Jobriath Boone: Rock's Fairy Godmother

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  1. Bonnie says:

    Impressive. But he’s no Klaus Nomi.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow, you Bowie fans are interesting… his musical work pre-70s will either horrify or confuse you…

  3. joanna says:

    If you’re going to watch just one of these videos, make it Rock of Ages (OMG THE BUBBLE SUIT!). Even if you don’t love Jobriath, he’s a hell of a lot better than that Space Ace kid.

  4. Cefeida says:

    Wow! Thanks for posting this, I’d never heard of the man before and I really like the sound. :)

  5. markfrei says:

    While I’ve been a booster of gay rockers forever and have had his records since I was a teen, I like Jobriath more as a historical idea and less as a performer.

    As far as flamboyant gay rockers, guys like Wayne Country or Esquerita do more to float my boat.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I really like Metzger’s blog entries here. I mean, I love the whole site, but he’s after my own former zine publisher’s heart :)
    And I’ve been looking for a Jobriath record for years

  7. gnosis says:

    Man – of course Todd Haynes would be the one to reference him! He’s brilliant.

  8. technogeek says:

    I’m getting slow bandwidth at the moment, and the pauses during the introduction come at moments which make me think the network is editorializing.

    “What you are about to see” (five-second freeze, with bemused facial expression) “and hear” (another freeze, this time with amused facial expression) “is an unusual” (freeze with slightly disgusted facial expression)…

  9. John Coulthart says:

    That Something Awful list is the web equivalent of one of the Daily Mail’s perennial features about overweight female celebrities; a confirmation that someone knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    I’m A Man was featured on Jon Savage’s Queer Noises compilation which Trikont put out a few years ago. Some obscure gems in that collection, together with much silliness.

    http://www.trikont.com/basics/cgi-tdb/basics.prg?session=42f9470d487f89cd_881&a_no=895&r_index=10.1

  10. wolfiesma says:

    I love the sound of this music and the rest of the entire genre of glitter/art/glam rock. I think it was after your last stint here, Richard, that I watched Velvet Goldmine. What a treat. And so is Jobriath. The costume takes it right over the top as I’m sure it was designed to do… Very pretty lighting effects, and a very pretty boy!

  11. celeb8 says:

    Whoops forgot that the other account on this anti-censorship website here gets “held for moderation” (not published).

    So yeah like I already typed and may actually be published someday, Jobriath is a very pretty person. As a rock talent? Not so much. If you look at all the efluvia circulating about this guy in the last few months you’ll hear a lot about how rock-starish he looked, how rock-starish he acted, and how gay he was. Sometimes they even briefly mention his backing band before moving on.

    What they fail to mention is that as much as he looked the part (and that he’s gay don’t forget he’s gay he’s gay) his actual music was pretty… not so great. That’s why he’s dead (his career). As much as I love a gay-and-died-of-AIDS martyr (as much as the next guy if you must ask) I’d like to reserve that title for talent, no matter how good Jobriath here looks on a poster.

    What I wonder is who just found themselves executor of all this intellectual property, if we’re hearing “grassroots” groundswellings of support for a previously unheard-of “unappreciated genius”.

    At the end of it all, I’m pretty glad that Jobriath flopped as bad as he did, it may have put off the era of the boy-band for another decade or two.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      celeb8,

      What are you on about? Are you telling me that you’re a sock puppet and I need to ban your IP? Please elucidate.

  12. Anonymous says:

    That

    was

    AWESOME!

  13. Hosidax says:

    I’m not GAY (nttiawwt), but I love this guy!

    This seems so fresh and smart, esp. compared today’s sound. What is he doing now (did I miss that part of the post)?

  14. robulus says:

    Fucking awesome. The music reminded me of Suede (who pretty clearly reference the whole glam repertoire), but the boys got lungs, sounded a little like Tim Buckley!

    Gonna have to fill out some space on my iPod with Jobriath. Thanks for the heads up!

  15. MrJM says:

    “I’ve been a Jobriath freak for about 20 years when I stumbled upon his first LP at a New York City flea market.”

    Do you mean “since I stumbled upon his first LP”?

    – MrJM

  16. celeb8 says:

    I’m not sure, what’s a sock puppet? Does that mean I shouldn’t make new accounts when the other one gets “held for moderation” eternally? I guess if so then yeah I’m a sock puppet. Go ahead and ban by IP if you need to, it may not be as much use as you think it is. The only static I ever use is shared with many thousands of others, and they change my home IP every day or two (that’s Qwest’s version of p2p traffic throttling, they change your IP every few hours if you’re using the network heavily enough).

    I’ve found that the internet treats censorship as damage, and tends to route around it. If you’re bored and looking for a silly online pissing contest you can just declare yourself winner now, I don’t really have a lot of emotional investment in this forum and using TOR or redirects is more trouble than posting here is worth.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Your account shouldn’t be held for moderation eternally unless you’ve been banned. What was your previous user name?

  17. grimshaw says:

    If you’re into the whole outer space rock n roll thing you should check out Zolar X, whom apparently opened for Jobriath at some point in the ’70s. They got back together in 2004 and put out a new album.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zolar_X

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBktbhpp4AY

  18. IWood says:

    Before he was “Jobriath” he was “Jobriath Salisbury” and was in Pidgeon.

  19. Senna1 says:

    I’m another of the breeders who’s been a Jobriath freak for decades. I was first introduced in the mid ’80s.

    although I agree that he is no Klaus he’s still worthy to be amongst my top 3 fave queens with Nomi and Almond.

    this post made my day

  20. pinehead says:

    I didn’t remember who he was until I watched the video for “I’maman.” It’s a shame the guy was a flop; considering the time period, his sound seems like it should have been exciting and well-received. Plus, as was said, the theatrical bit was pretty slick.

    I’d like to see some modern-day rock operas acted out. Maybe even a metal opera! Fear Factory’s “Obsolete” album springs to mind…

  21. Senna1 says:

    @ 11

    perhaps you should attend a Sleepytime Gorilla Museum show… preferably in the bay area.

    when Shinichi Moma Koga guests as the last living human or when a few of the ol’ Idiot Flesh crew show up it can be, well, it’s ineffable.

  22. Ed Brock says:

    So freaking cool. Jobriath rocks.

    I actually remember seeing Jobriath on Midnight Special as a child (though at the time I thought he was David Bowie). My uncle (whom I still miss very much) introduced me to so many great rock stars by sharing his night time TV viewing with me. I’ll never forget the fun we had watching The Midnight Special & Don Kirchner’s Rock Concert.

    It instilled in me my lifetime love of 70′s music. Seeing these clips has awakened some very fond childhood memories.

    Thanks Richard.

  23. celeb8 says:

    Joeskunk is the name I usually use, but yeah whenever I post here it never actually shows, just says “held for moderation.”

    I’m watching this thread so honestly if I’m supposed to just be shutting up and not posting with ANY account here, tell me so. I’ll lurk, not post, and stop disagreeing with people. The big problem is that I usually tend not to post just to agree with people, and will only post to disagree. This will make me look cantankerous, contentious, contrary and all sorts of other C words and in general like a big fat troll.

    The biggest difference is I’ll actually go away on request/command when I’m not wanted :V

  24. 8tracktape says:

    Wow, lots of comments in only a day. Very heartening that there is both a following for and curiosity about Jobriath. I am a filmmaker currently shooting a feature documentary about Jobriath (featuring many of the people mentioned in Richard’s above article). Though I have managed to make contact with a large percentage of the people on my wish list and have begun the process of interviewing them, there are still several I have not been able to find and I’m sure many I don’t yet know about who were involved with Jobriath one way or another.

    Our film’s temporary website is http://www.myspace.com/jobriaththemovie or you can reach us at 8tracktape@gmail.com. Would love to hear from anyone we haven’t yet contacted who might have known him, worked with him, seen him live (especially as Cole Berlin). Thanks!

    Kieran

  25. teapot7 says:

    #7

    > What is he doing now (did I miss that part of the post)?

    The link given in the first post (http://www.somethingawful.com/d/your-band-sucks/worst-rock-stars.php)
    [mean spirited but still a fun read if you're in the mood] it says he died of AIDs in 1983, unfortunately.

    This is the first I’ve heard of him – very much like earlyish David Bowie, and quite pleasant.

  26. obdan says:

    Yes,
    Thank you for sharing that one

  27. bklynchris says:

    This….was…way cool. At first I was so overwhelmed with what appears to be Bowie’s Diamond Dogs/Major Tom periods I felt like maybe I would find out there was no Santa Claus next.

    Then I saw the the elf/spock ears and I breathed a sigh of relief that I could continue to worship at the church of Bowie, but I just got an eye full of the Holy Spirit.

    So sad how AIDS steals so many great people.

  28. Mindpowered says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c5kMO-xs_M

    Now see. This is him for real. A man. A piano and mixing George Shearing, Cole Porter and a dash William S. Burroughs.

    I think “My razor blades stay very sharp.” will be my new answer to brainless inquiries.

  29. khartley says:

    Wow….I just got chills…

    then I realized it felt like food poisoning or like the feeling of having just quaffed a bunch of rancid milk or like having watched this video….

    So do people like him because he is gay or because he is over the top or because his commercial flop makes those in the know just a bit superior to the rest of us who…just…don’t….get it…?

  30. NarbYehoot says:

    No matter how many times I listen to him, Jobiath is still terrible.

  31. propellermonkey says:

    Wow…! I saw that Midnight Special performance when I was a teenager, and my feeling then was pretty much the same as now: A+ for Style, but F for Substance. Like a cross between Peter Gabriel and Bowie, set to bad music.

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