Vaginal Davis is a big, black superstar drag performer with a brain bigger than her mouth. For the record, that’s pretty bloody big. Her website, www.vaginaldavis.com, delves into the underbelly of celebrity, including penis descriptions of the rich and often infamous.
One of her most recent projects is a musical collaboration with long-time electro writer and producer David Harrow. By day, Harrow is a married family man who lives in LA with his wife and daughter. But in LA, everyone is different at night.
Technova is Harrow as dirty electroclash fuck musician, and his latest effort Electrosexual features Vaginal’s deep, throaty vocals on five of its 10 tracks.
Pick up a copy and it’s clear from the titles which ones she’s on: I Could Have Sex, My Pussy Is A Cactus and Mangina, for example, are in-your-face dirty drag efforts. Then there’s Mama’s Not Dead and Bitterest Pill.
So how does a credible producer start working with a famous lady of the stage?
I’d done some tracks and I was in LA and a friend of mine introduced me to Ms Davis, Harrow says. During the interview, he calls her the less-formal Vag.
I just thought she was fantastic. She just talked and talked and talked. I wanted to get her down on some tracks and she was really good to work with. And basically with technology the way it is now, I opened my laptop and gave her a microphone, and we were ready.
Electrosexual also features a cool version of Joy Division’s haunting classic Atmosphere, with the former JD singer Ian Curtis’s role played by Harrow himself.
Harrow regularly does DJ dates in Europe and North America. He plans on releasing another Vaginal Davis album later this year.
Electrosexual is out now on Hydrogen Dukebox Records.