This is such a family. We've been together a year
and a few months, and still there's in-jokes building
up and a lot of little laughs. A year into the TRB, we
were already fighting and there were problems developing
I noticed how much TRB changed between the first
and second albums.
Yeah. There's a session drummer on the second
That was one thing. It sounded like a piano
album to me. fMeaMmasmsmmamasa^^aMm^ammaammammmmmmmammmmasa^m,ma.
Right. The guitar was mixed right out. A real
Where do you live?
I live in Hammersmith, West London.
Is that the gay neighborhood?
Is there a gay neighborhood?
There's a small ghetto called Earl's Court, but
it's nothing like an American gay ghetto, where you get
Wot like Greenwich Village or San Francisco?
Not like Westheimer. Please! Actually out of all
of those, the one I like most was Westheimer. I don't
really like Castro that much. And Polk. It's not so
I've always felt that gays per se don't really like
rock and roll that much. If you were to make a mass generalization. . . .
This one does.
Oh sure, so does this one.
If you made a generalization, gays tend to like
ballet, opera, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, and disco.
In the same terms, they tend not to like rock and roll.
The people who would get most out of Sector 27 would be
rock and roll fans who happen to be gay, as opposed to
large swathes of gays who suddenly saw the light and got
into rock and roll. I don't think they would and I don't
blame them, you know. I wouldn't go to see an opera
simply because the leading tenor was gay. That wouldn't
make me enjoy it one jot more. I don't expect any kind
of quote-unquote "loyalty" from the gay community, simply because I'm an out musician. The only reason people
should come to see Sector is because they like the music.
So you consider yourself a performer who is gay
rather than a gay performer?
That's what I mean. I don't think there's any
reason, simply because you share someone's sexuality,
that you have to automatically enjoy their work. Their
work should be the thing that they're judged on, not
their sexuality. If through that, you're able to reach
young gay people, young lesbians, who might find themselves
out in the middle of Nebraska or something, then that is
Of course, we're delighted that you're out.
If you can help other people have the'strength to
come out, that's the main thing. Everybody should be
out. If everybody came out overnight, we'd have a Congress and Senate that is on our side. A lot of people
would not go for things like fag-beating, which is on
the increase and doesn't need to be. If it wasn't an
unknown quantity, if people had some idea who gay people
are, like their best buddy is one, and maybe their father
is bisexual, then maybe they'd ease off a bit.
In Jim's GAY AUSTIN review of your appearance at the
Armadillo in 1979, he contrasted Rod Stewart, who is
straight, but a campy, drag-queen-type performer, with
you, who are real, and a good actor 'and a good performer.
He said it was so refreshing to see the difference.
There's a lot of gay overtones in rock, but a lot of it
is a gimmick, too.
Yeah, but that can be liberating. That can even
be a little bit of help. A lot of people who like Rod
Stewart don't like Sector 27. If, in the corner of the
Rod Stewart show, there's some kid who finds a sympathetic chord, even if Rod's only putting it on, it's going
to be liberating. Then it's good that that happens.
It's symptomatic for any kind of radical movement to have
infighting and pick holes in people who are broadly on
your side of the fence, rather than people on the other
side. I would much rather have Rod Stewart being camp
than one of these really macho heavy-metal rock and roll
bands talking about fags and queers.
Rod Stewart always does have The Killing of Georgie
to his credit.
Certainly. I think there's too much infighting.
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Darlington Station at a quarter to four
Down in the tearoom, watching the wall
Waiting forever, a boy next door
Daylight fading and In hating it all
Can't keep away, can't keep away
from the other door
Can't Keep Away