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The Vinyl Word

By Rob Near and Steve Price  /  STAFF REPORTER

The boys at AgeHa knew how to put on a good show.


The organizer's Web site said the AgeHa party last Saturday at Nankang 101 was Taipei's first luxury party. That's quite a claim to live up to. Boys dressed in camp chaps, muscles slicked with oil serving tequila shots from plastic cups at NT$200 a pop (a NT$50 surcharge compared to the bar price), a human cigarette vending machine in the form of a roller girl, a basement dance floor advertised as a dark room, pole dancers and go go boys — it was a grand attempt at party luxe.

The crew from Tokyo's mega club that throws off-the-hook parties came to town and although the bash didn't attract as many punters as Tiesto's show at the same venue in April, it was impressive nevertheless.

Six girls, dressed up in feathers and high heels put on a spectacular show atop the bar, and a troupe of eight dancers naked from the waist up, wearing trousers made of fabric leaves, took to the mini stage in the center of the main dance floor and drew gasps of appreciation with a tight performance that combined break-dance moves with contemporary dance choreography.

On the stage right second floor balcony, members of the press pack trained their cameras on the crowd and reported their findings on the local networks. Before the party got going around 1am the film crews were either lounging around looking like they'd rather be somewhere else on a Saturday night, or were nipping to the bar and joining in the fun.

Despite the amusements, frivolity, and quality tunes to boot, a few revelers grumbled about the admission price, which was NT$1,200 at the door or NT$1,000 in advance. Decadence doesn't come cheap.

Meanwhile, on paper, everything for last Saturday's Corona Summer Jam Pool Party at the Howard Plaza Hotel looked good. The two hottest promotion companies in Taiwan, Luxy and Liquid Lifestyles! Machi! A gorgeous, sunny day! A recipe for success if ever there was one.

But something was amiss. Instead of the sweaty, bikini-clad mob you'd expect, there were only a dozen or so partygoers. Evidently, people were scared away by the NT$800 ticket price and the 90-minute drive to Green Bay. So, while the promoters tried their hardest to liven things up, giving away free beer and BBQ food, there just weren't enough people to make it a party. The DJs' fresh hip-hop sets fell on few ears. No one wanted to be that first, adventurous person on the dance floor.

The party continued in this manner until, finally, Machi graced the stage. The boys were the highlight of the party, giving an upbeat performance despite the small crowd in front of them. Their energy was infectious. Soon, people were dancing, cheering and having a good time. But it was all over far too soon. Afterwards, only lick-off-whip-cream and chug-a-beer contests remained. At 9pm, the props, sound system, and BBQ were whisked away and partygoers were stuck, stranded in Green Bay searching for cabs.

Reports have reached the Vinyl Word that a fire badly damaged Liquid Lounge in Taichung on Monday morning, forcing the late night hot spot to close. As a result, the Cut'n Blow party, scheduled for tomorrow night at the venue is to be held at Escape, which has been renovated. The party begins at 11pm with Coffey, Declan, Hooker and Kris in the mix. Escape is located at 45-2 Chunggang Rd Sec 2, Taichung (台中中港路二段45-2號).

The pool parties at CM Swimming Club in Shilin are no more. After legal wrangling the swimming pool has closed.

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