A fun and enjoyable night at The Paradise in Kensal Green. Wait, it’s uncharacteristic of me not to complain about something -- well, the venue was freezing cold, so it was an evening of goose bumps and erect nipples (I speak only for myself here). There.
Our featured burlesque performer and model were both rising burlesque starlets making their Dr Sketchy debuts: performer Ava Iscariot made a real impression with her raven-haired Bettie Page wig and glittery black tarantula-shaped pasties. The gorgeous model Pia was actually a former audience member whose beauty and poise so impressed Dr Sketchy promoter Clare Marie she persuaded her to model for us (this is like a great show biz “discovery” story in the tradition of a nubile young Lana Turner being discovered drinking a milkshake at Schwab's drugstore by a Hollywood agent). Both undoubtedly have great futures ahead of them.
Emcee “Queen of Cabaret” Ophelia Bitz was on typically raucous form: a vision in leopard skin gold sequins, she warned the front row of the audience she wasn’t wearing any underwear and cautioned they might get a glimpse of “flange”. (The spirit of Tallulah Bankhead lives on). One of the definite perks of DJ’ing at Dr Sketchy is having Ophelia sing along to (and sometimes go-go dance along to) the CDs I’m playing in the DJ booth. It’s like being serenaded!
What Is This Thing Called Love? Lena Horne I Remember You - Chet Baker Work Song - Nina Simone If I Should Lose You - George Shearing You've Changed - Billie Holiday The Man I Love - Hildegard Knef Ebb Tide - Al Anthony Willow Weep for Me - Lizabeth Scott Harlem Nocturne - Martin Denny The Immediate Pleasure - John Barry (Beat Girl soundtrack) Intoxicated Man - Serge Gainsbourg Un jour comme un autre - Brigitte Bardot Night Scene - The Rumblers Two Timing Loser - Johnny Thunders and Patti Paladin Stop and Listen - Mickey and Ludella You Got What You Wanted - Ike and Tina Turner Bewitched - Shirley and Lee Sea of Love - The Earls of Suave Flower of My Heart - Sparkle Moore Tear Drops from My Eyes - Ruth Brown This Thing Called Love - Esquerita Hump-a-Baby - Little Ritchie Ray Pick-Up - The Corvettes Rock'n'Roll Waltz - Ann-Margret It's Only Make Believe - Billy Fury Salamander - Mamie van Doren Made You - Adam Faith Intoxica - The Centurions Love Potion # 9 - Nancy Sit Yeh, Yeh! Mongo Santamaria What Is This Generation Coming To? Robert Mitchum Don't Be Cruel - Bill Black's Combo Snow Surfin' Matador - Jan Davis Woh! Woh! Yeah! The Dynamos Womp Womp - Freddy and The Heartaches Catwalk - Jack Constanzo You Know I'm No Good - Wanda Jackson Anytime - Bill Black's Combo Crawlin' (The Crawl) - The Untouchables A Woman Wouldn't be a Woman - Eartha Kitt Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts Beaver Shot - The Periscopes Dragon Walk - The Noble Men Caterpillar Crawl - The Strangers Sick and Tired - Lula Reed Green Mosquito - The Tune Rockers The Bee - The Sentinals Fool I Am - Pat Ferguson I Ain't in the Mood - Helen Humes Bonjour Tristesse - Juliette Greco Lonely Hours - Sarah Vaughan Black Coffee - Peggy Lee Sexe - Line Renaud When Love Goes Wrong - Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell Caravan - John Buzon Trio The Whip - The Originals Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Sam Butera Frankie and Johnny - Mae West Coquette - Dinah Washington Summertime - Little Esther Revellion - The Revels
Titty shaker du jour: the mighty "Womp Womp" by Freddy & The Heartaches
Mind-blowing clip from 1960 Italian horror / sexploitation flick The Vampire and The Ballerina. I think calling them "ballerinas" is a bit misleading ...