Sunday, June 10, 2007

Suzy Ray - A True Pop Trash Diva

In a just world, Australia's Suzy Ray would be bigger than Nicki French. Or at least as massive as Melissa Tkautz! That is high praise indeed but Suzy is truly a unique talent. There has been a mini-flood of new pop releases in Australia over the past couple of weeks but none of them are as much fun as Suzy Ray's "Disco In My Car", which was actually released way back in January. I'm ashamed it has taken me such a long time to feature this exquisite diva because Suzy Ray embodies all that I cherish in music.

I loved Suzy from the moment I read her Myspace resume. Suzy is an ex-cheerleader for the Adelaide 36ers, who won a cheerleading competition in Japan and then enrolled at The Music Factory in Melbourne. This lead to gigs performing in amusement parks and fabulously, being hired as Barbie for Mattel's "Live Barbie" shows in Sydney. Never one to rest on her laurels, Suzy's next claim to fame was singing backing vocals for The Bold & The Beautiful's Ronn Moss and appearing as a "featured dancer" during his Australian tour. Amazingly, Suzy somehow found the time to write some songs and get a record deal. The resulting single, "Disco In My Car", is one of the most amusing three minutes of pure pop nonsense to emerge from Australia in a long time. Personally, I think the song is a thinly veiled sexual metaphor with the "car" really representing Suzy's pretty chuff. I'm sure you can all guess what kind of "disco" she wants inside it!

Unfortunately for Suzy, the nation wasn't ready for her brand of pop genius and the song flopped. I really hope Suzy doesn't give up because she has all the ingredients to be a pop trash icon. But don't take my word for it, put aside three and a half minutes to watch this brilliant cover of Captain & Tenille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" performed at Sydney's Arq nightclub. Suzy channels Kylie in her delightful pink vinyl bodysuit and her gay dancers are a sight for sore eyes. Suzy needs to release this as her next single. This shit is camp!

You can purchase Suzy's stunning anthem from Chaos, Sanity and iTunes. Make sure to check out the song's hilarious video clip.


PinkieDust said...

Hey PTA, great little post there.


PinkieDust said...

I've listened to it again it sounds so much like Supersister!

Robpop said...

The Context

In Life we are often told that context reveals all..

Neon Margins dictate the lines of which informs the world how we breathe, shit and dance. There appears to be a protocol for everything these days.

Can you imagine a place that refuses the strict discipline of juridical control? Not even the the most relaxed of countries allow for such utopias to exist. Well perhaps Denmark did when Christiania was granted a free state where its citizens did not pay tax, could consume drugs and live in peace and harmony just as the Age of Aquarius once promised.

But thats the exception, forgive the pun, to the rule. The world rests on its own dependence of the institution. The patriarchal creates, conforms and normalises our bodies, pleasures and dreams. For a bit there was a glimmer of hope in the form of deconstruction, derrida, and Queer theory. However what does deconstruction say to poverty, Derrida is long dead and those academics who once rejoiced the brilliance of Queer critical theory have all joined that rather fabulous institution called marriage.

So what are we left with? A good night is marked by the same globalised sponsorship of alcohol companies, reality t/v wannabes and men wrought with sexual anxiety. It also costs quite a lot too these days.

Instead the body looks (& perhaps hides) elsewhere and Suzy Ray's "Disco In My Car" brings home the dilemma of 2007 quite succinctly. She must be celebrated!

Trash Addict said...

Who knew that Suzy's message was so deep! I thought the song was just a veiled metaphor about Suzy wanting some cock in her pussy!

Anonymous said...

There's no way Suzy was a dancer on Ronn's Australian tour. There were only two dancers and their names weren't SUzy. I am Ronn's Webmistress