An unearthed clip shows the drag icon singing lead for Wee Wee Pole
When it comes to producing rare diamonds of archive footage, there’s no one better than RuPaul. The larger-than-life drag icon has countless treasures strewn across YouTube – from vintage vids of her 90s glory days, to her DIY past as a New York working girl. Now, though, Fusion has managed to unearth an even rarer gem: the star’s secret history as an 80s punk-rock singer.
RuPaul revealed her sneaky stint in this week’s episode of Drag Race – which saw the host challenge the remaining queens to perform in new wave bands. “Long before I became ‘Supermodel of the World,’ I was in a punk-rock band called Wee Wee Pole,” she told the contestants. “I was inspired by bands like The B-52’s, Wendy O. Williams (of Plasmatics), and my all-time favorite Blondie.”
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for original footage of Wee Wee Pole to start circulating after that. Watch the clip above to see the Wee Wee Pole Ru do “Funky for a Honky” and “Body Heat” in 1983 at Atlanta’s Club 688.