Johnny Are You Queer? was originally performed, with different words, by the punk band Fear and then, with the final words by The GoGos who lost the song when they split with their management who owned the rights to the song, though the best known version of the song was released by Josie Cotton in 1981 as a single and on her 1982 album Convertible Music. The original tells the story of a girl who is dating Johnny but he isn’t interested in a sexual relationship and she has seen him with some boys who the singer thinks are gay, so she asks Johnny Are You Queer? The song pokes fun at 1980s attitudes on homosexuality and was highly controversial at the time with criticism from both religious and homosexual groups – the most outrageous being the theory that Josie Cotton didn’t really exist but that she was actually a gay man trying to convert straight men to her homosexual lifestyle (how this song would do that, I have no idea). This version is performed as a response to Josie‘s version asking how she could not know that Johnny was Gay. The Drag Queen Josie theory is referenced in the introduction from Madame.
WARNING: This song uses language that is generally not considered suitable for children.