The song I can no longer listen to.
“I heard this song so much as a kid because my dad really loved it. It’s one of the first songs that I learned by heart and could sing along with. To this day, it still resonates strongly with me and the rest of my family. It’s been a pivotal song in my life.”
“We’ve been listening to this album a lot during quarantine, but I guess we listen to this album a lot anyway – it’s kind of a constant in this household. It’s filled with so much beauty, inspiration and incredible lyrics that I don’t think you could ever really get bored with it. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, who’ve both been really integral artists to our lives – they just did a Verzuz battle on Instagram Live which was really amazing. Oh, and we’ve also been listening to Róisín Murphy on Spotify. To me, Róisín Murphy is an icon and a legend and just incredibly talented.”
“Here’s the thing: because I do all the RuPaul’s Drag Race ‘Werq The World’ tours, all you hear is fucking RuPaul music. And I remember when I finally got cast on the show, part of my audition tape was me saying: ‘Please can you put me on the show so I don’t have to learn any of your fucking music any more!'”
The song that reminds me of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“I was basically birthed loving Madonna because my sister Heather, who’s seven years older than me, was a huge Madonna fan. This was her first greatest hits album and I was probably only five or six when it came out, but I can remember we played the shit out of it. Really, Madonna’s been the soundtrack of my life for as long as I can remember.”
“He’s this religious singer who sang a song called ‘Butterfly Kisses’ that every white girl got married to in the ’90s. I remember my mum took me to a Bob Carlisle concert and the audience was a bunch of old white women and then somewhere in there my blatantly feminine closeted-ass going: ‘Werq!’ But aside from Bob Carlisle, I consider myself really lucky that my first really big show was seeing Madonna’s Re-Invention World Tour in 2004.”
The song I wish I’d written.