The Castro in the 70s

The fun East Village Boys has an excellent post about and by photographer Dan Nicoletta, a friend and photographer of Harvey Milk and the Castro of the 70s. Below are just three pictures out of many. Make sure to head over to evb.

Nicolatta

“(above right) Divine terrorizing the Trockadero Dance Club, October 29, 1978. He had just thrown an entire cake into the audience, nailing many, and was on his way to the other side of the stage to tear down the Trock”™s other white and silver faux palm trees. I guess he didn”™t like the decor. This was just after his starring role in John Water”™s, Female Trouble.”

uuuuuhhhh hot
Castro Street cruising, August, 1976

The recently released “œMilk: A Harvey Milk Pictorial Biography“, foreword by Armistead Maupin, introduction by Lance Black, the screenwriter of the film “œMILK”. It features many photographs by Dan Nicoletta.

(via omgblog)

Cha Cha Heels

Originally written by Bronski Beat for the late Divine, Cha Cha Heels was recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1989. Watch the video. There are even some classic Divine lines taken from Female Trouble: “I’m all dressed up and ready to fall in love.”

Cha Cha Heels
Gimme gimme Cha Cha Heels

On a side note, Jimmy Sommerville had left the Bronski Beat in 1985 for The Communards. Thanks S.

Roisin Does Kanye, Gossip, Divine

Metro: Kanye phoned to ask who styled your video. How would you make him over?
Roisin: I”™d tell him it”™s all about shoulder pads.
(60 seconds interview with Metro)

And now it looks like Roisin’s boyfriend is styling the Kanye West live shows.

Watch Roisin perform a cover of Gossip’s Standing In The Way Of Control. Thanks Maria.

Cry Baby, one of the songs on Roisin’s album (due in the UK next week), samples Native Love (Step By Step) by Divine.

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