A Flying Lotus apprentice comes into his own
A Flying Lotus apprentice comes into his own
It's Paul Anka's crazy, swingin' remake of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which he recorded for his cross-pollinating experiment of a Rock Swings album in 2006. Watch Anka do it live, smiling and swingin' as he jazzes up lyrics like "A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido."
Boomers Turn Broadway into a Pop-Music Scrapbook
It takes three instances of something to make a trend, and I've got 'em! Here comes a trio of wilting manhoods, all on the Broadway stages this very season. In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nick--the young house guest--has a raunchy flirtation with the blowsy earth mother Martha, but he's too dr ... More >>
Disco was so big in the 1970s--and it will be big again at my upcoming event--that huge names rode the spandex waves by putting out unexpected dance songs, some better than others. Here are the most memorable to my eyes (and my dancing thighs).
I said this to a friend the other night and she agreed so vehemently her eyes almost popped out of her head from nodding so hard. "The woman is talented," I brilliantly offered, as my pal started nodding in agreement. "I mean, girl can really sing," I went on, oozily. "And she can dance. And there ... More >>
Thanks to Rosemary Feitelberg for the interview. As for the case of nerves I admitted to, I'm always fine the second I hit the stage. In fact, people have always amazed that such an awkward, spazzy wallflower can turn into Diana Ross with the mere stroke of a spotlight.
Motown legend Diana Ross delved into her roots in the 1968 TV special called TCB in which, after a few haunting bars of "Reflections," she emerged in boldly patterned prints, with bushy hair and hoop earrings, looking skinner than someone from a Sally Struthers commercial.
And this one isn't singing with her mother. "Rhonda Ross, the only daughter of legendary superstars Diana Ross and business mogul Berry Gordy, performs refreshing, emotive, jazz-inspired songs demonstrating 'the apple don't fall far from the tree'."
No, not me. I already did that in the '80s as lead singer of my Motown cover band (which let's not tell anyone about or they might want royalties, OK?) It's Valisia LeKae, who will assume the role of the great Diana Ross in the Broadway show Motown: The Musical, based on Motown creator Berry Gordy ... More >>
Far from it. An imminent biography of Oscar winner Michael Douglas, written by Marc Eliot, reminds us that The Bodyguard had a long and checkered history before it finally came to the screen in the '90s. As Eliot writes:
The Sound of Music is a perfect movie, no matter what Christopher Plummer has been muttering for decades. It happens to be sweeping, enchanting, funny, adorable, and scary--the perfect mix of puppets, moppets, and Nazis. And now that it's been announced to come to TV in a whole new version, I want ... More >>
Tracy Chambers was Diana Ross's name in Mahogany, the 1975 anti-feminist camp classic about a lady designer who throws away the knitting needle to stand in the shadow of her man. The film is notable for the great theme song, the incredible outfits, and Diana's bulging eyes when photographer Anthony ... More >>
Some pounds ago, I used my finest method acting skills to interpret Diana Ross songs as the lead singer of the Must, my '80s band looking back at '60s Motown hits complete with sparkly outfits and lavish arm gestures. And one of my most out-there diva moments happened at the Gabriel Rotello-produce ... More >>
It was a 1980s record-release party for the glittery superstar on the Intrepid (which they generously allowed me on, despite "don't ask, don't tell.") I was terrified to meet Miss Ross because she was my longtime idol, and, besides, I'd heard about what a weirdo she can be. You know, "Don't talk t ... More >>
Diana Ross, 'Mahogany'Cinematic fashion shows are so much fun because they're usually only about five minutes long. Which are the most radiant? Thanks to Christian Freedom for this blog idea.
You've befouled Diana Ross' good name for the last time, Ashthon. Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.Ashthon Jones got sent home from American Idol tonight. I am perfectly OK with this! She was not very good on this show! In her final performance, she once again bleated her way through a Diana Ross son ... More >>
Please, Jacob Lusk, stick around as long as possible. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.This was the first week we really got to see a lot of Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine, whose role on American Idol is supposedly to mentor all the kids, but it's already clear he's only going to show up for five-min ... More >>
My once-popular blog post about "People Who Work Your Last Gay Nerve" stalled a while ago at a mere 1124 comments. What gay nerve! But that only paved the way for the runner-up post, "Remembering Diana Ross's Appalling Behavior at Flo Ballard's Funeral," to leap ahead in the name of love an ... More >>
The public has spoken in response to my post about "People Who Work Your Last Gay Nerve." Loudly. So many of them, in fact, that it's officially become my most commented-on blog of all time, leaving poor Diana Ross and Adam Lambert in the glittery dust somewhere on Route 13.
My recent blog post called "Remembering Diana Ross's Appalling Behavior at Flo Ballard's Funeral" has long left the runner-up, "Adam Lambert vs. Clay Aiken: A Tale of Two Coming Outs," in the dust as it's soared to the revered position of my most commented blog of all time. Partly thanks to ... More >>
Adam Lambert reacts to his own reflection. My two most commented posts of all time are in a down-to-the-wire race, as singing legend Diana Ross breathes down the lovely neck of new star Adam Lambert. This contest is even tighter than Bush vs. Gore, and I feel like someone can swoop in and st ... More >>
Not the most trafficked, necessarily, but the ones that made you leap to your fingers and tap out your thoughts in the largest anonymous gangs. These topics clearly spoke to you and you talked back at the top of your mental lungs. Try to deduce some telling trends from this list of the most ... More >>
It was 1976 and ousted Supremes member Florence Ballard had tragically died after years of poverty and despair. Mark Bego was at the funeral, and he vividly tells about Diana Ross's sad attempts to upstage the whole thing in his imminent memoir, Paperback Writer. Take it away, Mark:
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll? Lets find out!
Thank God I finally joined Facebook! It's such a powerful tool that swarms of armchair producers there managed to get Betty White (face-) booked as last Saturday's SNL host. And she raked in the ratings! So who should you and your "friends" rally for next?
In a Daily Beast article, Jacob Bernstein addresses the rash of adorable kids of the male persuasion flouncing around in YouTube videos as Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Is that your card catalog or are you just happy to see me?Hold onto your library cards, peeps. Will Manley has released the results of the librarian sex survey that Wilson Library Bulletin refused to run in 1992 -- the one which he got fired over. The results are... less than scintillating. B ... More >>
Girls rock through the ages
Tonight, creepy dubstep producer Shackleton headlines Dub War at Love -- the genre gets even darker thanks to his unexpected silences and evil whisperings in between all that bass wobble. WARP's Eskmo and Eprom are also scheduled to play, along with Dubwar residents Joe Nice and Dave Q, among ... More >>
This has been an amazing year for fashion documentaries, with Valentino and The September Issue pulling in scads of fashionistas spending the $12 they really owe on their most recent pair of Gucci loafers. As we dive hat first into the insanity of Fashion Week, do tell me: Are either of thos ... More >>
A new book called Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film by Mia Mask examines five African American film icons, discussing: Dorothy Dandridge's status as a sexual commodity in films such as Tamango, revealing the contradictory discourses regarding race and sexuality in segregation-era ... More >>
About a half-hour ago Smokey Robinson made a nice speech and conveyed regrets from Diana Ross and Nelson Mandela, who counseled the family to "stay strong." Then there were several minutes of nothingness, during which Fox anchors blabbed. Now a gospel group is singing "We Are Going to See the King ... More >>
Vince Aletti, recently a long-serving editor at this paper, was an early and avid chronicler of the rise of disco in New York City in the early, mid, and late 1970s. In articles like the one above, "SoHo vs. Disco," from the June 16, 1975 Village Voice, Aletti was one of the first to write about cha ... More >>
A '60s waif from Buffalo who came off sort of like a mildly hipper Eydie Gorme, Joanie Sommers is best known for having sung the hit "Johnny Get Angry" and also for helping make Pepsi palatable to the youth explosion via various swinging commercials. But her most rivetingly weird appearance was on t ... More >>
Spring '04 on the Cheap
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