Sylvester Is My Hero

I played this song on Sunday, and it’s put me on a major Sylvester kick this week. Dude was exactly who and what he wanted to be: tall, strong and physically imposing, delicately beautiful, firey like a pentecostal preacher, flashy like a disco queen. There was and has been no one like him since he died from AIDS complications at the way-too-young age of forty-one in the late 80s.

His version of ‘Southern Man’ isn’t just the definitive version of Neil Young’s song because of how musically perfect it is; it’s because it was UNBELIEVABLY ballsy for a six-foot-something black man in women’s clothes to open his DEBUT record, in 1973 no less, by wailing out these lyrics in the strongest falsetto anyone’s ever heard: “Southern man better keep your head. Don’t forget what your good book said. Southern change gonna come at last. Now your crosses are burning fast. / I saw cotton, and I saw black. Tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern man, when will you pay them back?”

Sylvester is my hero.

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    Official Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday parties are in bold below. Other dates are tourdates for Eamon and/or Justin.

    Friday, January 27th // Planetarium with Shore Live and Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin DJing // at the secret hi-fi loft // $25 // Sold Out

    Sunday, January 29th // Mister Sunday with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at a secret but familiar location // $20 // advance tickets and more info

    Friday, February 3rd // Flux's 6th Birthday with Justin, Benjamin Damage, Mike Dehnert & Moxie at Beaver Works // Leeds, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Friday, February 24th // Planetarium with Jason Lindner Live, Marika Hughes Live, Justin Carter DJing and Live and Eamon Harkin DJing // at the secret hi-fi loft // $25 // advance tickets and more info

    Sunday, February 26th // Mister Sunday with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at Shea Stadium // $20 // more info coming soon

    Saturday, April 15th // Percolate with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter with Dark Sky Live // at Hidden // Manchester, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, July 29th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin at Panorama with Too Many Acts To Mention // at Randall's Island // NYC // advance tickets and more info