• For the first time in five years, the LGBTQ community not only received full-throated support from the man in the Oval Office, but President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris all issued video greetings to LGBTQ Americans for Pride Month
• Congress votes to make Pulse Nightclub a national memorial
• Gay men in the UK will have an easier time donating blood
• A bakery in Texas experienced hideous homophobia for saying ‘Happy Pride’ and then the internet stepped in
• Eli Lieb drops the perfect anthem for Pride Month ‘Boys Who Like Boys’
All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report
Acclaimed out singer/songwriter Eli Lieb drops his awesome new single and music video, “Boys Who Like Boys,” and it’s totally on point not only for Pride Month, but every day.
I’m happy to admit that when a new Eli Lieb song drops, I run to hit play. Eli hits it out of the park every. single. time.
Eli finds his way to the center of his songs with uncluttered focus and gives voice to what I think of as the ‘every gay’ (as opposed to the ‘everyman’).
So what’s your problem with boys who like boys Maybe we just want a little love Boys who like boys Know one holds you like a big man does Go keep on hating I’ll just keep dancing With boys who like boys Yeah I just want a little love
Not only do his lyrics swagger like a boss, but Eli knows his way around a strong hook and when to drop those stadium drums for maximum effect. Some days, I feel like he’s our Bryan Adams of today.
Plus, Eli enlisted the help of choreographer Tyler Malone who passed out the steps to friends and fans of Eli. The result is a rainbow of folks contributing their shade of pride for this anthemic track.
It just all works – to great effect. Hit play and enjoy.
Randy Report favorite Eli Lieb is happy in love, and he’s sharing the receipts in his new music video, “I Want It All.”
The bouncy, buoyant summer bop is a paean to his year-old relationship with boyfriend, James Tyler Malone.
You got me in love Like a kid in a candy store running round I want it all And it’s never it’s never it’s never it’s never enough I want it all want it all And I waited I waited I waited I waited for your love And it’s never it’s never it’s never it’s never enough I want it all want it all
The music video utilizes video Lieb shot while he joined Malone on a cruise ship where the bf worked as a dancer. Rather than do the long-distance thing, Lieb packed up and joined Malone for months on the ship traveling to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico.
Lieb told Billboard that he wanted the song to be a upbeat tribute to the “very unconventional” beginning of his relationship, as well as a positive snapshot of queer love.
“During Pride Month, I wanted to put something out that showed a real-life relationship blossoming, rather than just a scripted one,” he says. “I’m hoping the viewers will really be able to get a sense of that excitement and celebration of finding newfound love, in a real and palpable way.”
Out singer/songwriter Eli Lieb shares this uplifting music video for his song, “When You Need a Friend,” which Eli wrote in the aftermath of a young, male transgender student as his old high school committing suicide.
Backed by The Trevor Project, Eli returned to his old school to reach out to kids there and spread some love.
Premiering the new video on NewNowNext, Eli shares:
“I wrote, ’When You Need A Friend’ inspired by his memory, but also for anyone in need,” he says. “I wanted people to know that times can be really tough but if you keep fighting through them, there’s a bright future ahead. I also wanted people to feel like they have a friend in me, even if they don’t know me personally. I want people to feel like when they play this song, that I am there with them offering support.”
Randy Report favorite Eli Lieb has released his new album The Nights We Lived and a new music video for the title tune.
Out and proud indie singer/songwriter Eli Lieb recently released his new album, The Nights We Lived.
In July of 2013, Eli got the attention of the music world with his power pop anthem, “Young Love.” Music blog Idolator called it “an instantly catchy, uplifting pop/rock anthem that sounds like a cross between Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen.”
Thanks to its strong pop hook and a message of living out and proud, the song and the video struck a chord with many people. The music video for “Young Love” since garnered almost 8 million YouTube views.
In October of 2013, Eli was inspired to record a cover of “Wrecking Ball” that went viral in just 24 hours. The video was promoted in social media by singers Adam Lambert and Lucy Hale, and celebrities Rosie O’Donnell and Bob Harper. Eli’s cover of “Wrecking Ball” reached one million views in under a week, and at this writing the video has over 5.3 million views.
I recently spoke to the handsome artist about his work.
Asked if he sets out to tell a specific story in his music, Eli says, “A lot of times my songs really do just come out. When I look back at it, it’s almost like I don’t really remember writing it. Whatever comes out, I just let it be, and it’ll very quickly start to manifest and I’ll understand what it’s about.”
“I write songs and I somehow have managed to be able to put experience into a song.”
Having spent some years in Los Angeles, and although he acknowledges good friends there, Eli is open about how it wasn’t a good fit for him.
“It was just so dog-eat-dog and every cliché you hear about it is true. It’s very, very hard to find a genuine relationship and to trust a genuine relationship because everybody has some ulterior motive, and if they think you’re a shiny object, they’re all over you,” says Eli. “And then the second they see any kind of scuff in that shine, they’re gone.”
“It documents specific time periods in my life,” he said. “I picked this song as the title track to the album because the whole record is an accumulation of experiences that have lead to who and where I am today.”
The music video uses footage spanning 15 years as Eli takes a musical look back, and it’s a life full of ups and downs, including a complicated, abusive relationship:
When I was 29 I fell in love with a monster
Hidden in the sly cloak of a charmer
Plotting to destroy all of me
That’s when I learned what love and abuse was
Yeah I think I still have a few of his scars
If you look closely you can see
The track, authentic and raw in its emotional landscape, delivers fat, rich production with 80s power anthem vocals.
As a journalist who loves mainstream pop music, I’m happy to share Eli’s latest music with you.
As a pop music fan, I can honestly say I personally plunk down my money to buy Eli’s music. I think he’s great. He connects; he’s open; and he understands the power of music.
And as an LGBT activist, I’m always jazzed to see an artist as talented as Eli present our lives and loves so fully in his music.
Check out the music video for “The Nights We Lived” below. You should definitely check out more of his music on his YouTube channel here. (“Zeppelin” totally kills…)