Photos: Dean & Britta playing Unseen Warhol in Pittsburgh

Some photos of last weekend’s premiere of Unseen Warhol have been posted on Flickr by stupid blue

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
Dean & Britta perform while Antoine and Nico eat bananas

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
Dean & Britta, and Susan Bottomly with a whip
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
Dean & Britta play while Gerard Malanga kisses Mary Woronov’s boot of shiny, shiny leather
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
Britta playing behind Eleanor Friedberger (and in front of Edie Sedgewick)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a review of the show:

You know what you’re going to get from Dean & Britta (Phillips) and it’s always good and Velvety. He put his psych guitar tone on surfy rocker “Paraphernalia” (Susan Bottomly dancing with a whip) and “Where Did Everyone Go?” to accompany Nico eating a banana (seductively, of course) with Antoine in front of the iconic Warhol/VU banana logo. The couple went a few shades darker for the black-and-white “Kiss the Boot,” which had poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga lying submissively at the feet of Warhol superstar Mary Woronov.

The show, which also features Martin Rev (Suicide) and Tom Verlaine plays at Royce Hall, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Los Angeles on Friday (24th October) and then BAM in NYC from the 6th to the 8th of November.

Originals: Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Betty Amann in de film Asphalt
Another one that slipped through the net (and another one that I missed in the Fs – I was obviously a bit careless back then).

Femme Fatale was written by Lou Reed when Andy Warhol asked him to write a song about Edie Sedgewick. The song was sung by Nico and was on their 1967 LP The Velvet Underground & Nico LP (and on the b-side of a Sunday Morning 7″).

Here’s Nico with Cale and Reed performing it in 1972

Damon and Naomi recorded the track with Ghost (at Ghosts suggestion) in the sessions for their album Damon & Naomi with Ghost however the track never got released until the 2012 reissue of the album when it appeared on a bonus 7″ single with some copies (the other side of the 7″ also got missed in this series – that’s coming next week!).

You can still buy copies of the LP with the 7″ single from Damon & Naomi’s shop.

I actually don’t have this track digitally so you’ll have to imagine how great it is… and it is at least that!

Originals: You Turned My Head Around by Ann-Margret (covered by Dean and Britta)

1966 ... Ann Margret as paintbrush!
You Turned My Head Around was written by Lee Hazelwood and first released by singer and actress Ann-Margret on a single on LHI Records in 1968. It also got released (as You Turn My Head Around) on the re-issue of the Lee Hazlewood/Ann-Margret CD The Cowboy and The Lady in 2000.

Dean & Britta’s cover was on their 2007 album Back Numbers and was called You Turned My Head Around, it was accompanied by this lovely video, where it’s called You Turn My Head Around.

The inconsistent naming was beginning to bother me… so much so that I wrote a blog post moaning about it… Dean then emailed me to clear things up (a little)…

My original 7″ single calls the song “You Turned My Head Around”, which is how it is registered with the songwriting society also, so that’s what I went with for our CD.

But on the Lee Hazlewood CD “The Cowboy and the Lady” (the song was not on the original vinyl release of that album, but was added as a bonus to the CD) it is listed as “You Turn”.

Watch Naomi Yang’s film ‘Fortune’ online, plus upcoming Brooklyn screening

Naomi Yang’s film ‘Fortune’ is now available to stream on Vimeo. The 30 minute film features a soundtrack of new Damon & Naomi songs accompanying the mysterious and dreamlike images of a man encountering the legacy of his recently deceased father.

Fortune from Naomi Yang on Vimeo.

The film is also getting a screening, with a live accompaniment from Damon and Naomi, at The Body Actualized Center, 143 Troutman St, Brooklyn, New York on 14th October.

Originals: Watashi no Hana by Kazuki Tomokawa (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Flower - watercolour and ink

Another one that slipped through the net…

Kazuki Tomokowa is, according to his short biog on Discogs, a “Prolific Japanese folk singer, songwriter, poet, essayist, actor, betting tipster and artist”. Here’s his original of Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – cursory Googling has provided precious little more about the song (in English).

Damon & Naomi performed the track live a number of times and released a live version (recorded in Tokyo in 2004) on the free 7″ single given away with the Drag City re-release of Damon & Naomi With Ghost.
MP3: Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – Damon & Naomi