Larry Tee

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".[citation needed] 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. ...show more

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".[citation needed] 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."[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In the nineties, Tee's career soared as he was a key component of the internationally-popular New York Club Kids scene, making appearances on Geraldo, The Joan Rivers Show, and Inside Edition, which brought the Club Kid world -- with its' alternative views on gender, sexuality, music and fun -- to the national forefront. Tee helped make the parties Lova Machine and the raucous Disco 2000 with the infamous clubkid Michael Alig. One of his biggest successes at this time, however, was co-writing the RuPaul hit, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which has since reached double-platinum on Billboard charts.[citation needed] It was during this time that Tee became a drug addict.[citation needed] He got clean in 1997. Following that, Tee began to get his life together, launching a new phase of his career, the Electroclash years. ...show less

Albums & Singles by Larry Tee