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Music to Strip To

How is modern music helping striptease to adapt its traditional image? Some of the biggest stars of 21st century burlesque reveal their unconventional soundtrack secrets.

How is modern music helping striptease to adapt its traditional image? Some of the biggest stars and producers of 21st century burlesque reveal what makes a great striptease soundtrack.

Sixty years ago it was all sassy, jazzy show tunes. Today it can be techno, post-punk, hip hop, spoken word - even sound effects.

So what’s happened to the soundtrack – and the image – of striptease? We hear what works best, and what should be avoided. And we explore how the sound of contemporary and neo-burlesque can support its social, cultural and political power.

Julie Atlas Muz (former crown holder, Miss Exotic World and Miss Coney Island)
Darlinda Just Darlinda (multiple winner, Golden Pastie Awards)
Tigger! (The Original King of Boylesque – The Godfather of Neo-Burlesque)
Nasty Canasta (The Girl with the 44DD Brain)
Luna TikTok (The Tickin’ Time Bombshell)
Aurora Galore (finalist, Miss Exotic World)

Also featuring:
Zoe Ziegfeld, Fancy Feast, Lux DeLioux, DJ Scott Ewalt, DJ Momotaro

Producer: Steve Urquhart
A White Stiletto production for BBC Radio 4

Buddy Morrow – Night Train
Buddy Guy – What Kind Of Woman Is This
Nero’s Day At Disneyland – No Money Down Low Monthly Payments
Big Spender (instrumental) – from the musical Sweet Charity
Reverend Horton Heat – D for Dangerous
Aqua – Barbie Girl
Blood Sweat and Tears – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky
KRS One – Sound of Da Police
Sam Taylor – Harlem Nocturne
Louis Armstrong – St Louis Blues
Sounds of various car alarms
Garbage – Number One Crush
Infected Mushroom – Saeed
Perez Prado – Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

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28 minutes

Last on

Tue 16 Oct 2018 11:30


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