Dorothy Malone demonstrating the Fifties bullet bra’d sweater girl look. Malone is one of the great unsung actresses from the 1950s and should be immortal if only for her courageously lurid performance as the alcoholic nymphomaniac sexpot sister in Douglas Sirk’s irresistable 1956 melodrama Written on the Wind. Check out the scene where she unwittingly causes her own father’s death by dancing to frantic mambo music in lingerie in her bedroom. Death by Mambo! It's one of the greatest scenes in any film ever made! They don’t make ‘em like that anymore! (And when I say that, I mean films and actresses).
I don’t know if it’s because they’re held in the daytime (and therefore I wind up drinking beer in the daytime), or because it's on the weekend and I don't have to worry about being tired or hungover the next day, but the Saturday afternoon Dr Sketchy’s at The Old Queen’s Head tend to feel more mellow and laidback. And the music I tend to play is probably more raucous and rockabilly-ish (punkier? Messier? Certainly louder) as a result.
For this Dr Sketchy the emcee was the vivacious hourglass-contoured Ophelia Bitz (always a blast to work with) and the sole model and performer was platinum blonde showgirl deluxe Slinky Sparkles (who I got to know years ago when I used to work with her at the What Katie Did boutique in Portobello). A burlesque starlet on the rise, Slinky recently got a great break: she’s made it into the finalists and will be participating in the burlesque competition at the annual Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekender this April. We’re all really proud of her! I’ll be there (trust me, the knowledge am going to Las Vegas in April is one of the few things gluing me together at the moment) so can report back how she does in the competition – am sure the Americans will go berserk for her. Needless to say, when Slinky was posing I went full tilt boogie on sultry sex kitten tunes by the likes of Bardot, Eartha, Julie London, Jayne and Marilyn.
Snow Surfin' Matador - Jan Davis Vesuvius - The Revels Beat Generation - Mamie van Doren Bop Pills - Macy "Skip" Skipper The Hiccups - The Empallos A Mess of Blues - Elvis Presley Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby - The Earls of Suave Intoxica - The Centurions Love Potion # 9 - Nancy Sit Fever - The Delmonas Beaver Shot - The Periscopes Your Love is Mine - Ike and Tina Turner I Love the Life I Live - Esquerita Directly from My Heart - Little Richard Last Night - Lula Reed Torture - Kris Jensen Torture Rock - The Rockin' Belmarx Beat Girl - Adam Faith (Beat Girl soundtrack) L'appareil a sous - Brigitte Bardot Blockade - The Rumblers Fool I Am - Pat Ferguson No Good Lover - Mickey and Sylvia Bewildered - Shirley and Lee Teach Me Tonight - Wanda Jackson Honey's Lovin' Arms - Robert Mitchum Ole Devil Moon - Chet Baker Mack the Knife - Ann-Margret Yogi - Bill Black Combo Malambo No 1 - Yma Sumac Laisse-moi tranquille - Serge Gainsbourg Dansero - Don Baker Trio Turquoise - Milt Buckner Close Your Eyes - Dolores Gray The Beast - Milt Buckner Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts Whatever Lola Wants - Eartha Kitt Blues in My Heart - The John Buzon Trio Honeysuckle Rose - Marlene Dietrich Do It Again - April Stevens Give Me Love - Lena Horne Shangri-la - Spike Jones New Band Groovy - The Groovers Suey - Jayne Mansfield 8-Ball - The Hustlers That's a Pretty Good Love - Big Maybelle You Can't Stop Her - Bobby Marchan Sweet Little Pussycat - Andre Williams Fujiyama Mama - Annisteen Allen Save It - Mel Robbins Tall Cool One - The Wailers One, Two, Let's Rock - Sugar Pie and Pee Wee Killer - Sparkle Moore Accentuate the Positive - Bill Black Combo Go Slow - Julie London Kiss - Marilyn Monroe Mondo Moodo - Earls of Suave Bubble Gum - Brigitte Bardot The Stripper - John Barry (Beat Girl soundtrack) 13 Men - Ann-Margret That Makes It - Jayne Mansfield The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard Hound Dog - Little Esther Jim Dandy - LaVerne Baker Begin the Beguine - Billy Fury Mack the Knife - Hildegard Knef La Javanaise - Juliette Greco Machins Choses - Serge Gainsbourg Caravan - The Dell Trio Czterdziesci Kasztanów (Forty Chestnuts) - Violetta Villas Lover - Peggy Lee
I realise I haven't posted any samples of the dark art of the titty shaker recently. Let's remedy this right away with this ultra sleazy gem by Andre Williams.