But, unlike C4’s recent folk and rock documentaries, ‘Queer as Pop’ does at least make a genuine attempt to analyse a movement through its music. Most of the boxes are ticked – Bowie doing ‘Starman’, disco, the Stonewall riots, the utterly different but equally significant ‘Relax’ and ‘Smalltown Boy’ – and there’s a welcome diversion into house, as well as a pause for breath and contemplation when the story reaches the outbreak of Aids. Top-notch contributors too, with Frankie Knuckles and Nile Rodgers joined by such behind-the-scenes movers and shakers as Heaven founder Jeremy Norman, each one shooting from the hip.
Most telling is how little has changed in the ever-cynical industry: gay icons have come prepackaged for decades – only the nods and winks have become more blatant. As plenty take issue with Lady Gaga’s self-proclaimed position as head of a movement, it’s clear that the war between credibility and commerce continues apace.