The amazing Grace Jones

April 20, 2011

Wow, what an incredible lady.

What a show! What a performance! What costumes! What a voice!

Yes, I was lucky enough to see Grace Jones perform at the Enmore Theatre on her Hurricane tour.

It started out a little strangely. When she first came onto the stage she appeared to be hiding behind a gigantic shower curtain…

Grace Jones at Enmore theatre April 19, 2011

Heeeere's GRACE!

After undulating under the silver for a while she revealed herself in THIS!

Grace Jones at Enmore theatre April 19 2011

Grace Jones convincingly fusing My Little Pony and Africa

She looked amazing and she sounded amazing too. She worked the crowd, she chatted, she cussed, she sang, she danced.

Then she had another costume change…

Grace Jones at Enmore theatre April 19 2011

Grace convincingly fusing the Devil and the Vagina

And didn’t the costume changes keep coming? Each of them spectacular and strange. The costumes were designed by Eiko Ishioka and showed off Grace Jone’s incredible 63 year old body.  SIXTY THREE!!!!!!

Grace Jones at Enmore Theatre April 19 2011

Grace Jones in her peek-a-boo flame dress. Yes there is NO BACK, just her beautiful black arse, back and legs

How can she look so great? I’m sure she’s lived quite the life, in fact she was drinking cognac on-stage “for her voice” and was telling tales of her time being busted with cocaine OUTSIDE (??) her bag in India.

Is there a Dorian Gray style portrait of Grace Jones somewhere?

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace gets back to her Jamaican roots for 'My Jamaican Guy'

But wait! There’s more! More costume changes! More raconteur-ing from backstage, MORE MORE MORE!

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Yes Grace your hips DO look big in that

With her shiny sparkly bowler hat she showered us with glitter reflections as well as her enthusiastic attentions.

I have a vague memory of seeing her 20 years ago at a party at the Horden Pavilion where she took hours to come to the stage then disappeared in a huff (if my memory serves me right!). She was down right JOLLY last night!

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace Jones, you are an ARTIST and you make art art ART

But no! There’s MORE! More costumes, more songs, more spectacular!

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace back in black

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace lets it fly and releases her parachute. We all cheer

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace Jones acknowledges the crowd's worship

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace Jones NOT showing us her 'pussy'

Grace Jones at the Enmore Theatre April 19, 2011

Grace shaking her money maker and didn't we adore her for it?

So thank Grace Jones. That was one of the greatest live shows I have seen. I loved the music too. She integrated classic Grace Jones tracks with her latest album. She looked very happy to be there, she looked amazing, she sounded fantastic.

I’m a born again Grace Jones fan!


Day 324: Friday 19 March

March 19, 2010

Day 5: Week of Skirt, skort and dress

Today is all about rock ‘n’ roll.

It’s a battle of the bands. Not just any bands but girl bands.

In my mind The Runaways were truly awesome  and Joan Jett wrote one of the best rock chick songs of all time in Cherry Bomb.

Another thing that ensures the Runaways are now officially amazing is the bio-pic that’s come out in the USA starring those 2 legends of the silver screen Kristen ‘Twilight’ Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota ‘War of the Worlds’ Fanning as Cherie Curie.

Check out the original Runaways. Rockin’ teenage girls rule!!

This song caused some consternation with YoD when a friend of mine said it was quote SHIT unquote. She then went on to say that Heart were a waaaay better girl band.

Just by comparing those two images of The Runaways and Heart it is easy to tell which band is the most awesomest. What does that Heart album cover say to you? It says to me Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest.

Now The Runaways picture up top is another matter. Joan and Cherie’s matching outfits and poses? Awesome. The hair-does? Awesome. The car? Awesome.

How does Heart respond? A carriage and a man in pantaloons???

Well strictly speaking Heart are NOT an all girl band, but granted when I think of Heart I think, like with The Runaways, of a blonde chick and a brunette chick.

So hears Heart doing Barracuda.

In keeping with the rock theme I have gone a little rock fashion with my look while I was digging through my records this morning.

Let me see what I can find in my record collection

I found Joan Jett and The Runaways but no Heart. Telling

Top: I’ve gone for a double denim look courtesy of Lightfoots Studios starting off with this rockingly crafted denim vest

Bottom 1: Levi’s denim mini skirt

Bottom 2: Fake stone wash jeans leggings, ie. jeggings

Accessory 1: Lightfoot Studios awesome screen printed denim bag

Accessory 2: Denim cuff

Now YOU decide. Who are the rockingest COOLEST girl band: The Runaways or Heart



Day 307: Tuesday 2 March

March 2, 2010

I forgot to give my review of 13 Most Beautiful Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests that I went to on Sunday night in the Concert Hall at the Opera House. The exact same space I was nude in yesterday, although I sat in a different chair.

Here’s the trailer for the show…

It was pretty fantastic I must say, for something I knew nothing about. The band, Dean & Britta, created a kind of soundtrack to 13 of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, which they chose from the more than 500 Screen Tests Warhol shot between 1964 and 1966.

Warhol got visitors to the Factory to do a screen test, in which the subject would sit in front of the camera for an entire roll of 16mm silent black & white film. And of course it’s an amazing compilation of the who’s who of 1960s counter and uber culture.

So the show was great. The screen tests were really mesmerising, but sometimes the music and musicians were distracting. I found my attention wandering to them rather than the film behind the band. I left the show wanting more. More screen tests, not more music.

I took blurry pictures of the Harbour Bridge as I waited for the train. They are pretty.

To add to a week of cultural experiences tonight I am off to see John Waters talking in the … Concert Hall at the Opera House. That’ll be three times in three days! I will be wearing clothes… I think.

Here’s the morning’s denim do. I’ll be cleaning eventually so I’m wearing my denim do-rag…

Year of Denim: Day 308

Toast, coffee, paper, luxury, pleasure

Top: Benetton denim jacket

Bottom: JeansWest slobby jeans

Accessory: Denim doo-rag/ head scarf

Afternoon update…

I am off to see John Waters now. Yes, the Pope of Trash, director of amazing films like Female Trouble, Polyester, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mum, Pecker, Hairspray

He should be pretty amusing and I ma feeling sycophantic so I am taking along a book in the hope he’ll be doings some signings.

Here’s what I’m wearing…

Year of Denim: Day 308

Seriously posing, don't know why

Top: Cooler weather means denim jackets again. Hurrah! Marcs shiny, tight suit jacket, denim

Bottom: Sportsgirl jeans, tight, too tight?

Accessory: Goffas supplied, Japanese denim pocketbook, as the Americans would call it


Day 291: Sunday 14 February

February 14, 2010

Happy American Cultural Imperialism Day everyone.

Go spend some money on some tat for your loved one.

So here’s my Good Vibrations review.

We arrived bang on 4pm just after Salt’n’Pepa had hit the main stage.

I only caught the end of their act as one of our party had been taken aside and searched for illegal aliens. Eventually they turned up, somewhat shaken by the experience and forever after very nervous of sniffer dogs.

Salt’n’Pepa were funny. It was a big fat sing along.  This made it almost impossible to hear them as the crowd (most not born when S’n’P had their first hits) were screaming out the lyrics at the top of their fake tanned lungs. And that pretty well established the rest of the day.

I went to the toilet and waited 30minutes to get inside a gross portaloo… although they do make a pretty picture…

Toilet time at twilight

After the lengthy dunny queue we rushed back to the main stage just in time to see Gossip.

Gossip at Good Vibrations 2010

Gossip rocking the young straight blonde crowd

And don’t the kids love Beth Ditto? It’s funny how she’s become a pin-up for the hair extension fake tan ladies-who-love men, although there were a few freaks mixed in amongst all the regular folk. And once again, it was a huge sing-a-long, with all the girls knowing all the words.

A few songs in Miss Ditto stripped off the dress she’s wearing and threw it into the crowd… along with her microphone. Whoops!

Gossip at Good Vibrations 2010

Beth politely asks for her mic back

Miss Ditto’s voice was fantastic live and I wish I had gone to see them at the Enmore for a full set rather than the truncated festival performance. Still, they were great and the crowd were very into them. One guy gave Beth a zebra…

Gossip at Good Vibrations 2010

Who knew Beth Ditto was a pony girl?

There were loads of Lady Gaga references in Gossip’s show, even a few lines sung of Bad Romance. But I think this outfit must be Gaga inspired…

Gossip at Good Vibrations 2010

Black plastic robe was appropriate wear for the wet weather

And one more Gossip pic, which amuses me…

Gossip at Good Vibrations 2010

Beth Ditto juxtaposed with Good Vibrations branding

Yep. The picture says it all really. Skinny blonde girl in cut-offs (favoured pant of the day) with a fake tan and very wiggy hair screams her lungs out for the short fat, black haired dyke.

Let me just have a rant about girls’ hair…

Long hair seems very in right now (so I guess I’m out… in more ways than one). Over half the girls at the festival had long air. Half of THOSE girls look like they had bought their hair at a shop.

Yes. Wig like hair extensions, polyestery, flammable long locks everywhere. I even got face whipped by a very nice bleached blonde wig-like hair do.

But not everyone was content to follow fashion. This young girl, while she was indeed wearing denim cut-offs, was also sporting very interesting head wear…

Good Vibrations 2010

Peace out undies-on-head, pad-on-undies girl

I came across this young lady while waiting for Busta Rhymes to, well, bust some ryhmes. She’s not afraid to rock the fashion boat, and I’m sure the  boys loved her look.

So yes, Busta Rhymes. Ghastly. A bunch of wiggers and girls in wiggy hair faking out to the hip hop. And once again the crowd was so loud you couldn’t hear anything.

And that’s when I hit the wall and decided enough was enough. I couldn’t face another crowd press of hair whipping, boys with their names tattooed across their backs or their girlfriend’s name tattooed on their neck (yes truly), crowd shouting lyrics a moment longer.

So I left, and popped in to watch the footy at a friend’s house on the way home. It was a very important moment. Indigenous All-Stars vs a NRL All-Stars. A big moment in both footy and Australian culture I have to say.

How often do we get to see Aboriginal people en-mass in the mass media in a positive way?

Never!

And even better, the Indigenous team won!

Good onya Preston Campbell. You are a little legend.

Anyways. I have to go to work now. Here’s me today…

Year of Denim

New horsey t-shirt, ta Loo Roo

Top: Supre small vest

Bottom: Gap jeans, turned up cos of the rain

Accessory: Not in picture, Dragstar bag


Day 290: Saturday 13 February

February 13, 2010

I’m off to a live music festival experience. Good Vibrations here I come. I am especially looking forward to super sweaty, muddy conditions, which I suspect is a bit of a tradition at music festivals the world over.

Who’s playing? Gossip, Salt & Pepa, Basement Jax, and a bunch of DJs and electronic musicky folks. I wanna see the KillaQueenz Aussie hip hop ladies too, but I can’t remember what stage they’re on and when. Better check it out before I go I suppose.

Here’s what I’m wearing…

Big girls don't cry, not even when their sports sandals get muddy

Top: Today I am promoting Dragstar’s one-off vest

Bottom: TopGirl jeans shorts with bonus sewn in turn-ups

Accessory: Mavi bag, big enough to hold shit, small enough to not be overburdened

If I feel up to it I’ll review the shows when I get home tonight. I might even take some action shots…