Friday, 8 February 2019

It's a look

Introducing... "The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black", aka performance artist Kembrah Pfahler and her cohorts, "a theatrical glam-punk-metal unit who, to match the Rocky Horror-style teased black bouffant wigs, blacked-out teeth, black stiletto boots, black underwear and nude ladies painted blue, pink and yellow, play standard-issue riff'n'roll that nods to everyone from Suzi Quatro to Siouxsie Sioux, Alice Cooper to Marilyn Manson."

In addition to the description above of her band, Ms Pfahler herself was reverently characterised by the Guardian as:
"...a musician, actress and multimedia performance artist who as a kid attended a nursery school where there were rumoured to be satanic cults, afterwards confessing that she was pissed off that there actually weren't; who appeared in a Calvin Klein "heroin chic" ad campaign that led to dope dealers on her block in New York naming a strain of junk after her; who has been a wrestler and appeared in numerous Super 8 horror and fetish movies; who was mugged to within an inch of her life but survived; who mimes onstage fornication with a skeleton symbolising her deceased boyfriend and other such transgressive acts including cracking paint-filled eggs on her vulva; who has cavorted in the recording studio with notorious coprophiliac GG Allin; who was into body mutilation and dysmorphia and so wanted to challenge preconceived notions of female sexuality that she SEWED UP HER VAGINA."
A great person to invite to a party - if among the guests at that party were Aleister Crowley, Félicien Rops, Tallulah Bankhead, Gabriele D'Annunzio and Bertolt Brecht, of course...

Read an interview with the eccentric Kembrah Fahler over at the ever-wonderful Dangerous Minds.


  1. Sorry, but that picture does make it look as if she's blowing a giant bubble out the wrong end.

  2. Farting a glitter ball !
    Now that is true decadent camp

    1. Not necessarily a look we'd wish to adopt for Pride... Jx


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