July 2008 Archives

All That Yaz

Posted by Hearsay
July 31, 2008 1:32 PM |

We love you Alison!” came the repeated shouts from the packed, adoring crowd at the 9:30 Club a few Sundays ago. They were mostly folks, many gay, who heard the songs of Yaz’s Alison “The Love You Gave” Moyet and Vince “I Ain’t Ever Gonna Let You Go” Clarke when they were new, more than 25 years ago. They never expected to hear the two live again. Tickets at a hefty $50 for the 9:30 Club? Patrick “Madonna’s Asking Too Much” Branson, for one, said it was money well spent for such a rare treat.

Moyet looked uncomfortable up on stage, standing as far away from the audience as possible. She went over and gave Clarke a hug at one point, without offering a word of reason -- she just felt the love. And she smiled like a shocked, shy schoolgirl when people professed their love for her, repeatedly. But there was nothing shocking about the reason for the love. Joe “Inside Information” Pheeny had heard right: Moyet’s voice never sounded better.

At some points the music was a dead-ringer for Erasure, at others, Depeche Mode. No wonder: Clarke founded both those bands too. And it was no wonder why so many gay thirtysomethings (and then some) were in the house. This is music they were weaned on! If prompted, Hearsay bets Art “Move Out” Garza, Paul “Don’t Mess Around” Eley and Craig “How You Get About” Chase, to name three, could name most tunes in three notes or less. Many in the crowd stumbled down the block after the show, capping off the night at Nellie’s. It certainly was (synth-)popping up in there!

The whole affair got Hearsay to thinking. (Or maybe that’s due to all the Jameson shots Chris “Sticky and Sweet” Layfield forced Hearsay to drink. Slurp!) Anyway, wouldn’t it be something to hear Erasure’s Andy “My Gay World” Bell sing with Moyet? Come on, Vinnie -- work your magic and come back next year as a trio. Might Hearsay suggest calling the act Yahoo and Yaz? By whatever name, Hearsay would pay $100 to see that....

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So now we know. Amy "Syringe Binge" Winehouse can't walk very well. She won't give up the microphone easily, either. And she's not punctual to save her life.

Or at least, we know that about the Winehouse who graced the 18th & U Duplex Diner on Saturday night. The surprise performer for the Diner's 10th Anniversary party was a complete surprise -- not a celebrity at all, but an unknown celebrity impersonator, a sloshed and disheveled drag queen acting as Winehouse. Yes, that was the surprise the crowd packed into the dining area and up into the bar waited and waited and waited to see, some 80 minutes after the tentative 10:30 p.m. start time. She ran through a couple of Winehouse's hits -- half-lip-synching, half-forgetting why she was there -- all the while she ran through the crowd and climbed onto the bar, spilling people's drinks as she trotted along.

Before the show, The Diner broadcast a montage of photos tracing the history of the Duplex Diner from when Eric "Eat, Eat, You're Like A Wafer You're So Thin!" Hirshfield first leased the wreck of a building in 1996, to when it opened two years later in 1998, to now, when it's as popular as ever. The best part about the night was catching up and chatting up the convivial crowd of regulars, including Doug "Feel the Burn -- It Is Supposed to Burn, Right?" Jeffries, Karl "Taint Misbehaving" Jones, Chris "Silent Burp" Crain, Lee "Cuss or Discuss" Hylton, John "I'm Not Usually This Bitchy" Anderson, Kevin "Keep It Upbeat" Gray and of course fomer Diner staffer Chord "Spree Was My Invention" Bezerra, who spun at the Diner on Sunday night for the 10th anniversary weekend's finale. Hearsay can't wait to see who Eric brings in for the 20th anniversary. Might Hearsay suggest Faux-donna?....

Cruz-ing Town

Posted by Hearsay
July 17, 2008 8:58 AM |
Last fall, Mike "Movin' Up" Cruz spun Hearsay into a frenzy when he debuted at Apex. It was actually the New Yorker's second time spinning in D.C., but let's just forget about the first time earlier last year, at a poorly promoted party at Platinum. This Saturday, the dance producer and remixer will make his debut at Town, giving him another chance to prove why Hearsay considers him just about gay clubland's most underrated and underutilized DJ. His is an appealing but complicated mix of upbeat tribal pop....

As part of its 2008 Pride coverage, the satirical publication The Onion included a hilarious column from Bruce "Straight Up Irresistible" Heffernan. He repeatedly sticks it to the gays -- and he doesn't know why. "I tell you, when a homosexual is sucking your cock, a lot of strange thoughts go through your head: How the hell did this happen? Where did this fairy ever get the idea that I was gay? And where did he get those fantastic boots?"...