The trailer for Little Miss Sunshine, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette, has some nice Flaming Lips and Sufjan Stevens tunes. (We’re told Toni is a big Sufjan fan.) Watch here. The film (out 7/26) was directed by husband-and-wife Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who ruled MTV in the ’90s with music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP, Weezer, and R.E.M. (They also directed some episodes of Mr. Show.)

DeVotchKa composed the score for Sunshine. You can listen to the band’s “The Winner Is” (and Suf’s “No Man’s Land,” from the soundtrack/Avalanche) here.

Speaking of Mr. Stevens, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside tells Digital Spy who we should be listening to at the moment. (Via Largehearted Boy):

“Sufjan Stevens – and he’s just astonishing. He’s like some mad gay Christian American singer-songwriter who just writes the most amazing stuff.”

Wait, Sufjan’s gay? I’m so confused.

Comments (32)
  1. akwele  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    i seem to remember another post about sufjan being gay

    I think he is
    i don’t care what his religion says

  2. tobias funke  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    carefully read the lyrics to casmir pulaski day.

    i don’t care if it says “blouse” or not – gay. and it is a beautiful song, i am just saying – the writing is on the wall folks.

  3. liv  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    I probably wouldnt have cared to see Little Miss Sunshine if it werent for the kickass soundtrack. It’s about time someone used ‘Chicago’ for a movie, anyways. It was just a matter of time.

  4. pissed  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    I heard Sufjan and Matt Drudge are a couple.

  5. Reid  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    Anyone remember in the early days of Belle and Sebastian when almost everyone was 100% sure that Stuart Murdoch was gay? And now he’s not only shown that he’s clearly hetero, but he’s kind of a lech. And I love him for it.

    Gay or straight, Sufjan’s got fantastic taste in women.

  6. No shit, DeVotchka? That’s almost the real news to me (you’ll get a hundred more hits if it says Sufjan, won’t you?) as opposed to the ongoing “is Sufjan gay” debate. Does it matter….? By the way? Isn’t he fucking incredible anyway?

  7. theeyebright  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    I remember reading somewhere that Suf is Episcopalian. Gay bishops… gay parishioners… Just saying…

  8. will  |   Posted on Jul 5th, 2006 0

    little miss sunshine’s coming to the theater i work at. i’m excited. :)

  9. RyanK  |   Posted on Jul 6th, 2006 0

    under-rated? under-appreciated? under-promoted? Don’t know what the under on this one is, but clicked on the link to find out that nearly the whole soundtrack is Devotchka, yet half yer post and headline are about SS. Saw the band at a sold out TT’s in Boston two weeks ago, and anyone who’s seen devotchka knows where the real story is here. Maybe Little Miss Devotchka doesn’t have the same ring, but that’s clearly what it is.
    (long time listener, first time caller)

  10. aria  |   Posted on Jul 6th, 2006 0

    no. he’s not gay. he can’t be gay.

  11. bjorn  |   Posted on Jul 6th, 2006 0

    what is it with stereogum and this sufjan gay…uh guy….do they owe him money or are they just madly over the f”’ing limit in love with this guy….to many posts about this guy…his great but not that great!!! stop it!!!

  12. Thats the only Flaming Lips song I like. Too bad Steve Carrell’s in it. He tries way too hard.

    http://www.musictimes.com.au

  13. Karl  |   Posted on Jul 6th, 2006 0

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Sufjan sucks. Gay or straight, he sucks. Religious or not, he sucks. We will soon forget about him, hopefully. Stupid Sufjan Stevens Sucks Shit!

    Amen.

  14. Special K  |   Posted on Jul 6th, 2006 0

    Fuck Sufjan. Go see Ben Chasny tonight – he makes Suffie seem like a little choir boy. Our postaltneofolk gods manifest in Six Organs of Admittance. The sun awakens in the school of the flower…

  15. Nate K.  |   Posted on Jul 12th, 2006 0

    I dont’ understand why people would think Sufjan Stevens is gay. I don’t say that but for the lack of literally any evidence pointing one way or another on his sexuality. Lyrics, especially ones so narrative like his, mean almost nothing. In Chicago, he talks about “selling [his] clothes to the state,” but nobody seriously believes Sufjan Stevens entered any sort of business deal with the Illinois government regarding his wardrobe.

    To wind up this rambling post, given the lack of evidence pointing to homosexuality, to assert it would be completely illogical in a country where over 90% of the population is heterosexual.

    • Um excuse me, less than 90 percent? Try less than 90 percent, probably more like 20 percent of the population is gay bisexual or lesbian, but they are afraid to come out because of our culture. Also he is probably bisexual, with those undertones it makes sense for him to like women and men, and with his ambiguity to gender roles, it makes sense.

  16. In the song “To Be Alone With You” it says

    “You gave your body to the lonely
    They took your clothes
    You gave up a wife and a family
    You gave your ghosts”

    then at the end of the song it’s

    “To be alone with me you went upon a tree
    I’ve never known a man who loved me…”

    I believe that means he’s gay because there are a lot of undertone’s in almost all of his songs.

  17. BDG  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2006 0

    that’s about jesus, the whole album is about jesus, the lyrics about going up on a tree are about the cross and crucifixion.

    but then he’s a poor, effeminate, misunderstood boy, http://www.sufjan.com/michigan-its hard to decipher which stories on here are real and which aren’t.

    let a man have his mystery.

  18. AER  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2006 0

    I don’t think Sufjan is gay, and I don’t think you can base this assumption on his lyrics. “To Be Alone With You” is about Jesus, and in “The Upper Peninsula” he talks about his wife at a K-Mart. Also, why does “Casimir Pulaski Day” automatically make him gay? Men’s shirts aren’t called “blouses.” Is Sufjan with Rosie Thomas? Where did someone hear he was with Matt Drudge? Has anyone ever met Sufjan? I love that man.

  19. alex Colston  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2006 0

    well to be alone with you is about the man who was lowered on a matt into the building for jesus to heal him its about the story because the guys friend ran up a tree to see jesus inside the house well anyways only reason why i feel as if he has the slightest chance of being gay is because of the song The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us! it just seems gay the lyrics really point to it i dont know what it is but i wouldnt put it passed sufjan of him being gay

  20. Just curious as to how A review for a movie and great musical artists turns to personal comments about ones sexuality. Do we really care and why Is no one supporting the greatness of the movie and the bands who scored the movie? Just wondering..Been a Huge/ obsessed fan of devotchkas for years now, And I was In heaven to find they scored this movie..Not to mention the other artists seem to be very good as well. And there is my two cents..or was it three?
    siochen

  21. Lindsay  |   Posted on Aug 25th, 2006 0

    first off i love his music and second it really doesnt matter if he gay or not but just to clarify:

    the predatory wasp of the palisades is out to get us-
    “Oh how I meant to tease him
    Oh how I meant no harm
    Touching his back with my hand I kiss him
    I see the wasp on the length of my arm”

  22. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7ZUUzsd9VE

    gay-dar explosion…

    silk stockings? what straight man would say shoes fit like silk stockings?

  23. gayANDgreat  |   Posted on Nov 18th, 2006 0

    “gay-dar explosion…” hehe im gonna LOL that one

  24. Candace  |   Posted on Nov 26th, 2006 0

    i think that devotchka deserves a little round of applause considering they did the majoritey of the soundtrack. Let’s Go… maybe its just because i play the accordian… but it’s freaking amazing.

  25. AER  |   Posted on Jan 2nd, 2007 0

    Could the silk stockings line be a reference to Kate Chopin’s story “A Pair of Silk Stockings?”

  26. Megh  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2007 0

    Here is an ongoing debate on the subject. It seems like we all want to know…

    http://www.convinceme.net/viewOpenDebate.php?dib=3

  27. I think he is gay.. in the lyrics of “Chicago” at the end he says “if i was crying in the van with my friend.. it was for freedom…” I think he was talking about crying for the freedom to be openly gay. We have freedom, but gays are still supressed, and I think he wants freedom from that, the restraints.

  28. Next lines in chicago: “From myself and from this land”…that part of the song says nothing of his sexual orientation. The song’s all about a sense of restlessness in a big and sometimes oppressive city. He wants freedom from the chaos that is the physical realm.

  29. VIS  |   Posted on Nov 8th, 2007 0

    How can anyone guess sexuality from song lyrics? Is Prince gay? Tolkien’s stories included a lot on male companionship, was he gay? Our society is too concerned to labeling sexuality as a pure duality. Like most people, Sufjan has probably thought about it, but does that define who he?

  30. Conor  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2008 0

    I really do think Suf is gay, but he doesn’t want to admit it openly (yet), as he doesn’t wish to potentially alienate backward conservative ‘Christian’ types, many of whom would form a large part of his folksy music style.
    The lyrics at the end of Chicago, as someone previously mentioned, do point to him looking for freedom to be openly gay and feel ok inside about it. It’s society’s fault that any gay person should even, for a second, feel bad about being gay. It’s totally ok and life is so short, it’s a pity people waste it.
    The US is still soooooo conservative; of course gays should be allowed marry and adopt children. People are soooo old-fashioned. Cop on!

  31. Sidd  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2009 0

    People go on a default assumption that unless proved otherwise, everyone is straight. Where do these 90% stats come from, anyway? Oh, right, a perfect stranger polls you, asking “are you a fudge packer?” and you readily say “you betcha!” I get the feeling the people who are most threatened by the possibility of Sufjan’s being gay are males who are insecure in their own sexuality and females whose adolescent fantasies are threatened.

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