Unleash Your Inner “Queen” With Perfume Genius’ New Video

No family is safe, when Mike Hadreas sashays.

1. Mike Hadreas is Queer Pop’s current “L’enfant terrible.” His work as Perfume Genius has always been described as “wounded” or “fragile” but these days, he’s sounding and looking much more…fierce!

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2. The first single off his third album “Too Bright” is the unapologetic “Queen.” Its recently unveiled video was directed by SSION’s Cody Critcheloe, with Hadreas representing a street hustler out on the town.

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3. He gets picked up and embarks on a surreal journey to the unknown…

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4. …involving a piggy…

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5. …trashing an office full of feathers and bird paintings…

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6. …catching up with a one-legged Elvis impersonator in the bathroom…

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7. …catching his fly self in the mirror…

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8. …giving it all at a conference room with execs dining shrimp…

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9. …watching a long-legged blonde jumping off a building…

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10. …and, encouraged by a troupe of cheerleaders, jumps off too, gazing in tears.

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11. In the end, the girls cheer for joy as Free Bird is finally, well, free.

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12. Actually, the song is not that surreal. It’s about gay panic. Read Mike Hadreas’ statement on it, as you watch the “Queen” video in full.

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“I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride”.

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