Toska Wilde feat Brucie Bitch: T-Gurl (German Shepherd)
Wonky Disco remixed into dancefloor-filler. Camp celebration of the T-Girl on underground Salford label, home to the bizarre and experimental and a hundred collaborations.
T Gurl was originally a track on an album by Space Museum called Universal Fluid – new life has been breathed into it by the Toska that is Wilde and Brucie Bitch (aka Bruce from The Get) add Jørdan Ayriss into the equation and you have a completely revitalised disco stomper.
German Shepherd Records release a lot of quite odd, ‘difficult’ music, cooked up in a low-budget experimental kitchen, but occasionally there will be a gem which stands out and has, dare I say, commercial potential… this is one of those. It’s a bit retro-cheese sounding and as camp as a row of tents (pitched by Alan Carr …) but a celebration of the T-Girl…. cue urban dictionary definition for the uninitiated.
I asked the enigmatic Toska Wilde about the subject matter and he told me;
T Gurl is essentially a transfemale. It’s about the ever-growing power and visibility of this previously put-down minority. Seducing and enchanting everyone. Being ever present. Being visible.
Like the beautiful, fiercely intelligent and totally ‘punk rock’ Paris Lees?
Exactly!!!! I am not trans but find this particular community an inspiration. They live their lives for-real whereas we can only dream.
So, in a way is it you as gay men showing solidarity to the T-Girl, partially in response to (so-called) TERF’s being so… exclusionary?
That’s a good point. However Bruce is straight so it’s straight and gay men. It’s Brucie and me celebrating transsexual visibility as trans people are out there in all walks of life engaging with everyone and getting everywhere! Some are glamorous celebrities others are bus drivers. Local Councilors and cleaners. T Gurls are everywhere!!!
Basically it’s just a party dancefloor anthem with a retro Eighties feel which has echoes of Dead Or Alive, New Order and all-manner of campy shenanigans which you could file under Guilty Pleasure/ Cheese. But it’s irresistible and catchy and put out on a shoestring budget with cool, inclusive intentions.
The cover image for the single is of Cindy Stern.
All words by Ged Babey