Music

High Five

Bruce ‘Taffy’ Derfler on his favorite gay rock songs

In a league of its own amid Boston’s gay dance nights, Bollocks has a clear mission, as spelled out on its Facebook page: “Bollocks is sticky floors, a whiskey-soaked mink stole, and a coarse mustache. Bollocks is Joey Ramone, Courtney Love, and misfits like us.” Bruce “Taffy” Derfler and Michael Flowers, who go by the respective DJ names Taffy Vicious and Mikey Rotten, are likely to play everything from the New York Dolls to Joan Jett to Iggy Pop. This month’s edition, dubbed “Bollocks: What a Drag,” comes to the Alley Bar on Friday.

Knowing he would eschew tired anthems like “I Will Survive,” we asked Derfler to name five of his favorite classic gay rock songs.

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1. “This Charming Man,” The Smiths. “ ‘Will nature make a man of me yet?’ queried Morrissey in the fall of 1983. A generation of sensitive, bookish boys hoped for an answer in the affirmative.”

2. “Killer Queen,” Queen. “This camp classic tells of one fierce girl. Or is she a girl? Only Freddie Mercury knew for sure.”

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3. “53rd & 3rd,” the Ramones. “Best CBGB punk band ever, the brothers Ramone put Dee Dee out on the street, turning tricks to survive. Like most things Dee Dee attempts, this does not end well!”

4. “The Drowners,” Suede. “This Britpop act was my favorite band of the 1990s. Equally fey and muscular, debut single ‘The Drowners’ concerns itself with (gay) sex, drugs, and asks the immortal question ‘Oh, do you believe in love there?’ ”

5. “Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed. “A stone-cold classic, Lou’s tale of Warhol superstars and their respective journeys to NYC is both epic and intimate. This song acts as a perfect recruitment for punks, art freaks, and degenerates to leave their empty hometowns in search of Manhattan glory.”

JAMES REED

Bollocks, a 21-plus event, is at the Alley Bar, 14 Pi Alley, on Friday at 10 p.m. Free. www.face
book.com/bollocksboston

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