The Big Top
February 04, 2005
BY JASON SONGE
It was an extravaganza at The Big Top's Femme Fatale Ball Friday night. I arrived at midnight and walked through Elvi and airline pilots. I barely missed Manwitch(check out the recent review) but got there in time to see two female fire throwers in the street and The Iron Maidens onstage. Six girls in matching costumes did choreographed moves that matched the lyrics to Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming," Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," and a song I didn't recognize. They were cute, man. Like I guess how girls dance around in their bedrooms together to music. Or, is that only in the movies? Somebody help me out. There was something sexy about girls pounding the stage with their fists and high kicking to Metal.
While the girls changed their costumes between songs, the house D.J. played Queen's "Jazz," I guess, because I heard "Bicycle Race" and "Fat Bottomed Girls." Great party music.
The party was still kickin' when the night ended with a performance by Pink Slip, the all-girl Rock supergroup. Since 2000 the band has strictly been a Mardi Gras incarnation. They were scheduled to play in parades Saturday and Sunday. The eight person band included Continental Drifters' vocalist Susan Cowsill, Paradise Vendors vocalist Jeanne Stallworth, and members of Manwitch.
It was a sassy and uninhibited performance. It was fun Rock that revelled in itself. Pink Slip's primitive and wonderfully messy music was propelled by their Punk behavior. Stallworth clutched at the bottom of her dress, pulled it up, and lifted Cowsill's frumpy dress as she sang in her signature naive and coy tone about wanting teenage boys. Cowsill also acted the naughty part as she sang sweet harmonies with Stallworth. The forceful and straightforward Rock band dedicated a song to club Miss Mae's, and they did covers of The Byrds' "So You Wanna Be a Rock N' Roll Star," The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb," and Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation."
The only problem with the band was that they had one too many drummers. The Manwitch drummer was much tighter than the other one.