If you haven’t heard Cristina yet, you better ask somebody.
This offensive jam reminds me of “Knock on Wood” by Amii Stewart. Please don’t mind fake Africanese—IT’S RHYTHMIC!
Cristina Monet-Palaci (really???) (b. 1959), known professionally as Cristina, is a singer and writer, best known for her No Wave recordings made for ZE Records around 1980 in New York.
A Harvard drop-out, and the daughter of a French psychoanalyst and an American illustrator-novelist-playwright, she was working as a writer for The Village Voice when she met Michael Zilkha, who later became her husband. A wealthy heir to England’s Mothercare retail empire, Zilkha was just starting ZE Records with Michel Esteban. Zilkha persuaded her to record a song called Disco Clone, an eccentric pastiche dance record which featured the uncredited Kevin Kline trying to seduce the breathy Cristina. According to some sources, the record was produced by John Cale and was the first to be issued on the ZE label.
“Disco Clone” was a cult success and encouraged ZE to release a full-length album in 1980, which was produced by August Darnell (aka Kid Creole). This contained the poker-faced cover of Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” with new lyrics which led its authors, Leiber and Stoller, to sue and get it withdrawn for many years. The album was later reissued as Doll in the Box. Cristina also released a single with a cover of the Beatles’ “Drive My Car”.
Cristina’s second album, Sleep It Off, was produced by Don Was and released in 1984 with a sleeve design by Jean-Paul Goude (a year before he used the same idea for Grace Jones). Her lyrics dryly detailed a world of urban decadence, but the record flopped, and Cristina retired to domestic life in Texas. She and Zilkha divorced in 1990 and she returned to New Yo. She has more recently contributed learned essays and reviews to publications such as London’s Times Literary Supplement, while battling a debilitating illness. Her two albums for ZE were reissued in 2005.
DON’T BE GREEDY
DISCO CLONE (FEAT. KEVIN KLINE—YES THAT KEVIN KLINE!!!!)
I had to stay true and post the full 14-minute version of this song, so the audio quality is reduced a little - hope you don’t mind. Here’s a little video for you, too. Mutants in the desert, what? I tell ya, Frenchies do it better. Take me to Paris ‘79!
“But the potions that we made Touched the creatures down below And they grew up in a way That we’d never seen before Supernature, supernature, supernature, supernature They were angry with the man ‘Cause he changed their way of life And they take their sweet revenge As they trample through the night”
Aside from the awesome production and instrumentation on this track, I couldn’t help noticing the tripped-out, post-apocalyptic, eco-centric lyrics. Upon further research, this makes total sense, as Cerrone co-wrote his third album, Supernature, with soon-to-be-new-wave-diva weirdo Lene Lovich. Lovich’s album Stateless is a bit of a cult classic (complete with a slammin’ cover of Tommy James’s ” I Think We’re Alone Now” - take that, Tiffany). However, I will never forget my first introduction to her, in a wacked-out duet on the B-side to her long-time pal and fellow cray-cray Nina Hagen’s single “Zarah.”
Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich - Don’t Kill the Animals (1986)
“A-a-aanimal testing is a dangerous game All systems are different — we’re not the same It’s a terrible risk — so no surprise We get wrong results — hey what about Thalidomide Abuse yourself of your own free will Get hurt — get high — get in distress But don’t drag the animals into this mess!”
Sing it, sisters. xo_a
Also: TONITE!!!! DOUBLE HEADER in CHICAGO!!!
Part the first: VEST FEST at FKA
Get Sleeveless in Chicago with DJs Reaganomix and Butch Cassidy:
FKA at Big Chicks - 5024 N. Sheridan 9p-2a
Part the second: SSION at STARDUST
Top of your night with the hottest mess out of Missourah - KC’s very own SSION!
Ssion - Bullshit (2008)
“Waiting 2 Exhale, the supergroup featuring Jaimie Warren as Madonna, Natalie Meyers as Roseanne, and Venus Star as Courtney Love have a hit record and decide to play a “girls only” show in outer space. Unfortunately, some lame-ass indie rock dude shows up and pisses on their parade, which ultimately forces all them to revolt against the entire world by fighting a giant turd on Wall Street.”
see it live at STARDUST at Berlin - 954 W. Belmont 10p-4a
why would you watch a record revolving on a turntable (snooz) or a still image of the album cover (boring!) when you could instead enjoy james brown (huh?) performing a completely different song on soul train, complete with fabulous dancers and approximately 15 seconds of silence at the end while the man himself keeps on funkin’?
btw, the phasing that happens at the end of this song is one of my absolute favorite things about disco. yes, i am talking about phasers again.
I first picked up Cloud One “Atmoshpere Strut” because of its dreamy LP sleeve. What I found inside was bouncy proto house that screamed to lace up some roller skates and hit the rink. This jam also gets the people moving played outdoors on a summer night and it keeps this special place in my crate.
I soon learned that Patrick was responsible for tons of hot jams on his PNP and P & P imprints including some you might recognize like Phreek’s “Weekend” and deeper cuts like the irresistibly lovable “Ladybug” by Bumblebee Unlimited:
And shall we not forget “Push Push in the Bush” by Musique.