Sharon Needles Takes A (Love) Bite With “Dracula” Music Video

"Love is a universal thing that everyone understands," says Drag Race's scream queen. "Love, like death... binds humanity."

Sharon Needles has climbed out of her crypt to drop her second album, Taxidermy (out Saturday on iTunes) and is serving us Nosferatu realness with the album’s first music video, “Dracula.”

Directed by our pal Santiago Felipe, the clip is full of homages to famous vampires from Lost Boys, Nosferatu, Bram Stoker’s Dracula—even good ol’ Count Chocula.

But Sharon says after winning RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4, she was a bit of a monster herself.


“When I wrote [my first album] PG-13, I had just won Drag Race, all my nightmares had come true—and I was a brat,” Needles tells Billboard. “I was a privileged brat overnight. I went from a punk-rock drunk downtown clown to seeming to have everything at my access. I wrote my first album almost as an entitled child. Taxidermy is written by a much more precarious, untrusting adult.”

And it’s full of—gasp!—love songs.

“Love is a universal thing that everyone understands. Love, like death… binds humanity,” says drag’s mistress of the macabre. “So I wrote a love record. A melancholy one at that.”

Will wonders never cease?

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