musicians in drag

Rock Stars in Drag!

Sugar and spice and everything nice, wasn’t made for only girls. ;)

David Bowie & Iggy Pop:

Anthony Kiedis & Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Corey Taylor (Slipknot):

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister):

Maynard James Keenan (Tool):

Eddie Vedder and Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam):

Alice Cooper:

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses):

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana):

Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day):

Freddie Mercury (Queen):

Who got a Rudemption this season? Let's Compare.
  • Coco Before: Fuck that fight with Alyssa.
  • Coco After: First home lol who asked her here
  • Adore Before: Worthy runner-up, almost tied with Bianca, international drag musician superstar
  • Adore After: You fucking left
  • Ginger Before: Should have won season 7
  • Ginger After: Who?
  • Phi Phi Before: Yeah she was a bitch on season 4, but that cosplay though
  • Phi Phi After: What a rotted cunt
  • Tatianna Before: Who? Oh yeah, "thank you"
  • Tatianna After: GODDESS SHE WAS ROBBED
  • Alyssa Before: God she's crazy
  • Alyssa After: God she's crazy and deserved better
  • Roxxxy Before: What a bitch
  • Roxxxy After: Is she gone yet?
  • Detox Before: Yeah, she was pretty
  • Detox After: Pretty awful
  • Alaska Before: OH MY GOD SHE IS THE QWEEN TO WIN YASS
  • Alaska After: I have no words
  • Katya Before: Omg I love her she was robbed
  • Katya After: Omg I love her she was robbed
6

your summer is gone, Corvo

BREAKING ANALYSIS: Drag Me Down

Don’t think for a second that when the album drops I won’t come back at this and look at it again in context, but shit, son.  I can’t just not say anything about this.  I have SO MANY FEELINGS OKAY, here we go.

Vocals

HARRY.  FUCK.  Harry has taken on the Zayn role and hot damn is the boy stepping up.  He sounds like fucking Adam Lambert in the chorus.  (Have I said that before?  I’m pretty sure I’ve said that before about Harry’s higher register.  I’m fucking gone at the knees for that sound.)  

Louis.  I’m dying.  He just swoops in and does the thing, he just does that thing, and then I’m finished.  This song opens with a perfect one-two Harry-Louis and that’s it, bell, KO.  And there is still THE REST OF THE SONG.  But really, every interjection Louis has is so perfect.

That’s really a consistent thing on this track, actually: the vocal distribution is perfect.  I’m going to be really interested to see what happens with their vocal style as a whole now that they no longer have an embarrassment of vocal riches and have to actually be thoughtful about how they deploy.  This is also pretty harmony-light, which is a pretty major departure from the last album’s focus.  I hope they’ll put some tightly harmonised tracks on the new record because I believe they still can and should pull it off, but that’s not what this track is about, and I respect that.

But back to individuals.  LEEYUM.  Casually singing octaves with himself in the pre-chorus, and then Niall just arrowing in on the repeat and completely flipping the focus.  FuckinG, this is one thing this band has always been good at, switching things up on the repeats to intensify things.  Giving Niall the repeat of the verse, and then giving Louis’ line to Harry, completely alters the sonic landscape and builds tension and it’s fabulous.

Also I think it might be written into their contracts that Niall provides all the laughter that’s used in the background of 1D’s tracks.  I swear it’s him every time.  Find me a laugh that isn’t Niall and I will crown you monarch of caring about minor shit to an unhealthy degree.  I could definitely stand to abdicate.

Style/Form

Okay, in terms of structure this is a really conventional dance track, but one thing 1D’s been doing really well lately is archetypes.  By this I mean that they take a genre they like, mine its essence, and then produce a song that is very close to an ideal specimen of that genre (e.g. LBD, WDBHG).  This is very close to being another archetype, combining the current standard techno build with, what the actual fuck, a deconstructed funk layer that you really see exposed in the chorus.  This is a jam.  Somehow, in among the electronica, it manages to be cool as hell.  Part of this is about the bass and the funk rhythm, part is just that they kept the 70s-flavoured rhythm guitar they started implementing last album.  I really want to know who arranged this.

I also love the spacey build of the intro just landing on the bass and dropping into the momentum of it immediately.  It’s a perfect forerunner to the prechorus-to-chorus situation.  

Lyrics

Okay, listen, first things first, we need to talk about the reversal of the lights metaphor from Don’t Let Me Go, like, “all of a sudden these lights are blinding me” vs. “all these lights, they can’t blind me” TELL ME HARRY WROTE ON THIS SINGLE PLEASE (do we have writing credits yet? help a sister out)

I also adore, idk, EVERY SINGLE METAPHOR HERE.  Fire for a heart, a river for a soul & you’re a boat, these metaphors are basically so far up my alley they’re living in my back yard.  The river/boat/”nobody can drag me down” business is especially resonant because [LARRIE ALERT] let’s be real, guys, nautical metaphors have kind of been a staple of the symbolism we’ve been consuming for years, and here we are with an intense song about how the person you love keeps you afloat, like, what kind of jokers are these guys, please.

ALSO: I’M NOT SCARED OF THE DARK vs. ALL THESE LIGHTS, THEY CAN’T BLIND ME I just, come on.

In conclusion, this song is really good and I’m not scared for OT4 anymore.  They’ve totally got this.

It’s so interesting, when you wear lots of black and listen to MCR or SWS or PTV, to watch people’s faces change when you say you also love 5sos. You know what’s fun tho. It’s literally never fellow rock musicians dragging 5sos for being young or attractive or having a mostly female fanbase. It’s just salty rock music fans being big sad babies. It’d be cool if now and then people could act more like the “real musicians” they claim to look up to.