Saturday, 3 December 2016

Welcome to the Diva's tea party again

A host of fellow former "Blitz Kids" (including Pinkietessa) were there, as was Polari regular Simon (without Bryanne), the "Whos" were out in force - former DJ at (our log-gone gay haunt) BarCode, writer and scandalous bon vivant Stewart Who and his sister - and the place was packed with friends, fans, arty types, and the generally bemused... could only be a show by the very lovely Eve Ferret [once described in a review as “A gutsy old bird with knockers like two ostrich eggs in a hammock!”], couldn't it?!

And so it was that Paul, John-John and I ventured to territories new, the Sanctum Soho Hotel (a venue famous for styling itself as "rock star chic") on Thursday - for what Eve billed as her "Fabaret" show "The Hungry Whelk"! As ever, Miss Ferret did not disappoint...

A marked change from her large-scale Arts Theatre shows (we've been to see four - see here, here, here and here), Eve nonetheless managed to cram in all of her more (ahem) interactive turns into this rather more intimate cabaret space - including the throwing of mangetout into the audience and her now-famous "crowd-surf" (by proxy of a doll, of course) - as well as treating us to a customarily bizarre mixture of musical numbers, everything from Little Donkey (well, 'tis the season) to This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us to a selection of vulgar reggae numbers to her own pithy Congratulations, You Got Me.

All our faves were there - including the Peignoir Song, Last Night's Paté and Divas' Tea Party - and much, much, more. We adored it. The audience gave her rapturous applause. Once again, Eve Ferret proved herself to be one of the most entertaining cabaret artistes on the circuit - there really is no-one else like her!

Here is the lady herself with one of her more autobiographical numbers - Pimlico Belle

Eve Ferret official website

Friday, 2 December 2016

Passion and love and sex and money, violence, religion, injustice and death

Had his life not been cut so tragically short, the magnificently creative fashionista Gianni Versace would have been 70 years old today.

With the weekend looming, there is really only one dancy choon that is appropriate to play on this milestone day. To get our traditional party started, here's Pet Shop Boys and the song that was famously used as the theme for the BBC's Clothes Show - Paninaro:

Passion and love and sex and money
Violence, religion, injustice and death

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Girls, boys, art, pleasure
Girls, boys, art, pleasure

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Food, cars, travel
Food, cars, travel, travel
New York, New York, New York
New York

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Armani, Armani, ah-ah-Armani
Versace, cinque

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

Armani, Armani, ah-ah-Armani
Versace, cinque

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

I don't like country-and-western
I don't like rock music
I don't like, I don't like rockabilly or rock 'n' roll particularly
Don't like much really, do I?
But what I do like I love passionately

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

You, you're my lover, you're my hope, you're my dreams
my life, my passion, my love, my sex, my money
violence, religion, injustice and death

Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
Don't like much really, do I?
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh
But what I do like I love passionately
Paninaro, Paninaro, oh, oh, oh

I love it passionately.

Thank Disco It's Friday!

Have a great weekend, peeps...

Giovanni Maria Versace (2nd December 1946 – 15th July 1997)

Thursday, 1 December 2016


And so, farewell then, buenos noches "Manuel", aka the lovely Andrew Sachs (7th April 1930 – 23rd November 2016)

Dance while the record spins

Timeslip moment again...

Let's flit back in our trusty DeLorean twenty-five years to 1991; a world where the World Wide Web was merely a newly-born graphic browser, the Tories continued in power in Britain - even after the unceremonious dumping of their greatest-ever leader Maggie Thatcher - with John Major's fractious administration presiding over a recession, Bryan Adams topped the charts for sixteen weeks, the Eastern Bloc had fallen, and the the Gulf War and Yugoslav wars began.

In the news this week, the beginning of December, 1991: the crumbling Soviet Union was dealt a killer blow when Ukraine's populace voted overwhelmingly for independence; the world was still mourning the recent death of Freddie Mercury; a rebellion of sorts was afoot as thousands of UK shops and superstores illegally opened their doors for trading on a Sunday, in an (ultimately successful) effort to change the law; in the ascendant were Alan Bennett (whose play The Madness of George III opened in the West End), the wonderfully-named Boutros-Boutros Ghali (elected as the new Secretary-General of the UN) and Terry Anderson (finally released after six years captivity in Lebanon; the last hostage held by Hezbollah), but one of the world's biggest airlines Pan Am went bust after 64 years. In our cinemas: The Fisher King, Point Break, Other People's Money. On telly: Noel's House Party, Dawn French's Murder Most Horrid and London's Burning.

And in our charts? Michael Jackson and Vic Reeves with the Wonder Stuff were battling it out at the top, at #1 and #2 respectively. Also in attendance were 2 Unlimited, East Side Beat, Michael Bolton, Bassheads, Altern*8, Miss Ross and (new arrivals) Nirvana. But among this mixed bag, one "rave fave" was the hip-shaker I preferred to dance to - here's Bizarre Inc and Playing with Knives:


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sharon Stone, eat yer heart out

Happy St Andrew's Day to any Scottish (or, more likely, three-parts-Scotch) chums out there!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Trapped no longer

RIP Colonel Abrams (25th May 1949 - 24th November 2016).

Yet another memory of the 80s gone too soon. We all loved this one:

  • Colonel was in fact his real name.
  • Early in his career he founded the band 94 East, which briefly featured Prince on guitar.
  • His 1980s hits were masterminded by legendary British producer Richard James Burgess - who launched Spandau Ballet to stardom, and who sang lead vocals on Landscape's Einstein A Go-Go.
  • Despite Trapped getting to #3 in the UK and having considerable success on the dance circuit, Mr Abrams never had a chart hit in his home country the USA.
  • Sadly, last year it was reported that he was living homeless in New York, and a crowdfunding campaign was launched to purchase his much-needed diabetes medicine.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Things that you are into

The 55th birthday today of singer Patty Zomer (who? I hear you ask) gives me a perfect excuse to feature a really cheesy number on this Tacky Music Monday.

Here, to cheer us up as we face the prospect of yet another week of toil, is the lady herself with her band - none other than Holland's (ahem) finest, the Dolly Dots!

If Legs & Co and Bucks Fizz had ever had progeny, this inevitably would have been the result...

Not exactly the Spice Girls.

Have a great week, dahlings!