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Squeezebox!

Squeezebox!

I caught the premiere of Zach Shaffer and Steve Saporito‘s Squeezebox! last night. The film chronicles the 7 year New York queer rock and roll night, Squeezebox!, which was held from 1994 to 2001 and was linked to many performers, including The Toilet Boys, John Cameron Mitchell, Jayne County, Justin Bond, etc.. Obviously I never was a part of it, but definitely saw its influence when I first moved to Toronto in 2002 and attended the monthly Vazaleen. It was also so fantastic to watch the film with a crowd of many Squeezebox fixtures, who emotionally cheered on the doc’s interviewees.

Post-movie, the mood of Squeezebox was recreated at the Blender Theatre on 23rd street, with extreme debauchery rampant and a slew of performers, including Mistress Formika, Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Karen Black and Debbie Harry. It was the most worth-it hangover I ever had, even if its made me a bit behind on Tribeca tasks (including blogging). Ill post some photos later, but for now here’s a drunkenly filmed clip from one of the night’s highlights, Bond and Lily of the Valley performing Bowie’s “Under Pressure.”

and John Cameron Mitchell…

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