Fri, Jan 13, 2006 - Page 15 News List

The Vinyl Word

By Steve Price  /  STAFF REPORTER

Imagine, if you will, your stomach is rumbling and you fancy a snack. You nip down to the store for some munchies. Having passed on the snack bar that helps you work, rest and play (maybe the rumors of Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger's unusual method of consumption put you off) you decide to take a Twix: two fingers of "golden caramel, smooth chocolate and trademark cookie crunch."

On returning home, in anticipation of a sugary taste sensation you eagerly open the shopping bag, retrieve the snack and rip open the packet to find only one finger of fun contained within. Feelings of resentment, betrayal and frustration would be the result.

The Stanton Warriors were supposed to fly into town last weekend and rock it at 18 Lover on Saturday night, but only one half of the West Country duo made it.

18 Lover had brought in a sound system and rigged it up along the far wall of the basement bar -- a superior set up to previous gigs. But still, forking out top dollar to listen to some big tunes and then only getting half the deal is disappointing.

Gripe over, and on a lighter, sunnier note, The Wall is hosting a dancehall, zouk, reggae, calypso and hip-hop party with the tunes provided by the O-Brothaz Sound System. Firerama 2006, a Caribbean dance party, looks set to turn up the heat tomorrow night and organizers are advising party-goers to take a towel. Entry is NT$300, with one free drink.

The United Nations of Funk crew are throwing a bash at a relatively new venue on the vinyl circuit, Sappho de Base Lounge Bar on An-ho Road. Megan and JR, and Junior Van den Berg will serve up some funky house tomorrow night. Door damage is a reasonable NT$200.

And at Eden it's "E. Monkey versus W. Monkey," with Coffey vs. Kaoru, Elements vs. P!tt Tang and Saucey vs. Sandoz.

Drum 'n' bass enthusiasts can get a fix in Taichung tomorrow with Chin, Pete and Zeon at CU Club. The Junkie Beatz crew have added extra bass bins for that distinctive drum `n' bass rasp and plan to make the night a monthly bash.

Sister Bliss is coming to town tonight at Luxy and having just celebrated her 35th birthday a couple of weeks ago is still going strong. The BBC reported that her first DJ gig at a house party in Birmingham was -- this purportedly comes straight from the horse's mouth -- less than inspiring because she was paid with "illegal substances and drink."

That experience didn't stop her from going on to build a successful career in the music industry.

Sister Bliss formed Faithless in 1995, the fame of which sometimes overshadows her solo prowess on the decks. Entry is NT$600 before 11pm and NT$900 thereafter.

Tune in to next week's column to find out where Taiwan stands in the cost of clubbing league table. New Year's Eve bashes that cost NT$1,500, and parties that sometimes charge top whack but don't deliver what they say on the flyer beg the question: Are clubbers getting value for money?

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