Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Return Of Pearly Gates

What do you get when you cross a much loved disco icon with a gay porn star? Possibly the campest video ever filmed and one of 2009's most charming cougar comebacks. Pearly Gates' late 70s floorfillers "Burning Love" and "Fandango Dancing" are disco classics but I'm more familiar with the diva's mid-80s Hi-NRG output, particularly her brief stint at Ian Levine's label. That partnership produced the 1985 gay classic "Action" as well as a bunch of other pop gems that are compiled on her 1995 best of compilation. To be honest, I really don't know what Pearly has been up to since the mid-90s. I didn't even know she was still making music until a fellow trash fan sent me the link for "Stop For Love". The prospect of a new Pearly Gates track was exciting enough but I almost passed out when I saw the video - which features gay for pay porn star Zeb Atlas as the stunning 63 year old diva's toy boy lover! Pearly redefines fabulous as she rolls around in bed with Zeb and the completely gratuitous shirtless scenes are entirely welcome. However, the video's greatest achievement is coming across as sweet instead of sleazy. This could have been all kinds of nasty but the result is overwhelmingly cute. And the music? Well, "Stop For Love" could have been recorded in 1977. The old school soul vibe gracefully incorporates disco elements with a low key pop sensibility. I just hope there are some remixes on the horizon! Pearly's catchy jam will feature on her forthcoming album "On A Winning Streak". Make way for one of the fiercest women in music.

10 comments:

John said...

There's no pandering to the gay community here, is there?

Sexbox said...

I can't tell if she is being serious or if this was meant to be ridiculously corny. Either way I love it! We need a faggy Freemasons remix ASAP!

Nasty G said...

Have you ever checked out Ian Levine's Youtube page? There's more Pearly, as well as a ton of other old Hi NRG divas like Evelyn Thomas, Carol Jiani and the Flirtations in brilliantly bad new vids. It's heaven!

http://www.youtube.com/user/IanLevine?blend=2&ob=1#p/u

Nasty G said...

Oh, even Mary Kiani is there! She must be one of your faves?

Mike said...

Yes, I've spent many hours trawling through Ian's videos. They are all extremely fabulous and I love his no holds barred commentary about various producers who never paid him!

tommie said...

Cougarriffic!

RV said...

more from her recent works from collaboration with Night Dance Records here available :
http://www.emusic.com/album/Pearly-Gates-One-Time-Too-Many-MP3-Download/11406804.html
or with The Flirtations :
http://www.emusic.com/album/The-Flirtations-Roulette-MP3-Download/11593241.html
btw the producer and mindmaster behind her return is the brunette boy right in the meeting desk of the video

Carl said...

"I'm sorry Taylor Swift, your video was good, but Pearly Gates had one of the best videos of all time"

tommie said...

I can't stop watching this - like Carl said - video of the year!

Søren said...

Hi, I'm the 'brunette boy right in the meeting desk' aka Soren Jensen :) the producer and songwriter of Night Dance Records, and I'm very happy to see that we've been honored with a mention on your blog.

Our album "On A Winning Streak" with Pearly is nearing the stage of completion now, and I can't wait to release it. I hope everyone's gonna enjoy that package with no less than 20 tracks from today and yesterday + a DVD with selected tracks including above video!


All best,


Søren