Trixie Mattel has been showing her hometown Milwaukee all kinds of love this year, including this amazing cover of “Blister in the Sun” by Milwaukee’s own Violent Femmes.
The video also stars Zach Fenske, Cory James and Price Smith.
Mattel has a special relationship to Violent Femmes, who also got their start in Milwaukee. Her first ever performance in drag was for the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Oriental Theater, where Violent Femmes was reportedly first discovered back in 1981.
“I remember starting drag at the Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee and hearing that the band Violent Femmes got discovered outside the very same theatre,” Mattel tells PAPER. “I discovered the song the same summer when I started drag. I own two homes and a business in Milwaukee, so ‘Blister’ is a love song to Milwaukee to me. Also, I heard it’s about masturbation which after 2020 has never been more relevant.”
The original video was a hoot if you missed it, or if you are of a certain age and need a trip down memory lane:
Trixie also recently became co-owner of Milwaukee’s This Is It!, Wisconsin’s oldest LGBTQ+ bar.
Image: YouTube / Trixie Mattel