All That Jazz

All That Jazz: Strawberry and Cream

You know I’m a sucker for new soft drinks. So I was extremely excited when I heard about Diet Pepsi Jazz or is it Jazz Pepsi Diet or Jazz by Pepsi Diet. I am especially feeling the Strawberry and Cream flavour. Very yummy. My taste buds are blooming.

Now, I decided to become the spokeswoman for Jazz.
My first statement shall be my Jazz Jingle.
Download. Listen. Jazz it up. Remix.

Yes, you can do your own remix of my Jazz Jingle.
Add some sax or horn. Jazz it up, feel the flavour.

Spokeswoman

Earlier:
Mixing Pepsi Edge and Coca Cola C2

Pepsi Blue

Da’ Change

I did it. I’m off the Frankfurt bill-payer chain. My one year holiday is coming to an end. Bummer, I know. Suddenly, I felt like an unemployed drag queen who is going to live off of welfare soon. Do they have food stamps in this country? (In Germany, I would have applied for Hartz20 immediately. Hartz4 wouldn’t be enough, I need lots of money, maybe even Hartz30).
It could be a new beginning or the end.

The other day, I found a vintage Romanthony record called Da’ Change.
He sings: Love is Power. Love is Change. Make a Change in Your Life.
I bet you think that song is about me.

The song was released on his own label, Black Male Records. Da’ Change hasn’t appeared on his albums or re-issues. The flip side has Hold On, which was re-released on RoulĂ© in 1999. RoulĂ© was the label of Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk. Two years later, Romanthony sang lead vocals on their international club hit, One More Time.

I have been a Romanthony fan since the early 90ties. I think it all started when I ordered Roman’s records via phone from a record store in Hamburg. It was so cute, they played the tracks over the phone and I was jumping for joy on the other end. I was instantly blown away. His sound had a nastyness that made me happy. And weird noises and samples, spoken parts. Of course the Prince influence was a big plus, too.

The first records I got were Testify #1 and Make This Love Right / Now You Want Me. I still treasure both of them. I couldn’t get enough of Romanthony. One of the records on Black Male had his phone number on the label. One day, I gave it a try and called him. This must have been around ’94 or ’95. Left a message on his machine and never thought I would hear from him.
Then, just a couple of days later, he left a message on mine. I was super nervous and called him right back. He was very friendly and I ordered a bunch of records. The guys from the record store in Hamburg had told me that Romanthony samples U96, a trashy german techno project. I asked him about it and his simple NO gave me relief. Although, it would have been funny.
When the records arrived, they came with a cute hand written note by Romanthony and I was in heaven.

Da' Change

If you need a change now, watch a stripper perform at the last Moustache party ever.
The strip is so fashionable. You know who it is.
I can’t believe it, some ignorant hoes were booing him.

On the Set of Hairspray

Last week, a scene from Hairspray, the musical remake was shot right around the corner from where I live.

Auto Sonic became Motor Mouth Records. In the background to the right is my local LCBO (or liquor store in other words). As you can see in the first shot, the film team built a 50ties store front to cover the entrance and signs.

I guess this scene is supposed to happen in the ghetto of Baltimore. Penny and Tracy arrive in the school bus. The actors were dancing on the bus and on the streets and finally ran across the street into Maybelle’s Motor Mouth Record store.

I’m so glad I didn’t see John Travolta as Divine as Edna Turnblad.
He would have scared the shit out of me.

Motor Mouth Records
During (click to enlarge)

Auto Sonic
Before and after (click to enlarge)

Penny & Tracy
Penny Pingleton and Tracy Turnblad

In front of the diner