Sylvester: Mighty Real

I have just written an article for Laser Magazine about the Cockettes, which I believe will be out in September. I’ll post that one later.

Sylvester, who was part of the drag troupe, is finally getting his own documentary. The 10 minute preview features interviews with Martha Wash (who started as a backup singer for him in the Two Tons o’ Fun), Patti Labelle and out-of-drag RuPaul. But a gay doc would not be complete without recollections by your favourite drag daddy, John Waters, right?

SYLVESTER: MIGHTY REAL from Tim Smyth on Vimeo.

On some websites, the 10 minute version is listed as a mini documentary in it own right. And this preview has been uploaded for a while, so let’s hope there is a feature length baby coming soon.

Dancin’ Wheels (Sylvester & Two Tons rollerskating)
Martha, I love you

Finally, Martha!


I’ve finally recovered from the weekend, but there is one more story to tell. Mary and I went to see Martha Wash at the Pride main stage. It was my first time seeing her live and I was very excited.

From the moment the stepped on the stage to the very last drip of It’s Raining Men (alright, I could live without this song) I thought she is the best ever. Her voice is just amazing. The audience went crazy after the first note she sang. When I saw her dress I told Mary: Please remember this very well, I would like to have a Martha outfit.

After the second song, she took her heels off and said: “I sing better with my shoes off.”
You just have to adore her.

I think this was the set list:
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Everybody Everybody
Give It To You
Carry On
It’s Raining Men

Dancin’ Wheels
Martha, I Love You