Magazine article Out

Queering the Pitch

Magazine article Out

Queering the Pitch

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Cultivating a gay vibe is part of making good music for Iceland's (straight) dance music collective Gus Gus.

"In all the videos we've done, there's always a hint of homosexuality in one way or another," Gus Gus's globe-trotting DJ Stephan Stephensen (above, far right) acknowledges from Paris (en route to Moscow). "My [musical] partner [keyboard programmer Birgir Thórarinsson].. .I wouldn't say he's gay. He's married with two children. But he wears women's underwear and paints his nails and shaves the hairs of his body." As for himself, Stephensen, according to a self-administered Internet test, is "56% gay," although he's never gone beyond kissing other men. However, the guy-on-guy kisses in the "David" video, the homoerotic lyrics of "Barry," and the band's exoticism go a long way to explain why Gus Gus has a similarly disproportionate number of gay fans as Iceland's most famous musical export, Björk.

For over 10 years Gus Gus has been a band in flux. …

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