Friday, 24 October 2014

You are young and free

The gorgeous Tom Daley was named "Man of the Year" at the recent Attitude Awards 2014.

He is ours always.

With thoughts of Tom in mind, and with a party tonight for our friend John-John's birthday to kick things off, let's welcome the forthcoming weekend in our traditional manner - with a 90s take on the disco genre, admittedly - all sparkles and feathers, it's Sin With Sebastian and Shut Up (And Sleep With Me)...

Thank Disco It's Friday!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Who's that girl?

Dedicated to Miss Renée "Bridget Jones" Zellweger, who seems lately to have a completely new head...

Charlie Hides TV.

Of course.

Miss Zellweger is not the only one whose face appears to be completely different to how we remember it.

Take Nicole Kidman, for example:

Or Jennifer "Dirty Dancing" Grey:

How about Meg Ryan?

Or Priscilla Presley?

And let's not even mention Jennifer Rush...

Love me, love me, love me, say you do - and we do

From the official press release:
"With an unparalleled career in show business spanning over sixty years, Dame Shirley Bassey has done and seen it all, performing for the likes of Royals and Presidents, being met with rapturous applause on worldwide stages from the glamour of Las Vegas to the mud of Glastonbury.

Throughout it all, Dame Shirley’s immediately entrancing voice has matured and richened to ensure she remains even more vibrant a musical force than the day she first stepped into the spotlight. Quite simply, [this] is Dame Shirley Bassey at her very best."
And so the inimitable Dame Shirley has announced the release of Hello Like Before, her 60th anniversary album, described as a tribute to all the songs that the The Girl With The Golden Voice "...has always longed to record and finally been able to imbue with her own Bassey spellbinding presence."

She is indeed covering some tracks I have always longed to hear her sing...*

This Is What You Are
Englishman In New York
I'm Still Here
Macarthur Park
*Wild Is The Wind
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (duet with Paloma Faith)
Here's To Life
*It Was A Very Good Year
Hello Like Before
We Got Music (deluxe bonus track)
Hey Jude (deluxe bonus track)

Here's a little behind-the-scenes teaser from the making of the album:

And here's a rather good fan-made compilation of all those hand gestures that have made us who we are today...

The Standard CD Edition and Deluxe CD Edition will be released 17th November 2014. The vinyl version will be released on 15th December.

I can't wait!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Strike a pose

Mrs George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin

Amy Adams

Anne Hathaway

Mrs Justin Trousersnake, Jessica Biel

Sarah Jessica Parker

Penelope Cruz and friends

From The Hollywood Reporter:
In September - just weeks before he passed away on Monday at the age of 82 - [we] named Oscar de la Renta one of 2014's most influential red-carpet designers. And that he was, with his graceful, modernly elegant gowns making an astounding 54 appearances on red carpets during the past 12 months.

"I feel very lucky to work with such extraordinary women. It is a tremendous honour and a great pleasure. My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her best. If I have made a woman feel beautiful, then that would be my ultimate contribution," [he said].
Favourite designer of such disparate bedfellows as Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Nancy Reagan, Mr de la Renta - an emigré to Spain from the Dominican Republic in the early 50s - was one of the world's most successful couturiers, eclipsing even his mentors Balenciago and Lanvin to preside over a $200m international empire.

He will be sadly missed by the ladies of the red carpet at events the world over.

with Audrey Hepburn

To mark his passing, here's a little something from two ladies of fashion, RuPaul vs Madonna:

Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo (22nd July 1932 – 20th October 2014)

More Oscar de la Renta over at Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Get used to it

Just because...

Featuring the eternal house fave here at Dolores Delargo Towers, Tel Aviv's premier drag superstar Uriel Yekutiel, here's another fantabulosa video promo for local club night Arisa - featuring a song by someone called "Margalit Harris" (I got that name courtesy of Google Translate, so it is likely to be inaccurate; there is indeed no information on an artiste of this name "out there"), the message of the song is basically "This is not Europe, it's Israel, it's the Middle East, it's a mess - get used to it."


Needless to say, I love it.

Camp? Moi..?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Now I shout it from the highest hills

It may be a week off for me - I'm currently on a flying visit to the Boys in Essex - but I haven't forgotten that it's a Tacky Music Monday!

Fitting the bill perfectly, here's a double dose of today's birthday girl (and bless 'er, she only died three years ago after giving a lifelong service to the gays of Britain) Miss Kathy Kirby!

[Both clips are from a 1983 Channel 4 show called Unforgettable. I don't remember it.]

Let Me Go Lover:

Secret Love:

Unforgettable, indeed.

Have a good week, one and all!

Kathy Kirby (born Kathleen O'Rourke, 20th October 1938 - 19th May 2011)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat no more

Sad news. From >The Huffington Post:
Tim Hauser, the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72.

Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and launched hits such as "Operator" and "The Boy from New York City." They went on to win multiple pop and jazz Grammy Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, 1985's "Vocalese," earned a whopping 12 Grammy nominations.
I adored The Manhattan Transfer as a youngster - all stylish outfits and classy harmonies, they seemed to inhabit that unattainable world typified by Brideshead Revisited and Mapp and Lucia, of Art Deco and Transatlantic liners, cocktails and Jazz hands, a world I still aspire to - and their utter stylishness is typified by this, my fave:

Chanson d'Amour

Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat, indeed.