Kudos to Swedish glam-pop-rocker Ola Salo of The Ark for openly speaking out about his sexuality in his music and in interviews. The singer has often used his cheeky lyrics and energetic stage performances to convey his all-inclusive message that advocates the equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. In my candid chat with Salo that will be published in the upcoming May issue of GENRE Magazine, the bisexual singer explains that he believes in the "gray scale" of human sexuality. He argues that people don't have to be either homo or hetero. In fact, he can identify with many people that are often disregarded because they feel they don't fit at the extreme opposite sides of the scale. Indie crooner Antony made similar comments to me before.
Salo wrote a song about this subject for the The Ark's disc "State Of The Ark" that was finally released in the U.S. on Tuesday. "The Others" is a torch song for everybody who feels they don't fit a certain mold. "I'm building an army of misplaced lovers/Known as "the others"/Working under covers of love/Cause we got nowhere else to go," Salo sings. "Gonna enlist every baldheaded chick with a dick/Every queer that is here so you stupid gits/Know, you're fucked-up, nowhere to go."
It was not the first time Salo addressed sexual orientation in his music. In 2002's "Father To A Son," the Swede advocated the rights of homosexuals to adopt children. Make sure to check out the video for the song. If you're into Salo, you can visit his personal MySpace page and also read a fun interview on LOGO's excellent NewNowNext entertainment blog.
I highly recommend The Ark's "State Of The Ark." The group combines catchy, glam disco-rock with a powerful message that is truly meaningful.