Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Lobotomy Room at Fontaine's DJ Set List 28 April 2017

/ Ann-Margret's Back! /

From the Facebook events page for the 28 April 2017 Lobotomy Room club: 

“It’s just what you need when you’re down in the dumps / One half hillbilly and one half punk …”

Revel in sleaze, voodoo and rock’n’roll - when incredibly strange dance party Lobotomy Room returns to the Polynesian-style basement Bamboo Lounge of Dalston’s premiere Art Deco vice den Fontaine’s! Friday 28 April!

Lobotomy Room! Where sin lives! A punkabilly booze party! Sensual and depraved! A spectacle of decadence! Bad Music for Bad People! A Mondo Trasho evening of Beat, Beat Beatsville Beatnik Rock’n’Roll! Rockabilly Psychosis! Wailing Rhythm and Blues! Punk! White Trash Rockers! Kitsch! Exotica! Curiosities! 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 grainy flickering black-and-white vintage erotica projected on the big screen all night for your adult viewing pleasure! Come for the special offer cocktails - stay for the putrid music and ”blue” movies!

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!

/ You! If you come to Lobotomy Room /

I'm elated to say this was probably the best and most crowded rock’n’roll booze party Lobotomy Room yet! It got off to a slow-ish start …. and then actual groups of people rocked-up! By midnight the Polynesian-style Bamboo Lounge was thronging! And they danced until 1:30 am! Earlier that same week the Lobotomy Room Goes to the Movies film club screened John Waters’ 1974 trash epic Female Trouble (on Wednesday 26 April) and that was packed-out too. Maybe Lobotomy Room has finally turned a corner?

Everything really came together: grainy flickering black-and-white vintage homo porn projected on the big screen accompanied by a soundtrack of greasy rhythm and blues, desperate rockabilly and furious punk tirades all stirred together into one rancid cocktail. And there was no stoppin’ the cretins from hoppin’! It was really gratifying to look onto the packed dance floor and see people flailing, thrashing and contorting themselves to tunes by the likes of Mae West and Mrs Mills! (Note: I wound up playing two songs by La West in a row when my bolt for a piss took longer than anticipated! That wasn’t deliberate).

And playing a track by quintessential sex kitten-gone-berserk (and Lobotomy Room staple) Ann-Margret (born 28 April 1941) was de rigueur – she turned 76 that Friday! I’d hoped that Ann-Margret’s birthday coinciding with Lobotomy Room would be a positive omen – and it was! Re pic at top of this post: I’m judging this pin-up dates from early seventies when A-M was regularly headlining in Vegas; the sparkly bell-bottomed outfit is almost certainly by maestro of sequined glitz Bob Mackie. (Read my account of seeing Ann-Margret perform at the Stardust Casino in 2005 here!).

/ Get your wig on, love! It's time for Lobotomy Room /

Here's what I was laying down:

Tall Cool One - The Wailers
Beatnik - The Champs
Drive Daddy Drive - Little Sylvia
It's a Gas - The Rumblers
Ain't That Good? George Kelly and Orchestra
Slow Walk - Sil Austin
Hot Licks - The Rendells
Killer - Sparkle Moore
Wild Wild Party - Charlie Feathers
Adult Books - X
Sweet Little Pussycat - Andre Williams
Punks Get off the Grass - Edith Massey
Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio? The Ramonetures
Can't Stop Thinking About It - The Dirtbombs
Vampira - Bobby Bare
Money Money - Big John Taylor
Where's My Money? Willie Jones
Welfare Cheese - Emanuel Laskey
I Love the Life I Live - Esquerita
Savin' My Love - Wanda Jackson
Road Runner - The Fabulous Wailers
Woo-Hoo - The 5,6,7,8s
Bombora - The Original Surf-aris
Wiped-Out - The Escorts
The Shag - Link Wray
Ah! Poor Little Baby - Billy "Crash" Craddock
Let's Go, Baby - Billy Eldridge
Jukebox Babe - Alan Vega
Surfin' Rat - The Rumblers
Your Phone's Off the Hook - The Ramonetures
Atomic Bongos - Lydia Lunch
Viva Las Vegas - Nina Hagen
Bop Pills - The Cramps
Be Bop a Lula - Alan Vega
Rock Around the Clock - The Sex Pistols
Treat Me Right - Mae West
You Really Turn Me On - Mae West (played in error when I didn't get back from men's room in time)
Vampira - The Misfits
Breathless - X
Wood Pecker Rock - Nat Couty and The Braves
Batman Theme - Link Wray
Muleskinner Blues - The Fendermen
Shortnin' Bread - The Readymen
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
Lucille - Masaaki Hirao
Hanky Panky - Rita Chao and The Quests
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Mrs Mills
Lightening's Girl - Nancy Sinatra
Touch the Leather - The Fat White Family
Harley Davidson - Brigitte Bardot
Margaya - The Fender Four
Jim Dandy - Ann-Margret
Gostaria de Saber - Wanderlea
He's the One - Ike and Tina Turner
Party Lights - Claudine Clark
You're Driving Me Crazy - Dorothy Berry
Wipe-Out - The Surfaris
C'mon Everybody - Sid Vicious
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramonetures
Somebody Put Something in My Drink - The Ramones
Year 1 - X
I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield - The 5,6,7,8s
That Makes It - Jayne Mansfield
Ultra Twist - The Cramps
I'm a Woman - Peggy Lee
My Way - Nina Hagen

/ As usual, I didn't have time to snap many shots of the gorgeous Lobotomy Room attendees. I did manage to snatch these photos of Grant and Pal from the DJ booth /

/ Top: Pal in the eye-popping tangerine suit he bought in Dalston. (We'd attended a wedding earlier and he didn't bring a change of clothes!). Bottom: me. Both photos by Glamorous Matt) /

Upcoming Lobotomy Room-related dates for your social calendar!

Lobotomy Room Goes to the Movies presents Mahogany (1975) on Wednesday 17 May 2017

“There’s only one word to describe rich, dark, beautiful and rare. I’m going to call you … Mahogany!” 

Lobotomy Room Goes to the Movies is the FREE monthly film club downstairs at Fontaine’s devoted to Bad Movies We Love (our motto: Bad Movies for Bad People), specialising in the kitsch, the cult and the queer! This month’s presentation is Mahogany (1975) starring pop diva Diana Ross. And boy does Ross seize the opportunity to emote! It’s an outrageous, unintended so-bad-it’s-GREAT camp classic in the tradition of Valley of the Dolls, Mommie Dearest and Showgirls particularly beloved by drag queens. Find out why on Wednesday 17 May!

Poor Diana Ross’s film career began so promisingly (she earned an Academy Award nomination for 1972 Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues). Unfortunately, the combination of Mahogany and 1978 mega-flop The Wiz definitively wrecked any hopes of enduring movie stardom.

Mahogany is a lurid rags-to-riches melodrama starring Ross as Tracy, a poor but determined girl from the gritty Chicago slums dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. Instead, she winds up transformed into international supermodel Mahogany. But is success - and her decadent Euro-trash existence in La Dolce Vita Rome - all it’s cracked up to be? Note: your enjoyment of Mahogany will depend how much you like the number one Diana Ross song “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” (It’s played over and over again in the film).

Throw on a chiffon cape, drip candle wax all over yourself and embrace the sequined madness of Mahogany on 17 May! Doors to the Bamboo Lounge open at 8 pm. Film starts at 8:30 pm.

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The next Lobotomy Room club night is Friday 26 May 2017

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Further reading:

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

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