Sound Diskothek

Vice magazine recently interviewed the Legendary Christiane F. of Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo fame. I hadn’t thought about the movie in years but I was happy to know that Christiane F. is still alive and had some wise things to say about addiction and fame and Berlin in the 70’s and 80’s. I was also reminded of how much I loved the fashions and discotheques in the movie! Christiane borrows her mother’s high heels and takes them with her on the subway to Sound. She puts her sneakers in a locker when she arrives since she can’t be seen carrying around a plastic bag with shoes in it. Yes, please for lockers at the night club!

sound night club christiane f

Sound Diskotheck in Berlin

Sound club Christiane F

The entrance to Sound

There are some variations of Christiane’s main look in the film, but the basics are, jeans, socks with high heels, a disco varsity jacket, and a button down with a black vest. Fierce! Her best chum Kessie is seen several times in an asymmetrical striped shirt with pumps and jeans as well.

outfits from Christiane F

Waiting for the train post discotheque. This is also right after Christiane aids and abets in her first crime!

Sound also has a cinema where old black and white films are shown! The soundtrack was written and performed by David Bowie, so you can’t really tell what type of music they are dancing to on the main floor. I’m sure it was a lot of Bowie and T-Rex and the like. Another feature of the club is the ‘H’ room:

sound night club

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

All in all, I would love to go to Sound discotheque if I could go back in time to a night club in Berlin. And speaking of Berlin and T-Rex, Jessie Evans will be performing at the East End Sunday 12/15/13, tomorrow night! Ms. Evans is an American rocker, saxophone playing glitter doll, who currently lives in Berlin and we are lucky to have her here in Portland this weekend.

Jessie Evans

The new album from Jessie Evans!

I’m not very familiar with her new album yet, but this is one of my faves from Is It Fire?

Let Me On

And finally,I will let Jessie Evans speak for herself when describing a dream:

“In the dream I stepped out of this futuristic car as an old woman who was my chauffeur opened the door coming out the ceiling. In that moment it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to prom for the people but to celebrate T-rex’s album “The Slider”. It was like I was married to that album, and my dress, my desire to go, everything about it was simply to worship and celebrate the music.”

90 Days of Vogue

The Legendary Lady Sasa has committed to share her 90 days of voguing on Youtube! I will be going back to the beginning and watching them all, but I suggest you start with yesterday’s video:

What a beautiful dancer! Lady Sasa says that when she gets on the floor she starts out soft and cunt and then gets all dramatic. Ever since I first wrote about voguing, I’ve been wanting a better understanding of the different categories and vogue-cabulary. Thanks Lady Sasa for showing us these styles with your own particular interpretation!

I love when Lady Sasa is doing floor work and you hear “back in the day when we had a beef we took it out on the dance floor.” Can all battles take place on the dance floor, please? Spectre and I went to the two person elimination dance battle, Deep, at ADX a couple of weeks ago and we were too absolutely gobsmacked by the dancers to even write about it. If all kids were taught to dance it out from a young age we earthlings would be on our way to a peaceful future.

My favorite battlers were the dancers who had very unique styles. You could tell they knew how to pop and break dance etc., but that was layered with their own individual moves and it was captivating. We also saw some some young gals confront each other on the dance floor, not so much with technique but with their strong gestures and the power of their movements. This is where dance innovation comes from. When you see someone like Chocolate Milk dance, a local Portland street dancer who is also classically trained and just back from NYC, you will just about weep! Chocolate Milk was stunning and the only competitor at Deep who added vogue elements.

Back to Lady Sasa. Bring it, sister! I can’t wait for her offerings of fierceness to bring light into my life for 78 more days!

Baccara: Sorry, We Are Ladies

The Legendary Mayte Mateos and Maria Mendiola first joined together in 1976, to form the singing and dancing duo Venus.  They met while both were performers with Spanish Television’s Ballet Company. Not meeting with much success as variety show dancers, they were taken under the wing of Dutch producer/composer Rolf Soja and renamed Baccara, a type of Black Rose.

Baccara album cover

Baccara’s first album Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Their songs are rip-offs of so many recognizable disco songs of the era, that it’s pointless to even start naming them. When I hear their music, I feel like I’m watching Love Boat, listening to Saturday Night Fever and Abba, while feathering my hair. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie is absolutely amusing, but also a bit perplexing. The beginning of the song is almost exactly like Don’t Leave Me This Way, made famous by Thelma Houston, and then they sing of worries about their social standing.

I wanna keep my reputation
I’m a sensation
You try me once, you’ll beg for more

Because he will want for more after one time, it may tarnish her reputation?  What if it wasn’t more than one time? I can’t imagine the trials of being a lady in 1970’s European discotheques, so I will not judge them for their confusing lyric. I do warn you, Reader Dearest, to not think too hard about what these ladies are singing about, because your brain may explode.  One of my favorites is the totally weird Sorry, I’m a Lady:

Sorry I’m a lady
sorry I’m a lady
I would rather be
rather be
just a little shady
just a little shady
naughty dynamite, dynamite
Sorry I’m a lady
sorry I’m a lady
have you got a light
got a light for me tonight.

What on earth are they talking about?  Why apologize for being a lady? And why, if you are sorry for being a lady, do you need a light?  Perhaps it’s Victorian of me, but does a lady really smoke in public? It took a few listens, but what I think they are trying to say is that  they are charmed by a witty Casanova and would succumb to his charms if they weren’t ladies. But what is naughty dynamite?

Baccara album

Naughty Dynamite!

The video is very beautiful and soft-lensy and again they are wearing black and white. I can’t tell the difference between the two, although that is definitely one of my goals, but they both look quite glamorous in their satin pantsuits.

Here is the video for Yes Sir, I can Boogie. Look out for the punching choreography during the chorus:

disco singers Baccara

Still being fabulous in Norway from 2012. Photo by Ernst Vikne