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Monday, May 18, 2009

Athens Boys Choir puts ‘Gaydar’ on blast for MondoHomo 2009

click to enlarge GENDER BENDER: Katz of Athens Boys Choir
  • GENDER BENDER: Katz of Athens Boys Choir

“I know it’s a step in the right direction/But this homo scene now we got us a system,” Katz raps on “Metrosexual Threw Off My Gaydar,” a humorous ditty about the contemporary complexities of sexual identity. “And you know it ain’t working too keen/If you can’t tell that frat boy from the neighborhood queen.”

Featuring sampled twangy guitar strums, a phat beat, and percussive electronic clatter, the track mixes country, hip-hop and new wave in the same way straight and gay cultures often blend across America’s metropolitan landscape. It’s one of several humorous raps — including “EZ Heeb” and “Jazz Hands” — interspersed with spoken word tracks on Katz's new Athens Boys Choir CD, Bar Mitzvah Superhits of the ’80s, ’90s, and Today.

His third release since switching from duo to solo act in 2005, the transgender artist continues to broaden his palette. He’s added music to his spoken word repertoire, along with video segments to flesh out several of his songs onstage. “I tend to find myself performing with musicians a lot, so I wanted to put together a performance that would be better in a club scene,” Katz says from a tour stop in Washington, D.C.

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