Friday, May 31, 2013


Song: RuPaulogize
Artist: Willam
Album: The Wreckoning

I think the pop world is ready for a big hit from a drag queen.  It hasn't happened... well, not since it did in 1992 for the world's most famous Drag Queen, RuPaul, who if I recall is the first and only with "Supermodel (You Better Work)."  So I suppose I should be saying... it's about time there was another huge pop hit by a drag queen.  And I think we're getting closer.

RuPaul's Drag Race has been this bubbling-under hit that's only grown since it started, and over the past year or two I've noticed how much the drag queen jargon has worked itself into our culture, especially on the internet where you can hear one-liners and various examples of "shade" being spread throughout Tumblr, internet forums, and the comment section of just about anything.... you mad?

I haven't heard that song yet though, despite the myriad of one-off singles and full albums that have been released from alumni of Drag Race thus far.  BUT, there still is some above-average dance-pop out there coming from these queens, whom have talent that in a different time and place, would be much more recognized.  The world is changing though...

Willam Bell is one of the most well-known from the show, and arguably bar RuPaul, one of the most successful of the current queens out there hustling.  Beyond the Race, Willam has appeared in several tv shows and movies, as well as starred in several music videos of his own tunes, many of which he's written himself.  Willam is a talent, an actor that also happens to be a drag queen.

Late last year Bell released "The Wreckoning," his debut album which contained many singles he's released with accompanying music videos.  Most of the songs are parodies... takes on other songs written with comedy in mind.  It's not really listenable as an album for me, a touch too gimmicky... but there are gems here and there.

Number one for me is current single "RuPaulogize," which takes an off-hand comment Willam made on the reunion show of his season, and turns it, and his experience with the show, into a song.  It's a great little play on words, enough that on that episode RuPaul herself proclaimed; "Bitch!  Consider that stolen!" when Willam uttered it.

The song takes the vocal hook from OneRepublic's '07 hit "Apologize," and adds Drag Race season four winner Sharon Needles (playing RuPaul) and the results are catchy, funny, gold.  It probably won't get play outside of gay bars... but it should.  It's infectious.

Do yourself a favor and watch the video below.  It'll put a smile on your face, or two, as we head into our weekend.


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