The Queer As Folk series proved a huge hit when it hit tv screens about a decade ago. The show spurned countless spin-offs and also several music albums. This particular album seems pretty good value for money, as you get two discs, fourteen songs on the first disc and then a megamix disc on disc two.
The first disc throws up a few treats. Suede's hip and happening 'Beautiful Ones' is an anthem for anyone with any fashion sense about to hit the town for a night out. Brett Anderson's vocal is full of swagger and the song is crying out to for you to adore it.
Mainstream pop can be found in Rick Astley. 'Never Gonna Give You Up' remains a sterling pop gem with a suprisingly robust vocal from Rick and a keen catchy tune. If you like things more disco, then dip into Diana Ross for a touch of soul, before heading to the glorious 'I Feel Good Things For You' by Daddy's Favourite, which is a perfect record to warm up any quiet club, with a mellow groove and a funky bassline.
OT Quartet deliver a trance tipped houser of epic proprtions, complete with a diva vocal and a breakdown to make the hairs on your neck stand on end. Sounds great when the piano riff kicks in. If this works for you, you might also like Urban Cookie Collective, which boasts a slinky vocal from Diane Charlamange.
I can pass on Heather Small's 'Proud' which seems to have featured in too many ad campaigns of late and I also don't like 'It's Raining Men' which is way too camp and naff.
The megamix CD is less appealing, as tracks by Kylie, Abba and even Air are given a dubious makeover. Save the megamix for a rainy day and stick with the first disc for a bit of disco pop fun.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Queer As Folk - Various Artists
2 Beautiful Ones - Suede
3 Sexy Boy - Kinky Boyz & Kia
4 Never Gonna Give You Up - Astley, Rick
5 I'm Coming Out - Ross, Diana
6 I Feel Good Things For You - Daddy's Favourite
7 Dr Who - Various Artists
8 Mucho Mambo - Shaft
9 Hold That Sucker Down - OT Quartet
10 Key The Secret - Urban Cookie Collective
11 Last Thing On My Mind - Steps
12 Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Somerville, Jimmy
13 It's Raining Men - Weather Girls
14 Proud - Small, Heather
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Intro - Various Artists
2 Feel The Need In Me - Utopia
3 Holiday - Who's That Girl
4 I Don't Know What I'd Do (If You Ever Left Me) - Indigo
5 Young Hearts Run Free - Respect & Hannah Jones
6 Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) - Tabu & Mitzi B
7 Use It Up And Wear It Out - Indigo
8 Better The Devil You Know - Kia
9 Uninvited - Deja Vu & Tasmin
10 Armed And Extremely Dangerous - Respect & Shirley Lewis
11 Haven't You Heard - Indigo
12 Like A Prayer - Who's That Girl
13 Free Gay And Happy - Disco Divas
14 Love Pains - Obsession
15 To Deserve You - Deja Vu & Tasmin
16 Mouth - Rochelle
17 Crush - Bianca
18 To Love You More - Rapport & Rochelle
19 How Could He Do This To Me - Haywood, Tammy
20 I Am What I Am - Respect & Hannah Jones
21 You Think You're A Man - Full Frontal
22 SOS - Abbacadabra
23 Save Tonight - Jackie O
24 True Faith - Browne, Natalie
25 Sexy Boy - Kinky Boyz & Kia
26 Mamma Mia - Abbacadabra