From the Facebook event page:
It’s creepy and it’s kooky … mysterious and spooky … it’s all together ooky … it’s the Lobotomy Room Halloween dance party! Revel in sleaze, voodoo and rock’n’roll on Friday 11 October at the punkiest, Cramps-iest, kitschiest low-brow Halloween bash this accursed month! Downstairs at Fontaine’s bar (Dalston’s most unique nite spot!).
Lobotomy Room! Where sin lives! A punkabilly booze party! Sensual and depraved! A spectacle of decadence! A Mondo Trasho evening of Beat, Beat Beatsville Beatnik Rock’n’Roll! Campy 1950s and 60s Halloween novelty songs played LOUD, with added Rockabilly Psychosis! Wailing Rhythm and Blues! Punk cretin hops! White Trash Rockers! Kitsch! Exotica! Curiosities! Think John Waters soundtracks and Songs The Cramps Taught Us! Lurid vintage horror films played on the big screen all night!
Featuring special musical guests:
Hailing from New Zealand, instrumental electric guitar duo SPARKLING DUET (aka Shaun Blackwell and Clare McNamara of Night Shades – think of ‘em as the Lux Interior and Poison Ivy of Stoke Newington!) will be playing a special Halloween preternatural edition of their show, covering classic and obscure 50’s and 60’s surf, psych, exotica and rockabilly tunes with a haunted twist!
Admission: only £3.00 on the door (cash only)! Free candy while it lasts!
Blimey! I am painfully aware that I haven’t posted a Lobotomy Room dance party scene report in months. Mainly it’s because life kept getting in the way, but I won’t lie: 2019 has been a challenging year for the club. I’m a veteran at this and it just never gets easier. Take it from me – unless you’re a masochist, don’t become a club promoter. It will break your heart!
Happily, this year’s Halloween shindig was a success. To loosely paraphrase S Club 7: there ain’t no Halloween party like a Lobotomy Room Halloween party. OK we didn’t exactly replicate the massive crowd from 2018 (where did those people continuously pumping down the stairs all night come from?!) but the attendees we did get were stylish, sexy and enthusiastic. And none of them projectile-vomited up the wall, which was a definite bonus. (Read about the 2018 Lobotomy Room spectacular here). You’ll have to take my word for it – unfortunately, I don’t think any photos were taken all night!
Another bonus was the spook-tacular surf sounds of vicious instrumental duo Sparkling Duet. It was great to welcome back Shaun and Clare – our own local equivalent of The Cramps! If Lobotomy Room has a spiritual “house band”, surely, it’s these two. Hopefully Sparkling Duet will be making return appearances in 2020.
/ Vampira-inspired pin-up art by the great Shubina Sveta /
/ Fawn Silver as The Black Ghoul and Criswell as The Emperor conspiring in Orgy of The Dead /
Oh, and once again I embraced the Halloween spirit by projecting the 1965 horror-exploitation flick Orgy of the Dead on an endless loop on the big screen (usually I show a mélange of 1960s posing pouch vintage homo porn and fetish queen Bettie Page frolicking in lingerie). Filmed in “Shocking Sexicolour” (sic) and boasting a screenplay by Edward D Wood Jr (always a sign of quality!), Orgy of the Dead’s cavalcade of nudie cuties go-go dancing in a mist-enshrouded graveyard (overseen by a mummy, a werewolf and clairvoyant Criswell) never fails to enchant. I’m always guaranteed a steady stream of people approaching the DJ booth to inquire, “What am I watching?!” Orgy of the Dead is a Halloween tradition, damn it!
As you can see from the DJ playlist below, the first half of the night was devoted mostly to aggressively kitschy atomic-era Halloween novelty tunes (one of my favourite musical genres. I could happily play Halloween music all year-round), climaxing – inevitably! – with “Monster Mash”. Later (after the band’s set when people wanted to get down and dance) things turned punkier, messier and more anything-goes, concluding with a finale of Elvis Presley-meets-Sid Vicious-meets Divine.
/ Above: Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild does Halloween! (Don't fall for the old Ex-Lax trick) /
Anyway, check out my Halloween Lobotomy Room Spotify playlist here to give you an indication of the general vibe. Trust me: you’ll be joyously doing the Werewolf Watusi to Tarantula Ghoul, The Cramps and Screaming Lord Sutch in no time!
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers
Midnight Stroll - The Revels
Monster in Black Tights - Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages
Vampira - Bobby Bare
Monster Party - Bill Doggett
Sinner - Freddie and The Hitchhikers
Werewolf - The Frantics
Drac's Back - Billy De Marco With Count Dracula
Bloodshot - The String Kings
I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch - Eartha Kitt
Frankenstein's Den - The Hollywood Flames
She's My Witch - The Earls of Suave
Do The Zombie - The Symbols
Spooky - Lydia Lunch
Monster Surfing Time - The Deadly Ones
Creature from The Black Leather Lagoon - The Cramps
The Creature (From Outer Space) - The Jayhawks
Rockin' in the Graveyard - Jackie Morningstar
Ghost Satellite - Bob and Jerry
Voodoo Walk - Sonny Richard's Panics with Cindy And Misty
Dinner with Drac - John Zacherle
Scream - The 18.104.22.168s
Mr Werewolf - The Kac-Ties
Strollin' Spooks - Ken Nordine and His Kinsmen
Nightmare Mash - Billy Lee Riley
The Mummy - Bob McFadden
The Whip - The Frantics
It - The Regal-Aires
The Whip - The Originals
Anastasia - Bill Smith Combo
Bo Diddley Meets the Monster - Bo Diddley
I Put A Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Alligator Wine - Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin
My Son the Vampire - Allan Sherman
Teenage Werewolf - The Cramps
The Munsters Theme - Milton De Lugg Orch
Graveyard Rock - Tarantula Ghoul
Theme From The Addams Family - The Fiends
The Way I Walk - The Cramps
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers
Pedro Pistolas Twist - Los Twisters
Vampira - The Misfits
Hidden Charms - The Delmonas
Nothing Means Nothing Anymore - The Alley Cats
Your Phone's Off the Hook - X
I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramonetures
Sheena is a Punk Rocker - The Ramones
Jukebox Babe - Alan Vega
Atomic Bongos - Lydia Lunch
Wipe-Out - The Surfaris
Viva Las Vegas - Nina Hagen
Bossa Nova Baby - Elvis Presley
Jim Dandy - Ann-Margret
Here Comes the Bug - The Rumblers
Tina's Dilemma - Ike and Tina Turner
Esquerita and The Voola - Esquerita
Deuces Wild - Link Wray
Suey - Jayne Mansfield
96 Tears - Big Maybelle
Cha Cha Twist - The Detroit Cobras
One Night of Sin - Elvis Presley
My Way - Sid Vicious
Walk Like a Man - Divine
In August 2018 I spoke my brains to To Do List magazine about the wild, wild world of Lobotomy Room, the monthly cinema club – and my lonely one-man mission to return a bit of raunch, sleaze and “adult situations” to London’s nightlife! Read it - if you must - here.
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Revel in sleaze, voodoo and rock’n’roll - when incredibly bizarre dance party Lobotomy Room returns to the basement Bamboo Lounge of Fontaine’s (Dalston’s most unique nite spot) on Friday 8 November 2019!
Lobotomy Room! Where sin lives! A punkabilly booze party! Sensual and depraved! A spectacle of decadence! A night of Vintage Sleaze-o-Rama! Beat, Beat Beatsville Beatnik Rock’n’Roll! Bad Music for Bad People! Rockabilly Psychosis! Wailing Rhythm and Blues! Twisted tittyshakers! Punk cretin hops! White Trash Rockers! Kitsch! Exotica! Curiosities and Other Weird Shit! Think John Waters soundtracks, or Songs the Cramps Taught Us, hosted by Graham Russell. Expect desperate stabs from the jukebox jungle! Savage rhythms to make you writhe and rock! Grainy vintage black-and-white erotica projected on the big screen all night for your adult entertainment!
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!
“In one terrifying moment she realized what she had done … yet it was too late to turn back … too late for tears!”
Lizabeth Scott (1922 – 2015) was the most haunting and memorable of 1940s and 50s film noir actresses. Because of Scott’s languid mane of ash blonde hair, smoky eyes, sultry demeanor and raspy voice “that sounded as if it had been buried somewhere deep and was trying to claw its way out” she’s been frequently (and unfavourably) compared to the more famous Lauren Bacall. In fact, Scott was a much stranger, more intense and harder-working actress than Bacall, and made more interesting choices. And on Wednesday 20 November the Lobotomy Room film club presents her definitive movie - the tense 1949 film noir Too Late for Tears. It stars Scott at her most enthralling, almost serpentine as a suburban Los Angeles housewife with a treacherous and homicidal dark side.
Lobotomy Room Goes to the Movies is the FREE monthly film club downstairs at Fontaine’s bar (Dalston’s most unique nite spot!) devoted to Bad Movies We Love (our motto: Bad Movies for Bad People), specializing in the kitsch, the cult and the camp! Third Wednesday night of the month. Doors to the basement Bamboo Lounge open at 8 pm. Film starts at 8:30 pm prompt! We can accommodate 30 people maximum on film nights. Remember: the film is FREE so you can buy more cocktails! (One drink minimum).
/ Pistol-packin' mama: don't mess with Lizabeth Scott - the original desperate housewife! - in Too Late for Tears (1949) /