Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011 Page: 37 of 68
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K.D. Lang, on her new
CD, Lady Gaga and her
K.D. Lang is manning up, thanks to the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and other sexpots of pop
who shoot whipped cream from their chests and ride disco sticks. The longtime gay activist, who
turns 50 in November, made a rebellious decision to boost her butchness, evident in the video for "I
Confess," the lead single from her disc Sing it Loud.
She comes to the Meyerson on Tuesday with her band the Siss Boom Bang, but before the show,
she dished about the album's evolution, why being the first out country star doesn't matter and her
work with Glee. m
— Chris Azzopardi
Dallas Voice: Why did you approach Sing it Loud
with a fuller sound and, for the first time in 20
years, a band? Lang: It just seemed to be the right
thing to do. It was just what I was feeling. I was work-
ing with Joe [Pisapia], writing songs, and it came time
to record them and I just felt like the band was the
right way to approach it — very live and sponta-
neous. We put the band together and it was beyond
my wildest dreams what transpired.
"On "I Confess," you sing the lyric
I'll be your daddy. How do you
think that line would've been re-
ceived had you recorded this
song 20 years ago when you first
came out? Probably the same as
now. I think there's going to always be people who
feel uncomfortable with it and there's always going to
be people who are titillated by it. You just have to
know that's going to be the case for a long time.
Would you say you're embracing your butchness
more than you used to? Yeah, this music really
asks for it. I also think that the aesthetic nature of
today's music, with people like Lady Gaga and Katy
Perry — not that it's new, it certainly isn't; I know bet-
ter than that — is being very exaggerated I thought, I
can exaggerate, too!
What do you make of the way the music business
has shifted in the way it sells music? I think it's
boring because everything is so overexposed. But it's
fine; it is what it is. In terms of music, there is always
going to be a place for someone who can sing and
someone who can communicate with an audience.
Jid you ever feel pressure to conform in your ca-
reer? That would depend on what I wanted to
Meyerson Symphony Center,
2301 Flora St. Oct 11 at 8 p.m.
reap from my music. I've always been quite sure that
I wanted to have a more artistic career and a career
of longevity, so in that respect, no. I've made deci-
sions that have nurtured my art rather than my public
awareness or my celebrity. That's been self-deter-
mined. So no, I never felt the pressure.
If you hadn't come out, how do you imagine your
life and career now? I can't imagine, because I was
always out and coming out wasn't re-
ally a big deal for me. But it certainly
made things easier. I can't imagine
what it would be like, but at the same
time it's definitely made my life easier
just because it kind of stripped away
' the question marks in the audience's
minds. It took away any pretense or question.
There was a big hoopla when Chely Wright came
out as the first gay country star, because some
argued that you beat her to it. What did you think
about all that? I don't know who Chely Wright is, but
I don't care. I mean, to a whole generation of people
who know Chely Wright, they probably don't know
who I am. So to them it is the first country star to
come out. I don't really care who's the first, who's the
last, because before me there were a lot of people
that helped get me to a place to feel confident and
comfortable with coming out.
Last year you lent your voice to a song on a Glee
soundtrack. Would you ever do the show? I don't
really watch Glee, but I know it's very popular and
gay-friendly, which is great. And Jane Lynch is hilari-
ous! If they asked me I would consider it, but I'm re-
ally happy that I could be a part of something that's
supportive and promotes alternative and varying
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