A Song A Day. Part Six: Take That
Welcome to part six of my handy cut out and paste guide to the entire history of queer popular music. Today's lesson - Take That.
To help them celebrate winning two Brit Awards last night; Best Live Act - and somewhat inexplicably - Best Single for Shine, let's go back in time.
In 1991, The That were schlepping round the country playing school assemblies, Under-18 Discos and gay clubs.
The video for their first single, Do What U Like, rather gave the impression that it was the latter that they then saw as the most important market they had to please.
Whilst grinning and miming along to this endearingly bad Hi NRG number, the boys were dressed out in leather gear on loan from Clone Zone, engaged in playful horseplay, and then got their arses out and covered them in jelly.
Under the guidance of Nigel Martin Smith, one of the great gay managers, Take That went on to become the biggest British Pop phenomenon of the 90s.
But I think it was downhill all the way after this.
Fascinating fact: There are five of them in this video. Sorry, dunno what happened to the other bloke.