Metro Weekly

Perfume Genius: Essentials (Audio and Video)


As a companion to this week’s feature interview with Mike Hadreas — aka Perfume Genius — we thought we’d provide an audio-visual supplement. Below, you’ll find a Spotify playlist we call “Perfume Genius Essentials,” culled from his three albums, Learning, Put Your Back N 2 It, and his recent tour de force, the magnificent, etheral Too Bright.

The playlist is followed by the first three music videos from Too Bright, “Queen,” “Grid” and “Fool,” all of which give you a good idea of the unapologetic flamboyance with which Hadreas approaches both his work and his Perfume Genius persona. As a coda, we’ve included the video for “Hood,” a two-minute knock-out featuring the slight, slender Hadreas being tenderly fussed over by a gorgeous hunk of beefcake — late gay porn star Arpad Miklos. It’s provocative, stunning, and wonderfully, richly gay. Which pretty much describes the music of Perfume Genius.


Support Metro Weekly’s Journalism

These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!