Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Lobotomy Room at Fontaine's DJ Set List 26 February 2016

/ Can Your Pussy Do The Dog? This Lobotomy Room almost overlapped with the 63rd birthday of the ageless enigma Poison Ivy Rorschach (née Kristy Marlana Wallace, born 20 February 1953), guitarist-dominatrix of The Cramps. Why not mark the occasion by revisiting my epic 1990 interview with the inscrutable (and now very reclusive) Ivy? /

From the Facebook events page for the 26 February 2016 Lobotomy Room:

Revel in sleaze, voodoo and rock’n’roll - at LOBOTOMY ROOM!

Yes! Leave all sense of shame and propriety at the door - when LOBOTOMY ROOM returns to the subterranean Bamboo Lounge of Dalston's premiere vice den Fontaine's! Friday 26 February!

LOBOTOMY ROOM! Where sin lives! A punkabilly booze party! A spectacle of decadence! Sensual and depraved! Bad Music for Bad People! A Mondo Trasho evening of Beat, Beat Beatsville Beatnik Rock’n’Roll! Rockabilly Psychosis! Wailing Rhythm and Blues! Twisted Tittyshakers! White Trash Rockers! Punk! Kitsch! Exotica! Curiosities and other Weird Shit! Think John Waters soundtracks, or Songs The Cramps Taught Us, hosted by Graham Russell (of Dr Sketchy and Cockabilly notoriety). Expect desperate stabs from the jukebox jungle! Savage rhythms to make you writhe and rock! Now with vintage erotica projected on the wall for your adult viewing pleasure!

Admission: gratuit - that's French for FREE!

Lobotomy Room: Faster. Further. Filthier.

It's sleazy. It's grubby. It's trashy - you'll love it!

A tawdry good time guaranteed!

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/ Hair hoppers are welcome - at Lobotomy Room! /

Well, the February installment of Lobotomy Room certainly started promisingly. The main ground-level bar was so rammed that Friday night I got the over-spill! Some Fontaine's customers had no choice but to come downstairs and be unwitting Lobotomy Room patrons until more tables became available upstairs. Seizing my opportunity, I swung into action in the DJ booth with a selection of alluring pagan, primitive and taboo Mondo Exotica lounge sounds and projected some grainy vintage burlesque smut on the big screen.

Sadly, I seemingly was unable to entice the crowds to stay downstairs once more tables became freed-up upstairs! At one point I virtually frog-marched a group of four hip, stylish lesbians down to The Bamboo Lounge.  (Believe me – a group of hip, stylish lesbians can salvage a night!). Unfortunately they were only swinging by for drinks before heading somewhere else in a completely different part of London. In the end - once The Bamboo Lounge well and truly emptied-out - I wound up shutting down and packing-up by 12:30 am. (As you can see below, my playlist is significantly shorter than usual!).

Ah, well: in the spirit of Scarlett O'Hara - March is another month! The next Lobotomy Room is Friday 25 March (here's the Facebook events page for it) and it's another opportunity to spread my corrupting message of filth! My Lobotomy Room Goes to the Movies film club selection for Wednesday 23 March is John Waters' twisted 1977 punk-y black comedy Desperate Living and if the Facebook numbers on that event page are anything to go by, it should be a buzzing night. Hopefully I can lure those attendees back to the Lobotomy Room "proper" club night on the Friday.

/ The mighty Jean Hill (15 November 1946 - 21 August 2013) as Grizelda Brown in Desperate Living (1977) /

And speaking of the corporate tax-avoiding, Data Protection Act-ignoring Facebook: last time I moaned about my travails trying to get my ad (to “boost” my event to a wider audience on there) approved. I kept tweaking, re-wording and re-submitting various potential ad campaigns for the March 2016 Lobotomy Room to Facebook and each time I’d get the exact same generic / robotic message back explaining the wording in my ad was defamatory / potentially offensive (as in profane, racist, sexist) and violated Facebook guidelines.  This lasted a good week and I was losing valuable time.  Finally I snapped and once again “appealed” their decision, asking them to please copy and paste the problematic wording for me so I could delete it once and for all.  Astonishingly, a Facebook underling (no doubt a glorified intern) responded - breezily agreeing in a two or three sentence email that upon investigation, my ad in fact did not violate any Facebook guidelines so it was approved and could go “live.” No explanation or apology!

The faux-caring, sharing Facebook like to give the impression they care about your views. That message was quickly followed by another email asking if I was happy with this customer service experience and what are my thoughts on how Facebook can improve. I fired off a response saying they had consistently rejected every single ad with the same message without once specifying what exactly the problem was – and then suddenly changed their minds and agreed there was nothing wrong.  In fact, the version they now approved was one I’d already submitted! Of course that did not get a response. It's so perverse - Facebook seems determined to make themselves as redundant as Myspace!

Anyway, this is what I played at the February Lobotomy Room: 

A Cruise to the Moon - Lydia Lunch
High Wall - The Fabulous Wailers
Sheba - Johnny and The Hurricanes
Virgenes del Sol - Yma Sumac
Misirlou - Martin Denny
Monkey Bird - The Revels
Taboo - The Shangaans
Kismiaz - The Cramps
The Maharajah of Magador - The Blue Echoes
Camel Walk - The Saxons
Mau Mau - The Fabulous Wailers
Go Calypso - Mamie Van Doren
Mama Look-a Boo Boo - Robert Mitchum
Dona Wana - Wanda Jackson
Beatnik - The Champs
Wimoweh - Yma Sumac
She Wants to Mambo - Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin
Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown
Beaver Shot - The Periscopes
Little Darlin' - Masaaki Hirao
Fever - Nancy Sit
Mr Lee - The 5,6,7,8s
Fujiyama Mama - Annisteen Allen
I Live the Life I Love - Esquerita
Sweet Little Pussycat - Andre Williams
Eight Ball - The Hustlers
Tough Chick - The Rockbusters
The Flirt - Shirley and Lee
Blockade - The Rumblers
I Need Your Lovin' - Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford
Drums A Go-Go - The Hollywood Persuaders
Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - The Earls of Suave
Night Scene - The Rumblers
How Much Love Can One Heart Hold? Joe Perkins and The Rookies
Wiped-Out - The Escorts
Revelion - The Revels
Adult Books - X
Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad - Tammy Wynette
Rock-A-Bop - Sparkle Moore
Ain't That Good? George Kelly and His Orchestra
Money, Money - Big John Taylor
Where's My Money - Willie Jones
Bacon Fat - The Triads
Twisting with Bad Boy Bubble - Shuggie Smith and The Cajuns
Twist Talk - Jack Hammer
Let's Twist Again - Divine
Viens danser le twist - Johnny Hallyday
Khruschev Twist - Melvin Gayle
Bomb the Twist - The 5,6,7,8s
Ultra Twist - The Cramps
Here Comes the Bug - The Rumblers
Do You Really Love Me Too (Fool's Errand) - Billy Fury
Universal Radio - Nina Hagen
Let's Go Baby - Billy Eldridge
Action Packed - Ronnie Dee
Whistle Bait - The Collins Kids
Jim Dandy - Sara Lee and The Spades

/ Fontaine's boss lady Emerald knocked-up this poster to list all the new special offers available at the next Lobotomy Room. I love how rough, lurid and punk-y it looks - it's like outsider art! /

Read about all the previous antics at Lobotomy Rooms to date hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere , hereherehere, here and here!

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