Gay and Straight Together

Gay and Straight Together

Various Artists FW08580 / FS 8580

Gay and Straight Together is a landmark compilation with live recordings of both gay and straight songwriter-activists including Malvina Reynolds’s daughter Nancy Schimmel and feminist songwriter Kristin Lems. Produced by children’s music performer and Folkways artist Ginni Clemmens for Open Door Records, the album was released in 1981. Songs in various styles can be heard on the album, including uplifting sing-along anthems such as “Carry It On,” country-flavored “Piney Creek Woman,” humorous social satires like “Lezzie Queer,” and the pure, genre-defying inventiveness of “Weird.” The song lyrics are featured in the liner notes.

Year Released 1980
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1980 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States; Protest songs

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101 Song for His 'n' Hers Jeffrey C. Jones 7:15
102 Pancake Blues Kitty Barber 3:04
103 Love Somebody Ginni Clemmens 3:08
104 Piney Creek Woman Nancy Schimmel, Giovanni Balteri, and Kathy Glaser 2:36
105 Penguin Walk Rag Lori Noelle 1:44
106 Weird Vivian Davis, John Salewski, and Skip Harstirn 3:41
201 How Nice Kristin Lems 3:40
202 Surprise Paula Walowitz 2:40
203 Lezzie Queer Judith Carsello 5:31
204 If You Got Gayness Charlie Murphy 3:43
205 Carry it On Dev Singh 3:41
206 Lately I See Trisha Alexander 1:26
207 Dirty Old Woman Merle Markland 2:02
208 Old Woman Miss Saffman's Ladies Choir 2:29
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