Monday, November 30, 2009

BIBJ Playlist of the 2000s entry #22: Sing Me Spanish Techno by The New Pornographers

On a 2006 workday, I heard a co-worker playing "The Bleeding Heart Show", and the following conversation took place:

ME:  This album is great, isn't it?
HIM:  Yeah it's been a while since I've played it.
ME:  I just saw the video that came out for "Sing Me Spanish Techno".  Have you seen it?
HIM:  Yeah,  The one with the famous drag queens, right?
ME:  Uhhh....are they famous?
HIM:  I think so?  [Utilizing the always fun "phrase a sentence as a question" move.]
ME:  (Silently nodding)  Uh, OK.  Take it easy.

Years later, I still wonder where the fame threshold is it relates to drag queens.  Perhaps the two guys in the New Pornographers video are famous within their demographic, but why hasn't there been a crossover drag queen superstar since RuPaul?  

Perhaps, as John Mulaney claims, it's all about communal attitude.  When all drag queens act the same, it can be difficult to stand out as unique.  Take note, drag queens.  Don't be a follower.  Go with yourself!
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