Friday, September 1, 2017

What a wicked game we play… to make me feel this way…

A lot of y’all out there have introduction music for your group.
Let’s call it an anthem.
It gets the audience in the mood for the performance.
Time to put on your WAR FACE!


Trying the LeLutka Bianca Bento mesh head...
I said WAR FACE, not whore face, dammit.
And it also gives the performers a few extra minutes to deal with crashes, unrezzed costumes, and other Second Life shit.
Then, in between acts, there’s often a performer’s warm-up music.
It lets you know who’s coming next.
(If you don’t peek behind the curtain, or look at the day’s lineup.)
It lets you know that you’re about to be… (dramatic pause) THUNDERSTRUCK!
Or the song mentions their name, like, eleventy billion times.
CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE!
See?
CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE!
See what I mean?
CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE! CHEWIE!
Okay, knock it the fuck off right now!
Jeez!
Or, the song fills you with a sense of dread… oh my God, they’re up tonight? (SHOTS FIRED!)
So you can get another beer, or take a quick bathroom break.
Maybe both?
(I hide my vodka in the tank. I need help.)

I’ve been thinking about what tune I’d use as an introduction.
Not that I’ll ever perform, but what if… you know.
Kind of like playing “Fuck, Marry, Kill” with a list of Hollywood actors.
You never will, but…
No. Just no. (Call me, Scarlett!)
Anyway, I thought about it for a while and came up with a list.
Whatsername by Green Day, because I burned all the photographs.
Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon, because… Warren.
Or maybe his I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. That works, too.
Late Night Evening Prostitute by Tom Waits, because… Tom. Just Tom.
(And I’m a fucking attention whore, living in denial.)
Everybody’s My Friend by Kansas, but everybody isn’t. So, forget that.
Storms by Fleetwood Mac is way too long.
Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me by Weird Al is too.
Build The Robots by Doctor Steel?
And so on… we could play this game… this wicked game for hours.
The point is, you’ll never hear this shit or see me perform. Deal with it.
I firmly believe in the principles of Gonzo, but Plimpton went too far with the football shit.
And Hunter… man, you do not want to get me started on that dude.
Just because I'm appropriating the title of his greatest work, I'm not going to floss my teeth with a Magnum any time soon, eh. (Football Season is not over yet!)

The questions I’m asking today are:

  • What is your group’s anthem, and why did y’all select it? What does it mean to you?
  • What is your performer intro music, and why did you select it?
  • Is there other music related to you or your group that you’d like to talk about?


Lay it on me, folks. The comments are open.

22 comments:

  1. Depending where I perform, my intro is Wild Thing (by the Troggs), which is sort of self-explanatory since my name is Wild. Laughs...although I really am not!

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    1. .. so you claim!
      It's cool that you found a song that fits your name, if not your demeanor.
      Did you consider any other songs?

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    2. Nope, nope...just always liked that song.

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  2. Well I dance at a few venues, so I'll let them answer the question about the group anthem. I will say when I hear them my tummy does a little flip and my nerves jump to attention.

    My intro music "Say goodnight Gracie" I love Gracie Allen and George Burns, and it is lighthearted and fun. My favorite line, "say goodnight Gracie." Also, well my screen name is Gracie.

    Thanks,
    Gracie Lyonesse :)

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    1. Hi, Gracie... I love that you use the old-timey intro and the classic routine. It's a good break from the new stuff, and has personality.
      As for your tummy flipping, from excitement or worry that the lagmonsters will hit?

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    2. I think some of all of that, but mostly excitement.

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  3. I chose Edwyn Collins "A Girl Like You" I mean have you ever met a girl like me?
    Sho Kyong

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  4. I chose Forever Young by the Tenors as my intro because while I am a mature (coughs) woman, I am forever "young at heart".

    I did consider using Send in the Clowns!

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    1. I always smile when I hear yours, although sending in the clowns... that would have been interesting, too. :)

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  5. I love your song choices. The song I've used at Elysium since I started there (5 years ago) is ,"He's the Wizard". It was chosen for ultra obvious reasons. Not so obvious, though, is that I like it because it is from a comtemporary musical and very upbeat. When I dance at A&M I use "Happy" by Pharrel Williams, because it makes me....happy. If anyone has any suggestions for a new Elysium song, please let me know.

    The Elysium Anthem, "I've got a feeling" was chosen before I started dancing there, but it is fantastic opening song. If we ever need to change it I would suggest Justin Timberlake's, "Can't Stop The Feeling."

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    1. Curious... why do you use different songs at venues? Does it fit your mood in that different location or group?

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    2. As for "I've got a feeling" I kinda like the use of Mazel Tov... twice!

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    3. A&M required a unique intro that was not used elsewhere.

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    4. Ok okay. That makes perfect sense. Thank you for that.

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  6. So "Wicked Game" came to be Guerilla Burlesque's intro theme because way back in the dark ages, when I started dancing, and before I learned that there's nothing new under the SL sun, most stages had a thrust and a stool or some poles, and they danced to vintage radio. I wanted to make dance acts with stage sets, and I was lucky to find myself under the wing of the great Slappy Doobie, who was not only a prodigious talent herself, but who also willing to let me have my way. The first "prop" I brought to the stage was an art deco fire pit stage, and the song that inspired me was "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaac. Fast forward a few years - once again, I was not aware of other dance entertainment shows in the nature of what we were doing - when I formed my own troupe I wanted a way to signify that the show was starting without yelling at the audience to pay attention. We chose the HIM version of "Wicked Game" because it had big energy, and it has come to be associated with the idea that "things are happening" :-). I have many different arrangements of the song now, and use different versions for different ambience for different shows.
    My own "theme song" was at that stage "Glorybox" by Portishead, chosen just because I loved it, and I had noticed, over time, people came to associate hearing that song with me. That's why we have always asked dancers to choose a song to introduce themselves, and we advise them to choose something sexy, with good energy, that they feel represents who they are as a dance entertainment personality. As Guerilla Burlesque started to take off I was also managing a musician named Bowie Bravin who wrote a song called "Dirty & Clean" for me (it does have my name in it in my version, but he does another where he sings "cherry bomb"). I still use it, though I don't dance often any more.

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    1. I was wondering where that came from... cool!

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  7. I chose After Dark by Tito & Tarantula for obvious reasons.

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  8. IMAGE uses music that is written and performed by Shusaku Rhode,a friend of Setsuna's (IMAGE owner),we do not have personal intro music IMAGE ,but over the many years and other venues i have used many different ones,Beautiful Stranger-Madonna,Cream,Sign O times - Prince,Color in your life - missing persons; Should have a contest to pick out my intro music..could be funny..

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  9. lol wow whos the editor for these things

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    1. Editor? We don't need no stinkin editor!
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  10. We use "I've Got a Feeling" because I have always loved that song since the first time I ever heard it, never gotten tired of it, and it gets me bouncing in my seat. It seemed a perfect song to open the show. I love the energy and message of it.

    For my own personal intro songs, I used Pussy Liquor for years cause I LOVE Rob Zombie and love that song. Love the gimme a B-A-B-Y. But it is vulgar and I also love Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies has always been a favourite of mine, love the drum beat in it, and the energy. So I mostly use that now. There are a lot of "Baby" songs but Alice rules, so that's my song, as a rule.

    Every now and then I use "I Gotta Pea" cause it makes me laugh, and some road shows or Outsider shows I use Creedence "Green River" which is one of my favourite songs of all time. I always used "She Bop" at Maniacs cause well that song is just 'me'. It is just so bizarre and zany... the video cracks me up! It is fun and makes me feel fun.

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