In our cultural memory banks, Tonetta will forever remain one of the iconic images of the ’00s. The Canadian underground Youtube sensation has been making his mutant blend of gay sex-themed pop for some time now, and thanks to Black Tent Press, we’re able to enjoy it away from the lure of the glowing screen, next to the comfort of our record players just like the music gods intended. The third volume of his work is being released soon; check the tracklist below, watch his latest video ‘Eternally #1’, and then once your mind is properly prepared for glory, head over and pre-order the new album here.
Running across Tonetta in 2008 was a life revelation. Youtube hardly lacks weird, homemade videos that defy reality, but watching this 50-something Canadian man flex and shake while wearing angel masks and strange makeup, singing about rough, gay sex in the sweetest manner imaginable and completely unironically….it was like a doorway into a wonderful, mutant universe. The fact that some of these videos and scratchy, lo-fi tracks are from 1983 just makes it even more amazing. You feel like you’re watching something found at a crime scene. After being an underground youtube sensation for a year or two, he was picked up by in 2010 by Black Tent Press to have his classic and new material released for the first time. I’ll let the videos speak for themselves. Behold the world of Tonetta.