|Song by Tim Curry|
|from the album The Rocky Horror Picture Show|
|Songwriter(s)||Composer: Richard O'Brien, Richard Hartley|
Lyricist: Richard O'Brien
|The Rocky Horror Picture Show track listing|
"Sweet Transvestite" is a song from the 1973 British musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show and its 1975 film counterpart The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The book, music and lyrics are by Richard O'Brien and the musical arrangements by Richard Hartley. It is in the key of E major.
It was originally the fourth song in the musical but it was later switched with its following number, "Time Warp", so that the latter came before Tim Curry's entrance.
The song is performed by the character, Dr. Frank N. Furter, originated on stage and screen by actor Tim Curry, who performed in all of the original productions except Australia's. This includes the short-lived first run on Broadway.
It introduces the character of Dr. Frank N. Furter to the audience and Brad and Janet. He openly boasts where he's from, what he is, what he's been doing and why he does it. The song is one of the film and stage show's most famous and includes one of the show's most notorious lines, "I'm just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania".
Cover versions have been recorded by Anthony Head, Mina, Bates Motel, Ziggy Byfield, The Steve Whitney Band, and punk rock band Apocalypse Hoboken on the 2003 tribute compilation The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show.
For the 2000 Broadway revival, it was sung by Tom Hewitt.
Tim Curry's version (the film recording) was remixed for club play in 2011 by Joel Dickinson.
In Fox's 2016 televised tribute, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again the song was performed by actress Laverne Cox who played the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter.