Skip to main content

Songs To Do Drag To

I've been to a number of drag shows in my day. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men, inebriated sexually ambiguous audience members dancing up on you, awkward situations in the bathrooms, ridiculously expensive alcoholic beverages... it's always a good time.

As a result of my attendance at these festive events, I have a sick habit of hearing a song and thinking, "This would be PERFECT to do drag to." Unfortunately, I've never felt like shaving my legs (and my face), taping up Mr. Happy, pulling on a miniskirt and a pair of high-heels and dancing around on stage while lipsynching to "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." But here are a few songs I'd totally do drag to, if I were willing to shave my legs.

Tori Amos - Raspberry Swirl
Tori is to the gay community what Eminem is to insecure white boys from the suburbs: she's a god(dess). "Raspberry Swirl" features such lyrics as, "everybody knows I'm her friend / everybody knows I'm her man" and, "things are getting desperate / when all the boys can't be men." Yes, said.

Garbage - Sex Is Not The Enemy/Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!) (see below)
Okay, maybe I'm a little biased - Garbage has been my favorite band for over a decade now - but Shirley and the boys have produced some excellent songs for drag. "Sex Is Not The Enemy" declares that a "revolution is the solution," while opining that "true love's like gold / there's not enough to go around / but then there's God / and doesn't God love everyone?" "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)" is about a young boy dressing as a girl (and going to truck stops to have sex, etc). "Because you looked just like a girl / your baby blues would flash / and suddenly a spell was cast." Both are perfect for drag.



Calvin Harris - The Girls
This one is for the prospective drags kings out there. To be honest, if I had the opportunity, I'd be more than willing to be a man who is dressing like a woman who is doing drag as a man to this song. Confusing? Yeah, well, in Calvin Harris' ode to the fairer sex ("I like them black girls, I like them white girls, I like them Asian girls, I like them mixed race girls"), he ultimately comes to a conclusion that all drag kings must come to if they want to master the craft: "I get all the girls." Does that make sense? Probably not, but I'm okay with that.

Nelly Furtado - Maneater (see below)
In this song we meet Nelly Furtado, who walks in the door and everyone promptly moves their nubile young bodies in a--oh, who cares? It's about a woman who sucks your soul, and your cash, through your dick. Perfect for a drag queen! "She's a maneater, make you buy cars, make you cut cords, wish you never ever met her at all."



Questions: Have you been to a drag show? Would you be willing to shave your legs and pull on a pair of high heels (or, for the ladies out there, stick a cucumber in your pants and pull on your favorite wifebeater) and do drag? What song(s) would you do drag to?

Comments

  1. I love this post sooooo much. thank you, ADAM, thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. rock on Adam!
    No, I've never been to a drag show. Yes, I'd be willing to do all the shaving and heels. but instead of using a cucumber, I would just order a free 30 day sample of vigrx and hope for the best.

    Do I need to say it? I would do drag to AQUA /BARBIE GIRL!! I'm so generic

    ReplyDelete
  3. Brittany--hahahaha. I'm glad you like it! Now, what are your drag songs, ehhhh?

    Nader--you should totally go to a drag show! It's a lot of fun, great energy. Hah, I don't think I'd be willing to shave down my legs to do drag myself, kudos to you for being willing! But man, why didn't I think about Barbie Girl? EXCELLENT song choice!

    A few more songs I probably should have mentioned and didn't:
    The Pipettes - Dirty Mind (I'm imagining three guys dressed like a '60s girl group. AMAZING)
    Avenue D - Fire Desire (look up the lyrics and tell me it isn't perfect for drag. DO IT. Plus, it has Boy George. What?)
    RuPaul - Supermodel (if you really want to get meta, have a woman dressed as a man dressed as a woman sing it. Brilliant, right?)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

3 New Lana Songs Come Out From Upcoming Album "Blue Banisters"

Not even that far off from "Chemtrails Over The Country Club" being released this past March, Lana Del Rey dropped three new singles off her upcoming project, "Blue Banisters." They include the title track, "Text Book," and "Wildflower Wildfire." All three songs seem to merge the worlds of "COCC" with "Norman Fucking Rockwell," specifically Lana's mouthful of a track "Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me To Have But I Have It." They also seem uncharacteristically more confessional than most of Lana's catalog to date, specifically "Wildflower Wildfire," which alludes to a conflict with her mother. She even starts the track with "Here's the deal," readying to show more of her backstory than she ever has in her decade-plus-long career. The three songs are gorgeous - especially "Text Book," which has a haunting quality to it (she mentions "Black Lives Matter" i

"Anchors" - AM Higgins

Here's a nice breezy, almost sensual song from AM Higgins (the solo project of musician Annie Toth) to start your Tuesday off right.  Her debut album "Hymning" will be out November 5th on Victorialand Records. The album was mixed by Casey Foubert, a frequent collaborator of Sufjan Stevens. The album "captures the first years of moving from an American city to rural France." Sounds like "Hymning" will be a welcome escape from the world we live in right now, especially considering that Annie Toth counts poets Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton as influences.

You Need to Hear This: Concrete Castles

I first heard of First to Eleven a few years ago thanks to the powers of social media. They are a talented young band straight out of my hometown (Erie, PA). Since I've first heard of them, First To Eleven - which primarily were a social media-based cover band - has revealed an original music incarnation, Concrete Castles.  No matter if they're covering songs or releasing their own music, one thing is evident: Concrete Castles is MASSIVELY talented. Anchored by Audra Miller's powerhouse vocals that are vaguely reminiscent of Hayley Williams, Concrete Castles demand your attention. Although they can fall in that sort of amorphous "indie pop" umbrella, I don't think their sound would be amiss on mainstream radio - top 40 or alternative.  "Wish I Missed U" - their debut album - came out earlier this September, and it's an enjoyable, invigorating listen that would probably make those who were raised on emo or fans of CHVRCHES feel at home. Hell, Anth