Because this Dr Sketchy fell on a Bank Holiday Monday, it was scheduled as an afternoon one from 4 pm until 7 pm. But apparently there was a misunderstanding with the management at The Paradise in Kensal Green, who assumed we wanted the venue from 7 pm till 10 pm like normal. For one thing, that meant there wasn’t enough staff to work behind the bar upstairs: Dr Sketchy customers would have to go to the downstairs bar for their drinks and to order food – not the end of the world. More worryingly, apparently a few people had called The Paradise enquiring about Dr Sketchy and been told to come at 7 pm like normal! Dr Sketchy promoter Clare and I felt a sense of mounting panic: the tickets hadn’t sold out in advance and people had been told to come at the wrong time -- was anyone even going to come? So it was a massive relief when people started filing in by 4 pm and in fact everything went off fine. The info was correct on Twitter, Facebook and the Dr Sketchy website and obviously that was what most people referred to. Phew!
Clare herself was the emcee this time, and she's getting more assured onstage all the time. The model and performer was the reliably excellent Sophia St Villier, a Dr Sketchy veteran. The ethereal Sophia looks like a pale-skinned redheaded English rose (although she’s actually from New Zealand!): think of the beautiful red-haired English actress Moira Shearer in the film The Red Shoes. During one of Sophia’s poses, it felt compulsory to play a slinky sex kitten track by that other red-haired vixen – Ann-Margret. It may have been the pose while Sophia was wearing a glistening emerald green latex dress. (Yes, Sophia St Villier even looks ethereal while wearing rubber).
Sophia St Villier
I’d been to a boozy dinner party the night before – the hint of a hangover combined with it being a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon made this Dr Sketchy feel nicely mellow and low-key. (I also drank a few Bloody Marys). I eased into things with some 1950s Cool Jazz and Latin exotica before building into more raucous titty-shaking mode.
I Remember You - Chet Baker Falling in Love Again - Billie Holiday Dansero - The Don Baker Trio Chihuahua - Mina Besame Mucho - Betty Reilly Babydoll Mambo - Belmonte and His Afro-American Music Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown Oink Oink Mambo - Chuy Reyes & His Orchestra Fredy - Eartha Kitt and Perez Prado Ou es-tu ma joie? Caterina Valente Witchcraft - Joe Graves & The Diggers Les Cigarillos - Serge Gainsbourg Rum & Coca Cola - Wanda Jackson Eso - Conjunto TNT Misirlou - Laurindo Almeida Maria Ninguen - Brigitte Bardot Peter Gunn Mambo - Jack Costanzo Night Walk - The Swingers Imagination - Diana Dors Anasthasia - Bill Smith Combo Romance in the Dark - Ann-Margret Drive In - The Jaguars Fever - Nancy Sit The Stripper - John Barry (Beat Girl soundtrack) Rigor Mortis - The Gravestone Four Mondo Moodo - The Earls of Suave You're My Thrill - Dolores Gray Beat Party - Ritchie & The Squires Chattanooga Choo Choo - Denise Darcel Jungle Drums - Earl Bostick Sick and Tired - Lula Reed De Castrow - Jaybee Wasden Vesuvius - The Revels The Coo - Wayne Cochran Harlem Nocturne - The Viscounts The Fire of Love - Jody Reynolds I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos The Stalk - The Giants Little Things Mean a Lot - Jayne Mansfield Honey Rock - Barney Kessel Wondrous Place - Billy Fury Cheesecake - The Nite Sounds You're Crying - Dinah Washington My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker I'm Through with Love - Marilyn Monroe Boss - The Rumblers No Good Lover - Mickey and Sylvia Witchcraft - Elvis Presley Bacon Fat - Andre Williams Your Love is Mine - Ike and Tina Turner Whatever Lola Wants - Eartha Kitt Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend - Julie London Give Me Love - Lena Horne Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Marlene Dietrich Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun - Mink Stole Mack the Knife - Hildegard Knef Begin the Beguine - Billy Fury Petit Fleur - Chet Baker Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Gene Vincent So Long - Ruth Brown