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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    Sunday, February 4th // Planetarium with Eamon Harkin DJing and Todd Sines Live // 6p – 11p // Indoors at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, February 10th // Mister Saturday Night with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // 10p – 6a // Indoors at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 // advance tickets and more info

    Sunday, February 11th // Planetarium with Josh Dunn and Justin Carter DJing and Relaxer Live // 6p – 11p // Indoors at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 // advance tickets and more info

    Sunday, February 18th // Planetarium with Maxime Robillard, DJ Sofiia and Justin Carter DJing // 6p – 11p // Indoors at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 // advance tickets and more info

    Friday, February 23rd // Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // 8p onward // El Grotto // Perth, Australia  // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, February 24th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin with Robert Hood, Laurent Garnier, Martixxman and a ton of others // Babylon Festival // In the Desert Outside of Melbourne, Australia  // advance tickets and more info

    Sunday, February 25th // Mister Sunday in Sydney with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // 1p – 8p // Secret Outdoor Location in Sydney’s Inner City // advance tickets and more info

    Sunday, February 25th // Planetarium with Josh Dunn and Simon Gabriel from Two Bridges DJing // 6p – 11p // Indoors at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, February 24th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin with Robert Hood, Laurent Garnier, Martixxman and a ton of others // Babylon Festival // In the Desert Outside of Melbourne, Australia  // advance tickets and more info

    Friday, March 2nd // Justin Carter at Sugar // Adelaide, Australia // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, March 3rd // Justin Carter at Boney // Melbourne, Australia // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, March 17th // Mister Saturday Night with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // 10p – 6a // Indoors at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 // advance tickets and more info