Monday, September 06, 2010
CeCe Peniston burst onto the music scene in 1992 with Finally, which was a huge hit in gay dance clubs. The fact that the word 'penis' appears in the middle of her name is just a coincidence; surely she would have been just as popular with the gays without it. Her debut album - which was called Finally as well - also spawned the lesser hits We Got A Love Thang and Keep On Walkin', although since neither of them was featured in the 1993 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert no one much remembers them today but her and me.
Apropo of nothing and entirely unrelated to either CeCe Peniston or her birthday*, I happen to be Facebook friends with a lovely fellow named Marc Smolowitz who was the programmer of the San Francisco's Frameline Film Festival the year Priscilla was released; according to him, his was the first to feature the film, following which its popularity skyrocketed thanks to all the chatty homos who took to the film like gay men to a campy movie**, the career of Guy Pearce and his cheekbones was launched, and the world became a slightly better place, all because of my Facebook friend and, to a certain extent, CeCe Peniston.
*Which is today, like I even need to say it.
**Some venues even showed the Finally number accompanied by a disco ball and coloured lights, prompting the marketing tagline "Shown in Dragarama at select theatres."
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