Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ladies of Burlesque – Big Hair Edition

I love these Burlesque promo photos. Great names, beautiful bodies, legs, legs, legs and in this case; big fuckin hair. I always hear from people about these posts, usually the dancers families, daughters, grand kids. Just heard from one of the 50’s biggest stars – Bambi Jones, writing about friends she danced w/ on Bourbon Street in New Orleans – great! This version isn’t about the prettiest or best known (though Tempest Storm and Blaze Star were the tops), it’s about the hair.

Rita Alexander

Rita Alexander

Paula Fontane

Paula Fontane

Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell

Sheena - The Fantastic Savage

Sheena – The Fantastic Savage

Tanya Mitzoko - The Explosive Doll

Tanya Mitzoko – The Explosive Doll

Tempest Storm

Tempest Storm

Sintana

Sintana

Natasa

Natasa

Monica Kennedy - The Sexiest of them all

Monica Kennedy – The Sexiest of them all

Linda Brigette

Linda Brigette

La Belle Violetta

La Belle Violetta

Dee Angela

Dee Angela

Candy Hart

Candy Hart

Blaze Starr - Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Blaze Starr – Miss Spontaneous Combustion

Angel Blue

Angel Blue – The Heavenly Body

Frosty Conners

Frosty Conners

Michael Alig is a free man

Michael Alig and friend James St. James (along w/ Rupaul, Amanda Lepore, et al) were part of the late 80’searly 90’s New York personalities known as The Club Kids.  The group was notable for their elaborate and outrageous costumes and rampant drug use.

Alig’s notoriety and influence grew, and at one point he was on the payrolls of several clubs owned by Peter Gatien for simply showing up with his entourage, since their behavior attracted customers. Alig and the Club Kids also began holding illegal “outlaw” parties in various public places, including a donut shop, a semi-truck trailer, and the NYC Subway. At the height of their cultural popularity, the Club Kids toured the United States and appeared on several talk shows, such as Geraldo, Phil Donahue and Joan Rivers (on Youtube and hilarious).

In 1996 Alig and his friend Robert “Freeze” Riggs murdered friend and drug dealer, Angel Melendez after an argument over a long-standing drug debt. Alig has claimed many times that he was so high that he hardly remembers the events. Yet he somehow managed to beat Angel to death with a hammer, leave him in his tub for a week then dismember him and throw his body in the Hudson river. Several months later, Melendez’s torso washed up. Alig was arrested, confessed and sentenced to 10-20 years. Alig was released after serving 17 years on May 5, 2014.

Check out Party Monster – the awful film starring Macauley Culkin, Seth Green and Marilyn Manson. Or the pretty good book, Disco Bloodbath by James St. JAmes.

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With writer Michael Musto (sunglasses) and some 'Club Kids'

With writer Michael Musto (sunglasses) and some ‘Club Kids’

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With Amanda Lepore (Armand Lepore)

With Amanda Lepore (Armand Lepore)

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Club Kids

Club Kids

Angel Melendez

Angel Melendez

Macauley Culkin

Macauley Culkin in “Party Monster”

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