It’s going to take a little explaining before I get to the point of this post, my song of the week, which is “How Naked Are We Going to Get?” by The Blow.

The other day I was watching episode 6 of Jeffery and Cole Casserole, which I missed when it was on T.V. I love their show (and their YouTube videos). While watching the episode, I started to wonder about one of the other actors in the show. His name turns out to be Max Steele, and, since he’s cute, I started surfing the web to see what I could find out about him: he’s a 24-year-old actor/musician/writer/go-go dancer/performance artist who lives in New York City.

My great envy in life is that I’m not a twenty-something gay performance artist type guy living in NYC. I’m sure part of it is the hipsterness of such a fantasized life. And part of it is the feeling that I wasted my early twenties being good in southeast Texas. Whatever its roots, I wish I were a twenty-something gay guy living in NYC surrounded by people making videos and making out with each other while drinking cheap red wine and listening to really cool music. Only slightly lower on my list of fantasy lives would be to be a mumblecore director, which would still involve living in NYC, making out with cute guys, and drinking cheap wine while listening to cool music! I’m starting to think that I need to do more with contemporary young queer culture in my next Lesbian and Gay Lit class–maybe turn it into a queer culture class or something.

Anyway, the point is that I started reading about Steele. He has his own blog, This is Fag City. I also found this great interview with him in East Village Boys. (If I teach that gay class as a culture course, EVB will definitely be assigned reading!) Steele also has a band, of sorts, called Max Steele and the Party Ice, which is really him, a synthesizer, and some backup dancers (of sorts).  Here’s a sample of their music:

Here’s another sample, “Pick-Axe and Shovel.” And another video of “Come On Billy.” I think these performances are brilliant! My favorite line: “If you can’t do it with spit, then it’s not love.” (I can’t stop laughing every time I say that line!)

I also found this brief feature on Steele in Interview Magazine, in which he says that his theme song is “How Naked Are We Going to Get?” by The Blow. Having now internet stalked him for the better part of an hour (and became his fan on facebook!) I was of course going to check this song and The Blow out.

This song is from The Concussive Caress; Or Casey Caught Her Mom Singing Along, which is available on iTunes. Here’s a taste:

This is a great song, so I’ve added it to my iPod playlist of songs of the week. Here are the lyrics:

how naked?
oh, how naked?
how naked are we going to get? yeah,

how naked?
oh, how naked?
how naked are we going to get?

on beyond the cop shop
on the gaze that they caught from the gait of their walk
on past the call of the ass that you heard in the club
with the curve of the bump-bump

how naked?
oh, how naked?
how naked are we going to get? yeah, yeah.

how naked, oh how naked?
how naked are we going to get?

on beyond the bootstraps down
and the pants pulled off
’cause the chafe of the cloth
on beyond the summerset pout
that you place on their mouth
with a thought of the south

how naked,
oh how naked?
how naked are we going to get? yeah,

how naked,
oh how naked?
how naked are we going to get?

when they ask you
how you want it,
will your clear heart bear down upon it?
will they notice the scars
that run up your side
will they care about the wars that you fought in the night?
will there be room in their bed
for how terribly white you become
when you finally arrive?

on a scale of 1-10
we’re gonna revise
how naked is…

when christian cries
and pours out to the side
will you remember the route to your heart
from her thighs
oh, what’s in there once we get it off?
it’s risky here where we take it off

will i still recognize you once your face is off?

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