343 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Oct 29 2014
11 O'Clock Number: a-ha - THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV Comments (0)

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Morten Harket is a right-wing nut, but he has the male voice that moves me the most. I was happy to see a-ha's farewell tour and sad I didn't figure out a way to meet them. Here, they give up a haunting “The Sun Always Shines on TV” in 2010...

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Oct 25 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Gary Numan - CARS Comments (0)

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I remember when Gary Numan came on SNL in 1980, I was at my cousins' house and one of them, my older female cousin, announced that this was what music was going to be like in the future. We were kinda stunned...

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Need To Know: Rugby Goes Down + Bulging With Curiosity + Red Alert + Shaft Snood + Ebola Fever + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMeet ex-rugby stud Jarryd Hayne.

*widget boy cultureLatest school shooter defies stereotypes: Popular jock.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas plays “Guess the Bulge,” starring Zac Efron.

*widget boy cultureExtremely sexy ginger!

*widget boy cultureSurprisingly, Mama June is a terrible, horrible, nogood, very bad mom.

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*widget boy cultureThis item would've have aroused me even as a hormonal gay teen.

*widget boy cultureGotham star Corey Michael Smith's killer butt is all the rage on the Internet.

*widget boy cultureBAR NUN: Madonna reacts to Sister Cristina.

*widget boy cultureFirst new TV series of the year has been canceled, and it's...this one.

*widget boy culturePeople are getting STUPID about Ebola. Lizz Winstead is getting SMART.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, haunting video from the discovery of Ebola in 1976...

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

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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)

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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

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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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