New York city drag queen icon Miss Understood presents rants, musings, and observations from her East Village headquarters.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Google to the rescue! 

In the early 1800's a Swede, Henreich Ling, developed a specific massage and exercise routine based on physiology. It was an amalgamation of 5000 year old Asian and European techniques.

Monday, October 20, 2003

French Dressing 

I was sitting with a group of people in Gothenberg Sweden and I decided to ask them about Swedish Massage. Is it great here? Where's the best place to go for it? They had no idea what I was talking about. They were totally unaware that there was anything called "Swedish Massage". Well, was there any popular type of massage that might have originated there? Was massage in general popular there? They looked at me like I was nuts. Now I know we have a place in NY called the "Swedish Massage Institute" so it must have come from something legitimate.

We have all sorts of distorted ideas about what's from where because in America it adds some mystique to things when you associate them with something foreign. Look at Haagen-Dazs and Frusen Gladje. French Dressing? No it's not French. The kissing, I don't think they do it more than we do. The toast.. well kinda. It exists there, but it's not such a national treasure. Still, I must do some Googling and solve this massage mystery.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Leigh Bowery's Revenge 

In "Wigstock The Movie" Leigh Bowery's infamous performance which climaxed in the "live birth" was unnecessarily censored... and we could have Michael Jackson to blame. In the original performance, Leigh came out in a large, structured, elaborate costume and a face mask that resembled an extreme facelift. He sang the Beatle's "All You need is Love" to a background track and then "gave birth" to a nude, "blood" covered Nicola Bowery. This performance at Wigstock in, I think 1993, was immortalized in "Wigstock the Movie", but, like many other numbers in the film, problems arose when it came to the musical rights. The only way to keep the act in the film was to change the song. Unfortunately, Leigh was too busy dying of AIDS to record a new one, so a new one was recorded by Antony, an NY based singer. I guess the combination of the mask and some long shots helped it through, but I think it's sad that whoever owns the song couldn't work out a deal as is often done with independent films. Now we all know that Michael Jackson owns a LOT of Beatles songs.

Since that film, every year Michael Jackson looks more and more like that mask that Leigh wore during his performance. Was it a curse?

PS: Does anyone know if there's a place online to see who owns the rights to a particular song? Write me: MissU@screamingqueens.com

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