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Rainbow Connection: 4/5 – Bonus point for the double-entendre of "The slip that brought me to my knees failed."
Rainbow Connection: 3/5 – Epstein also encouraged John Lennon to keep his marriage in the closet, so the theme of manager-inspired secrecy goes both ways.
Rainbow Connection: 2.5/5 – Amos was inspired by a platonic love for a female friend that made her fantasize about taking it further. But despite lines like "Everybody knows I'm her man," it's merely bi-curious.
Rainbow Connection: 2/5 – Though this song might seem tailor-made for Freddie Mercury, straight-as-an-arrow drummer Roger Taylor took lead vocals, which dulled its priapic edge somewhat.
Rainbow Connection: 4/5 – The description of this encounter (the stubble, the sticky lips) leave little to the imagination. But it's the words of proud ownership – "This is what I am/I am a man!" – that makes the tune worthy.
Rainbow Connection: 4.5/5 – A rare glimpse into a subculture that's rarely represented in song.
Rainbow Connection: 5/5 – "They're signing up new seamen fast"? The jury rests.
Rainbow Connection: 4/5 – Davies' subtle portrait of a troubled, unsure kid is most likely the first bisexual Top 10 hit.
Rainbow Connection: 5/5 – The "Hall of Mirrors" is the name of a fictional gay club in Merritt's mind.
Rainbow Connection: 5/5 – The Village People's version was pretty darn glittery to begin with, but the Pet Shop Boys provided a particularly fabulous jolt of camp.
Rainbow Connection: 5/5 – From the album 'Age of Consent,' the notes of which include a chart outlining the various legal ages for homosexual acts worldwide.
Rainbow Connection: 3.5/5 – The singer initially finds acceptance in the arms of her partner but realizes that a normative fantasy life doesn't solve their problems.
Rainbow Connection: 4/5 – Lesser songwriters might approach these subjects from a perspective of pity or sick fascination; Reed's gift lies in his ability to bring his cast of queens and queers to life as rich, complex characters.
Rainbow Connection: 4/5 – A sexually charged, Sapphic-themed tune that managed to become a mainstream hit.
Rainbow Connection: 4.5/5 – Can't do much better than a danceable tune that marries the personal and the political.
Rainbow Connection: 1/5 – Points docked for the "surviving trauma leads to lesbianism" equation.
Rainbow Connection: 4.5/5 – The lyrics speak for themselves: "Don't call me faggot/Not unless you are a friend/Then if you're tall dark and handsome/You can wear the uniform and I'll play along."
Rainbow Connection: 4/5 – Fierce with a capital F.
Rainbow Connection: 2/5 – The tune is given a strange twist by virtue of the fact that Townshend dedicated 'Rough Boys' to his children on the album.
Rainbow Connection: 3/5 – Anything Elton John sings is dusted with a light coating of glitter – especially when he invokes the name of the City of Brotherly Love.