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Aussie singer Brendan Maclean drops new single with raunchy video (ABSOLUTELY NSFW)
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Aussie singer Brendan Maclean drops new single with raunchy video (ABSOLUTELY NSFW)

CREATED ON // Monday, 06 February 2017 Author // Samuel Leighton-Dore

“It’s nothing George Michael didn’t do, I’m really just trying to keep up,” says singer Brendan Maclean of his latest NSFW music video, which examines a number of visual codes once used to communicate sexual preferences in the S&M community.

Inspired by Hal Fischer’s iconic 1977 book Gay Semiotics, the clip for singer Maclean’s new track House of Air was removed from Facebook after only a few hours, and that’s perhaps unsurprising given its sexually explicit content.

“I was wondering around Soho looking at some old sex stores which were being closed down, so I grabbed a few books and Gay Semiotics was one of them,” Maclean tells us. “I had some vague idea about Hanky Codes in S&M communities but had no idea how detailed it was.”

 

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While Maclean says that he doesn’t find the music video particularly shocking (“I watch a lot of porn!”), he admits that he didn’t make it to win-over a mainstream audience.

“I’m so fucking bored of a ‘provocative gay video’ actually just being some random model hugging the singer,” he says, in a pretty clear dig at Aussie singer Troye Sivan’s latest offerings.

“It’s boring. I’m bored of it. Stop being boring!”

 

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Styled by Ben Vincente and directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston, the video feels like a time-capsule back to the denim and leather-clad late 70’s; a time when, Maclean says, gay artists knew they were “making art that would be hated by certain people.”

“It should rattle you in a sense – and that’s how the clip grows.”

Despite including footage of Maclean bathing in a golden shower and a model being fisted against a pastel blue backdrop, it’s the music video’s final scene that has some viewers reeling – with the musician lying perfectly still as a man defecates on his face.

 

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“After a day of watching people being fucked, fisted, eaten out and pissed on, we were pretty ready for that,” he says of capturing the moment.

“I couldn’t flinch, I just stared into the camera and kind of thought, ‘Fuck you Pauline Hanson, fuck you Malcolm Turnbull, fuck you Wendy Francis, fuck you Lyle Shelton.’ And kept smiling.”

Certain to receive some level of criticism and backlash, Maclean must be commended for his dedication to vision. While a vast majority of queer musicians fuss over packaging their music for mainstream and heterosexual audiences, House of Air does the complete opposite – celebrating a history that can’t simply be rolled in glitter.

 

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“We lost a lot of contacts when we made this,” Maclean says. “Kodak Film refused to print it even though they only had to press a single button. All those redacted names at the end, that isn’t a joke. People called at the last minute to have their names removed.”

“I just want people to know that all these years I’ve been talking about politics alongside my music weren’t a joke. It’s never been a joke for me.”

 

Watch the NSFW clip here. WARNING: Do not open at your office desk!

 

This article first appears on SameSame.com.au and is reprinted here with permission.

 

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Samuel Leighton-Dore

Samuel Leighton-Dore

Samuel Leighton-Dore is the editor SameSame.com.au.

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