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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Monday, 28 May 2012

Derelicte Ball pics

The first set of pics from the Derelicte Ball are in! These ones were taken by Lisa Walsh:

Friday, 25 May 2012

Thursday, 24 May 2012


A suitably themed track for the Derelcite Ball countdown, a vogue-beat cut up by Cunt Traxx that samples Zoolander!


Wednesday, 23 May 2012


Part two of our countdown to the Derelicte Ball, and more free music, this time the soundtrack to the Tranarchy Tram Outlaw party video (S'Express meets "Get Into The Groove"):

  TRAMarchy Smash-up by theniallist

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Bad Taste Barbies FREE DOWNLOAD

Giving away a whole bunch of music this week to countdown to the DERELICTE BALL on Friday, and this is the first part! My remix of Kurt Dirt and the Bad Taste Barbies, as featured in the "Tranarchy Gets Fit" video:

  BAD TASTE BARBIES Working Up A Sweat (Niallist PumpMixx) by theniallist

Monday, 21 May 2012

Donna Summer RIP

Cross-post from Dangerous Minds

I’m feeling a little spooked out right now, not just at the news that the number one Disco Queen Donna Summer has died at age 63 after battling cancer, but also because I was going to post this clip today just because it is so damn good.
Taken from a 1979 TV special, here is Donna performing a live version of her classic “Sunset People” from the Bad Girls LP. The original track is one of my all time disco favorites, and one of her best collaborations with that damned pop music genius Giorgio Moroder.
In this clip Donna performs the track live while walking down the actual Sunset Strip, and play acts different roles of some of the Strip’s denziens (starlet, showgirl, traffic cop.) The track itself is different to the recorded version too, being slightly faster and sounding more “live band” than “studio whizz.”
The reason I wanted to post this clip today, before I heard the news, is that it is awesome, a real treat for Summer/Moroder/disco fans. Only now it takes on a new gravitas as the news filters through of Summer’s untimely death. And there I was, only recently pondering the thought of a Donna Summer-revival tour. She was one of the few major (still living) solo acts from the disco period not to be out touring again, and a glaring omission from the Etam Paris Fashion week “Disco Divas” show (which featured Grace Jones, Sister Sledge, the Pointer Sisters, Chaka Khan and Gloria Gaynor - what a fucking line-up!).
There are going to be plenty of Donna Summer obituaries coming through over the next few days with the passing of this true legend. If you’re aware of my other posts over the last 18 months here on Dangerous Minds, you will have gathered by now that I am a disco music obsessive. I shouldn’t have to explain what Donna Summer means to me, or to popular music culture in general. After the male-oriented “free love” boom of the 60s, she brought assertive female sexuality to the masses with “Love To Love You Baby” in 1975. Along with Giorgio Moroder, Summer redefined pop music with the epoch-defining “I Feel Love.” Hell, I still drop that track in my dj sets to this day, and it never fails to tear the roof off.
If you’re still in doubt as to how important her work was, ask Bernard Sumner of New Order who was more important to the band - Donna Summer or Kraftwerk?
Well then, here’s to you Donna Summer, performer and co-author of some of the best songs in dance, and pop, music history. You will be missed!
Donna Summer “Sunset People” (1979 TV special version)

Saturday, 19 May 2012

KURT DIRT's Slime Party!

Kurt Dirt hosted a SLIME party downstairs at Bollox this month, kinda like a farewell do before he moves with his good lady to Blackpool. Me and Joe got to play funfair dance-pop and 90s kids tv themes, while punters played around in a pool full of bright green gloop, and Lisa handed out homemade Toxic Treats. In a word - SLUDGENDARY!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Our Song

It's exactly a year since Joe Spencer told me he loved me as we walked down Oxford Road, before we detoured to Odder bar for a kiss that sealed the deal.

We have still to decide on what is "our song", though.

I jokingly tell people it's "Run" by Snow Patrol, a song that actually makes Joe physically sick. He's mumbled something about Adele, at which point I usually give him a slap. This seems appropriate though, as it was after seeing Ariel Pink that we declared our hearts' intentions:

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Niallist interview on Tranarchy for Crepescule

Crepescule is the in-house, online fanzine of the Manchester venue Night & Day, who will be hosting our Zoolander Derelicte Ball on Friday May 25th. In prep for the night, I did a short interview with the 'zine, answering questions about Tranarchy, Derelicte and the Manchester gay scene.

CREPUSCULE:What’s the ethos behind Tranarchy? It’s the one ‘queer night’ that seems to occur both inside and outside of The Viillage. 
NIALLIST: Tranarchy is essentially a party for people who feel excluded from mainstream culture (and mainstream gay culture) but who still like dressing up and showing off. In the immortal words of the original NY club kid James St James, “Got a hump on your back? Well, throw some glitter on it and come dancing!” That pretty much sums us up.

In that respect we do like to work within AND outside of what is considered the Manchester “gay scene”. There may be a lot wrong with it, but it’s important to remember that many, many cities don’t even have a “gay village”! Tranarchy is all about inclusion, not division.

CREPUSCULE: It’s becoming a hugely popular, trans-cultural monthly event. What is it that makes you have such broad appeal? Or is it just because it happens in Manchester?

NIALLIST: Hmm, that’s hard to answer - I don’t really want to analyse what we do that too closely in case it loses any of its magic! Maybe it’s got to do with our “inclusive” vibe? One thing I will say is that there is no one else doing what we do on the Manchester scene at the moment, so I guess we are filling a gap in the market. As for Manchester, it’s a great place to put on a night like this, as the crowd are into getting dressed up, but also not afraid of getting sweaty and dirty, getting drunk and dancing all night. 
CREPUSCULE: So, you’re doing a Zoolander themed party. How come no one already thought of this?

NIALLIST: Well, you’d be surprised at how many people have not seen it. It’s not quite reached the cult-comedy status of Austin Powers, but it is getting there. Plus the fact that it only came out 12 years ago means that it is only now old enough to start being thought of as “Cult” and “Classic”. But it’s important to remember that Zoolander is the film that essentially broke Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson, two of the most popular comedians of our time, into the mainstream.

Read it all here

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Dangerous Minds May 7th - 13th

'Dream On' mix: a soundtrack to supermoon season
Prince Har-I: young royal to become 'reggae dj'
100 mins of Adrian Sherwood's best dub productions
Roxy Music live in 1972, the full BBC radio broadcast

*also interesting comments here:
The story behind the Beastie Boys' 'Egg Raid On Mojo'

The Niallist & Tranarchy supporting Hunx & His Punx

Our Hunx & His Punx support slot was awesome! Tranarchy brought it, with me, Kurt Dirt, Pam Grier and Midnight Growler leading the charge, and bonus dancing/singing from Karl, Fiona and Lou. I had three costume changes, my most so far, and our closing rendition of "Fight For Your Right To Party" was special. Oh, and Hunx were fucking great too! 

Photos by Lisa Walsh! 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Joyce @ Mother's Ruin V Pussy Faggot

First Islington Mill gig of the weekend! Joyce had a slot at Pussy Faggot vs Mother's Ruin, a clash of New York club cool and Northern English cabaret. 

Also on the bill were the fantastic Shane Shane (I think we may be collaborating on something at some point soon):

And the one and only Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite! She played an awesome old school house set and sang some Deee-Lite classics over the top too. She is ace! Here she is with Peter McKenna and friend, who took most of these pics: 

Thursday, 10 May 2012


You have had more of a negative impact on our society that Twitter will ever have. The above statement you made reeks of either blind stupidity or sheer hypocrisy. Which one is it?

Soon, however, you will be dead. I hope the years and years of negative mud-slinging by your bloodthirsty hounds, the internal workplace culture of "fuck everyone" you fostered, and the degradation of general civility you are responsible for come back to  scare you shitless as you slip into that infinite void.

Only once you are gone can society start putting back in place a rational, intelligent, even-handed discourse in mainstream media and, by extension, the world at large.

I very much look forward to that day.