Thursday, 16 August 2018

Spanish Eyes!

Above and below is 19 year old Spanish model Carlos Ortiz
captured nicely by photographer Nico Bustos.
We even get a rare smile thrown in.
Now, wasn't Spanish Eyes a big hit by Al Martino?

Photography by NICO BUSTOS.


Madonna The Material Girl Turns 60

So Madonna the Material Girl and Queen of Pop turns 60 today. Where has the time gone.
She's been a pioneering as well as controversial artist spanning four decades.
And as many of the morning papers have said today, just for her sheer longevity then
this landmark day is surely worth celebrating.

She's been hailed in many quarters as being the most successful female performing
musical artist of all time.  Born on August 16th 1958 she also shares her birth date with
her male counterpart Elvis Presley, considered to be the most popular male musical
artist of all time who passed away on August 16th 1977, 41 years ago today.

You do imagine that turning 60 today was not a date that Madonna was particularly
looking forward to, being an artist in an age conscious line of work. She's already stated
that she has issues with critics that often bring up the subject of ageism. Perhaps she can
gain some comfort from Cher who at the age of 72 defies all her critics by still looking fabulous
despite her critics over at The National Enquirer who just a year ago kept telling us that
she was on her death bed.

So what do we have here below? Well I've put together some images and gifs from my
favourite Madonna concert tour, The Girlie Show from 1993, a tour that gave us some of
the most beautiful group of backing dancers, not to mention a fine selection of new tunes
as well as several hits from her back catalogue.

At the bottom of this post is a video that was part of The Girlie Show featuring two of her
hot dancers performing Fever, that well known classic originally performed by Peggy Lee.

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y   M A D G E

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

My Top 50 Countdown to the Greatest Ever Dance Tunes..... No 50

WMG - on behalf of Capitol Records
As featured on the album - Celebrate Gay Pride
Remixed by Bottom Dollar
Now here's something I've always wanted to do and that is to compile a top 50 rundown
of all my favourite Dance tunes, a golden music era that we'll probably not see the
likes again. Most Dance Music aficionados would probably agree that this genre of
music reached a golden peak around 1993 and 1994, picking up once again around
1999 with the whole explosion of the Ibiza sound with popular Island Clubs like Pacha
and Amnesia. It gave us popular DJ's at the time like Erik Morillo, David Morales,
Judge Jools and probably my all time favourite Danny Rampling who in 1994
moved from Kiss FM to mainstream BBC Radio 1 Saturday nights with his 'Lovegroove
Dance Party Show,' a show that I hardly ever missed. In fact his show was a gauge
in deciding whether to get all dressed up and hit the Clubs with his happy
House tunes still ringing in my ears, and those Clubs usually being Heaven, G.A.Y
and best of all Central Station King's Cross.

One DJ that was a particular favourite was Argentinian Club DJ Ariel. Oooh I had
a terrible crush on him and would often turn up at various venues where he would
be performing, usually places like The Limelight Club. And quite often when taking
a break from dancing I would overlook him in his DJ booth from the above balcony
checking out his loose tracksuit bottoms that looked like they might fall down anytime.
I think Ariel was always aware of all the admiring glances and just occasionally
he would give a quick flash of those latin buttocks proving that he was wearing no
briefs underneath. Oh happy days!

Ariel is famously remembered for his legendary 8 hour DJ set at Bagley's Studios.
He seemed to successfully merge the London Club sound with Latin vibes.
I read that he left London some time ago for new pastures as he became increasingly
disillusioned  with the whole London music scene and the way Clubs are set up.

Although it would appear that Ariel may now be back in London. And after a hedonistic
lifestyle he managed to turn his life around in his late 30's (more info HERE) by
adopting a raw vegan diet. In fact he now runs a Raw Vegan Lifestyle buisness, having
even published several books on the subject. Website HERE.

So what's first in our Classic Club rundown.? Well we start with a classic Club tune
from 1995 called Respect by Judy Cheeks. Of course there are several re-mixed versions
but it's this 'Bottom Dollar Club Mix' that really does it for me. I'm sure it's also the
version played by Danny Rampling on his Lovegroove Dance Party Radio Show.
Judy also had another big Club tune success with 'Reach' in 1994.

Listen out for that classic opening Housey piano intro at 1:30, that point where
many clubbers gave into their shyness and hit that dance floor.  
Above: Ariel, a professional DJ since the age of 15
when he first started out back home in Buenos Aires.

Below: Ariel at his very peak in the early 90's and beautifully
captured by the amazing artist Trademark who produced a
lot of great imagery that was used for gay club poster promotions.

More of Trademark's (Mark Wardel) work can be found on
his Facebook page HERE.