340 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Oct 23 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Pete Byrne - ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Comments (0)

Pete-byrne

Pete Byrne, the surviving half of Naked Eyes, revives the band's signature (cover) hit in the 2000s...

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Oct 21 2014
She's A Wonder: Michelle Visage Has Brass Drag Balls Comments (0)

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Michelle Visage finally gets around to doing Jonny McGovern's Hey Qween!, and it's a match made in homo heaven...

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Virgin Territory Comments (0)

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Check out this fantastic rendition of Madonna's “Like a Virgin” from The Voice of Italy winner Sister Cristina (she is a legit nun) after the jump...

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Oct 19 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Alphaville - SOUNDS LIKE A MELODY Comments (0)

Alphaville

One of my favorite bands, Alphaville, still sounding good in 2011...

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Oct 14 2014
2 Die 4: A Review Of DEARLY BELOVED Comments (0)
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Promo images courtesy of JD Urban, live images by Matthew Rettenmund for BoyCulture.com

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

I still wasn't being allowed to see R-rated movies in 1984 when Prince's Purple Rain came out, making him seem like Jehovah's gift to the multiplex, and I was probably a bit protective of my diva Madonna due to Prince's chart-busting achievements with its legendary soundtrack. But as an American Top 40 freak, I was acutely aware of the many hits the record launched...it was like Minneapolis spooged all over Billboard.

Dearly-Beloved-Prince-Robin-de-JesusMaking his big entrance

Lena-HallPurple reina

Robin-de-Jesus-profileTake from him his lace.

Flash forward 30 (!) years, and I'm seated in 42West (514 West 42 St., NYC), watching Dearly Beloved, an anniversary tribute to the album (and the film), directed by Jacob Langfelder and starring Robin de Jesús (as Prince—I don't honor the whole Artist Formerly Known As thing) and Lena Hall (as Apollonia), and with featured performances by E. Clayton Cornelius, Kiyan Taghaboni and Ariel Bellvalaire.

Performers-PrinceTheir chemistry was something that you cannot comprehend.

AiiaKKDl7Si4TFI0gR89Iw-YluRYWcexTg1mVjjlL5wE. Clayton Cornelius was Morris Day all night long!

The show was a straight-up revue, but certainly wasn't karaoke. De Jesús suggested Prince without copying him exactly, sounding perfectly confident in every number, with the possible exception of “When Doves Cry”, with its odd, nasal vocal, which proved a little too offbeat for him to nail.

Hall, looking the opposite of her male Hedwig and the Angry Inch character in her bustier and Katy Perry via Bettie Page glamour makeup, soared in her numbers, making even the delightfully sugary “Sex Shooter” sound like a whole different animal coming from such powerful pipes.

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The audience was mesmerized by the whole thing, especially de Jesús's libidinous writhing—it will be hard to see him in his In the Heights mold after witnessing this transformation.

Prince-fansThese fans acted surprised that I wanted their picture...

Lena-Hall-Prince-Robin-de-JesusMy pal Jason shot these. Yes, I wore purple...I wasn't kidding around!

The show felt like a try-out for a more elaborate, sung-through musical based on the already very musical movie; if that's the case, I think everyone involved proved it's an idea worth exploring.

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After the jump, check out the original “Sex Shooter”...

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Oct 10 2014
Little Bit Country Comments (0)

Taylor-Swift

(At 1:19) Taylor Swift discusses being influenced by Madonna and naming her debut pop album after “Like a Prayer”...

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Oct 07 2014
Need To Know: Delish Dish + You Get The Squat-Thrust + A PEAK Into The Future + Infectious Ignorance + MORE! Comments (0)

Duc-NguyenI can stand the heat.

*widget boy cultureABOVE: More of the delicious Chris here.

*widget boy cultureLoving his deep squats.

*widget boy cultureJust over 3 days left, Madonna fans!

*widget boy cultureBuh-byes, Teresa Giudice!

*widget boy cultureGérard Depardieu brags that he's gay catnip, turned tricks at 10.

*widget boy cultureTwin Peaks returns...did the show predict its own comeback???

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Bedtime Stories is 20 years old.

*widget boy cultureMeet the filmmaker exposing gay-shaming Russian thugs.

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*widget boy cultureThe art of Silverjow.

*widget boy cultureFor the 1st time, Ebola is contracted outside of West Africa.

*widget boy cultureElisabeth Hasselbeck is too stupid to be allowed to talk about Ebola.

*widget boy culturePBS correspondent embarrassed by FOX's Ebola ignorance.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé's absence makes his heart grow fonder.

*widget boy cultureShe can do something you can't:

 
Oct 06 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Pet Shop Boys - LOVE COMES QUICKLY Comments (0)

Pet-Shop-Boys

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe serve up their underrated single in 1989 live at Wembley...

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