Michelle Shocked killed whatever was left of her “musical career” by outing herself as a raging fundamentalist Christian bigot at a gig in where else but San Fransisco.
The politically-minded folk singer whose biggest hit "Anchorage" peaked at #66 on Billboard's 1988 Hot 100, converted to Christianity in the 1990s and recently released a live gospel album.
She was already well on her way down the slippery zealotry-slope in 2008 when she told the Dallas Voice: "Right now, the evangelicals are staking out a ground. And they are saying there is reconciliation between God and man for every human being on this earth - except for gays. And I don’t know who gave them that right! . . . I’m here to say, not that homosexuality is wrong. I’m here to say that there is reconciliation through the blood of Jesus Christ for every human being on the face of this earth. And no one is entitled to speak on God’s behalf and say who does and who doesn’t have that right. Because that price was paid - purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ."
She had all sorts of other crazy-ass things to say during that interview, including her confession to the Voice that she’d "been avoiding interviews with gay press . . . I’m going to kill my publicist," before she realized it was a gay publication.
Then she went on to yell (literally) about being misrepresented as a lesbian in the press.
I'm sure the gay community will miss her iconic presence.