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Blacklips Bar: Androgyns And Deviants - Industrial Romance For Bruised And Battered Angels, 1992–1995

    Blacklips Bar: Androgyns and Deviants — Industrial Romance for Bruised and Battered Angels, 1992–1995 is a compilation combining original recordings and select DJ tracks from the vaults of Blacklips Performance Cult, a collective of underground performers, artists and drag queens who took to NYC’s Pyramid Club stage every Monday night at 1 am to perform original plays. The broad spectrum of emotional expression, ferocity, humour and transgression evident in these collected recordings are a further indication of the group’s oeuvre.

    In 1992, ANOHNI founded Blacklips Performance Cult with collaborators Johanna Constantine and Psychotic Eve. Originally intended as a cabaret and DJ night, the constellation of people drawn to Blacklips soon melded into a late night ensemble in which members took turns writing scripts that were then performed by the group. Blacklips continued a tradition of urban queer subcultural resistance embodied within the writings of Jean Genet, John Rechy, and the post-punk feminist Terence Sellers. Inspired by Lotte Lenya, Candy Darling, and Leigh Bowery, Greta Garbo and Sister Dimension, performers took the stage primarily to entertain and address each other, while entertaining late-night thrill seekers.

    Staging collectively conceived plays set Blacklips apart from other expressions of creativity in nightlife of the era, aligning the group with predecessors such as The Cockettes, Angels of Light, Bloolips and Theater of the Ridiculous. Blacklips members built sets from garbage and industrial refuse that they found in the streets of the East Village, in homage to Jack Smith and the aesthetics of post apocalyptic punk. The group staged spectacles that were alternately surreal, slapstick, emotional and absurd. This weekly laboratory also served as the first showcase for ANOHNI’s music. Some plays included gory revisions of Jack the Ripper and Frankenstein. Offerings such as Clayworld functioned as intergalactic morality plays.

    Satirical appropriations of Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, Adrian Brook’s The Glass Arcade, and Boys in the Band, feasted on a century of queer culture. Plays such as Death! and The Funeral of Fiona Blue often ended with “a pile of dead bodies” on stage, reflecting the impact AIDS was having on the downtown scene.

    Androgyns and Deviants places you squarely within the shiny black brick walls of the main dance floor at the Pyramid, bathed in shards of light from the disco ball, waiting for the show to begin amongst a gaggle of stragglers, queens, and voyeurs. A montage of sound bites, original recordings, and Blacklips DJ favorites emanate a sense of Blacklips bar’s joie de vivre. Remastered original recordings by ANOHNI, including an unreleased version of “Rapture,” as well as the never before released composition “The Yellowing Angel” suggest the feeling of suspension that would sometimes interrupt the hysteria.

    Also included on the Androgyns and Deviants compilation are DJ tracks by artists including New York legend Joey Arias in his incarnation as BIllie Holiday, LA death rock founder Rozz WIlliams, avant-garde icon Diamanda Galás, UK punk pioneer Dave Vanian, underground actress Edith Massey, London surrealist Leigh Bowery and his band Minty, and the fictional characters Meng and Ecker, a pair of transsexual menaces who wrought nightmares across an anarchic landscape, the brainchild of Manchester publishing house, Savoy. Studio recordings by Blacklips stars add depth to the mix, including "Your Cigarette” by Blacklips duo coke, James F. Murphy’s hardcore camp bonanza “Satan’s ‘Lil’ Lamb”, Sissy Fitt’s “Sister Morphine” and Ebony Jet’s soulful rendition of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love”.

    Dialogue, sound effects and ambient textures counter the raging gender panic of Princess Tinymeat’s “Angels in Pain” and Divine’s defiant Hi-NRG anthem “You Think You’re A Man”. This cacophony of passion, stark violence, beauty, heartbreak and maniacal humour suggests a lost world in which you might once have wandered into a bar on Avenue A late at night and paid $5 to see The Revenge of Blacklips, The Ghosts of the Pyramid, The Shysters, Death, CHOP!, or What a Lovely Day to Control The World, catching a glimpse of one of the final expressions of queer subculture in NYC prior to the advent of the internet and social media. .

    TRACK LISTING

    DISC 1
    SIDE A
    1. Shoot Yer Load - Meng & Ecker
    2. Good Morning Heartache - Joey Arias
    3. Punks, Get Off The Grass - Edith Massey
    4. Ladies And Gentlemen - ANOHNI (as Precious Liar)
    5. Satan's Lil' Lamb - James F. Murphy
    6. Janet Vampire - ANOHNI And Pearls
    7. Stairs - Uncertain Journey - Christian Death
    8. Disrupt Their Lives - Vito Russo (with Gary Reynolds)
    9. Rapture - ANOHNI (as Fiona Blue)
    SIDE B
    1. Double-Barrel Prayer - Diamanda Galás
    2. Sister Morphine - Sissy Fitt
    3. Natasha - Tammy Taste Test
    4. You Think You're A Man - Divine
    5. So Disgraceful - Marilyn And The Movie Stars

    DISC 2
    SIDE C
    1. Satellite Of Love - Ebony Jet
    2. Fuck You - Dean And The Weenies
    3. People Are Small - ANOHNI (as Justin Grey)
    4. Angels In Pain - Princess Tinymeat
    5. Your Cigarette - Coke
    6. Tenterhook - Dave Vanian
    7. Suspecting Mrs. Shyster - Sissy Fitt (as Carol TooGood)
    8. The Yellowing Angel - ANOHNI Featuring Johanna Constantine
    SIDE D
    1. 13 Ways To Die - Dr. Clark Render
    2. Useless Man - Minty
    3. My Final Moments - Kabuki Starshine
    4. Golden Showers - Meng & Ecker
    5. Love Letters - ANOHNI (as Fiona Blue)
    6. Blacklips - ANOHNI (as Precious Liar)

    Andrew Kidman

    Glass Love

      Andrew Kidman’s Glass Love (2006) serves as an evolution from his first avant-garde surf film, Litmus (1996). Kidman followed the same filmmaking technique from ten years prior: write and record the songs, then set the mise-en-scène to match the rustic, moody, balletic rock. Thanks to Litmus, experimentation in board design had progressed as surfers became more contemplative, questioning, ‘is surfing art or sport?’ Glass Love and its soundtrack highlights this mindset and time period, creating an extra dimension to surfing that is still prevalent today. 

      TRACK LISTING

      1: If They Only Knew - Andrew Kidman
      2: Mama, You Been On My Mind - Andrew Kidman
      3: Light Inside Of You - Andrew Kidman
      4: Moonshiner - Andrew Kidman
      5: Flowers In The Wind - Andrew Kidman
      6: Narrabeen - Andrew Kidman
      7: The Dice Already Thrown - Andrew Kidman
      8: Opus - Andrew Kidman
      9: Blood On Your Shadow - Andrew Kidman

      Various Artists

      Litmus Original Soundtrack

        By 1996, surfing was on the upswing in popularity as professional surfers became marketable athletes. The three-fin, high performance, “thruster” shortboard was the tool of choice, lending to a fast-paced slashing style and ultimately a more aggressive “surf and destroy” movement in board culture.

        Litmus, Andrew Kidman’s first avant-garde surf film, served as a soulful reaction to the pop-punk progression that dominated the mainstream. Prior to filming, Kidman’s band, The Val Dusty Experiment, recorded a total of thirty-five songs in one day. The outcome of the “one-and-done” sessions was a lo-fi, rustic, experimental rock ‘n’ roll sound, adding a rough-around-the-edges ambiance to the surf scenes that span Ireland, Australia, California, and South Africa. Additional contributions from Yothu Yindi and The Screaming Orphans diversify the score. Litmus was a defining moment in surf filmmaking -- it sparked an open-minded retro-progressive movement as surfers formed a higher consciousness about the types of boards they were riding and why. The Anthology Surf Archive reissues series proudly presents the soundtrack of Litmus, released in tandem with the soundtrack from Kidman’s 2006 follow up, Glass Love, in new form.

        Litmus, Andrew Kidman’s first avant-garde surf film, served as a soulful reaction to the pop-punk progression that dominated the “alternative” mainstream. With the film's visceral and cerebral moodiness, folksy soundtrack, and meditative spirit, critics swooned over surf misfits like Wayne Lynch, Derek Hynd, Tom Curren, and Joel Fitzgerald. Despite the acclaim, the film was not much of a commercial success at the time. The aura of Litmus’ soundtrack, however, has found its cultish corner in the surf world.

        Prior to filming Litmus, Kidman’s band, The Val Dusty Experiment, recorded a total of thirty-five songs in one day. Additional contributions from Galaxie 500, Yothu Yindi and The Screaming Orphans diversify the score. Litmus was a defining moment in surf filmmaking -- it sparked an open-minded retro-progressive movement as surfers formed a higher consciousness about the types of boards they were riding and why.

        Kidman released his second film, Glass Love, ten years later. As with Litmus, the music came first; Kidman felt his songwriting was ready to take on a new life. Thanks in part to Litmus, experimentation in board design progressed as surfers became more contemplative, questioning, ‘is surfing art or sport?’ Glass Love and its soundtrack highlights this mindset and time period, creating an extra dimension to surfing that is still prevalent today.

        TRACK LISTING

        DISC: 1
        1: Rain - The Val Dusty Experiment
        2: Wayne Lynch Quote - Wayne Lynch
        3: Gapu - Yothu Yindi
        4: Listen The Snow Is Falling - Galaxie 500
        5: Derek Hynd Quote - Andrew Kidman
        6: Mo Walker - The Val Dusty Experiment
        7: Cow - The Val Dusty Experiment
        8: Time - The Val Dusty Experiment
        9: Black Is The Colour - The Screaming Orphans
        10: Joel Fitzgerald Quote - Joel Fitzgerald
        11: Green Hornet - The Val Dusty Experiment
        12: Fire Jam - Tom Curren
        13: Elizabeth - Rosie Sutherland
        14: Dump Swimming - Jon Frank
        15: Hawaiian Surf Forecast - The Val Dusty Experiment
        16: Riding The Wind - Kevin Baker And The Val Dusty Experiment

        DISC: 2
        1: If They Only Knew - Andrew Kidman
        2: Mama, You Been On My Mind - Andrew Kidman
        3: Light Inside Of You - Andrew Kidman
        4: Moonshiner - Andrew Kidman
        5: Flowers In The Wind - Andrew Kidman
        6: Narrabeen - Andrew Kidman
        7: The Dice Already Thrown - Andrew Kidman
        8: Opus - Andrew Kidman
        9: Blood On Your Shadow - Andrew Kidman 


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