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Marie Malarie

This Friday sees the second instalment of our new party OUTRÉ VOYAGE from HOMODROP affiliate Marie Malarie! This time around the queer audio-visual experience brings some serious Big Femme Energy in the form of 239EF (NTS RadioJAY (SIREN), Marie Malarie (Homodrop), Rachael (Rye Wax), Eliza RoseChaka Khan’tCheriii (Homodrop), Heidy P. and Michelle Manetti!
 
We caught up with promoter Marie Malarie to chat about growing up in Eastern Europe, her experience of the London LGBTQIA+ nightlife scene and to get the lowdown on their special guests!
 
 
 
Hey Marie! We are so excited for the debut of Outré Voyage at Dalston Superstore! Can you tell us a bit about yourself for those who might not know you?
 
Hiyaaa! Thank you so much for having me!
 
I find it really hard to talk about myself but I will try my best. I’m a smalltown girl from 
Eastern Europe who was always passionate about music. Shout out here to my older brother who was listening to it non-stop and passed me that beautiful thing. After finishing high school I left my home city and moved to Warsaw where I went to uni but it was more a constant party than actual studying. There I made my first steps with the whole DJ thing, learning how to mix and slowly started to play out in local clubs. Bored with my life I decided to follow my brother and move to London to discover more.
 
I love diversity of this city and opportunities that it gives. People who I’ve met here opened my mind and eyes so widely. I’ve experienced so many things which inspired me to find out more about music, communities around it, club and queer life. It’s very beautiful how people support and motivate each other which doesn’t really happen where I come from. 
 
I feel very happy and grateful to be given the chance to have a night at Superstore. All I ever wanted was to make my own thing which is a mixture of music, visual arts and overall happiness and love. My aim is to bring some underrated/unknown DJ talents along with locals/internationals and well known residents with majority of female representatives of dance music scene. Each edition is different in terms of the line-up and visual side.
 
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You are the long-term resident at Homodrop and have played a whole lot at Dalston Superstore – what do you love about playing at the venue?
 
I love this spot with all my heart. I was so happy when I found it for the first time. First of all the vibe of it. It’s a colourful, warm, wellcoming and safe place with lovely and kind staff: bar, kitchen and security. Second – I think it’s a great example how a queer venue should be like. Diverse programming for all week including club nights, drag shows, day entertainment and food plus some local social and foundation initiatives. The music selection is very different and I like the fact that it can be also cheesy sometimes to keep the balance. That all makes it a place for everyone, no matter who you are. It’s the most important LGBTQIA+ spot on London’s map.
 
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What inspired you to start Outré Voyage
 
I always wanted to run my own night but it’s very hard to start one, especially in such a big city like London. I had this luck to meet that lovely person who inspired me a lot – my friend Florian who runs Homodrop night at Dalston Superstore. He always goes with the flow and every his move is very intuitive which results in what we can see. I’m a person that constantly overthinks things and always wants to be perfect which causes only procrastination and depression in my case. I realised that you don’t have to be so serious about everything you do and try to be perfect because we will never be, no matter how we try. And that imperfection and randomness sometimes rises new ideas that you didn’t even expect to happen. That’s why we need positive and creative people around us. It’s like taking a deep breath. 
 
Replying to the question: I was inspired by some lovely people I met, by my dreams and love for music.
 
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If you had to choose one track to some up the party, what would it be?
 
 
 
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Can you tell us a little bit about some of your special guests?
 
Every guest is special! On following Friday we will have 3 girls headlining: sick duo  called 239EF which consists of Kristina and Chloé – two music geeks with insane selection and Jay from well-known female djs collective SIREN throwing queer parties promoting women and non-binary artists. Apart from that we will have Heidy P from Montreal/Lisbon, crazy b2b with Rachael and Eliza Rose plus our favourite residents CHERIIIChaka Khan’t and Michelle Manetti with a little live surpsire. And me somewhere in a dark corner… I love the fact there are so many of us.
 
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We really love your artwork! Who is the amazing designer behind it?
 
It’s a non-human person called TROUBLE WANTED. It’s me. There are two of Us.
 
If you could change one thing about the electronic music scene, what would it be?
 
If we’re talking about London what I miss the most is having an opportunity to rave during the day somewhere outside, surrounded by nature. There is nothing more beautiful than going for a little Sunday daytime party with your rave family to smoothly finish the weekend. I know that there are some of them happening from time to time but there is not much choice.
 
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/anywhen, where would you go?
 
I would go to regions of Southern Africa to explore music of The San People. Otherwise I would love to rave somewhere in US in the 80’s or early 90’s at one of the acid house/techno underground warehouse parties.
 
Favourite track of the year so far?
 
Don’t have one!
 
Who are some of the artists on your radar for future guests at Outré Voyage?
 
That’s a surprise! Expect some gooood tuuuuunes.
 
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Catch Marie at Outré Voyage Friday 21st September 9:00PM-3:00AM at Dalston Superstore!
 

Favourite Superstore moments from our special guest DJs!

Our East London queer-topia is diving head first into her tweens, and this Bank Holiday Sunday it’s our Ninth Birthday Bash! After nine years full of all-star special guests, heartwarming fundraisers, drag debauchery and all-nonsense brunch extravaganzas, we are cramming all the best of Dalston Superstore into TEN HOT HOURS OF MAD BIRTHDAY SHENANIGANS! This line-up of infamous faces including Wes Baggaley, Fannar, Rachael, Goldsnap, Chaka Khan’t, Super Drama, Michelle Manetti and A Man To Pet continue to be at the forefront of LGBTQ+ nightlife and have thrown some our most iconic BANGERS over the past nine years. But the real question is, what brings them back? 

We asked them to spill the tea on what they really think of our homo-pleasure palace and what we can expect from them on Sunday! 


 

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Fannar 

My favourite experience or night in Superstore would have to be all the Meat nights, obvs! But when we did meat New Year’s Eve and my mother came down only to stay few hours but ended watching me for five hours while I pretending to be all cool and professional, and when she left that was the end of me, and I crashed out in the DJ booth! Very professional, innit! Til hamingju med afmælid Superstore! 

 

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Wes Baggaley 

I love Dalston Superstore and feel really honoured to have been asked to play at the birthday bash for the second year running. I love it so much because it’s so much more than just a club. You can go there during the day and work on your laptop or just hang out, get food, have drinks or even look at the gallery. It’s all things to everybody. There’s a real sense of inclusivity and a proper community feel. No matter what time you go in you, will always see somebody you know. Not to mention the banging soundsystem in the basement with some of the best, most forward thinking LGBTQ+ nights in the country. My favourite memory of Superstore was playing back to back with Dan Beaumont at the eighth birthday party last year alongside my DJ heroes Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon. I’m really happy to have been asked back to play with the badass Nadia Ksaiba. Here’s a picture of my alter ego Tina Turnip with some of her best friends at Superstore. 

 

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Rachael 

I’ve been part of the Superstore family since the third birthday!  The first time I was invited to play the birthday party (AKA the best party of the year), I was so honoured that I knew I had to pull a very special set out the bag. So I composed a vinyl love letter to Dalston Superstore. My set included Womack & Womack’s Teardrops because the very first week I worked there, we went bowling and all ended up in the karaoke booth in Rowan’s singing it at the top of our lungs. I played Sharon Redd – Can You Handle It cos Dan Beaumont bought me that record for my 30th birthday. I played Pointer Sisters – Dare Me ’cause that was basically on repeat on the disco daytime playlist every day for about three years straight. EVERY.SINGLE.RECORD I played during that set meant something to me about my time there, and every time I’m invited back to play is a goddamn delight!

 

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Our favourite memory of Superstore is a hard one to pin down. One of them was at the beginning of Goldsnap. There was a lot of hype around it, and everyone was excited to have a new weekly night. People were so hyped they were falling off chairs, balconies… it was chaos, but so much fun! Also, I (Gin) distinctly remember playing Beyonce’s Blow and everyone going wild.
 
We keep coming back because of gigs and of the friends. It’s definitely a safe central spot to meet people, and we know the family. One of the most important things about having a queer space, is keeping it queer. I appreciate that Superstore has a safer spaces policies and actively tries to make sure the customers feel safe. We’ve also met a lot of new friends through Superstore, some of whom have really helped me throughout our respective careers and been there as support. I appreciate the family that keep Superstore going, and I hope they are able to celebrate with us on Sunday!
 
 
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Chaka Khan’t 

Trying to isolate one memory at Dalston Superstore is near impossible, so I think I’ll have to settle on a few! I was stalking the Superstore website and dreaming about partying here long before I even arrived in London. When I started the job – first as a bartender – I knew that I had found an amazing queer family that was going to change the course of my time in London. In the last five years here, nearly all of my greatest memories are of parties in Superstore. Whether it’s setting up my own Tuesday night party Disco Spritz and DJing for the very first time, thrashing around on the bar countless times, discovering the genius that is Grizzle, establishing an incredible extended family of beautiful characters, or spending many hours well into the next day at my very first Superstore Birthday Bash, it has been a wild ride so far. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds in store!
 
 
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Super Drama 
 
After a chance meeting with Chaka Khan’t and Dance Armstrong in a tent in Wales, we soon began playing at Last Resort and Disco Spritz. Our favee memory of Superstore is the party last year when Jerome ripped the back of my (Jon’s) shirt in a perfect square and got multiple compliments off people thinking it was a really strong and fashion-forward look. We keep on returning to play Mints with our amazing dance troupe of K’wality, Kety Perry, Lexy and Pinky Bits who are all hosting the birthday party on Sunday.
 
 
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Nadia Ksaiba

My first memory of superstore was Jonjo’s Hot Boy Dancing Spot‘s construction party, I’m not sure they had finished building but I just remember being jealous of my friend Rory as he went. My favourite experience would have to be one of the Optimo parties back in 2010 that may have started on a Friday and carried on ’til Monday! The Superstore basement is still one of the most underrated clubs in London, there’s always something good going on for £5! I keep coming back because it really is like like family. It’s always good to hear a Dan Beaumont set at a Superstore birthday! 

 
 
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Michelle Manetti 
 
Superstore is by far the most fabulous queer space in London. Fèmmme Fraîche has made a very comfortable home there and the DSS team have always been super supportive of what we do. It’s such an important venue for the London queer scene and i’ve made so many friends, danced wayyy too hard on far too many occasions, and had one-too-many sambucas countless times, but she’ll keep coming back for more. I’ve been partying hard at Superstore since its doors first opened nine years ago, and it’s always a pleasure to DJ and even more of an honour to play at the birthday party, so I’ll be spinning my finest tunes for such an auspicious occasion (just keep pouring me those sambucas!)
 
 
 
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A Man To Pet
 
My first memory of Superstore was the first night that it opened! I remember every single person who was there, and now the most of them are way too old to go out I am so thankful that drinking the coconut water from the bar there keeps me youthful!  My favourite memory is the salmon breakfast and the Basic Boys riming each other on the bar and synchronised swimming with John Sizzle! I won’t say anymore.  Gurl is nine years old and I’ve spent more than 1000 nights either working or dancing there. LOVE SUPERSTORE, more than the glory. Thanx and bye.
 

Catch all these special guests and more at Dalston Superstore’s Ninth Birthday Bash this May Bank Holiday Sunday from 7pm-5am! 

 

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GET TO KNOW: Outside #1 Bristol guests!

Rachael Williams


A few years ago, before I moved briefly back to the southwest; I started writing a column for QX Magazine titled Life Outside London. The column highlight amazing queer scenes and spaces that existed beyond the big smoke. I spoke to DJs and promoters in places like Belfast, Stockholm, Brooklyn and of course, Bristol. London’s LGBT scene is amazing, and one of the most diverse on the planet. But every now and then it needs a lil shake up. It needs some fresh blood. An injection from the outside world.

Think about what makes London so fab and gorgey. It’s the people right? And who of those are FROM LONDON? Which is why I decided to turn Life Outside London into Outside, a party where I ship over a whole bunch of DJs and hosts and drag kings and queens right to your doorstep so you can try a slice of that city without even leaving the capital.

So without further ado, please meet your entertainers for this bank holiday Sunday!

DON’T TELL YOUR MOTHER

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The DTYM gang are some of the most beloved in Bristol’s extremely closeknit LGBT scene. Their monthly socials are every queer’s calendar highlight. A place to kick back, hang with friends and dance to pop and indie guilty pleasures. It helps immensely the ElectroNic and Mister Morgan are the nicest people ever and operate an LGBT+ friends door policy because, as they say “EVERYONE is welcome…as long as you like a good boogie and smile lots. Smiling is very important. Expect glitter, pop bangers, sequins, delicious disco, glitter, rude r’n’b and all round glamour!”

MOTHER & AUNTIE

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These two matriarchs come as part and parcel of Don’t Tell Your Mother. They’re on hand to keep you in check (so make sure you’re behaving…fabulously!) Expect the type of Carry On In Drag that we all know and love.

BITCH PLEASE

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In a really short year Bitch Please has figured out how to combine the straight dance music scene and the credible gay scene into one amazing inclusive party that never feels Not Queer Enough. In a city as small as Bristol, they manage to bring amazing bookings like Honey Dijon and The Black Madonna to parties populated by voguers, drag queens and all the city’s gays, making for mad, colourful nights that are full of nonsense!

AMOUR AMI

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These three absolute babes will be closing the basement. Their gay techno night has taken the southwest by storm with its uncompromising musical stance combined with that typically lovely Bristolian welcome. You can usually find Amour Ami happening at The Elite Retreat (a gay sauna with a rooftop that’s even played host to Ostgut Ton’s Boris) or The Queenshilling, one of the last remaining proper gay bars to regularly feature RuPaul Drag Race stars thanks to its regular night Eat Sleep Drag Repeat.

RHYTHM SISTER

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A familiar name to Superstore regulars no doubt and one may wonder their inclusion on this list. Okay, they might not be from Bristol. But this will be Rhythm Sister founder Jess Farley’s last gig as a Londoner before she decamps to our fave city. Liv Ayres joins Jess in the basement for a b2b session through the breadth of their record collections.

STRAWBERRY K

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Another Londoner who has defected, Strawberry K cut her teeth playing at legendary gay nights Trade and DTPM (that’s the nights all the daddies you fancy went to when they were baby homos). She’s regularly in London though, and can be found playing at PLU Cult Culture, The Magic Roundabout and of course at Golddiggers at Egg London alongside DJs like Tafkanik.

 

ZENZERO

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Duo Liam John and Travis Derrick AKA ZENZERO are rave buddies turned house music collaborators and conspirators. They front Bitch Please alongside Amour Ami and the list of nights and festivals they’ve smashed it at is longer than my arm. Catch them opening the basement and start your night the way it’s meant to go on.

 

RACHAEL

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Hi that’s me. You may remember me from such nights as Les Poppeurs, or probably more accurately the girl who plays disco records that makes boys wanna kiss.

 

CHAKA KHAN’T

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If you don’t know who Chaka Khan’t is, who even are you? Do you even go here? This Kween of Superstore became an honorary Bristolian when she brought her drag act Cissy down to mixed queer night Keep It Cute and managed about four outfit changes over the course of the night.

DIS CHARGE

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This drag performance artist (and I say performance artist because wait ’til you meet her and see her lewks) is no stranger to Superstore, having hosted the Amy Grimehouse pre-party for Peaches Christ‘s screening of ShowGirls. Just look at her. She’s amazing. That’s all I need to say!

BRIZZLE BOIZ

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Drag Kings don’t often get too much of a look in at gay bars, and Oliver Assets and Roddy Jodphurs are on a mission to change that. They, alongside their guest drag king Chiyo are ready to live out their teenage Coyote Ugly fantasy dreams dancing on the bar.

 

 

Catch Outside #1 Bringing A Slice Of Bristol To London on Sunday 28 May from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!

 

Disco Brunch

This month sees the beginning of an exciting new venture for Dalston Superstore: We know you have loved Naked Boys Reading, and other one-off brunch parties, so we’re stepping up our game to bring you a disco brunch every Sunday! Ahead of the lauch of the first party series, we bring you some of our DJs’ favourites as a sneaky taster of what’s in store!


sunday wax at dalston superstoreSunday Wax – Sunday 28 February

Will Cozforg and friends bring you a selection of their favourite records while our famously medicinal Bloody Marys and signature Superstore big breakfasts solve all of your problems!

Favourite track to wake up to on a Sunday morning?

Will: Wally Bardou – Echoes. It’s the perfect album to slowly wake up to in the sunshine on a Sunday morning

Oddball disco favourite?

Will: Was Dog A Donut – Cat Stevens. Cat Stevens experiments with this kooky electronic disco – never to repeat the style again. It’s so different to anything else he ever did – love it!


 

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Following the pop-up Erection Section brunch on Valentine’s Day, power balladeer pro Neil Prince and East London drag superstar Miss Craig take matters into their own hands with Power Brunch – the power ballad request-fest!

Favourite power ballad to sing/screech in the shower?

Neil: Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing. That intro is just clutch your chest and take a deep breath – a moment for Whitney. And that chorus. And that key change. Grade ‘A’ belter material.

Your go-to break up song?

Miss Craig: Mariah Carey – Without You. That girl has some serious emotion in those words… Gets me every time! She also looks fab in the video.


 

naked boys reading at dalston superstoreNaked Boys Reading – Sunday 13 March

Back by popular demand, the Naked Boys Reading Brunch Takeover sees four (mostly) naked boys taking over the bar at Superstore for a homage to the humble breakfast staple: BAPS! Hosted by Dr Sharon Husbands and disc jockess The Duchess of Pork!

Favourite literary reference in pop? 
Duchess: Has to be Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights. It’s an obvious choice but you can’t go wrong with it.

Favourite song to get naked to?
Duchess:
There’s a lot of songs I can see myself get naked too so I’ll have to choose two: Roisin Murphy’s Overpowered – it’s the first song of one of my go to records when I have a gentleman caller over. One of them once remarked that I must really like Roisin Murphy because the album was on repeat for hours.

The other song is Dannii Minogue – Disrememberance. Mostly because, once on a first date with an ex, the song came on and he asked if I’d dance naked to it (in his living room) and I immediately complied.


 

sylvia's soul food at dalston superstoreSylvia’s Soul Food – Sunday 20 March
Sylvia’s Soul Food is here to bring you the holy trinity: breakfast cocktails, soul food specials and sweet, sweet, music to lull you out of that hangover stupor! DJs Dance Armstrong & Chaka Khan’t bring you soul, gospel and motown while you fabulous host Miss Craig takes you to church!

Favourite soul crooner?
Dance Armstrong: Otis Redding. Because no one does a broken hearted yearn belter like Otis. Subtle, sweet and always soothing soul.

Most redeeming take-me-to-church belter?
Dance Armstrong: Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir – Like a Ship. The Pastor and his Youth for Christ Choir take you to church – for real! I close my eyes and imaging sitting at the back of Sunday service, fan in hand, praising the sweet lord. This song lifts you up. Whether you’re for Christ or not.

Catch the launch of the Dalston Superstore Disco Brunch Series on Sunday 28 February from 1-5pm with Sunday Wax!

Last Resort: Last songs

The 2 Girls 1 Cub collective are here in the shape of Chaka Khan’t (Disco Spritz), Fannar (Meat) and Ann Rollerskates (Disco Spritz), with new monthly party Last Resort. They promise to transport to where you’d rather be – namely poolside at a Vegas motel, Piña Colada in hand and disco hits spinning. They command you to whack another coat of mascara on over last night’s lashes and hit the dancefloor! We caught up with them to listen to some of their favourite songs to end the weekend to. 

FANNAR:

Carly Simon – Why.
I usually tend to end with this one due to that fact that I’m still single and crying inside.

Joy Division – Transmission
If I’m like hyper then this classic is good as I would like to throw my pint on the floor and just dance, dance, dance!

Kool A. D. – Hickory
It’s full of love.  

ANN ROLLERSKATES:

Paul McCartney & Wings – Goodnight Tonight 
With it’s opening jangly guitar and signature “thumbs up Paul optimism”, this song is guaranteed to make your friends stop their babbling mid sentence to turn and say “Paul McCartney?! Really??”

Steely Dan – Do It Again
So smooth. So seventies. Everyone’s favourite Dad band deliver their masterpiece over slinky percussion and sitar. The intro with that wooden stick instrument that always used to be in the music box at school just makes your friends want to get back up and dance again. This time – sexy. 

Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
A classic and a classic for a reason. This funky sparse McVie penned number about the flushes of early love brings everyone together for that soaring chorus no matter what kinda night it’s played at. 


CHAKA KHAN’T 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
This is a fairly new one, and it’s always a surprise hit as a last song. Its jangly riffs and banging baseline are perfect to give your weekend a gentle , funky little send-off.

Drizabone – Real Love 
That nineties sax. I needn’t say more. 


Thelma Houston – I’m Here Again
This one is a rare beast – a grower, and a show-er!

Catch Two Girls One Cub with Nic Fisher at Last Resort this Sunday, 23 August at Dalston Superstore from 4pm! 

Weird Disco

The guys and gals of Disco Stew present to you their top seven bizarre disco video moments…

It was the perfect combination of unashamed and unabashed fun, glamour and sass, teamed with unforgettable dance hits and questionable substances that made this era in music and fashion what it was: PURE JOY AND SEQUINS. However, a party that big always attracts a few weirdos, and lord knows D-I-S-C-O had its fair share. Here are some of our fave freaks doing inexplicable things and wearing wonderfully weird get up on camera for your amusement. Enjoy.

Dennis Edwards – Don’t Look Any Further (ft. Siedah Garrett)

Cocaine, ladies and gentlemen.

Is this a music video or an anti-drug campaign? We’re just not sure. Dude spends the first 10 seconds of the video making intense eye-contact and gurning ferociously. He is then joined by the equally frightening Seidah Garrett in a disco-trainwreck of a dance-off that is impossible to look away from. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.

La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover

This video gets a special mention for literally every single element. No introduction necessary.

Tobacco – VHS Knife

If someone was to ask me to produce a parody of the ’80s, this would be my exact response. There are leotards. There is a wind machine. There are green-screen visuals. And those gloves at 0:15? Feathered, fluorescent perfection.

Carly Simon – Why

‘Why?’ you ask, Carly. Excellent question my dear – and I have a few for you. Why the bizarre two-stepping down the street? Why the very average-looking extras who are very clearly just people on the street who have been roped in? So many questions, and so very few answers. But this is raw ’80s production at its very finest. Enjoy.

Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Prepare to bow down. Sylvester is an opulent-disco-androgyne-god/dess. There are so many looks in this video, each of them fiercer than the last. You try strolling into a club wearing an all-white tuxedo, fanning yourself effortlessly and somehow making it work. Alas, for us mere mortals such things are the stuff of dreams.

Glowing Palms – Ask Me After Midnite

This video is like an acid trip gone horribly awry. The dancers are terrifying, the visuals are terrifying and I would kind of like to forget that this even exists.

Will Powers – Adventures in Success

Will Powers, you are ridiculous. This song is basically someone reading a self-help guide over some funky synth. Why does it work? I DON’T KNOW. But it somehow does. Having said that, I genuinely feel both better and worse every time I watch this. That doesn’t sound possible until you try it for yourself.

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