Thought I should share that after Annie Flanders recommended it, I got hooked on the blog. I start my day with a cup of coffee and you. You might like these photos from Patrick’s so8os party. Of course one never has enough pictures of James.
I’m sorry I didn’t come to Patrick McMullan’s so8os party at the Limelight in November but it was kicking up a lot of unpleasant memories for me. I have a happy life now thanks to the miracles of Paxil and BuSpar but I didn’t know about seratonin imbalance in the 80s. I was so depressed and I associate that time of my life with sadness and fear; my memories are colorful but not particularly warm. You may recall you wrote famously about my first suicide attempt in your [Details] column, and there were two more after that. Right as my career was peaking with Mondo New York I found out I was HIV+ and thought I would be dead in two years. My experience with Island Records was traumatic as I learned the “entertainment industry” demanded compromises I would never be able to make. And all of this precipitated my heroin addiction, which was not my proudest moment.
The good news is I’m in the best years of my life RIGHT NOW!!! I’m so happy, Stephen, I have a balanced, healthy lifestyle, I get paid well for my work, and I’m making the best music I’ve ever made. I took some of the filthy lucre from my TRIPLE XXX and MAGNUM parties (I’m sure you’ve heard all about them) and hired a real producer, Wharton Tiers (Helmet, Sonic Youth), and made a real rock and roll record. It’s called CHEAP! (But Not Free). I wasted a couple of years farting around with various independents before Darrell Martin (he just produced RuPaul) convinced me to do what Ru is doing and put it out myself. Apparently, the record business is dying a deservedly agonizing death.
So I’m setting up some big release events here in NYC for September, and then I want to come to Los Angeles for Halloween. I had the time of my life when I was there six years ago and I haven’t been back since. And this time I can afford to bring [my band] The Velvet Mafia with me.
Oh, that reminds me, some kids over at SBNY in Chelsea have started a party called “Rock and Roll Fag Bar.” I’m retro. Ouch. But I’m really happy. It’s great to be not dead.
New York City