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Gay Indie Singer Features Gay Porn Star in Music Video

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Jan 18, 2012
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For Perfume Genius’ latest music video, the openly gay Seattle singer-songwriter (aka Mike Hadreas) enlisted the burly-hunk and gay porn star, Arpad Miklos.

In the video for his single, "Hood," off his sophomore album "Put Your Back N 2 It," Hadreas allows Miklos to apply makeup to him and comb his hair as he coos over a soft piano riff.

Although the song clocks in at just under two minutes, it packs a powerful message with its intense visuals. It opens with the porn star holding the singer like a baby. Miklos wears only a tight speed-o and at one-point dons a freaky Freddy Krueger mask, and Hadreas wears a kimono, Krueger’s signature claw and a hoodie, throughout the video.

"The song’s about how if someone knew you 100%, they would go away," he told the indie music review website Pitchfork in an interview. "So, in the video, I didn’t acknowledge him until I was fully done-up in all my gear and my wig. That’s how I feel in general. That freaky shit underneath-- that’s kind of who I am, really."

Hadreas addresses a number of gay issues on "Put Your Back N 2 It," such as on the track "17," which is "basically a gay suicide letter," the singer says. "Take Home," "is a pop song about hookerism," and the title track is "about gay sex."

Perfume Genius’ new album follows up his brilliant 2010 debut, "Learning," and the 12-track LP will be released on Feb. 21.

Watch the video for "Hood" below:


  • Ted Patchell, 2012-01-20 11:52:10

    I saw this video an hour ago! It’s a lot of song in a very short time, and everyone I know wants more.

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