Christmas Sweetheart: Diana Dors, the British Jayne Mansfield
This one will be a quickie, as I'm meant to be rushing out the door for a Christmas Eve dinner party! The last Dr Sketchy of 2011 went off with a bang! Our elegant resident emcee Dusty Limits was on top form. The featured model and performer was a new girl, the stunning and statuesque Beatrix Von Bourbon, who looked like a spicy rockabilly pin-up come to life. (Come to think of it, because of her extensive tattoos and piercings she probably qualifies more as a psychobilly!).
As an added bonus, my friend Jim (the one I go to Viva Las Vegas with) stopped by for a few drinks, accompanied by his dog Daisy. It’s always nice to kneel down and kiss the top of Daisy's head while DJ’ing (although what she tends to do is lunge for my mouth and plant a wet messy doggy kiss right on my lips when I do that. I’m wise to Daisy’s tricks!). On some of the quieter tracks, the audience may have been able to hear Daisy’s grunting and snorting noises from the DJ booth.
Season's Greetings -- via the great Bettie Page (surely one of Dr Sketchy's patron saints)
Musically, I aimed to whip-up the festive mania with my kitsch-iest and most abrasive selection of Christmas tunes, swirling together lounge, exotica, surf, doo-wop, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and just plain weird shit (the Mae West Christmas album seems to baffle people year after year!). I actually deeply love campy Christmas novelty songs: this year there was only one Dr Sketchy in December, and my CD player broke when I had my own Christmas cocktail party a few weeks ago – so I really seized the moment and revelled in the chance to wallow in this stuff. As of Boxing Day, all my Christmas music is going to be moth balled for another twelve months.
Christmas Song - Chet Baker Exotic Night - Martin Denny Violets for Your Furs - The Continental Candles Glowing - Marlene Dietrich The First Snowfall - The Coctails White Christmas - Elvis Presley Let Christmas Ring - The Coolbreezers Ole Santa - Dinah Washington Jingle Bells - Johnny Mercer Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas - Ruby Wright Put the Loot in the Boot, Santa - Mae West Jingle Bells - Gene Autrey Christmas Time is Coming - Stormy Weather Snowfall / Snowfall Cha Cha - George Shearing / Billy May I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Jingle Bell Bossa Nova - Eddie Dunstedter Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows Baby It's Cold Outside - Carmen McRae and Sammy Davis Jr Winter Wonderland - Peggy Lee I Want a Man - Thelma Cooper Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Dean Martin Sleigh Ride - Lloyd Glenn Nothin' for Christmas - Eartha Kitt I'd Like You for Christmas - Julie London Christmas Island - Bob Atcher and The Dinning Sisters My Christmas Prayer - Billy Fury Christmas Wish - El Vez Santa Claus is Back in Town - Elvis Presley Santa Baby - Mae West White Christmas - The Ravens Jingle Bells - The Vel Mares Frosty the Snowman - The Ventures Santa Please Don't Pass Me By - Jimmy Donley Christmas in Heaven - Billy Ward & His Dominoes Jingle All the Way - Lena Horne Fat Daddy - Fat Daddy Let It Snow - Wayne Newton Sleigh Bells, Reindeer and Snow - Rita Faye Wilson Winter Wonderland - Chet Baker Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt Warm December - Julie London Christmas in Jail - The Youngsters Jingle Bell Rock - Wayne Newton Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley Far Away Christmas Blues - Little Esther Silent Night - Dinah Washington Little Drummer Boy - Marlene Dietrich I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday The Merriest - June Christy I Wish You a Merry Christmas - Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva Christmas Morning - Titus Turner This Year's Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt There's Trouble Brewin' - Jack Scott Sleigh Ride - El Vez It's Christmas Time - The Five Keys With Love from Me to You - Mae West Here Comes Santa Claus - Elvis Presley Blues for Christmas - John Lee Hooker
Finally: Not quite a tittyshaker, but it will do -- and it's seasonal. Shake it!