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Larry Tee

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Larry Tee (born Lawrence Thom on October 12th, 1959) is an internationally-renowned DJ, club promoter, and music producer who coined the word Electroclash and helped launch the careers of such artists as Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, RuPaul, Peaches, and Avenue D, among others.

The son of two Canadian-born citizens, Larry Tee grew up in Seattle, WA and in Marietta, GA. He moved to Atlanta in the early eighties, where he teamed with such drag personalities as RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Amanda Lepore, and Lahoma at the Celebrity Club in Atlanta. Music groups like 10,000 Maniacs, Butthole Surfers, and The Black Crowes all played at the venue at different times, and it has been described by Tee as “a disco-punk club set in a pizza parlor on a sleazy strip in Atlanta”.

While in Atlanta, Tee’s DJ style was always progressive, even back in the early 1980s when “you’d play Depeche Mode for these queens and they thought it was wild,” he says. “But Atlanta was fabulous. We had a great time there. In our crew we had RuPaul and the Lady Bunny, who at the time were both just learning theft tricks. I really feel Atlanta was the birthplace of contemporary drag culture. We had some mean, nasty drag shows there.”

Tee then travelled to New York City in the late eighties with RuPaul, Lady Bunny and Lahoma in a roadtrip that inspired the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar.

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