Uberrock: The Dustaphonics "Party Girl"
Tura Satana, the Japanese-born exotic dancer turned actress who died in 2011, may well have been famous for her performance as Varla in Russ Meyer's legendary 1965 movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and her work with Ted V. Mikels, but her musical links may not be so well known.
Sure, Tairrie B named a band after her and (now this you might not be aware of) she once dated Elvis Presley, turning down his marriage proposal too, but in later life Satana collaborated with London-based DJ, producer and musician Yvan Serrano-Fontova, aka Healer Selecta. Working together from 2007 until Tura's untimely death in February 2011, the pair rustled up a top tune, 'Burlesque Queen', with lyrics by Satana herself, that now appears on 'Party Girl', the new album from The Dustaphonics.
Featuring members of The Wildebeests and Thee Headcoats and Serrano-Fontova himself, The Dustaphonics were actually created with the intention of being the actress's movie backing band but, following her tragic death, they continued, forever paying tribute to the fallen icon.
'Burlesque Queen', the sax-driven seducer that it is, obviously appears here, but there is also a frenzied tribute in the guise of 'Tura Faster Pussycat', a sweet shaker that plays like a surf version of The Bellrays. Yes, surf's up as far as The Dustaphonics are concerned, their sound a magical garage rock mix of Hawaii and voodoo.
With covers of great tunes by the likes of The Sonics and Howling Wolf standing shoulder to shoulder with gloriously trash-fuelled original rock 'n' roll romps, 'Party Girl' is yet another great release from Dirty Water Records, a label whose roster appears littered with sleazy majesty.
Jamaican-English-San Franciscan soul star Kay Elizabeth has a voice to die for, a vocal seductress who ties this loose groove together with her sexy, smoky tones as the righteous, retro-rooted rock 'n' roll saunters out of the speakers. Try keeping still as you listen to this album. Try keeping your clothes on too. Both could prove difficult.