Saturday, 26 June 2010

Dr Sketchy 23 June 2010 Set List

A great night! I love DJ'ing at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and got some really appreciative feedback from both audience members and the cabaret performers, which had me buzzing. The featured cabaret artistes were Mr Meredith and Tricity Vogue. I was blown away by Tricity’s “Blue Lady” act – a tribute to the (in)famous / ubiquitous/ iconic 1950s kitsch painting Blue Lady by Vladimir Tretchikoff (also sometimes known as Green Lady or Chinese Girl) of the serene-faced, enigmatic Oriental woman with the peculiar cadaverous turquoise complexion. It culminated in Tricity doing an eye-popping striptease down to nothing but blue skin – it had to be seen to be believed!

/ The original "Blue Lady" ... /

/ Tricity Vogue pays homage ... /

/ Tricity Vogue posing. Photo by Paul Monckton /

/ Tricity Vogue and I. Photo by Paul Monckton /

/ Clare Marie (the promoter / brains behind Dr Sketchy in London). Photo by Paul Monckton /

My set list:

Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun - Mink Stole
Work Song - Nina Simone
Little Ole Wine Drinker Me - Robert Mitchum
The Beast - Milt Buckner
Destination Moon - Dinah Washington
I Was Born to Cry - Dion
Vesuvius - The Revels
Go Calypso! Mamie van Doren
I Ain't Drunk, I'm Just Drinking - Jimmy Liggins
Green Mosquito - The Tune Rockers
Red Hot - Billy Lee Riley
My Daddy Rocks Me - Mae West
Groovy - The Groovers
Suey - Jayne Mansfield
Blockade - The Rumblers
Heartbreak Hotel - Ann-Margret
Train to Nowhere - The Champs
Die Herren (Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love) - Hildegard Knef
Mambo Miam Miam - Serge Gainsbourg
La Javanaise - Juliette Greco
Misirlou - Laurindo Almeida
Gopher Mambo - Yma Sumac
The Strip - The Upsetters
Beat Girl - Adam Faith
Honey Rock - Barney Kessel
Revellion - The Revels
Evil Gal Blues - Ann Richards
Cherry Pink - Bill Black Combo
Love Me - Marlene Dietrich
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Sam Butera
The Blues - Eartha Kitt
The Blues Are All I Ever Had - Julie London
Shangri-La - Spike Jones New Band
Petit Fleur - Chet Baker
Falling In Love Again - Billie Holiday
Yogi - Bill Black Combo
Heatwave - Marilyn Monroe
A Week from Tuesday - The Pastels
Don't Fuck Around with Love - The Blenders
Take it Off - The Genteels (see video clip below)
I Want a Boy - Connie Russell
He Is a Man - Lizabeth Scott
Sexe - Line Renaud
What Is a Man? Denise Darcel
Anytime - Bill Black Combo
Daddy Daddy - Ella Mae Morse
Tall Cool One - The Wailers
Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers
Drums-a-Go-Go - The Hollywood Persuaders
Fujiyama Mama - Annisteen Allen
A Guy Who Takes His Time - Mae West
Topsy - Joe Bucci Trio
Commanche - The Revels
Caravan - John Buzon Trio
Mack the Knife - Hildegard Knef
You're My Thrill - Chet Baker (swinging, finger-snapping instrumental; not his better-know vocal version)
Romance in the Dark - Dinah Washington
Honeysuckle Rose - Marlene Dietrich (see video below)
Harlem Nocturne - Martin Denny
Easy to Love - Eartha Kitt
Jungle Drums - Earl Bostick
Let There Be Love - Diana Dors
Black Coffee - Julie London
Crawfish - Johnny Thunders and Patti Paladin
Bewildered - Shirley & Lee
I'll Upset You, Baby - Lula Reed

/ Below: Take It Off by The Genteels (the clip features Mamie van Doren gyrating to the ultimate titty twister anthem!) /

Marlene Dietrich singing Duke Ellington's "Honeysuckle Rose" in 1963 (annoyingly, embedding is not allowed, but here's link . It's a great clip and worth watching. Dietrich at her purring, mature sexiest):

Keep track of future Dr Sketchy events in London here

A Date with El Vez! El Vez at The 100 Club in London

El Vez is one red hot tamale! Routinely described as “The Mexican Elvis”, that only hints at what El Vez (aka Robert Lopez) actually does. Injecting the Elvis Presley song book with a jolt of spicy ancient Aztec blood, El Vez looks like a black velvet painting come to life, and his shows are a riot of rock’n’roll, punk energy, kitsch, sex appeal, politics and humour.

Sadly he rarely performs in London these days, so when El Vez returned to play at the 100 Club attendance was mandatory! True to form, he put on an explosive show backed by his band The Memphis Mariachis and accompanied by the Elvettes.

The whole night was a bit of a reunion and nostalgia trip: it was my friend Sparkle Moore (the platinum blonde doyenne of the London vintage / retro scene) who first brought El Vez to London in the mid-90s for his London debut at The Garage. A gang of us who were at that historic gig also went to this and we were dazzled by El Vez all over again.

Postscript: It looks like I’ll be interviewing El Vez for Nude magazine, so watch this space.

/ Mexican Elvis Impersonators Prefer (Platinum) Blondes: Vivien (aka Vivien of Holloway), El Vez and Sparkle Moore /

El Vez and I: Unfortunately I seem to be doing an imitation of Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel from The Simpsons.

See all the photos on my flickr page

Check out the official El Vez website

Sunday, 20 June 2010

No Wave's Baby-Faced Death Kitten

A clip from the underground film Guérillère Talks of baby-faced teenage juvenile delinquent Lydia Lunch delivering an outburst of bile in 1978. In a Warholian move, filmmaker Vivienne Dick keeps the camera running for a good minute and a half after she's finished!

Read more about the cinematic collaboration between Lydia Lunch and Vivienne Dick here

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Finding out your daughter has gonorrhea can really wreck the rest of your day

Finding out your daughter has gonorrhea can really wreck the rest of your day. The only solution is to go to the powder room and wash down a fistfull of pills. Burlesque legend Liz Renay (who later played Muffy St Jacques in the 1977 John Waters's trash classic Desperate Living) gives the performance of a lifetime as the anguished mother. See if you can tear your eyes away from her astonishing bouffant wig.