Early 1960s Ann-Margret: distilled essence of sex kitten
For once I have some photos from the day to post: my old pal Melissa Houston was in attendance armed with a seriously impressive big-ass photojournalist camera, and it turns out she’s a pretty damn good photographer . Seriously – who knew Melissa had any talent? She also had a good (crotch-level) seat right by the front of the stage – oh, the sights she must have seen that afternoon!
Las Vagueness: Me behind the DJ booth, lost in thought -- or just blank?
This nicely laidback and boozy Saturday afternoon Dr Sketchy at The Old Queen’s Head in Angel featured the ever-soigné Dusty Limits as emcee, Bomb Voyage modelling and Bettsie Bon Bon performing a bump-and-grind striptease routine and modelling.
The dazzling Bettsie Bon Bon knows how to make a real impression: rather than stripping down to her pasties and g-string and stopping, she kept going ... disrobing until just a tiny glittery silver heart-shaped merkin was left to preserve her modesty!
Bettsie Bon Bon
The ornately-tattooed Bomb Voyage is definitely one of our punkier and edgier models. On this occasion she posed while wielding a baseball bat, so I cranked-up the aggression and confrontation musically. “She is My Witch” is pretty much Bomb’s theme tune; the knuckle-dragging piano and unearthly screams of Esquerita’s blood-curdling “Esquerita and the Voola” suggests the soundtrack to a Santería voodoo ritual -- or human sacrifice.
Later, Dusty asked for a Beatnik-style art-y jazz instrumental. Needless to say I dusted-off "A Cruise to the Moon" from Lydia Lunch's 1979 death-jazz Queen of Siam album, over which Dusty improvised some finger-snapping Beat poetry. It worked dreamily, daddio.
Beatnik Poetry, Part 1 (Note: that's Uncle Fester from The Addams Family on piano -- I shit you not).
Beatnik Poetry, Part 2
Towards the end of the day, I improvised a little mini-tribute to Sylvia Robinson of 1960s rhythm and blues duo Mickey and Sylvia, who died on 29 September 2011, aged 75. Robinson had a fascinating and long career on pop’s fringes as a singer, songwriter and producer: after her musical partnership with Mickey Baker ended, the durable Robinson went on to have disco hits in the 1970s (like "Pillow Talk") and was a key figure in the emergence of hip hop in the early 1980s. Obviously it’s her early R&B I prefer. I played the snarling “No Good Lover” by Mickey and Sylvia, Johnny Thunders and Patti Paladin’s cover version of “Love is Strange” and her sassy early solo song (when she was billed as "Little Sylvia")“Drive, Daddy, Drive.”
A pretty girl is like a melody: Bettsie Bon Bon and Bomb Voyage pose together
Afterwards, Mel and I went on a bar crawl, from The Old Queen’s Head to The Joiners Arms to The George and Dragon. It got messy. Let’s stop here ...
Watermelon Gin - Florence Joelle's Kiss of Fire Little Ole Wine Drinker Me - Robert Mitchum Souvenir, Souvenir - Johnny Hallyday Friction Heat - Bonnie Lou Leave Married Women Alone - Jimmy Cavallo The Flirt - Shirley and Lee Get Back, Baby - Esquerita I Ain't in the Mood - Helen Humes Greasy Chicken - Andre Williams Fever - Nancy Sit Baby Let Me Bang Your Box - The Bangers Beaver Shot - The Periscopes Poon Tang - The Treniers Nosey Joe - Bull Moose Jackson Eager Beaver Baby - Johnny Burnette Cafe Bohemian - The Enchanters I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Billie Holiday You're Driving Me Crazy - Chet Baker Angel Face - Billy Fury Shangri-La - Spike Jones New Band Go Slow - Julie London Traume - Francoise Hardy Ford Mustang - Serge Gainsbourg Night Walk - The Swingers She's My Witch - The Earls of Suave The Rat - The Ventures Rigor Mortis - The Gravestone Four Esquerita and The Voola - Esquerita A Cruise to the Moon - Lydia Lunch Beat Generation - Mamie van Doren Beat Party - Ritchie & The Squires Elle est Terrible - Johnny Hallyday Drums A Go-Go - The Hollywood Persuaders My Daddy Rocks Me - Mae West 8 Ball - The Hustlers Blues in My Heart - The John Buzon Trio C'est Si Bon - April Stevens Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington Mack the Knife - Eartha Kitt Chattanooga Choo Choo - Denise Darcel Drive-In - The Jaguars Beat Girl - Adam Faith The Coo - Wayne Cochran I Learn a Merengue, Mama - Robert Mitchum Go, Calypso! - Mamie van Doren Rum and Coca-Cola - Wanda Jackson Groovy - The Groovers Frenzy - The Hindus Rockin' Bongos - Chaino Train to Nowhere - The Champs You Don't Know Baby - Wanda Jackson Boss - The Rumblers Rip it Up - Little Richard No Good Lover - Mickey and Sylvia Love is Strange - Johnny Thunders and Patti Paladin Drive, Daddy, Drive - Little Sylvia Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers Stop and Listen - Mickey and Ludella Chicken Grabber - The Nite Hawks Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley Begin the Beguine - Billy Fury Love for Sale - Hildegard Knef