Don’t dream it, be it
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.
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