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Wednesday, 29 February 2012


So here it is, my new club thang! BANG THE BOX

Featuring the best in acid/bitch/hip-house, Italo disco & Hi-NRG, old & nu electro, and a smattering of freestyle, rave, and sissy bounce. All lovingly edited and mixed by resident DJ THE NIALLIST (Dissident Distribution / Radius Records), with additional live drum machine workouts and acid squiggles. BANG THE BOX is the first Friday of every month and our first guest is MISS ISSY (House of Tranarchy) bringin fierce vibes and filthy rhymes. So dress 2 sweat and get yr freak on!

Adonis // Egyptian Lover // Peaches // Bobby O // Tiga // Timbaland // Ali Renault // Afrika Bambaataa // Heaven 17 // Dam Funk // Arthur Baker // Hercules & Love Affair // Jamie Principle // Mr Fingers // A Guy Called Gerald // Funkineven // Radioactive Man // DJ Zinc // Bobby Konders // Masters At Work // Big Freedia // Rusty Lazer // Rustie // Sly & Robbie // Kraftwerk // Giorgio Moroder // Prince // Prince Jammy // Patrick Cowley // // Jellybean Benitez // Juan Atkins // Rick Rubin // Spank Rock // Azari & III // and lots more…

BANG THE BOX Friday April 6th, £5 11-3AM, Night & Day, Oldham St, Manchester

We're gonna bring down the walls...

Monday, 27 February 2012

Friday, 24 February 2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

ELECTROSEXUAL Discolition (Niallist RoboVogue Edit) VIDEO

Thanks to Romain Frequency for putting together this ace Paris Is Burning tribute video for my remix of Electrosexual's "Discolition". WERK!!

You can buy this EP here.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tranarchy pics

Woah, there's LOADS of great pictures from last Friday's Tranarchy v Bollox party - here's just a smattering, you can see a lot more over at Tranarchy.co.uk...

Door Queen Paddy B!

The Niallist & Pam Grier do "I Came"

King of Downstairs DAVE TESTER!

Queen of Downstairs BECCA crowned by Joyce D'Vision

Sheela & Pam channeling Sigue Sigue Sputnik!

I love this photo of me and Lou Woodcock!

Friday, 17 February 2012


All week I have been giving away free tracks from my album AKA on the Facebook Event Page - still available if you want to grab them...

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Tranarchy on the Anything Goes Breakfast Show on ALL FM

The House of Tranarchy was kindly invited to guest on Fiona Ledgard's ANYTHING GOES Breakfast Show for ALL FM in Manchester. There's interviews with myself, Joyce, Paddy B and Miss Issy, and music by Prince, Missy Elliot, Sylvester, Amanda LePore and more. Check it out:

''Be yourself but times it by a THOUSAND...'' The Niallist

Tranarchy is a clubnight in Manchester in the queer hub of tunnels, big dark rooms, bondage gear and carpeted living rooms that is Legends. Tranarchy is inspired by the 8Os New York drag dance-offs and the film Paris Is Burning.

I interviewed 4 members of Tranarchy about what to expect at Legends tomorrow night; their influences; favourite outfits and I let them choose the music. I loved it!

I played 2 tracks from The Niallist's new album 'AKA' http://www.niallism.com

Bollox is kicking off upstairs in Legends and Tranarchy is downstairs.

Find out more: http://www.facebook.com/tranarchy

FIERCE quotations throughout this interview:
''We've all been called freaks in us lives...''
''Let's through down everything we are forced to be.''
''You know, the standard black lip..''
''Sheela Blige will be happy to be there.''
''The door to the house of Tranarchy is always open.''

Monday, 13 February 2012

Friday, 10 February 2012

AMERICA - MIA HATES YOU!!! (according to Pitchfork)

I got a wee bit riled by the sexist coverage of MIA's "finger incident" (during Madonna's Super Bowl performance) by the supposedly forward-thinking music criticism site Pitchfork, so I wrote this little piece for Dangerous Minds:

It’s been brought to my attention by Collapse Board’s Wallace Wylie that Pitchfork have dedicated an entire page to calling MIA an asshole because she apparently told the American public to fuck off during Madonna’s Super Bowl performance last night. In case you hadn’t heard, MIA did indeed raise her middle finger during Madonna’s overblown performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” on which the rapper makes a guest appearance. To see the incident, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Here’s an extract from the offending Pitchfork article:

What’s extra annoying about last night’s event is that M.I.A. doesn’t need these cheap ploys to up her visibility, even when the stage design and costuming is best described as “GoldenPalace.com.” After all, she released her first great single in years just last Thursday, and its music video had already racked up more than 3 million YouTube views even before the Super Bowl send-up. Following the rep-shattering press surrounding 2010’s /\/\/\Y/\, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to draw as much focus as possible back to her music. [So why run this story?]

Instead, in the few bars Madonna was kind enough to grant her during the biggest television event of the year, M.I.A.‘s message to America was simply, “Fuck you.” Well, in M.I.A.‘s own words, the little people will never win, but they can fuck shit up. Success might be the best revenge, but apparently, being an asshole is forever.

Seriously Pitchfork, GET A FUCKING GRIP.

As I stated in my last post about her, I am an MIA skeptic. I have found her performances and music to be underwhelming in the past, though I have really warmed to her latest video “Bad Girls.” The same goes for last night’s performance at the Super Bowl - it ain’t no great shakes, though she does look great. But if you take this much offense at last night’s throw-away hand gesture—which I honestly might not have noticed if it hadn’t been pointed out to me—then you seriously need your head examined. Yes, seriously. Just look at the clip below, and then tell us how offended you are on a scale of one to ten.


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Been ripped off (again)

So, somebody called Michael Trombley has started a new night in Detroit called Menergy. Hmm, "Menergy"... that name is familiar. OK, it's a Patrick Cowley song - we don't claim ownership of the name.

So, what is this new night's music policy? Italo disco and Hi-NRG, you say? Well, everyone loves disco! Right? Sure, can't take credit for that, especially when we admit to being influenced by well established club nights like Melting Pot and Horse Meat Disco. Only, we were one of the first clubs to focus strictly on Hi-NRG, a sound that is a huge and under-acknowledged part of Scotland's clubbing history (if you're in doubt about that, ask Optimo's Twitch about Fire Island or Bennets, or check out this Menergy guest mix from Stuart MacLean aka Frenchbloke)

But anyway, this must all be just a simple co-incidence. Oh, wait a minute...

Menergy Detroit poster (FEB 2012):

Menergy Glasgow Poster (JAN 2011):

Hmmm, ok. But that's a popular song lyric.


So check this...

Menergy Detroit flyer (FEB 2012):

Menegy Glasgow flyer (NOV 2010):

Yeah, it's pretty obvious there's some direct "inspiration" going on here.

But I'm gonna let you in on a little something - my jaded tone of indifference to all of this (as opposed to fuming anger) has got less to do with a hipsterite archness and more to do with having experienced it before.

Since January of 2011 I have been promoting drag-and-disco parties in Manchester with my partner Joe Spencer. We go by the name of TRANARCHY. You can find out more about us at www.tranarchy.co.uk.

Imagine our surprise when, in December we found out about Sink The Pink presents TRANARCHY.

Here's one of our promo images from last year:

And here is theirs (low quality as it's the only one available):

Any similarities?

Oh well, just another co-incidence, I'm sure.

Just like how this article I wrote for the website Dangerous Minds (in April 2011)

So that makes you a square: In Defense of the Hipster

was absolutely no inspiration whatsoever on this article for Disinformation (from August, 2011)

In Defense of the Hipster

despite DM and Disinfo sharing staff members in the past who left very acrimoniously (including myself).
Yep. No "inspiration" going on there - just pure, blind co-incidence.

So. do you think I should be angry about all of this?
Because, surprisingly, I am not.

Maybe I'm just too jaded by the repeat experience, but I DO take being copied as a compliment. I take what I do very seriously, even if that is not apparent to everyone all of the time. I pride myself on being a writer and musician of intelligence and integrity who is often ahead of the curve (or on a totally different tangent to most other folks). This can work to my detriment sometimes, but I still put a huge amount of effort into all my endevours, because I believe a half-arsed job is not worth doing.

There's nothing I can do to stop people copying me, and conversely there's nothing copyists can do to stop me doing my thing. If someone else comes along and likes what I do enough to want to do it too, or even if they think they can do it better, that's their call. Because at the end of the day, when you bite me, it's a sign that I'm doing something right.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Tranarchy group shot

Featuring 5 of the House - more pics from this sesh coming soon!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

TRANARCHY Make Up Tutorials

by the House of Tranarchy's Paddy Baston, who works for Illamasqua and is excellent at this:

Monday, 6 February 2012

BOLLOX February flyer

Featuring the House of Tranarchy's very own Scott Gillespie! This is the night at which we'll be hijacking the downstairs, and at which I will be launching "AKA":

Facebook event page is here.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012