Only The Young having a very camp little Christmas
Only The Young having a very camp little Christmas
Love this send up of “Grease Lightning” by Swedish Marines based in Afghanistan. They must have a lot of spare time on their hands or they’re just all frustrated musical stars!
There are classic scenes in movies and there are CLASSIC SCENES in movies.
Oh, and “Damn these designers!”
Thank you John Waters, Divine and Edie.
Terrific English language interview with the newly reformed-for-Melodifestivalen Army of Lovers!
Oh my god…I said love, I said pet, I said love….
ARMY OF LOVERS shook Melodifestivalen 2013 to its very core. Or perhaps they just woke up #melfest after a pretty dull year.
What a performance! What an act! What a song!
As others have been saying, this spectacle is what Melodifestivalen has been sorely lacking this year.
Soooo fabulous to have them back even for one night! (And possibly also with a new compilation CD including a couple of new songs!)
I remember back about a hundred years ago watching Video Hits one Saturday morning and there it was: “CRUCIFIED”. I sat there open mouthed in shock. And awe. I immediately got ready and went into HMV in town to look for the single. Luckily they had it!
So many crazy records and clips followed….ARMY OF LOVERS were true originals. And Saturday night’s performance showed that they still are originals. This one had everything AND the kitchen sink!
Well Melodifestivalen 2013 has been a bust, hasn’t it? You’d think SVT had deliberately engineered it this way to make sure Sweden doesn’t win again and have to pay all those costs to host Eurovision for another year!
Even the opening credit sequence for SemiFinal 1 – which usually gets me electrified – was very “same ole, same ole…but even less!”
David Lindgren is probably my favourite at the moment – not having seen the 4th semi final (will someone in Sweden please upload these faster!!!!)…but the standard of the songs overall has been pretty dull. And I hate to say it but Gina Dirawi has been rather dull as Melodifestivalen hostess. Danny started off badly but is getting better week by week. A couple of interesting half-time shows don’t make up for an overall “Zzzzzzz” Melodifestivalen 2013!
Well, until last night!
Alcazar were back together….with Danny Saucedo guesting on “Not A Sinner Nor A Saint”. Danny looked ecstatic to be part of Alcazar for the evening and it was truly wonderful to see. I was at Alcazar’s farewell performance at Stockholm Pride a couple of years ago so it was a bit of a shock to see them back together on stage. What gives??? Well, Army of Lovers are back this year so maybe you can raise the dead!
The performance of the four of them really put a smile on my dial this morning when I saw it on Youtube. And they all look fabulous…Tess in particular is just a stunning looking woman. And Danny Saucedo looked extra fab! I follow Danny on Twitter and Facebook and he puts up sooo many random selfies it gets tiresome at times. God love him! And a lot of them are a little bizarre to say the least…in this clip with Alcazar he just looks normal and terrific and happy. More of that please!
Alcazar – as a threesome – did some more on the Melodifestivalen stage last night…see the clip below. It was like old home week. Or should I say “old homo week” ;-p
“In the flower there was a fairy…and the fairy said…three wishes! Mother got a pool. Daddy got a horse. And I got a dress.”
THEM…in A Fantasy Fable, December 4, 1986 at the Newtown Hotel. (THEM – Terror, Horror, Excitement, Mystery – were (in this incarnation) Jay Jay Bailey, Robyn Lee and Tallulah Bright). This video is the first part of the show.
I think A Fantasy Fable might have been a bit too “out there” for most Thursday late-night-shopping punters at the Newtown. I remember quite a mixed crowd reaction to it at the time. A really bizarre mix of song choices and storyline from Jay Jay. Her creativity and wild thinking is quite apparent in this show. And trying to fit all this mayhem on the tiny, tiny Newtown stage was quite a challenge!
By this time I was working behind the scenes as a dresser for THEM. The day of the opening I was helping the girls out with last minute costume preparations by applying feathers to various costumes. Looking back through my old photos I’ve realised the reason I don’t have any of “A Fantasy Fable” is because I was working on the show at the time! Pity.
Jay Jay used two songs from Klaus Sperber, better known as Klaus Nomi, a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona.
Nomi was known for his bizarrely visionary theatrical live performances, heavy make-up, unusual costumes, and a highly stylized signature hairdo which flaunted a receding hairline. His songs were equally unusual, ranging from synthesizer-laden interpretations of classical music opera to covers of 1960s pop standards like Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” and Lou Christie’s “Lightnin’ Strikes”.
Jay Jay had previously used Klaus’ version of “Falling In Love Again” in an earlier THEM show, “Twisted”.
Two songs from Sid & Marty Kroft’s classic “PufnStuf – The Movie” (1970) were also used – “Different” and “Zap The World”.
A Fantasy Fable featured “Craving For That Kind of Love” which went on to become somewhat of a signature tune/triumph for Tallulah. Interestingly, she didn’t like the song when she first heard it and Jay Jay had to insist that she do it in the show. Her faux-strip tease to the song instantly became a crowd favourite.
A Fantasy Fable is also notable as it was the last show that Tallulah was part of as THEM. Tallulah resigned to move on to other shows and was replaced by Ginger Benson.