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Larry Tee Tops New York Tastemaker Poll

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, April 9, 2005
Larry Tee has come third in New York Press's annual 50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers, beating off stiff opposition from celebrities including socialites the Olsen Twins, Vanity Fair chief Graydon Carter and Carlos D of Interpol.

Dubbing Skrufff's Man-in-New York "a hipster before there were hipsters, a club kid before Michael Alig dismembered one and a man who made Williamsburg cool again', the magazine celebrated Larry's electroclash credentials as well as his role in making Ru Paul a star in the 90s.

"We're aiming our crossbow at Tee's skull because it's only a matter of time before HipsterClash or RetroAmsterburg starts percolating," New York Press sneered, "It's all we can do to gnaw our toenails in baited anticipation of Tee's next trendoid scheme."

Chatting to Skrufff this week, Larry admitted he'd been surprised by his high ranking, laughing "their description of me made me want to go meet myself because it made me sound like a lot of fun.'

"What does it mean to come so high in the polls- It means there are some dullsters over at NY Press that think about me way too much," he added. "I have been in lists before such as # 22 in the Face Magazine's 50 Most Influential in 2002, but #3 Loathsome is a totally new high."

Larry also unveiled exclusive details of his next "trendoid scheme', a new single he's releasing to raise awareness about homophobic violence in the States.

"The 'scheme' is actually the most beautiful song I have ever written about gay hate crime victim Matthew Sheppard and it's sung by Andy Bell of Erasure," he revealed.

"The 'scheme' is that we're donating a sizable chunk of all proceeds to the Matthew Sheppard foundation and we're determined to get Gus Van Zandt to contribute a gut-punching video. Anyone have Gus' number-"