EXCLUSIVE: This Is Cub Sport's Ultimate Pride Playlist
It's that time of year again! The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are in full swing and we're celebrating the LGBTQI community with a little help from some of our favourite Aussie artists.
If you're looking for a pre-Mardi Gras track selection to get you pumped up and ready to party, look no further than Cub Sport's pride playlist.
The Brissy band have shared with us their ultimate pride tracks, and with appearances from the likes of Cher, Britney Spears, and Robyn...you're gonna wanna listen up.
1. Cher - Believe
Credited as one of "the world's most enduring gay anthems," Cher's 1998 club banger 'Believe' cemented the singer's status as a pop culture icon and continues to resonate with audiences far and wide today. It's impossible to resist singing along to the thumping chorus of 'Believe,' which has been covered countless times, including by fellow Aussie act DMAs in 2016 for Triple J's Like a Version.
2. Frank Ocean - Nikes
Frank Ocean's 'Nikes' takes out the second spot on Cub Sport's pride playlist. The music video accompanying this slow, moody track features a cameo from A$AP Rocky, who holds a picture of the late rapper A$AP Yams, and also pays tribute to rapper Pimp C and Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was fatally shot in 2012 in an alleged instance of racial profiling. Billboard ranked the track number 28 on their "100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" and said it "proved that Frank Ocean was back, and with a whole new set of emotions to get off his chest."
3. Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor's heart-wrenching ballad, 'Nothing Compares 2 U' features at number three on Cub Sport's pride playlist. The 1990 track was actually written and composed by Prince, for one of his side projects, The Family. According to Prince's sound engineer, Susan Rogers, he wrote 'Nothing Compares 2 U' in the summer of 1984, when he was in a relationship with The Family's Susannah Melvoin, and "it was clear that she was becoming more important than the other girls he'd dated." During this time, Prince's housekeeper, Sandy Scipioni had to leave to be with her family after he father died suddenly from a heart attack. Susan said, "Sandy ran Prince's life. He kept asking, 'When's Sandy coming back?"
4. Cub Sport - Party Pill
The number four spot on Cub Sport's pride playlist is appropriately reserved for their own track, 'Party Pill' which was released earlier this year. The beautifully intimate pop track is all about falling in love but trying to hide it from the people around you. According to singer Tim, he and fellow band member Sam Netterfield "first fell in love when we were 17 but I was super scared of what would happen if I came out," and for some time the pair decided it would be better to stay friends. "This part of our story had been weighing on my heart for a long time and I held onto a lot of shame and embrassment, but I realised last year I needed to let go." Tim and Sam got married last August, which just makes 'Party Pill' even more momentous.
5. Perfume Genius - Die 4 You
'Die 4 You,' a sexy, moody, pared back track by Seattle-based artist Mike Hadreas AKA Perfume Genius comes in at number five on Cub Sport's pride playlist. Speaking to The Fader, Mike said 'Die 4 You' is about "erotic asphyxiation, the sometimes fatal fetish in which people restrict the flow of oxygen to their brain to achieve sexual arousal." He said, "It's a metaphor for giving all of yourself to someone else...You can push it so far that I might be even die and that would be OK." The video accompanying 'Die 4 You' features Mike in bold makeup and two dramatic outfits, one by gender-fluid fashion label, Palomo Spain.
6. Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
'Call Your Girlfriend' comes from Robyn's 2010 album Body Talk, and is about a woman who begs her new partner to break up with an old girlfriend. The electropop ballad sent fans into a spin in 2017, when Twitter users noted that 'Call Your Girlfriend,' and Robyn's iconic track 'Dancing On My Own,' were connected lyrically. 'Dancing On My Own' begins with "Somebody said you got a new friend/Does she love you better than I can?/ There's a big black sky over my town/I know where you're at, I bet she's around." While 'Call Your Girlfriend' starts with "Call your girlfriend/It's time you had the talk/Give your reasons/Say it's not her fault/But you just met somebody new." This lead fans to believe the songs are a single story about a man, told from the perspectives of the two women he's dating.
7. Britney Spears - Toxic
Cub Sport keeps the energy high with the seventh track on their pride playlist - 'Toxic' by Britney Spears. It's hard to believe that 'Toxic' was released 15 YEARS ago, but still has such a wide appeal and continues to be one of Britney's most loved tracks. Fun fact: 'Toxic' was originally offered to Aussie popstar Kylie Minogue for her ninth studio album Body Language, but she rejected it!
8. Troye Sivan - Bloom
Cub Sport give a shoutout to fellow Australian artist, Troye Sivan, for the eighth spot on their pride playlist, with his 2018 track 'Bloom.' According to Troye, 'Bloom' is "the most subversively queer song" on his album by the same name. 'Bloom' is the ultimate coming-of-age track, matched with a poppy, bright, bouncing video that is all about celebrating your sexuality.
9. Jamie XX - Loud Places
Jamie XX's uplifting 2015 track 'Loud Places' takes the number nine spot on Cub Sports's pride playlist. Featuring vocals from Romy Madley Croft of The XX, Pitchfork described 'Loud Places' as "abstracted in a way that suggests [Jamie] is trying to recreate a specfic moment on the dance floor the morning after a long night out...His tracks are marked by those hours in between, which soak up doubt just like the acoustic padding in his studio absorbs the blows of his kick drums."
10. HTML Flowers - Chrome Halo ft. Banoffee
The final spot on Cub Sport's pride playlist goes to HTMLFlowers' 2017 track 'Chrome Halo,' which features vocals from Aussie artist 'Banoffee.' According to HTMLFlowers (AKA Grant Gronewold) 'Chrome Halo' is about how his life changed due to cystic fibrosis. "When you go in and out of hospital as much as me you're not the same anymore, being alone changes you, people recognise you less and less, you feel love less and less." It's moody and edgy, and a reminder to find inner-strength and learn how to love yourself.