Part “Grease,” part “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” but mostly a John Waters wet dream in the flesh, what it all really boils down to is that Jayne/Wayne County is the Louis Armstrong of transgender rock. She started it all, baby. She even fronted the original Backstreet Boys in her heyday, penning the roller rink-ready “Cream in My Jeans” (included on the classic protopunk compilation, “Max’s Kansas City 1976”).
After fleeing Bumfuck, Ga., in the late 1960s, County took part in the Stonewall riots and was recruited to star in an Andy Warhol play, “Pork,” by Jackie Curtis — a transvestite Superstar who was name-checked in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” and who County looked up to as a mentor. County went on to front Queen Elizabeth, whose stage act County swears David Bowie stole for his 1974 “Diamond Dogs” tour.
“Wonder Woman,” a late-glam romp off Wayne County & the Electric Chairs’ 1979’s “Things Your Mother Never Told You,” gets right to the point. The superhero in question happens to be a rather raunchy sexpot:
“I’m your Aunt Jemima at breakfast
Well I’m, I’m the other side of the coin
I got a hunch that you want some lunch
Well, I’ve got gravy in my groin (slurp noise)”
‘Nuff said. Or, as County herself concludes on the song:
“Take it or leave it, but you better believe it.”