D//VV/D live at Bermuda

The start of D//VV/D’s live set at Bermuda from earlier on in the year.

Grace Jones and the empty “intellectualism” of Pitchfork contributors

An otherwise entertaining article on queer identity and Grace Jones spoiled by the interjections of various brats at the bottom. In particular, the string of empty signifiers that make up Eric Shorey’s take on Jones’s version of Warm Leatherette is typical of the sort of empty, self-entitled, faux-intellectualism that Pitchfork loves to indulge in:

“In Jones’ hands, the song becomes a sassy tribute to the pleasures of ultraviolence, queering the original text from a self-serious and mega-ironic love poem into a campy exploration of black female sexual identity. By subverting the tropes of white, male, anglo sci-fi, Jones turned the Ballardian porno-nightmare into a celebration of perversion via the intersection of technology and sexuality”

How? Why? the reader is left asking. Oh, I see, because you say so…

Indeed, more than anything, the reader comes away with the impression that the writer seems not to have read, or has failed to understand, Ballard’s source novel.

Bridget Brophy

A nice piece about Bridget Brophy here. About time too. Flesh is a fantastic book. I see there is going to be a conference as well.

EVERY CRIPPLE HAS HIS OWN WAY OF WALKING

Oh, how did I miss this. One of Ann Quin’s short stories can be found here.

Reverse Colonisation, Dubious Parentage and Refusal of Closure in Dracula

Given my rather lackadaisical approach to this blog it’s probably no surprise that I forgot to mention that I had an article published in the first issue of online journal Albeit.

TITLE: DRACULA (1958) ¥ PERS: LEE, CHRISTOPHER ¥ YEAR: 1958 ¥ DIR: FISHER, TERENCE ¥ REF: DRA015CJ ¥ CREDIT: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / HAMMER ]

The D.A.F sex machine

Hmm, I’m thinking of writing a post on the DAF ‘sex machine’…

Particularly in lieu of the 1985(ish), more explicitly ‘camp’ version of the group…

For Every Wolf That Roams

Huggy Bear’s super rare 1994 live cassette For Every Wolf That Roams features, as I was reminded just the other day, the very best version of Pansy Twist ever.