Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Richard O’ Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show is a classic which has amassed a cult following since it’s humble first live stage debut in 1973 (soon to be made into a movie in 1975), which skyrocketed to success and has stood the test of time decades on. More than 40 years on, RHPS is still gaining new fans, young and old, as time goes by and continues to stand on it’s own as one of the most popular musicals to grace the stage.

It’s not hard to see why RHPS hasn’t lost it’s appeal so long after it’s release. Whether you’re introduced to it through the stage show itself or the movie adaptation, it’s hard not to be sucked in. From it’s weird and wonderful characters to the infectious soundtrack, it’s a rare occasion that you’ll come across someone who doesn’t appreciate the wonder that is Rocky Horror. A twisted tale, sexual and humorous all at once, it’s sure to steal your heart from the opening number to the curtain’s close (or the end credits if you’re watching the movie before anyone gets smart).

I had the great pleasure of being able to see the live performance firsthand tonight at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. The current cast of the show includes Diana Vickers as Janet (tonight played by Lauren Ingram), Liam Tamne as Dr. Frank-N-Furter,  and Norman Pace as the narrator (full cast list and information on the show at the bottom) and what a wonderful cast they were. The whole cast truly brought the house down and captured the essence of Rocky Horror.

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When most people think of Frank-N-Furter , an image of Tim Curry in stockings and suspenders, oozing pure sexuality, strutting across your screen is what is conjured up. Those are some very big shoes (and stockings) to fill and Liam Tamne stole the show as the bizarre, twisted, gender bending character who fans have grown to love and adore. It’s a role which, I imagine, would be quite intimidating to take on with people’s expectations after Curry’s interpretation of the character but damn, that boy NAILED it yet made it his own! A definite standout amongst the amazing cast on stage.

A true spectacle, the show was everything you could have wanted whether going in as a long time fan or a newcomer, I was blown away. The music, the singing, the dancing, even the damn lighting, was just exquisite.

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The atmosphere in the room was electrifying from the minute the curtains opened as the whole crowd was in full swing, belting along to the numbers, good humoured heckling of the narrator and up on their feet dancing. The room truly was full of joy. Although it did feel like a near death experience when we were all up on the grand circle doing the Time Warp and the whole stand felt ready to collapse under our collective weights.

I must admit, afterwards I felt truly sad that it was over. The whole two hours flew by and I truly wish that we could’ve gone back to see the showing later on this evening.

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If the opportunity arises that you get the chance to go and see it, you WILL NOT regret it. It truly was the most fun I’ve had in ages! And even if you don’t enjoy it (which you bloody well will), you have a stark reminder of just how attractive a man in women’s lingerie can be…

Tickets, cast and other information are available at the RHPS site: Rocky Horror UK

x M x

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Live: Zola’s Debut Show

“If I’ve any faith at all it’s in that man’s beard.” 

When going to a bands debut show you will always be a bit sceptical. Especially when you haven’t heard a drop of their sound. However Zola did not disappoint. 

Playing The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow a small crowd started to gather for show wp-1471105354427.jpgopeners The Rhubarb. Taking us through a doom metal set and drunging riffs and bass, and thrashing drums, this Glasgow based band are loud. Each member nailing their instrument and vocals. Their prsence felt a bit stiff at times, and vocals sounded a bit scratchy at times, however by the end you were in a hypnotic trance and could see them band coming together for what was one huge drumming, jamming fuck off end to a show. A band we’d like to see in a different set up.

Now. The headliners. Over hearingwp-1471105340057.jpg someone saying “If I’ve any faith at all it is in that mans beard.” (frontman Nick has a stupendious facial accessory), gave a sense of doubt that this was going to be good, and that they were just a visually pleasing band. Oh how wrong. With a sound like Queens of the Stone Age, and a presence of a band that’s been around for a while, it was worth a year and a half wait for this show. Powerful vocals with expert guitar playing to carry them, it was a delight to the ears. Again although the sound was again, a bit off, it didn’t hide the talent these lad have. A fantastic debut pulled together by the band. We hope Zola will be on the scene for a while, a recommend from us.

Live: Zola’s Debut Show

#DragWednesday: On cheap wigs…

So a brief introduction to #DragWednesday…

Basically Drag Wednesday is my own favourite day of the week where I get into drag for no particular reason whatsoever to have some fun and look fierce.

This week, I decided to go for something a bit more understated than usual (yeah right) so not as to detract from the subject I want to talk about – WIGS! More specifically bargainous (ie cheap lol) wigs. So today, Rachel and I are gonna review some wigs, give some opinions and point you in the right direction if, like me, your purse screams at the suggestion of lace fronts and human hair wigs.

Cheaper wigs seem to get a bit of a bad rap. When you hear cheap wigs, you have a tendency to think of the shiny, plasticky monstrosities that you find in some fancy dress shops but thanks to the internet, a world of better quality bargain wigs has opened up. I only have 3 in my collection so far (but trust me, this is not the end, simply the beginning of an addiction) and none of them were over the £10 mark. So I’m gonna pop down a couple of sellers and shops I’ve used and give you some pros and cons.

Personally, I’m not keen on human hair wigs. I worry about the ethics of the human hair business after reading a harrowing article about Asian women being scalped for their hair and ever since then, I’ve never even entertained the idea of a human hair wig. Now, I’m not implying that every manufacturer of human hair wigs gets their hair in this manner but along the lines of my slight mistrust over the cruelty free aspect of some cosmetics, you just never know. So I’m a synthetic kinda gal. Typically, synthetic wigs are less expensive as well. So here goes the reviews…

Long Curly Rainbow Wigs Pink/Purple Mix

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First off we’ve got this gorgeous pink number from eBay. My firstborn. Now, I totally freaking love this wig! The colours are beautiful, the strands are pretty soft and it sits well. I’ll touch more on the aspect of wig care and styling at a later date but it’s been washed and styled since buying at although it was a bit of a trial trying to figure out a way to style it without extreme heat, it was really easy to re-curl after washing. What I love about this wig is that brushing didn’t affect the quality of the wig. Yes, washing affected the curls but I was pretty terrified of brushing it incase strands started pulling out and the wig was fucked. The actual lines of hair that are sewn in (I’m not an expert so forgive me for not knowing the technical terminology for this) are really close together and there’s a lot of them so there’s a load of hair there to work with, the netting doesn’t show through due to the fact that it’s so dense which is a massive bonus. I personally thought that it was blatantly obvious that it was a wig but I’ve had so many people assume it’s my real hair and asking me about the dyeing process and people have been totally taken aback when I’ve told them it’s actually a wig. At £8.39, it was a total steal and the compliments have been endless so I definitely think it’s worth a look. There’s a good variety of colours, solid and mixed so plenty to choose from. Like most wigs, it’s also adjustable sizewise and it’s pretty generous at it’s non-adjusted setting so no matter the size of your head, the size clips offer a lot of options.

100cm Long Glossy Straight Wig

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Secondly I have this gorgeous white/silver number from Twinkle Deals. First I want to say that the prices on Twinkle Deals are great but be wary that there’s added charges for postage, tracking and the delivery times are pretty long. I waited about 4 weeks for this to come so if you need your hair in a hurry, I don’t know if Twinkle Deals is the site for you. The wig itself has been a bit of a pain in the arse if I’m being totally honest. Upon opening, I was absolutely blown away by the softness and condition of the wig and threw it on my head straight away. Then the shit hit the fan. The first thing that was glaringly obvious was the size of the netting cap underneath. It’s pretty darn small. It was really difficult to actually cover my hairline even with a wig cap on and it felt quite insecure because of this. So if you’ve got a larger head, steer clear. Due to the length of the wig, it knots pretty damn easily. Now, this isn’t a reflection of the quality of the wig itself but the length isn’t made for longterm or regular wear if you don’t want to spend half your life brushing it. Which brings me to the styling. Washing was pretty easy and it  dried surprisingly quickly considering it’s so long. After drying, it came to the arduous task of brushing this monster. I went through it first with my fingers to see if I could separate the knots and tangles but it was not to be. I got a brush and started brushing, holding close to the roots so none of the strands would come away. Alas, it was not to be. The brush was full of strands but thus far hasn’t made a noticeable difference. Brushing has left it in really bad condition as well, the strands are no longer silky and soft like they were at first, which isn’t surprising I suppose when you consider the price) and it’s quite frizzy at the ends. While brushing, I noticed that the rows of hair are pretty few and far between. I don’t know if it’s due to the manufacturing itself being cheaply done (you get what you pay for I suppose) or if it’s due to the excessive weight if you’ve got such a long wig with so much volume in it. This makes the netting noticeable at the back of the head when being worn long which obviously isn’t good if you don’t want it to be obvious that you’re wearing a wig. I’ve ended up just putting it into a braid so that it can be worn without the netting showing through. Definitely not somewhere I’m going to be buying from again.

Hosee Wavy Wig in Wine Red

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Thirdly, and lastly (so far) is this little Amazon number. With Prime delivery, it’s great if you’re needing your wig quick and quite a few of their wigs were same day delivery if ordered before 12pm. This out of the three, qualitywise, is the best. It’s so soft, sits and feels like real hair. For a synthetic wig under £10, I’m blown away. The cap alone is amazing. I’ve posted a comparison photo between the caps on the other two and the one on this and they are nothing alike. The cap on this has soft bands running all the way around the wig which keeps it sitting properly and it doesn’t slip up, making it look like a more natural hairline. It also makes it more comfortable to wear and there’s no itching whatsoever with this wig. I swithered about buying it as the photo on the listing wasn’t very good but after seeing it in the flesh, it truly is a gem and a brand I will DEFINITELY be buying from in the future. Ten out of fucking ten!!!

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To sum up this long winded post, I don’t think it’s worth  being snobbish about cheaper wigs. There really are some hidden gems out there as I’ve shown with the red Hosee wig. It truly is a brilliant wig and I love it so much. Keep an eye out, shop around and if the worst comes to the worst, you can always return it.

Much love everybody,

x M x

#DragWednesday: On cheap wigs…

10 Reasons We Love…Archer

With a wide choice of “adult” cartoons about you are bound to of came across Archer -the misogynist spy show filled with booze, blood and derogatory quips. If you haven’t seen it, (where have you been hiding?) here are 10 reasons we love this highly addictive unconventional spy show.

1. Malorie’s Unmotherly Love

wp-1470768124800.jpgArcher’s mammy is one bitch. Yes, she sometimes shows her 1% loving side, but its her utter 2 fingers she throws up to her son we love. Let’s be honest, if she was loving, Archer wouldn’t be the cool spy he is. Or should we say he wouldn’t be the asshole he is today.

2. Ongoing Jokes

2 words – DAAAANNGEERRR ZOOONNNEEE. The shown has many ongoing1 jokes, however our favourite is when Archer cracks out the Kenny Loggins classic, and most famous song, Danger Zone. Priceless.

3. The Strange Attraction to Pam

So yes we have conventionally beautiful wp-1470770131953.gifLana, but Pam is where our heart lies. She can drink you under the table, eat into oblivion and is apparently mint in bed (according to Archer). She can also drive like a pro, wrestle for days on end and isn’t afraid to take a punch or 20. What’s not to love?

4. We All Know Someone Like Krieger

The crazed “doctor/scientist” is bat shit crazy, yet does break out some ingenious ideas. We all have that friend who is off their rocker but does speak a rare golden opportunity of sense now and again. Jazz hands.

5. Six Seasons in and We Are Still Hooked

Even when the did Archer Vice we were still hooked. The continous laughs we have even repeating and rewatching episodes, it’s a show that will never get old.

6. Brett Taking The Bullet – Constantly

wp-1470770057943.pngThis poor guy takes a beating, well, a bullet or 10 but for some reason we find ourselves shouting at the tv “God dammit Brett!”. He’s the annoying character that literally does nothing – we just shout at hm.

7. Cheryl-isms

Aah Cheryl. Or Charlene. Or whatever she likes to be called, is bat shit crazy. However she does come out with some cracking one liners. I mean, just like the gypsy woman said.

8. Continuity Nailed!

With the running quips, jokes, and even referring back to previous episodes, Archer has one of the things adult cartoons have – continuity. Long may it continue.

9. The Powerhouse that is Lana Kane

She’s fierce. She’s hot. She’s a force to be wp-1470770042815.pngmessed with. She is, Lana Kane. Having relations with both Archer and Cyril, she has them at her beck and call. The other girls in the office also try to stay on her good side. Unless your Cheryl and enjoy being choked, then Lana’s man hands are perfect.

10. What’s Not to Love?

Booze. Sex. Fighting. Sarcasm. Need we say more really?

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Marty & Mossy out xoxo

10 Reasons We Love…Archer

Monster High: A Preteen’s Guide

wp-1470669920876.jpgIf you have young girls’ in your family you will know about the Monster High craze. And with Lady GaGa announcing she is creating a doll for the toy brand this fall, it’s set to grow even bigger. So my crazy 11 year old neice Lilly has decided to share with you all her top 5 freaky favs!

Robecca Steam

wp-1470669645706.pngI like this Monster High doll because she is like a robot and has a very old, steam punk style. I really like the colour of her hair too. Very bright!

 

 

Venus McFlytrap

wp-1470669721637.png I like her because she is the daughter of the fly trap, so she is a plant  – I find that cool! I like her edgy style, and how she has vines around her arms and legs.

 

Draculaura

wp-1470669680975.pngDraculaura is a vampire but her style is very girly and pink but with lots of black too. She was one of the first dolls I got. She is like a cute, girly goth!

 

 

Gigi Grant

wp-1470669694759.jpgHer clothes are very shiny – shiny gold cuffs, shiny gold earrings, the lot! Her hair reminds me of a snowman, except red instead of white. She is very cool.

 

Clawdeen Wolf

She is a werewolf rollerskater but her outfit 

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I love Monster High as they are a creative style of dolls, being all monsters. I just love their clawsome style!

Lilly and Mossy out xo

Monster High: A Preteen’s Guide

Viola Beach: An Album We Won’t Forget


It’s hard to think that the debut album from Warrington’s Viola Beach will be their last. A band kicking off their musical journey with rave reviews of their first single, Swings & Waterslides, they were a band everyone was watching closely. Unfortunately this came to a tragic end when their car came off a Swedish bridge a mer 5 months ago. However needless to say these boys were a talented bunch and the album is a piece of history to cement this.

With well known tracks’ Swings & Waterslides and Boys That Sing, their tasty indie pop vibes shined through. Catchy melodies teamed with simple lyrics makes these tracks easy listening, and will find yourself singing them – constantly. Hidden amongst these gems though are tracks Like A Fool and Call You Up which showcase the purest talent these lads had. The sound of summer has been captured with this album and I find my self having it on repeat constantly.

All this postivity from a fantastic debut is tinged with sadness, knowing we will never get to follow this band on their musical journey. Make sure you get their album here. You will be silly not to.

9/10

Viola Beach: An Album We Won’t Forget

The Hyena Kill: Atomised

Rating: 10/10

Loud and fucking ferocious.  Manchester duo, The Hyena Kill have smashed it out the park with their début album, Atomised. Having released a few EP’s and having a catalogue of live shows behind them, this is a double act that have cemented their status as one of the best new hard rock acts to break on to the scene.

The jungle-esque drums in opening track Crosses are perfectly teamed with their thrashy guitars and has to be one of my favourite album openers. Going on to tracks like Your Loss and Still Sick, the album progresses into something more heavy, and still has the hard DIY sound that many of us love. Talking about the album, vocalist and guitarist Stecven Dobb says “There’s nothing more therapeutic than screaming your head off,”. I couldn’t agree more.  The 8 track album is the noise album of the year for me so far. It has strong influences of Deftones and Queens of the Stone Age, and for me that is a match made in heaven.

Atomised is one of the best alternative rock albums I have heard in a while, especially for a début. The mix of grunge and classic rock is just a match made in heaven.  Get this album in you collection now! It is noise, alt-rock perfection.

The Hyena Kill: Atomised