ROCK & ROLL —IT’S A DRAG?
Drag has been a part of the Rock & Roll underground chic thanks to Warhol, Divine et al since—it seems forever. A ‘part’ of it—but not actual Rock & Roll, that is until Wayne County started playing the Rock Clubs rather than gay bars. And his act is real, raw, Rock & Roll—his band, ‘The Back Street Boys’ are typical of the current New York punk vogue. The difference being that the lead singer not only sings, but also does a great drag show and some hysterically funny impressions— it is truly Rock & Roll theatre!
Wayne County is serious about Rock & Roll and first conceived the idea for a Rock/Drag act in London, during the late sixties, whilst acting in Andy Warhol’s ‘Pork.’ It has taken him since then to persuade ‘the powers that be’ i.e. booking agents and club owners that his kind of Rock & Roll can sell—the record companies are still skeptical. Judging by the capacity audience when I saw him last, it can’t be long—his bookings have spread from New York to Boston to Cleveland and Houston.
When I saw Wayne recently in Boston I was prepared for anything—I first saw him several years ago in Los Angeles and he was totally outrageous! Well, he has cleaned up his act for general consumption—but don’t despair, anyone who can sing “Toilet Love” can’t be Rock’s answer to Pat Boone.
Although his set was only about 40 minutes long he managed five costume changes, starting off in a leopard print mini-dress and curly wig—he looked better than most of the au-
dience. Both the act and the music were get down raunchy. very rude but very funny. His first costume change, was, for me, the best—having dashed behind a curtain onstage he re-appeared in a long platinum wig and quite literally the ‘trashiest’ outfit I have ever seen. It was made entirely from polyethylene bags covered with toilet rolls, TV dinners and old milk cartons, the piece de resistance however was the ‘Pyronate A 200’ box attached to