Song of the Day #2,387: ‘Queen’ – Perfume Genius

perfume_geniusAs we move into the second ten songs on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, I find a lot less overlap with last year’s blog entries. Only two tracks made it to Meet Me In Montauk. Indeed, I’d barely heard of any of these songs before seeing the poll.

Let’s see what new discoveries I have in store.

At #12 is ‘Queen’ by Perfume Genius, described as the year’s best gay anthem by Salon.com.

Perfume Genius is Seattle’s Mike Hadreas, an indie artist who has released three albums since 2010, the latest titled Too Bright.

I get a David Bowie vibe here, not just from the theatricality of his persona but from the sound of the song itself. That’s a good thing, though I don’t know how much I’d listen to this in the real world.

[Verse 1]
Don’t you know your queen?
Ripped, heaving
Flower bloom at my feet
Don’t you know your queen?
Cracked, peeling
Riddled with disease
Don’t you know me?

[Chorus]
No family is safe
When I sashay

[Verse 2]
Don’t you know your queen?
Gleaming
Wrapped in golden leaves
Don’t you know me?
Rank, ragged
Skin sewn on in sheets
Casing the barracks
For an ass to break and harness into the fold

[Chorus]

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,387: ‘Queen’ – Perfume Genius

  1. Dana says:

    I hear the Bowie vibe. Pretty good song.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Riveting all the way around.

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