Her good natured New Wave tunes have earned her a perky spot in music her-story. But the divine Josie Cotton has also proven herself to be a incisive chronicler of exploitation flicks and low budget horror. No less of an authority than John Waters endorsed her brilliant 2007 collection of often obscure cult movie themes, Invasion of the B Girls.
With that culturally significant project, songs of special interest to mad monster fans include her takes on the theme to Green Slime, Goodbye Godzilla and Who Killed Teddy Bear?, the title track to the celluloid gem of the same name. The inclusion of that particular number also pays heed to Cotton’s huge LGBTQIA following, as the film itself stars lavender icon Sal Mineo, at his sweating, speedo hugging best, and features a uninhibited performance from Elaine Stritch as Mineo’s cut throat lesbian employer.
Along with Adam Ant, one of her musical counterparts, and cult film icon Mary Woronov, Cotton also brought some enthusiastically hedonistic vibes to the odd n’ dreamy ‘80s horror Nomads. As a member of a murderous crew of ghostly vagabonds, she haunted the film’s leads, played by Pierce Brosnan and Lesley-Anne Down, with a visibly malevolent intent – an old school admirer finally getting to enact on her Karloff-Lugosi fantasies.
Nicely, as of today, this cultural renegade is still keeping those independent, punk fueled dreams alive by running her own record label (https://kittenrobot.com/records/) and by bringing as much enthusiasm to her live shows as she did when anthems like Johnny, Are You Queer? were decorating soundtracks and prime MTV airwaves.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
A recent showing of Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996) at G-FEST 2014 in Rosemont, IL proved that while Americanized dubbing may occasionally miss the mark, it can often produce truly hilarious results. (Especially, if like me, your sense of humor hasn’t regressed much beyond the 5th grade!)
This tale of everyone’s favorite avenging turtle facing down sprawling tentacle creatures, that just happen to be waging mass destruction for a huge alien invader, featured such comical readings as:
“The second it flowered, we were completely helpless!”
“We cannot afford another Sendai!”
“He’s going straight for the Big One!”
“Gamera is alive. He will come back for us. Gamera will not let the Legion win!”
“I don’t have time to argue with you! Give me every ounce of your power!”
“The Big One is right on top of us”
“The Big One has something new up its sleeve!”
“It’s the Big One! He made it past the last barricade!”
Still hurting from that last one… and with hopes that you brought your own double entendres (because mine are all used up), Big Gay Horror Fan!
Still giddy from Gamera!
PS: G-FEST is held every July in Rosemont, IL. For more information, take a look at http://www.gfan.com.
Julie Andrews may have her “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” but this year’s C2E2 (Chicago’s homegrown comic con) beat her out with stabbing health care professionals, sexy role players and the mighty Sugar Gamers! Excited? View on!
Wherever he goes, Godzilla rules! Even on the C2E2 floor!
Need to nurse your Silent Hill obsession? Look no further!
Miss the sassy, always dapper folks from Alley Cat Comic? No worries. They’re always meowing in Chicago’s Andersonville!
He’s always got you in his sights!
Could it get cuter than this – ever?!?
Clare conquered the New Pepsi Challenge. Did you?
The fabulous women of Sugar Gamers!
Fabulous theater actress Kate Harris enacts some witchy wonders in a reading of Kill Shakespeare!
Best for last?!? – There is no one cooler than Keisha, founder of Sugar Gamers and star of Sy Fy’s Robot Combat League!