Kansas City art-punk brats Ssion (pronounced “shun”) set out to make what singer Cody Critcheloe describes as “the gayest record ever”; what resulted was Fools Gold, an album that is maybe more pomo-hop than homo-pop. But let’s not mince words - it is pure disco-punk dance party mania. Man, I wonder what Sid Vicious would think about how it’s now possible to use a term like “disco-punk” without batting an eyelash. But I digress.
Here’s the video for Street Jizz, a (slightly satirical?) song about the sexual and class dynamics between middle-class men and the street-culture youth they cruise for. Look for the various popular (and unpopular) culture references the band drops - Leonard Cohen (think the album cover of I’m Your Man), Tom of Finland, Sonic Youth, and others I’m probably too dense to notice. Also, when Critcheloe is reading a book called “Women In Rock” in the very first part of the video, it’s more than a cute name-drop - in an interview, he cites female musicians like Courtney Love and Kim Gordon to be among his biggest influences.