If the atmosphere feels glamorous, romantic, awfully fetching, with a big dollop of noir; if there are tuxedos (double breasted) and sequins (off the shoulder); if there’s a dame singing at the mike, her hair marcelled, and you think you hear the faint rat-tat-tat of a tommy gun in the distance, it must be Les Deux Love Orchestra playing favorites from its King Kong CD, a new must-have here at the World of Wonder Report.
The dame at the mike (in tuxedo, a la Dietrich) singing “King Kong Blues” is Michéle Lamy, late of Les Deux Cafés, the restaurant on Las Palmas, just around the corner from the WOW Report. It was Lamy’s night spot; she made it a favorite for celebrating celebs (we once saw Brad and Jennifer there), but she gave it all up to run off to Paris with her husband, hot designer Rick Owens, and left the Café to fizzle without her. We never knew she could sing, but the words “King Kong Blues” appeared mysteriously at the bottom of every Les Deux Cafés check and was Lamy’s theme song. (On the Orchestra’s first album, she performs “I Thought It Was Tangiers,” from a work by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.) The Orchestra, under Bobby Woods’ baton, also features Larry Klein, Gerry Beckley, Page Cavanaugh, and Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
The mood can get eclectic. Here’s the theme from Fellini’s Amarcord.