It’s been a while since I put up a tune selection on Mixcloud, but the mood took me last weekend. Of course there are few in-person DJing opportunities these days, but mixtapes are one of life’s pleasures. So I present to you Amateur Dramatics with a flamboyant flourish.
It features my favourite dramatic, emotive and extravagant performers, in the genres of synth-pop, new wave and electronica, from the 80s to the present day. You will be in the company of suave 80s sensations like Gina X Performance and the Associates, darkling gems such as Jyl and Mylène Farmer, and new electronic acts like Soft Riot and Modernmoon.
For the image, I chose a stunning still of Helmut Berger in The Damned, one of my favourite films by Luchino Visconti. His character Martin von Essenbeck is one of the silver screen’s finest drama farmers. In this shot, the pampered industrialist’s son is furious at having his Marlene Dietrich impersonation interrupted by the outbreak of World War Two. How very dare they!