Thursday, 27 August 2015

Lobotomy Room at Fontaine's DJ Set List 31 July 2015

Barbara Valentin

Barbara Valentin (1940 - 2002) - the Austrian Jayne Mansfield and later frequent actress in Rainer Werner Fassbinder films  - in her sixties pin-up heyday /

From the Facebook events page:

Revel in sleaze, voodoo and rock'n'roll - at LOBOTOMY ROOM!

Leave all sense of shame and propriety at the door - when LOBOTOMY ROOM returns to its new home, the subterranean Bamboo Lounge of East London Art Deco boîte de nuit Fontaine's! Friday 28 August 2015!

At last - a club night for the hillbilly beau monde! LOBOTOMY ROOM! Where sin lives! A punkabilly booze party! A spectacle of decadence for the permissive Continentally-minded! A Mondo Trasho evening of Beat, Beat Beatsville Beatnik Rock’n’Roll! Rockabilly Psychosis! Wailing Rhythm and Blues! Twisted Tittyshakers! Punk Cretin Hops! Kitsch! Exotica! Curiosities and other Weird Shit! Think John Waters soundtracks, or Songs The Cramps Taught Us, hosted by Graham Russell (of Dr Sketchy and Cockabilly notoriety). Expect desperate stabs from the jukebox jungle! Savage rhythms to make you writhe and rock!

Admission: FREE!

Lobotomy Room: Faster. Further. Filthier.

A tawdry good time guaranteed!

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/ Ai chihuahua! Lobotomy Room flyer (starring cover girl Saint Jayne Mansfield) designed by Ego Rodriguez Illustration /

Blimey! Let’s just say the second half of summer 2015 has been tumultuous. I think I’ve aged five years in the past six weeks or so from sheer stress. In brief: from July onward there was a painful restructure period at work – and I was officially made redundant.  My overheads living alone in central London are high - not having a regular incoming wage is not an option! In a panic, I launched myself into job hunting and within a week of getting the traumatic news of my redundancy, I landed a new role somewhere else. (I just found out earlier today, in fact). Thank God after all this agonising and despair, I can finally go back to being superficial again!

Anyway, it means I didn’t get around to posting my usual lurid tell-all scene report for the July 2015 Lobotomy Room at Fontaine’s until now – the night before the 28 August 2015 one! As a result, this last-minute entry will be a quickie one short on words and heavy on pretty pictures. Normal service will resume soon! 

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Eric and I /

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Andrew and friend /

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Pal and Eric /

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Pal and I /

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Brazilian Oscar and his friend visiting from Chicago /

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Mal (as in the brains behind Cockabilly, DJ Mal Practice) and Pal /

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Dance floor mania /

Fever - Edith Massey
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Mrs Mills
Treat Me Right - Mae West
Sheba - Johnny and The Hurricanes
Eight Ball - The Hustlers
Taboo - Red Garrison and His Zodiacs
Wimoweh - Yma Sumac
Monkey Bird - The Revels
Kismiaz - The Cramps
Bombora - The Original Surf-aris
Fever - Nancy Sit
Bop Pills - Macy "Skip" Skipper
Gunnin' for Peter - The Fabulous Wailers
Peter Gunn Locomotion - The Delmonas
Peter Gunn Twist - The Jesters
Twist Talk - Jack Hammer
Viens danser le twist - Johnny Hallyday
Here Comes the Bug - The Rumblers
Jukebox Babe - Alan Vega
Wiped-Out - The Escorts
No Good Lover - Mickey and Sylvia
Don't Be Cruel - Bill Black Combo
Jailhouse Rock - Judy Nylon
Intoxica - The Centurions
I'm a Woman - Peggy Lee
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me - Robert Mitchum
Dona Wanna - Wanda Jackson
Go Calypso - Mamie Van Doren
Margaya - The Fender Four
Johnny Lee - Faye Adams
It's a Gas - The Rumblers
Vampira - Bobby Bare
Goo Goo Muck - Ronnie and The Gaylads
Black Tarantula - Jody Reynolds
You're Driving Me Crazy - Dorothy Berry
Money Money - Big John Taylor
Where's My Money? Willie Jones
Welfare Cheese - Emanuel Laskey
The Flirt - Shirley and Lee
Tina's Dilemma - Ike and Tina Turner
I Love the Life I Live - Esquerita
Jim Dandy - Ann-Margret
Love Potion # 9 - Nancy Sit
Lucille - Masaaki Hirao
Rip It Up - Little Richard
How Much Love Can One Heart Hold? Joe Perkins and The Rookies
Rock A Hula Baby - Elvis Presley
Honolulu Rock'n'Roll - Eartha Kitt
Beat Girl - Adam Faith
Woo-Hoo - The Rock-A-Teens
I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield - The 5,6,7,8s
Suey - Jayne Mansfield
Pass the Hatchet - Roger and The Gypsies
Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio? The Ramonetures
Let's Go, Baby - Billy Eldridge
Poor Little Baby - Billy Crash Craddock
Lover Boy - Gene Wyatt
Big Bad Boss Beat - The Teen Beats
Shortnin' Bread -The Readymen
Muleskinner Blues - The Fendermen
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
She Said - Hasil Adkins
Breathless - Arlie Neaville
Heartbreak Hotel - Buddy Love
Jailhouse Rock - Masaaki Hirao
Whistle Bait - Larry Collins
Jim Dandy - Sara Lee and The Spades
The Big Bounce - Shirley Caddell
Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad - Tammy Wynette
Boss - The Rumblers
Johnny Hit and Run Pauline - The Ramonetures
Year 1 - X
Fools Rush In - Ricky Nelson
You're the Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Funnel of Love - Wanda Jackson
Rock-A-Bop - Sparkle Moore
Tongue Tied Gill - Charlie Feathers
Chicken Grabber - The Nite Hawks
Chicken Rock - Fat Daddy Holmes
Chicken - The Cramps
Rock Around the Clock - The Sex Pistols
The Swag - Link Wray
Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramonetures
We're a Happy Family - The Ramones
Viva Las Vegas - Nina Hagen
Female Trouble - The Melvins
I Stubbed My Toe - Bryan Legs Walker
Beat Party - Richie and The Squires
What Do You Think I Am? Ike and Tina Turner
I Got Stung - Elvis Presley
Crawfish - Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby? The Earls of Suave
Walk Like a Man - Divine
You Give Me Worms - Turbonegro
Pillowcase - The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
Downtown - Mrs Mills

Further reading:

See the full album of all the photos from the July 2015 Lobotomy Room on flickr.

Read about all the previous Lobotomy Rooms to date here,here,here,here,here,here,herehereherehere and here.

Follow me on tumblr for all your rancid vintage sleaze, kitsch and homo porn needs!














Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cockabilly 28 July 2015 DJ Set List

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/ Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die. Photo via /

From the Cockabilly Facebook group:

Drag a comb through your quiff, swallow a fistful of bop pills and rock around the cock – at COCKABILLY!

COCKABILLY returns to the louche surroundings of The George & Dragon in Shoreditch on Tuesday 28 July 2015! Leather boys, gay greasers, cry-babies, prison wives and juvenile delinquents of all ages are welcome at Cockabilly - London’s only regular queer rockabilly night! With DJ Mal Nicholson and I spinning all your favourite rancid vintage sleaze classicks! Think rockabilly, rhythm and blues, surf, punk and tittyshakers!

The George & Dragon: 2-4 Hackney Road London E2 7NS

8-midnight

FREE

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In his definitive literary statement, 1981’s Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste (which I revere as a sacred text), cult cinema’s Pope of Trash John Waters describes his early film Mondo Trasho (1969) as “a gutter film. “ (“It was filmed in alleys, gutters, Laundromats and deserted areas around Baltimore…”).

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/ Embryonic young starlet Divine in her first starring role in Mondo Trasho (1969) /

In a similar vein, when I DJ at either Cockabilly or my own punkabilly booze party club night Lobotomy Room I endeavour to exhume and play the most rancid “gutter music” possible. Hopefully in my hour-long set at the July 2015 Cockabilly I succeeded.


As a friend of mine present pointed out (not entirely approvingly, I suspect!) “Your set got quite Country in the middle!” I've indeed recently re-visited and incorporated some old-school Country and Western tracks that I vividly remember from my seventies rural Quebec childhood. A particular strain of white trash / trailer park hillbilly Country music – the kind that conjures images of women with teased hair and frosted lipstick (think Karen Black as Rayette in Five Easy Pieces) lamenting about adultery, men with werewolf sideburns and big cowboy belt buckles crying into their beers at neon-lit honky tonks – is part of my musical DNA. I definitely recall my mother singing along to Loretta Lynn’s tough-talking 1968 single “Fist City”, in which the earthy no-nonsense coalminers daughter threatens some tramp to steer clear of her man. “If you don’t want to go to Fist City / You’d better detour around my town / ‘Cause I’ll grab you by the hair of the head and I’ll lift you offa the ground!” Lynn warns her would-be rival.




/ There's an even better clip of Tammy Wynette belting out "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" (sporting a beehive wig, sequinned mini-dress and go-go boots) on Youtube, but whoever posted it disabled embedding, damn it! So watch it here instead /

“Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”, meanwhile, is the title track of the 1967 début album of Lynn’s contemporary Tammy Wynette. In a variation of the Kitty Wells Country & Western standard “It Wasn't Go Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, the bouffant-haired First Lady of Country casts herself as a virtuous Christian housewife who’s “never seen the inside of a barroom / Or listened to a jukebox all night long” vowing to become a hardened bar stool mama if it wins back her straying husband. “I'll even learn to like the taste of whiskey,” Wynette wails over rousing quasi-rocabilly guitar twangs (there's a sob trapped in her voice, even on a defiant and sassy number like this). “In fact, you'll hardly recognize your wife / I'll buy some brand new clothes and dress up fancy /For my journey to the wilder side of life.”

A journey to the wilder side of life – that’s the Cockabilly way.

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Your Phone's off the Hook - The Ramonetures
Let's Go, Baby - Billy Eldridge
Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad - Tammy Wynette
It's a Gas - The Rumblers
Goodbye So Long - Ike and Tina Turner
Money, Money - Big John Taylor
Where's My Money? Willie Jones
Wiped-Out - The Escorts
Love Potion # 9 - Nancy Sit
Jailhouse Rock - Judy Nylon
Little Darlin' - Masaaki Hirao
Big Bad Boss Beat - The Teen Beats
I'm a Woman - Peggy Lee
Chicken Grabber - The Nite Hawks
Sweet Little Pussycat - Andre Williams
Vesuvius - The Revels
Fist City - Loretta Lynn
Year 1 - X
Rock the Hula - Elvis Presley
Honolulu Rock'n'Roll - Eartha Kitt
Here Comes the Bug - The Rumblers
Viens danser le twist - Johnny Hallyday
That Makes It - Jayne Mansfield
I Wish I Were a Princess - Little Peggy March
Somethin' Else - The Sex Pistols
Viva Las Vegas - Nina Hagen
Twistin' the Night Away - Divine
The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard
Cretin Hop - The Ramonetures

Lobotomy Room: 31 July 2015 at Fontaine's

/ The twisted minds behind Cockabilly: Mal (on the right) and I at my Lobotomy Room club night at Fontaine's on Friday 31 July 2015 /

Further reading:

Read all about the sordid antics at previous Cockabillies hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere,  here, hereherehereherehere and here. 

Follow my tumblr blog (also called Bitterness Personified) for all your retro, kitsch and vintage homo porn needs!


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A nice appreciation of the irresistibly kitsch vintage homoerotic art of illustrator George Quaintance (1902-1957) cropped up on the Dangerous Minds blog today. Read it here. Quaintance is definitely a precursor of Tom of Finland and would appear to be an influence on the campy queer vision of French artists Pierre et Gilles. One of the most popular pics I’ve ever posted on tumblr is Quaintance’s painting “Shore Leave.”

I'm next guest DJ'ing on Sunday 16 August 2015 at the free all-day Elvis-o-Rama tribute event A Date with Elvis in Shoreditch. See the Facebook events page for details. If you're London-based, why not come and wriggle and cavort like Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas?

And finally: my next putrid punkabilly booze party Lobotomy Room club night in the basement Bamboo Lounge of Fontaine's is Friday 28 August 2015! Revel in sleaze, voodoo and rock'n'roll at Lobotomy Room! In the meantime, read about the June 2015 one here.

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/ Lobotomy Room flyer (of Jayne Mansfield and chihuahua) by Ego Rodriguez Illustrations /

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Lobotomy Room at Fontaine's DJ Set List 26 June 2015

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/ Flyer cover girl: Jayne Mansfield and chihuahua. Artwork by Ego Rodriguez Illustration /

From the Facebook events page:

Leave all sense of shame and propriety at the door - when LOBOTOMY ROOM returns to its new home, the subterranean Bamboo Lounge of opulent Art Deco vice palace Fontaine’s!

At last - a club night for the hillbilly beau monde! LOBOTOMY ROOM! Where sin lives! A punkabilly booze party! A spectacle of decadence for the permissive Continentally-minded! A Mondo Trasho evening of Beat, Beat Beatsville Beatnik Rock’n’Roll! Rockabilly Psychosis! Wailing Rhythm and Blues! Twisted Tittyshakers! Punk Cretin Hops! Kitsch! Exotica! Curiosities and other Weird Shit! Think John Waters soundtracks, or Songs The Cramps Taught Us, hosted by Graham Russell (of Dr Sketchy and Cockabilly notoriety). Expect desperate stabs from the jukebox jungle! Savage rhythms to make you writhe and rock!

Lobotomy Room: Faster. Further. Filthier.

A tawdry good time guaranteed!

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

This represented the debut Lobotomy Room at what should hopefully be its permanent new home - the bijou Art Deco surroundings of Fontaine’s cocktail lounge in Dalston! (OK, the Dalston/Stoke Newington border if you want to be pedantic).  The place is exquisite: so frou frou and chi chi it feels like you’re inside a silver-and-blue 1930s jewellery box. Glancing around, you half expect Jean Harlow to sashay in at any moment and order a Tom Collins at the bar.


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/ A shot I snapped of Emerald Fontaine in action at the Time for Tease tent at Bestival in 2012 /

The boss woman behind Fontaine’s is Miss Ruby Martin, who I first encountered in the Dr Sketchy days when she used to bump and grind as a burlesque showgirl under the show biz name Emerald Fontaine. (We bonded over our shared mania for everything John Waters). Ruby has a great eye for luxe details: who knew I’d ever wind up DJ’ing at a place with candles, fresh flowers and silver-painted palm trees? She even provided me with my own lit-up pink flamingo in the DJ booth for extra-filthy Divine inspiration. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be there in the air-conditioned darkened womb of Fontaine's basement Bamboo Lounge the last Friday of every month for the rest of 2015. Watch your step coming down those steps after a few drinks! Just think – I’ll be dragging this impeccably elegant cocktail lounge down to my level!

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ DJ'ing isn't a terribly photogenic thing: me at work /

The Lobotomy Room re-launch was a bit more low-key (as in: sparsely-attended!) than I ideally would have liked. It coincided with the weekend of Pride and Glastonbury – who knows? But the elite group of Lobotomy Room stalwarts (and some new faces) present were hip, enthusiastic - and most importantly danced to my putrid selections of musical vintage sleaze. Onwards and upwards! The latest incarnation of Lobotomy Room is off to a promising start.  


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/ The bartenders in the Bamboo Lounge - intoxicating in more ways than one /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Christopher (aka Christophina) and Abigail /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ The Portuguese contingent /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Dance-floor revelers /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Sarah, Lauren, Christophina and Abigail /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ The Chet Baker de nos jours - Danny Mcvey /

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/ Charlie and Sarah /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Lauren /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Bad Girls Go to Hell: Lauren and Sarah - The Women of Lobotomy Room /

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/ Me (and pink flamingo) behind the DJ booth /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Sarah, Lauren and Christophina /

Lobotomy Room 26 June 2015 at Fontaine's

/ Lauren and Christophina - aka blues-punk duo Spanking Machine /

Taboo - The Shangaans
Der Karibische Western - Lydia Lunch
High Wall - The Fabulous Wailers
Tough Chick - The Rockbusters
La Sorella Di Cristina - Andrea Tosi
Voodoo Dreams / Voodoo - Les Baxter
Xtabay (Lure of the Unknown Love) - Yma Sumac
Misirlou - Bob Kames
Monkey Bird - The Revels
Kismiaz - The Cramps
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
Fever - Edith Massey
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Mrs Miller
Mamie's Place - Bing Day
One Mint Julep - Sarah Vaughan
Mama Looka Boo Boo - Robert Mitchum
Go Calypso - Mamie Van Doren
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Big Maybelle
Ain't That Good? George Kelly and Orchestra
Twist Talk - Jack Hammer
Boots - Nero and The Gladiators
Egg Man - Edith Massey
Beatnik - The Champs
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
Intoxica - The Centurions
Bombora - The Original Surfaris
Fever - Nancy Sit
Jailhouse Rock - Masaaki Hirao
That's Why I'm Asking - Carl Dobkins Jr with Lew Douglas, His Orchestra and Chorus
I Want Your Love - The Cruisers
I Got Stung - Elvis Presley
Adult Books - X
Wiped-Out - The Escorts
I Live the Life I Love - Esquerita
Johnny Lee - Faye Adams
Raging Sea - Gene Maltais
Poor Little Baby - Billy Crash Craddock
Let's Have a Party - Wanda Jackson
Deuces Wild - Link Wray
Bop Pills - Macy Skipper
One Hand Loose - Charlie Feathers
Love Me - The Phantom
Woodpecker Rock - Nat Couty and The Braves
She Said - Hasil Adkins
I Stubbed My Toe - Bryan "Legs" Walker
Whistle Bait - Larry Collins
Jim Dandy - Sara Lee and The Spades
C'mon Everybody - Sid Vicious
Breathless - X
Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio? The Ramonetures
Comin' Home, Baby - The Delmonas
Motorcycle Maniac - Bobby Warren
Harley Davidson - Brigitte Bardot
Hot Pearl Snatch - The Cramps
Lightning's Girl - Nancy Sinatra
Cretin Hop - The Ramones
Woo-hoo - The Rock-A-Teens
I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield - The 5,6,7,8s
That Makes It - Jayne Mansfield
Here Comes the Bug - The Rumblers
Muleskinner Blues - The Fendermen
Shortnin' Bread - The Readymen
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen 
Rock Around the Clock - The Sex Pistols
Johnny Hit and Run Pauline - The Ramonetures
Nausea - X
Margaya - The Fender Four
Woman - Peggy Lee
Lucille - Masaaki Hirao
The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard
Sweetie Pie - Eddie Cochran
Fools Rush In - Ricky Nelson
Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Dance with Me, Henry - Ann-Margret
What Do You Think I Am? Ike and Tina Turner
Wipe-Out - The Surfaris
How Much Love Can One Heart Hold? Joe Perkins and The Rookies
Killer - Sparkle Moore
Money, Money - Big John Taylor
Where's My Money? Willie Jones
Welfare Cheese - Emanuel Laskey
Party Lights - Claudine Clark
Heartbreak Hotel - Buddy Love
Female Trouble - The Melvins
Last Call for Whiskey - Choker Campbell
Breathless - Arlie Neaville
Cocktails for Two - Cliff Duphiney
My Way - Nina Hagen

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Further reading:

Read about all the previous Lobotomy Rooms to date hereherehereherehereherehereherehere and here.

Follow me on tumblr for all your rancid kitsch and homoerotic vintage sleaze needs!

See the rest of the photos from this Lobotomy Room on my flickr page.

Read some rave reviews for Fontaine's here and here.

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Remember: the next Lobotomy Room at The Bamboo Lounge of Fontaine's is Friday 31 July 2015. Carve the date into your flesh!







Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Reflections on ... John Waters' Role Models (2010)

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(In preparation for swapping my creaky 8-year old PC for a gleaming new laptop, I'm combing through and sorting old files of ancient photos and documents and deleting crap. I came across this review I wrote of John Waters' 2010 book Role Models. It appeared on the alternative art and culture Nude website at the time, but that was yanked down a few years ago now, so I'm posting it here for posterity). 

There’s an illuminating anecdote in Prince of Puke John Waters’ new book. In 1957 aged 11 he shoplifted a Little Richard record.  Sneaking it onto the hi-fi at his grandmother’s house, Waters felt a spasm of pleasure at the horrified reaction when The Bronze Liberace started wailing “Lucille”: “In one magical moment, every fear of my white family had been laid bare: an uninvited, screaming flamboyant black man was in the living room.” His impulse to épater le bourgeois was already seething even in childhood.

Role Models profiles the various personalities who've warped the wworld-view of cinema’s trash virtuoso, encompassing people from fashion, music, pornography, literature – plus a former member of the Manson Family. Most interesting are the freaks from subterranean Baltimore who anticipate the gallery of grotesques from Waters’ films:  a teenage drag queen called Pencil (“rabidly enticing despite his repellent packaging”); Zorro the alcoholic stripper who’d stumble onto the stage already naked snarling, “What the fuck are you looking at?”

Waters shares his thoughts on modern art (“Isn't that the job of contemporary art? To infuriate?”), his ideal death (spontaneous combustion), a social history of his favourite squalid Baltimore dive bars, his philosophy of success (“True success is figuring out your life and career so you never have to be around jerks”),even his beauty tips (his signature moustache is augmented with Maybelline Expert Eyes in Velvet Black eyeliner).

For Waters, reading Tennessee Williams revealed, “There was another world ... a universe filled with special people who didn't want to be a part of this dreary conformist life that I was told I had to join.” For many of us, Waters himself has served a similar role. Trenchant but generous, Role Models reads like missives from a wise uncle for the maladjusted who counsels, “Make friends with your neuroses.”



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All of the above photos are swiped from the current issue of i-D magazine. It's a must-have, featuring a lovingly-done interview and fashion spread / homage (by Alasdair McLellan) to cult cinema king and “the peoples’ pervert” John Waters shot on location in Baltimore. It incorporates portraits of Waters, his great regular character actress Mink Stole, a shot of Divine’s tombstone and a fashion model clad in Miuccia Prada’s spring/summer 15 Miu Miu range (inspired by Waters’ 1974 masterpiece Female Trouble) and styled to evoke bad girl Cookie Mueller (1949-1989). The hair and make-up people nicely capture Mueller’s tousled beehive hair-do and winged Brigitte Bardot-style black liquid eyeliner – but the model is considerably softer-looking than the actual tough-as-nails Cookie, and doesn't have Mueller’s home-made tattoos.

Read my epic 2010 interview with Waters here.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Cockabilly DJ Set List 10 June 2015

Rare Color Photo Of Brando on the set of The Wild One

/ The human face of Cockabilly: Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953). Brando and his biker gang The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in juvenile delinquent flick The Wild One remain the absolute visual / sartorial ideal for male rockabillies today in the way that, say, Bettie Page or Mamie Van Doren do for female rockabilly kittens. Considering the film dates from 1953, it’s actually pre-rock’n’roll (in the cafe where the bikers hang out, the jukebox blares loud, frantic bebop jazz). Brando in this film anticipates punk, when it still meant someone who was raped in prison. Plus: for me surly young Brando in his biker cap and leather jacket is one of the most (homo) erotic images of all time / 

As promised / threatened on Cockabilly’s Facebook group page:

Drag a comb through your quiff, swallow a fistful of bop pills and rock around the cock – at COCKABILLY!
COCKABILLY returns to the louche surroundings of The George & Dragon in Shoreditch on Wednesday 10 June 2015! Leather boys, gay greasers, cry-babies, prison wives and juvenile delinquents of all ages are welcome at Cockabilly - London’s only regular queer rockabilly night! With DJ Mal Practice (aka Mal Nicholson) and I spinning all your favourite rancid vintage sleaze classicks! Think rockabilly, rhythm and blues, surf, punk and tittyshakers!
The George & Dragon: 2-4 Hackney Road London E2 7NS
8-midnight
FREE

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This was the first Cockabilly since April (right after I got back from the annual Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekender). It felt great to be back behind the decks at The George & Dragon. Here’s what I played in my hour-long set:

Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio? The Ramonetures
Wailin' - The Fabulous Wailers
Killer - Sparkle Moore
Beat Girl - ZZ en de Maskers
Money Money - Big John Taylor
Woo-Hoo - The Rock-A-Teens
I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield - The 5,6,7,8s
That Makes It - Jayne Mansfield
It's a Gas - The Rumblers
Jailhouse Rock - Masaaki Hirao
Funnel of Love - Wanda Jackson
Let's Go, Baby - Billy Eldridge
Poor Little Baby - Billy "Crash" Craddock
C'mon Everybody - The Sex Pistols
Deuces Wild - Link Wray
Johnny Hit and Run Pauline - X
Your Phone's off the Hook - The Ramonetures
Ring of Fire - The Earls of Suave
Lucille - Little Richard
Jim Dandy - Ann-Margret
Fools Rush In - Ricky Nelson
Wipe Out - The Surfaris
Tina's Dilemma - Ike and Tina Turner


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Further reading:

Read all about the sordid antics at previous Cockabillies hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere,  here, herehereherehere and here.

Follow me on tumblr for all your retro, kitsch and homoerotic vintage sleaze needs! 


Most urgently: scrawl the date Friday 26 June 2015 in blood! It's when LOBOTOMY ROOM (my semi regular Mondo Trasho punkabilly booze party club night) returns - at its new home, the basement Bamboo Lounge of Fontaine's in Dalston!


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