Friday, October 27, 2006

Don’t dream it, be it

Rocky Horror lips

Isn't that a great image? Surely, even without seeing the title
of the CD, everyone knows what those lips represent, piercings notwithstanding.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show had a huge impact on me as an adolescent sex-obsessed virgin boy. It was a perfect accompaniment to my burgeoning porn collection, the sexual content of Prince records, and the S&M imagery of early Adam & The Ants songs.

Although bisexuality was never my thing (I just find the average male form too unappealing, frankly), it fit so perfectly with Frank N Furter's alien perspective and sex as recreation, regardless of gender and conventional barriers, just as the lyrics of those aforementioned artists challenged the vanilla flavour of sexual norms.

Wife discovered the existence of The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show CD -- full of Rocky Horror cover versions -- while investigating the back catalogue of one of her current fave acts, Alkaline Trio. When
she gave it me as a gift yesterday (two gifts in one week; who's a lucky guy?!), she prefaced it with: "You might think this is a bit of a bowling-ball present." Don't you just love a woman who references The Simpsons in general conversation?

Anyway, I didn't think of it that way, and I am psyched to hear these new renditions of songs that I have loved for some 20 years. And it's another album to add to my various versions of the Rocky Horror songs -- my third, in fact, behind the film soundtrack and the original Roxy cast recording.

If you like Rocky Horror, I urge you to try to track down The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show. I've not listened to it all yet, but what I've heard is great fun -- just as you'd expect.



Anonymous cappy said...

been there, seen it live over a dozen times.
only once did i not get dressed up, and boy did i get some strange looks that night!
believe me, you aint seen the rocky horror show until you've seen it on stage.

27 October, 2006 11:06  
Blogger Shep said...

Same as Cap. Seen it live, watched it too many times. Still love it. Really didn't enjoy wearing the stockings tho, damn they were uncomfy...

27 October, 2006 11:18  
Blogger Tanya said...

Ooh! oooh! Oooh! Must put this on my Festive Gift List (Buddhists can't do Christmas, but we sure as hell enjoy the presents). Yes Please!

HOpe you'll review the album for us, *

27 October, 2006 11:23  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

What a cool gift. Who are the bands doing covers?

Just noticed some mainstream article about dead rock stars pulling in over 2 million in profits. Love sold 25% of her shares for 50 mil, and some of Cobains songs...someday in the future might be used as ads.

Tanya, hi, I have never heard a Buddhist say they "can't" do xmas. What sect of Buddhism do you practice may I ask?

27 October, 2006 13:53  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cappy & Shep: I've never seen a live show, but I will one day. Ideally, I'd actually rather be in it than watch it. I always wanted to play Frank. Failing that, maybe Riff Raff.

Tanya: I may try to do a review, but I've got a backlog of three potential reviews already!

Candy: It is a cool gift, I agree, especially since I never even knew it existed. I'd also never heard of most of the artists. They are: Me First & The Gimme Gimmes; Love Equals Death; Alkaline Trio; The Groove Ghoulies; Apocalypse Hoboken; The Independents; Pansy Division; The Phenomenauts; Secretions; Caroline No; Big D & The Kids Table; Swingin' Utters; Tsunami Bomb; Luckie Strike; Stunt Monkey; Gametime; Migraines; Ruths Hat; The Ataris.

Yeah, Kurt has toppled Elvis, who held pole position for the past four years. That's quite some feat. I think the use of Nirvana music has been too restricted, to be honest. That said, though, I really hope we don't end up seeing it in ads.

27 October, 2006 14:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have NEVER been able to get into the whole ROcky Horror thing. I just don't get it.

Tha being said, that's a coll piece of art...I'd just never listen to what's inside. ;)


27 October, 2006 16:09  
Blogger a.c.t said...

I love RHPC. I even went to see it at the theatre and went to a Halloween party dressed in a blood-stained lab coat and stockings!

27 October, 2006 16:52  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Steve: You should give it a go, dude. It's one of the only musicals worth watching. You're right about the artwork, though.

ACT: Well, helloooooo! I bet it was loads of fun, too, wasn't it?

27 October, 2006 17:18  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I want it I want it I want it. You listening Caz? I want it I want it I want it...

27 October, 2006 21:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocky Horror holds a special place in my heart. Sigh. Enjoy your new CD!

28 October, 2006 01:01  
Anonymous cappy said...

asterisk, if you can get to sheffield city hall on tuesday, they are showing a sing-a-long version.
been to a couple of these, and they are the next best thing to seeing the stage show.
people still get dressed up for that too!
(and as i work in sheffield on nights, i have no doubt that i will be seeing a few straglers through the night!)

28 October, 2006 10:17  
Anonymous cappy said...

p.s. didn't reckon much to the sequel. in fact i can't even remamber what it was called. i know you can get a double dvd with them both in.

28 October, 2006 10:19  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

4D: Wow, subtle hints to Caz, those!

Olives: Thanks, I will. Glad to have brought back some good memories.

Cappy: Doubt I'll be in Sheffield on Tuesday night. Been once in the past, though. To see The Mission -- the band, not the film. Don't ask... And the sequel was Shock Treatment, but I've not seen it.

28 October, 2006 13:44  
Blogger Radmila said...

I saw Adam & The Ants at the Danforth Theatre...back in the days of The Pretenders, Blondie, The Specials, Bow Wow Wow, Third World, Steel Pulse....I could go on and on...*sigh*

29 October, 2006 02:27  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Radmila: That's cool, girl. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

01 November, 2006 09:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip! They play the Rocky Horror Picture Show at a little movie house in West Seattle on the first Saturday night of every month. There is an alternative theater troupe that acts it out during the movie, and it is sooooo much fun. I bought my first pair of stockings and garter belt to dress up for Rocky Horror.

02 November, 2006 21:08  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Melanie: That sounds excellent. When I visit the area, maybe I'll buy my first stockings and garter belt and go along, too!

03 November, 2006 08:50  

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