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collage I am the lamest blogger in the world! Ugh! What can I say? At the mo I am in total machine mode and find it easier to just create things than have to use words to explain myself! All systems are go on the upcoming show at Ink- D Gallery in Brighton on Oct 30th. Above is a little collage I made of the work I produced so far. Again I am making individual pieces for each track on the album. I have 13 tracks, so far I have 9 pieces done… 4 More to go! Yay! Pretty happy so far with the way everything is turning out!
MyVoodooOnYou-GrandeDame 3 pieces are even framed! Above is the finished piece for my track – My Voodoo On You. Silk Screen with 24CT Gold Overlay, Hand Coloured with Acrylic & Copic Inks. Even the frame is Gilded! That’s how I roll tho, if you’re gonna do it – GO ALL THE WAY! It’s a great feeling when you have an idea in your head and you make it & it comes out the way you envisaged! So Result!
tripwebmovieposter2 In other news, I am happy to report that I have signed a contract with Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation for them to screen The Trip & Black Leather at their screening events! Wow! They are the top of Mount Olympus as far as twisted animation is concerned. And to be in their roster of directors is such a mega MEGA honour! Yay! So nice to be recognised!
Dame & Meatraffle Sadly I have had to take a break from my Soho Radio gig. Unfortunately I just cant do everything, as much as I wish I could! Once I’m closer to having everything lined up for the show/ album release, I promise I’ll be back! If you havent heard my shoes, click the pic for the archive!
Ok loads more soon! oxoGD

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Almost & Maybes – Story of My Life

Almost&Maybes1 So tonight at Comic Con in San Diego, my film The Trip plays The Spike & Mike Twisted Animation Gauntlet Show. It is an honour to be included, but I am absolutely devastated to not be there. I fantasised about this weekend for months – there dressed up in my glam outfits and clown shoes, handing my comic to Tim & Eric, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, & Matt Groening, and having my picture taken with all the nutters and partying my ass off basically…  At night as I lay in bed I dreamed about this night… My producer booked a hotel, it was all planned out, I was totally POZ I would get in, as it is Sick & Twisted… But the organisers said they wouldn’t do final selection till the end and couldn’t guarantee me a place… With my upcoming art show I panicked and canceled… Then boom tues night I got the word that I made it through… In a cruel twist of fate here I sit on the other side of the globe… This was my mega dream…

I can’t help but think about the track on my album Almost & Maybes – a happy/sad song about almost getting there but then everything goes wrong in the end. I am mega proud of this track I must say. It has a total 70′s Tammy Wynette Grand Ole Opry feel to it… In fact the pedal steel player Melvin Duffy’s (Waterboys) dad played pedal steel on D-I-V-O-R-C-E! I was also very lucky to have PFunk Vocalists – Mike Clip Payne, Joey Eppard & Deville Edwards singing back up… The musicians are stand out on this one & my drummer Adrian Meehan really pulled out the stops with the production… I guess it’s best not to plan anything… Enjoy the struggle & if it works out – great! Anyhoo, as I am busy working on the upcoming show, which is original art works telling the story of each track, I thought I would share Almost & Maybes with you… The pic above loosely illustrates the song – me gambling and partying with the devil…  And I wonder why things go awry… Hmmm… Oh well onwards and upwards, I will enjoy the process… More soon oxo gd
PS – Radio Show will be back shortly… Need time off to focus on the show…


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My Film The Trip Premieres at Spike & Mikes Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation!!!

tripwebmovieposter2OMG! OMG! OMG!!!! I have reached a personal goal in my life! My short film – The Trip – made it into – Spike & Mikes Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation at Comic Con San Diego!!!. If you don’t know the name, it’s only THE HOLY GRAIL of animation film festivals!!! Esp twisted ones, which is the genre I work in! And at Comic Con! THE center of the universe for all things comic & cartoon! WOW WOW WOW!! Spike & Mikes Have been been going since the 70′s, and have premiered the works and helped jump start the careers of many animation legends – Nick Park, Bill Plympton, Tim Burton, Pixar, Mike Judge, the guys from South Park & more! So yeah, it’s mega! The Trip is in their Gauntlet show, which is a bit like the Gong show. The films play and after a couple of minutes the audience decides whether it should continue or not… Hopefully mine makes it through to the end! A bittersweet moment for me, as I hoped and prayed that The Trip would make it into the festival. I planned a trip to cali, dreamed about handing out my comic to people & having my picture taken with all the nutters… But after I didn’t hear anything, I decided to cancel, as I have been busy working on my upcoming art show, and well, I didn’t think I would get in… But they only made the final selection last week & the show is Friday! 2 days! Unless I sprout wings, I ain’t gonna make it! But if you are or you know people going! Check it out! Click the poster for more deets! And vote for The Trip to make it through! Dreams do come true, but not always how you imagined them! oxo gd

Official Trailer – The Trip by Grande Dame from Grande Dame on Vimeo.
Gauntlet poster Comic Con 2014

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My Weekend in The Big Smoke Plus Ep 7 Up Now!

Rak Studios
Just got back from a weekend in the big smoke and it was jam packed all the way! Started my friday morning at the legendary Rak Studios in Maida Vale home to glam rock mega producer Mickie Most RIP and also my publishers – Touch Tones Music. Had a great meeting with them going over the album release plans. It was great to see their reaction to the vinyl box set & comic.
I had a great show this week, well I think it was. Sans guest but choice tunes if I do say so myself! I even got to play one of my own. So great to watch the turquoise record spin!
shoegasm I had a major shoegasm friday night when I went to stay with Terry de Havilland & his lovely wife Liz. It was like xmas as I got a few more pairs of shoes I designed!! So proud! They truly are stunning. Now that I am a beach bunny I live in flip flops, and find walking in heels challenging, might have to get someone to carry me around town so I can wear them out! Ha!
hiretonyfern Saturday I went to stay with my dear friends Tony & Fernando. I was pleasantly surprised to see a newly framed Hire Car print in their gorgeous flat! And my fave one too cos it’s turquoise! Awesome! They are total sweeties and I had a wonderful time in their lovely home…
Dan&MeMod Saturday evening I went to meet & interview one of my music/ art heroes – Daniel Higgs! I was super nervous before I went, and a touch during, but he was super down to earth, sweet and very approachable. The interview went great & I will include the audio in my next radio show. Later my friends joined me at his concert. It was really good. He is such a mesmerising entertainer.
I made it home Sunday just in time to meet up with my Hastings friends for some post birthday celebrations. All & all a perfect weekend! Took care of biz, had an awesome show! Saw some old friends and met some new ones! Anyhoo, Episode 7 below! Enjoy! oxo gd

Electric Crazyland – Ep 7 by Soho Radio on Mixcloud

Tracklist for Electric Crazyland Episode 7
1.Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir – Rainstorms In My knee
2.Daniel Higgs – Leontocephaline Rhapsody
3.Taj Mahal – Linin Track
4.Grande Dame – Almost & Maybes
5.Yamasuki – Yama Yama
6.Silver Apples – You & I
7.Lightening Rod – Doriella Due Fontaine
8.Free – Walk In My Shadow
9.Ry Cooder – Get Away
10.Eddie Harris – Drunk Man
11.Henry Vestine – LSD Boogie
12.Barry & The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy
13.Link Wray – Commanche
14.Leaf Hound – Freelance Fiend
15.Tor – Peders – Islossning C-Moll
16.Blue Phantom – Diodo
17.Curtis Knight – Down In The Village
18.Billy & Friends – Hua Rock
19.Iggy & The Stooges – Penetration
20.Alphonse Muzon – Space Invaders
21.Redd Kross – Annettes Got The Hits
22.Little Barry – Pauline
23.Skinny Girl Diet – Nadine
24.The Damned – Looking At You
25.Willie Joe & His Unitar – Unitar Rock
26.Tim Love Lee – There’s Your Man
27.Robbie D – The Rumble Of The Thunder

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Electric Crazyland Ep 7 Live Today!

Ladies & Gents! Tune in to Soho Radio where I will be live playing golden tunes from yesteryear and tomorrow! I promise you will dig the sounds… My dad being a hi-fi dealer was also a record collector and passed that love down to me. One of our father / daughter activities was going record shopping. I was prob about 12 at the time and we were in a second hand record store in Atlanta. I saw the record on the left and told my dad he should buy it. Prob just because of the colour! Ha! But it turned out to be a solid collection of songs. This is pre fame era Ray, gritty, dirty, bluesy, but tops all the way. Well dad died in 97, I inherited his record collection and man I played it out and scratched it up to hell and back. It just sounds like crackles and fuzz now. I had wanted to play it on the show, but was worried it would sound to bad, but then lo and behold at a store practically right underneath me, I found the French Issue of the same record in mint condition with no scratches! How BRILL? Tune in today and you can hear a killer song from Georgia’s favourite son! Click the pic or here! LIVE AT 2pm! oxo GD

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Laughing in Merc Retro’s face! Ha!

Gangsta Bitch Shades from Susan Diamond Apologies once again for my sparse posting, but Mercury has been Retrograde, which can make communication difficult. Even if you want to reach out, technology gets in the way! Seems I am restarting my router more times than I am actually on the net! Hey ho, but luckily we are nearing the end of this topsy turvy time and things are going well! Scored some killer shades yest from Susan Diamond Store in St Leonards. Gangsta or what? LOVE!
Grande dame Vinyl Handed out a tiny batch of vinyls & comics, and so far the feedback has been phenomenal! In fact Primal Scream Bass Player and all round cool chick – Simone Marie – played Love You To Death On Her show – Naked Lunch! If you are a fan of Rock and Roll & all things cool, tune in!
killerkillers Speaking of Love You To Death, I’m working on a new animation for the track. It’s going quite smooth too! Expect lots of zombies, devils, skeletons, topless dancers and x-rated psychedelia! Ha! Look out for that near October/ Halloween time!
VoodooAlso been finishing the pictures for the show at Ink-D Gallery Brighton October 30th… All looking smashing too if I do say so myself!! I must admit, living right on the sea in a gorgeous space is difficult if one wants to be productive. I literally live in a hotel, and when the sun is shining down it’s like “ok I’m on vacation lets party!” It was so easy to ignore the sun in London and shut myself away in a dark room with my computer, oh but not here, in this splendid mirage… Despite the distractions, I am on track, world domination soon! ha! oxo GD  PS – NEW RADIO SHOW TOMOZZ! LIVE AT 2PM HERE

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Electric Crazyland Ep 6 Live With Rosco Listen Now!

rosco Had a killer show yesterday! Rosco gave a moving performance of his track “Give Peace Another Chance”. Plus played some songs off his new album Call of The Cosmos. We chit chatted a bit and he also put some serious mega sounds on! Very rare gems indeed! So do your ears and brain a favour – you wanna hear this one! Tracklisting below! Thanx Rosco! Enjoy! oxo GD
PS – There’s a few techy hiccups and it cuts out for a 20 secs, but hang in there! it’s a goon un!

Electric Crazy Land ep 6 by Soho Radio on Mixcloud

Track Listing for Episode 6 of Electric Crazyland
1. The Pointer Sisters – That’s How I Feel
2. 101 Strings – Flameout
3. Gil Trythall – Ode To Billy Joe
4. Funkadelic – Back in Our Minds
5. Ray Brown Orchestra – Comin & Goin
6. No Men – Mother No Men
7. The Tards – Cocaine Talk
8. Dave Pike Set – Ragga Jeeva Swara
9. The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
10. Mains Ignition – Ching Ching Tuff Chaser
11. Lite Storm – People
12. The Who – Boris The Spider
13. Takatsuna Mukai – Blank Strip Is Black
14. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO – Crystal Rainbow Pyramid
15. Rosco – Give Peace Another Chance
16. Rosco – Interplanetary Space Liner
17. Geraint Watkins – Shine A Light
18. Rosco – Girl From Orbit In Dub
19. TV Personalities – Shes My Yoko
20. Nick Nicely – 49 Cigars
21. The Kingsnakes – Round Trip Ticket
22. The Kan Dells – Cloudburst
23. Rosco – I was A Teenage Werewolf
24. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds – Susu

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