Thursday, 30 September 2010


Finally! Quality art, fashion and cultural magazines are back on the rack in Glasgow!

R.I.P. Aaron Carl

Sad news coming in from Detroit - producer and performer Aaron Carl died earlier today while undergoing treatment for cancer. As well as being a dance music legend Aaron was a major force on the out-gay dance scene, releasing gay-themed classics like the clips below.

Aaron was truly fierce, it's a great loss to lose someone so warm and vital. There's a Facebook page dedicated to his memory. Our thought go out to his friends and family - Aaron you will be missed! Nxx

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Illamasqua & The Art of Darkness

As many of you will know, my favourite makeup brand is Illamasqua, for its extremely pigmented products and rock & roll attitude and aesthetic. 'Makeup for your alter ego', regardless of sex, gender or sexuality. Their latest collection for A/W, 'Art of Darkness', really gets that across with a collection of 13 very different characters - including a gypsy queen, a wolf-man and an androgyne.

Today their International Makeup Artist, Mika, was in town.

He was good enough to translate the 'Wanton Woman' look onto my glorious countenance, with stunning results.

If you dare to be different, Illamasqua is simply a must!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Gaga v Paglia v Burchill

More Gaga news (in a roundabout way) - the other week noted American feminist author/critic/academic Camille Paglia published an article in the Sunday Times on how Gaga is the death of sexuality. I think she's missing the point of Gaga, and compares her too closely to her beloved Madonna (and Bowie) without assessing her on her own terms. There's a pretty decent reply piece from the Guardian here.

HOWEVER, the real juice in all of this, I discovered, is the battle between Paglia and British writer/critic Julie Burchill (best known for writing TV's Sugar Rush, and being a "hip young gunslinger" at the NME 35 years ago). Now, I am in no way a fan of Burchill, but the wordy spats between these two feminist titans are definitely worth a look.

It starts with:

"9 Feb 93
Dear Mr ffychte [...] I value honesty, accuracy, and fair-dealing, all of which were in short supply in that article.
In view of these circumstances, I regret to say that I must decline your offer. It is certainly true that both Julie Burchill (who is completely unknown in America) and The Modern Review have lost a potentially strong ally in me. Unfortunately, one reaps what one sows.
Yours truly
Camille Paglia
Philadelphia College of Art and Design"

and escalates to this:

"24 Mar 93
Dear Professor Paglia,
Fuck off you crazy old dyke.
Julie Burchill"

Read all the correspondence here.

It seems to be won by Paglia until Burchill gets this little beauty of a comment into a piece about the feud between Paglia and author Naomi Wolf:

"I think Paglia is a frustrated, jealous bitch, whose star is very much on the wane and who has always wanted to fuck Wolf. And, of course, she could barely pull a skunk without money changing hands, she's so disgusting. And that's my considered opinion on the matter. "

Now now ladies, play nice!

Lady Gaga v Don't Ask Don't Tell

In case you hadn't heard, Lady Gaga turned up at a rally to protest the US Military's archaic and homophobic "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy earlier this week. Gwan yersel hen! Unfortunately though it didn't work, as the repeal of the policy was blocked by those pesky politicians. Oh how much better the world would be without them! More on that from her own mouth, and here's a video statement she made:

If you want more info on Don't Ask Don't Tell, here it is:,_don%27t_tell

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

"Paris Is Burning" Director & Drag Queens, Joan Rivers Show! 1/6

Mutate Menergy Mix

Our resident graphic designer and all-round polymath Gregor Laird has done his very first mix for us here at Menergy!

It includes some of my all-time favourite tunes, and is well worth a download here.

The Flirts - All You Ever Think About Is Sex
Savage - Don't Cry Tonight
Pet Shop Boys - One More Chance (Hurricane Mix)
Divine - Alphabet Rap (Hyper Go Go Mix)
Alex Party - Read My Lips
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
Man 2 Man - I Need A Man
The Flirts - Passion
Cappella - U Got To Let The Music
Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman
Corona - The Rhythm of the Night
Billie Ray Martin - Passion
My Friend Sam & Viola Wills - It's My Pleasure
Sabrina - Boys

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Menergy Anthem: "Passion" The Flirts

This is a special request for Gregor Laird, nicked from our friend Simon Eilbeck. More news on Simon's new venture very soon!

BIG FUN Teenage Suicide (Re-Edit)

And as an extra special thank you, here's a free download of "Teenage Suicide" by those talentless Eurofags Big Fun, from the Heathers soundtrack and re-editted by moi. Enjoy!

BIG FUN Teenage Suicide (Re-Edit) by theniallist

Heathers Pics

The pics are in! Thanks to everyone who came down and as ever thanks to photographer Michael James.

More pics here:

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Niallist "Major Damage" Mix

"Heather, why are you such a mega-bitch?!"

"Because I can be."

As another little musical promo/taster for tomorrow night's Heathers party at the Flying Duck, I have put together a forty minute set of uptempo modern hi-nrg. See you tomorrow bitchiz!

Major Damage Mix (Menergy HEATHERS Party Promo) by theniallist

Sebastian Tellier - Sexual Sportswear
Gold Blood - Don't Waste My Time
Detachments - Holiday Romance (T&A Remix)
Dana & Siriusmo - Meine Welt Ist Wunderbar
Dolby Anol - Heather I'm Dry (Edit)
Sabrina - Boys (Future Shock Less Vocal Mix)
Annie - Two Of Hearts (Skatebaard High Energy Mix)
Hard Ton - Flawless
Lady Gaga - Telephone (Niallist 86 Mix)
The Niallist - Big Man (Male Vocal)

Pete Burns will never release another record (digitally).

Xposted from Shallow Rave.

Icon of 80s excess Pete Burns (of Dead Or Alive fame) has made the following startling announcement through his current record label:


It is with extreme sadness, and absolute anger, that I have to announce that no further releases will be made available via digital download in the future.

This decision has been made due to the illegal posting of Pete Burns record 'Never Marry An Icon' by various individuals on YouTube, and other 'share' sites, less than a week after release. They call themselves 'Fans', but they are really the enemy! A blatant act of piracy, which is as much a product of YouTube's scandalous lack of clearance policy, which should verify ownership of copyright in any item posted on their website, but never is! And is, as far as this record label is concerned, one of the major reasons for the decline of a music industry, dying as a result of YouTube's total lack of ethics, discretion, or morality, both personally and legally.

The promo video release for 'Never Marry An Icon' has now been cancelled.

The 12'' Extended Club Remix of 'ICON' ( due for release 21/09/2010 ) is now cancelled.

All future releases by Pete Burns and Dead or Alive will be in 'physical CD & DVD format', and can only be obtained via pre-order, and pre-payment, through Full name & postal address, together with an International Money Order, Postal Order, or Certified or Personal Cheque, will be required, at least 30 days in advance of release. Address for remittances will be sent via return email upon receipt of orders.

'THE ART' by The DIRTY DISCO featuring 'PETE BURNS', will be the next release on BRISTAR RECORDS. RELEASE DATE - NOVEMBER 1st. 2010. Formats - 7'', 12'' EXTENDED CLUB MIX, Instrumental Version.Info & Pre-Order at

All future CD/DVD releases will contain copyright management code embedded in the audio signal to prevent copying and sharing via the Internet, and will be numbered and barcoded, in order to prevent copyright breaches, as mentioned above. And to ensure a clear legal pathway to identify and prosecute any copyright theft of our product.

Obviously, the cost of obtaining future recordings and product will be higher for production and distribution of physical CD/DVD Packages, than a simple download. But Piracy is a crime, and we must make a stand against it, and people like, , and the other people who have posted 'Never Marry An Icon' on 'share' sites, and who seem to think offering another persons work for free, without permission, must be stopped! Please feel free to contact Alice at her email address above, and get her reasons for sabotaging and destroying Pete Burns opportunity for chart placings and T.V exposure for his first solo single! Thanks to all of you for your continued support!

Lotsa Love!
Yours sincerely...,
Steve Coy

There is so much wrong with this that I should hardly have to point out (and I'm not even talking about the decision to publish the email address of the supposed leaker). I sincerely doubt that any label who has spent money on a 12" mix and a promo video would decide to shelve them because of a leak (onto bloody Youtube of all places) but I do find the idea of Burns' future advances being stumped up by his fans as quite interesting. I hope there's a "satisfaction or your money back" clause - especially after hearing the single itself:

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

RIP Glenn Shadix

Well it looks like Menergy is going to be a double tribute on Heathers night. We've just found out that the cult actor Glenn Shadix has died.

As well as starring as the priest in Heathers ("Eskimo!"), he was best known as Otho the interior designer in Beetlejuice, and lent his vocal skills to many cartoons. Here he is in a very fetching black suit and red tie ensemble:

And here he is relating the story of how as a teenager he was given shock treatment to "cure" him of his homosexuality.

Glenn, you were a great actor and an alt-gay icon. You will be missed!