old son to the Denver Pride parade, I can make sure what was once considered counter-culture becomes just culture and that the so-called weird, odd, and queer are accepted and normalized as a part of his everyday experience.