Female pop trio The Super Supremes had to face some stark realities during a recent run at Oxford Street club the Midnight Shift.

We’ve been mistaken for drag queens, and a lot of people say -˜they must be miming’ and then are blown away when they realise we’re up there singing, band member Nathy Gaffney says.

We were so delighted with the response from the drag queens. They all love us and think we’re great -“ to our faces.

Gaffney and fellow Super Supremes Deb Mitchelmore and Sheena Crouch started performing together about 18 months ago.

A talent scout saw them on stage at the 2005 Sydney Food & Wine Fair. Soon they were belting out retro hits at the Shift.

We don’t want to call ourselves a tribute group, but we do pay homage to the great soul, Motown and disco divas of the 1960s and 1970s, Gaffney says.

I guess Super Supremes means extra on top. You get the Supremes but you get Aretha, Chaka Khan, all the others.

The singers are likely to win more gay fans with a special ACON fundraising performance tonight, 30 November, at The Palace Hotel on the eve of World AIDS Day.

The Super Supremes are also regular stars of the corporate circuit, but Gaffney says the best feedback comes closer to Oxford Street.

A gay audience keeps you on your toes. If you’re not delivering the gags, they will let you know in no uncertain terms.

It’s really been the season at the Shift that’s brought the humour and the cattiness and the fun to The Super Supremes’ show.

The Super Supremes perform at The Palace Hotel, 122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst, tonight and on 7 December from 9:30pm. Entry is free.

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