I saw you tonight. As I was walking by one of the video screens at the New Museum I looked up and saw you wander in front of Nelson Sullivan’s camera as you left the bar at Suzanne Bartsch’s Love Ball. I was shopping for videos today and right over Party Monster was a sign that said “Alternative Lifestyles” and I started to giggle. Did you ever write anything about my CD on your blog? I need quotes for my press kit. If you haven’t please do so immediately. You don’t even have to put it on the blog as long as it includes the word “genius.” Thanks.
So. The music on The Velvet Mafia’s CD is genius, especially when wrapped (or warped) around the lyrics and their I-don’t-give-a-fuck monotone that belies a deeply superficial sincerity. The album, Cheap (But Not Free), is, in a two-bit style money can’t buy, full of pithy hilarity you’ll feel the need to dance to. The WOW Report’s advance copy (which we’ve shamefully had for so long that it’s no longer advance, the album having dropped December 1), came with some annotations from the Mafia’s don, Dean Johnson, as per the following:
“Dharmageddon” – This is a treatise on the disease of celebrity.
“The Pretty One” – This was a genre exercise. I was listening to college radio and every song was ‘I’m a loser and my girlfriend’s gonna leave me.’ I thought, hmm, I can do that.
“This Stud’s for You” – Anthem celebrating public sex in NYC.
“The BIG Johnson” – Autobiographical tale about my “str8” neighbor Carmelo.
“Footstool” – To my ex-husband, who worked at Starbucks.
We thought you might like to hear “Coco Chanel,” about codependency.