White Trash Boom-Boom - White Trash Boom-Boom
Patrick Cowley, who passed away from AIDS-related illness in 1982, was the multi-faceted producer behind numerous disco anthems such as Sylvester’s 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).' Since 2009, San Francisco label Dark Entries has been working with Cowley’s friends and family to shed light on the lesser known facets of this singular artist’s output. White Trash Boom-Boom sees them team up with The Stud nightclub to release four tracks culled from some of Cowley’s earliest rehearsal tapes.
In 1972 Patrick was living in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood with Theresa McGinley and Janice Sukaitis, friends of his from New York. In 1973, Theresa and Janice formed White Trash Boom-Boom, an all-female avant-garde performance troupe. Reacting to the Angels of Light and the Cockettes, they captured the spirit of the times: camp, confrontational, and delirious. Theresa recalls, "We brewed a brand of performance that steered away from the doctrinaire and revelled in ambiguities." Patrick provided their theatrical experiments with appropriately zany musical accompaniment.
Side A features two songs from the “Country and Western” skit, 'Bride' and 'Beer and a Pizza,' which were written by Janice and Karen Dunaway and produced by Cowley. The feminist skit tackled the issue of women’s limited life choices in society.
The B-side contains 'Baciami' and 'Spengo la Luce,' two songs from “Goes to Little Italy”, a skit addressing Catholic expectations of female chastity, performed in 1974 on top of the bar at the Stud. These songs were lifted from an Italian folk 7” found at a thrift store, and feature “improvised” Italian.
The release date of Boom-Boom is timed to coincide with the opening of Queer Visions at Haight Street Art Center, an exhibition that explores the role of nightlife in queer art in San Francisco.
Beer and a Pizza
Spengo La Luce
- US import
- Limited to 330 hand-numbered copies
- Lithograph wrap-around sleeve printed by The Aesthetic Union
- Cover artwork designed by Eloise Leigh, featuring a photograph of the White Trash Boom-Boom skit “Goes to Little Italy”
- Includes is an insert featuring notes from original Boom-Boom girls
- Remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios
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