Divine, The Story So Far (1984)
I bought this album recently for $5 (I think? Maybe it was a bit less). I had no real intention of ever listening to it – but just thought it was a funny thing to have really. Divine being known for his/her work with John Waters. I’m a fan of all things John Waters – that’s really the connection. Then I sat down to listen to this – and in a trashy/bad-taste/John Waters-awkward kinda way I rather liked a lot of The Story So Far. It was Divine’s most successful album (yes, there was more than one). It featured the single, I’m So Beautiful. Maybe not a good example of the album being good; maybe it is. My favourite though is Love Reaction a total Blue Monday lift. I thought it would be funny to include this in my crate for DJing one of the Other Eighties nights. I took it along then decided I wouldn’t probably play anything from it. Then I decided, you know what, I would. But I had left it on top of a shelf that had a light glowing through it. The record is warped now – in all senses. A giant bubble through the vinyl – it looks like it’s well on the way to becoming one of those tacky bowls people make out of records and sell at designer-hippie stalls and overpriced second-hand joints. Oh well. It sorta seems fitting for the life of this record. I bought it, mostly, for the fun/shock-value of having it in the collection for people to flip through and find (and probably, mostly, think WTF?!) Plus I knew it would appeal to any John Waters fan. I spoke with John Waters just the other day – yes, click here to read the interview. (It was very exciting). He’s made a career out of talking about Divine and everything around Divine, including the films. I made sure, just for a change, to not mention Divine at all. But secretly I did want to tell him this story – about the record; about its brief life as a plausible, playing option in my collection. I think he mighta liked it. Oh well, I’m telling you now instead.
Sample Track: Love Reaction
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