"Who said that all gay-themed movies must feature music by ABBA or Gloria Gaynor?
Hold on to your sequins boys; when it comes to smouldering smooches of the silver screen
it’s time for queer to get classy. Blow a big smacker and welcome the High Priestess
Actually, Nina Simone has never been too keen to be categorised. Some call her style
soul; some call it jazz; Simone herself calls it ‘black classical music’. Listen
to her remarkable piano solo on Love Me Or Leave Me and you’ll understand why.
Classical scales, baroque ornamentation and a jazz sensibility – there’s no need
to define this music – just rejoice in it. Her voice, of course, is sublime, sensual,
soulful; perfect to smooch to, except that it’s so distracting.
No, Love Me or Leave me is undoubtedly the highlight of the soundtrack, but the
beats-to-buss-to come with the Latin laced rhythms of Alan Ari Lazar’s score. Tangos
with a twist, quasi-Catalan Creole and a measure of Caribbean calypso are blended in a
cocktail that won’t only pucker up your peckers but might well cause a stir in the
lower regions . . . whatever your sexual orientation.
But if your catalyst for canoodling is more romantic noodling (sorry) then you’ll
find it in Gabriel’s Room. Gabe himself mightn’t be there, but this gentle
musical excursion, comprised of only lyrical piano and sweetly splashing ride cymbal, is
guaranteed to provide some extraordinary osculation with your ideal lip-locking partner.
And once so satisfied, you may care to take a quick break from engagements – in
order to sing along as the scintillating chanteuse of the sixties, Petula Clark, revels in
the joyous melody of a Happy Heart."