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Drew and Andy host Aural Fixation, a fortnightly podcast about music within the queer experience. Each episode, we dissect a different album which might be loved by queers, made by queers, or simply deemed as being queer. It could be an album that we both adore or one that we're discovering together – either way, we have a gay old time while we do it. For over a decade, Drew and Andy had crossed paths at shindigs and soirees across the UK, but when Drew moved down under to Andy's current home of Sydney, a 'frienaissance' and Aural Fixation were both born. This podcast is recorded and produced by two card-carrying queers with a burning passion for aural pursuits, @drew_down_under and @andrewdoyouthinkyouare. You can also follow us at @auralfixationpodcast – and if you like us, please give us a rating and review.

Drew and Andy host Aural Fixation, a fortnightly podcast about music within the queer experience. Each episode, we dissect a different album which might be loved by queers, made by queers, or simply deemed as being queer. It could be an album that we both adore or one that we're discovering together – either way, we have a gay old time while we do it. For over a decade, Drew and Andy had crossed paths at shindigs and soirees across the UK, but when Drew moved down under to Andy's current home of Sydney, a 'frienaissance' and Aural Fixation were both born. This podcast is recorded and produced by two card-carrying queers with a burning passion for aural pursuits, @drew_down_under and @andrewdoyouthinkyouare. You can also follow us at @auralfixationpodcast – and if you like us, please give us a rating and review.
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Australia

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Drew and Andy host Aural Fixation, a fortnightly podcast about music within the queer experience. Each episode, we dissect a different album which might be loved by queers, made by queers, or simply deemed as being queer. It could be an album that we both adore or one that we're discovering together – either way, we have a gay old time while we do it. For over a decade, Drew and Andy had crossed paths at shindigs and soirees across the UK, but when Drew moved down under to Andy's current home of Sydney, a 'frienaissance' and Aural Fixation were both born. This podcast is recorded and produced by two card-carrying queers with a burning passion for aural pursuits, @drew_down_under and @andrewdoyouthinkyouare. You can also follow us at @auralfixationpodcast – and if you like us, please give us a rating and review.

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English


Episodes

Garbage – Beautiful Garbage

9/18/2019
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Whether you've been a regular on the fan forum since 2002 or you simply know them as the band that did the song from Romeo and Juliet, chances are you know a little about this episode's subject – Garbage. But there is no way in gay hell you know anywhere near as much as this episode's guest, Liam, who has deeply stanned the band ever since discovering an obscure Garbage remix on his 12th birthday. Experimental and unapologetically queer, Garbage cut their tusks in the nineties with their...

Duration:00:53:26

Janet Jackson – Control

9/4/2019
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Gimme a beat! This is a story about Control – Janet Jackon's Control, the 1986 album which quite literally birthed an entire genre (Siri, what's 'new jack swing'?), and placed the Jackson Five's little sister on a path to international stardom, selling 100 million records worldwide and directly influencing artists as diverse as Britney, Beyoncé and, erm, Heidi from the Sugababes... according to Wikipedia. At just twenty years old, Janet set out to cast off her family's astronomical...

Duration:00:55:18

Culture Club – Colour by Numbers

8/21/2019
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What do maketh a queer icon? Pop princess blighted by tragedy – tick. Indie darlings, misunderstood by their contemporaries but retrospectively lauded – check. Alexandra Burke – say no more, dot com. How about an effeminate, sexually ambiguous teenager pulled from small town 70s England to front a reggae-influenced pop rock band who would go on to sell 150 million albums, and soundtrack wedding dance floors for decades to come? Boy George confused and bewitched men, women and everything...

Duration:00:50:28

Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION

8/7/2019
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Let us take you back to 2011. Egypt is in revolt. The people of London are rioting. Earthquakes are wreaking havoc in New Zealand and Japan. Amy Winehouse is dead, for christ sake. Life is bleak. But wait – what’s that we can hear in the distance? It’s a girl with a sugary voice. And it sounds like she’s... imploring a boy to... pick up the phone and... give her a call? Oh happy day mama, it’s Carly Rae Jepsen! Come to remind us all that there *is* joy in the world, through the twinned...

Duration:00:56:04

Madonna – American Life

7/24/2019
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After slyly dominating the first ten episodes of your new favourite music podcast, we're finally giving a much-deserved hour to the pop monolith that is... Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madame X, if you're nasty. Fourteen studio albums, three hundred million records sold and a superlative-exhausting run of smashed records later, the Queen of Pop has been thrusting queer sensibility to the forefront of mainstream pop culture for nearly 40 years, spanning from her early 80s association...

Duration:01:02:56

Kelis – Flesh Tone

7/10/2019
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Any typical conversation about Kelis will almost undoubtedly centre around *that* dairy-based beverage, and its power to lure ~the boys~ to her front lawn for a taste. Of course, Drew and Andy aren’t interested in typical conversations. This episode, the boys have gone lactose-intolerant – they didn’t come here to talk milkshakes; they came here for flesh. 2010’s Flesh Tone was recorded in collaboration with visionary – if not ever-so-irritating – Black Eyed Pea will.i.am and marked the...

Duration:00:52:18

In Bed with Drew and Andy

6/26/2019
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Welcome to our first Q&A – with Drew & A. Our email servers have crashed time and time again underneath the sheer influx of mail, and our fans have questions which need answering. It was time to give the people what they want. Drew and Andy settle down with a glass of cask wine and give our listeners insight into what makes us tick, what gets us razzed, and what makes up our pop DNA. Forty-five minutes isn’t enough to get through all the enquiries, but tune in to find out who soundtracks...

Duration:00:48:57

Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters

6/13/2019
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The year is 2004. The likes of Katie Melua, Jamie Cullum and Dido dominate supermarket shelves, as the UK charts are pervaded with an overwhelming sense of beige – that is, until, a glamourous quartet from the streets of New York storm through with a disco Pink Floyd cover to punctuate the gloom with glitter. The Scissor Sisters channelled the peacocking showmanship of Elton John and Freddie Mercury through an early 2000s sensibility, which remains futuristic, yet timeless, to this day. In...

Duration:00:48:14

Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster

5/29/2019
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When 23-year-old Lady Gaga strode boldly into the flashing lights with 'The Fame' in 2008, she was lauded as a new kind of pop princess – honest, opinionated, perhaps a little extra but with the vocal chops to back it all up. Her eight-track 2009 follow-up 'The Fame Monster' dug its gilded heel into the zeitgeist with instant classics like 'Bad Romance' and 'Telephone', clinching Gaga a spot in the sonic hall of fame. From here her war cry was clear: Be your authentic self, celebrate...

Duration:01:05:29

Grace Jones – Island Life

5/15/2019
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From daughter of a preacher man to empress of New York nightlife, Grace Jones has spent her career challenging, scintillating and titillating listeners, audiences and baffled onlookers, with panache like no other. Andy and Drew meet underneath the disco balls of Manhattan, dancing through Grace's early greatest hits, before skipping thirty years ahead to a decade-in-the-making comeback, recorded in the heady hills of Jamaica. Through 1985’s ‘Island Life’ and 2008’s ‘Hurricane’, we tackle...

Duration:00:44:51

RuPaul – American

5/1/2019
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Step aside, we're back again – and frothing to spill ALL of the tea on RuPaul's political juggernaut 'American'. Released as a direct response to the 2016 US Election, the album speaks to civic disenfranchisement, administrative unease and, of course, lady cowboys. With a career trajectory unlike any other, RuPaul has solidified his status as an icon in recent years with the growing success of RuPaul’s Drag Race. But as he approaches his sixties, is he still a Champion of the queer...

Duration:00:52:54

Girls Aloud – Tangled Up

4/17/2019
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Birthed from the profits of Cher’s ‘Believe’ and Geri Halliwell’s blink-and-you-miss-it reality show judging career, Girls Aloud are the biggest UK girl band ever… who no-one outside the country actually knows. With twenty consecutive top 10 UK singles, four million albums, and some of the most bonkersly brilliant bangers of the 21st century to their name, the band hit their commercial and critical summit with 2007’s ‘Tangled Up’, and we think it’s time that this pop masterpiece got the...

Duration:00:48:47

Britney Spears – Blackout

4/7/2019
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Let us break the ice and give you more in our third episode, an exploration of a pop masterpiece created at the most tumultuous intersection of Britney Jean's career. Released four years following her commercial zenith with 'In the Zone', 2007's 'Blackout' gathered innovative producer upstarts, like Danja and Bloodshy & Avant, alongside industry veterans, like the Neptunes, to mark Britney's personal struggles with futuristic-sounding anthems of frustration, sex and independence. Drew...

Duration:00:45:04

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

4/7/2019
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Episode two of your new favourite podcast plunges deep into The Velvet Underground and their debut album 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'. Produced by Andy Warhol and featuring the trickley tones of German songstress Nico, 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' is lauded as the first indie rock album ever, and one of the greatest of all time. Join Drew and Andy as they wax intrigued on the mysteries shrouding the album's inception and the sexuality of frontman Lou Reed. You can find this...

Duration:00:46:31

Bette Midler – Experience the Divine

4/6/2019
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Drew and Andy kick off Aural Fixation with a personal analysis of the Divine Miss M, the wind beneath our wings, Bathhouse Bette herself: Bette Midler. In our inaugural episode, the conversation centres around Bette's 1993 greatest hits collection 'Experience the Divine' – a childhood favourite of Drew's – featuring beloved hits such as 'Chapel of Love', 'From a Distance' and 'The Rose'. Allow us to put a spell on you as we discuss, arguably, the best Bette, in which Drew and Andy pose all...

Duration:00:46:14