"the" Mrs. Astor

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Star Booty

It didn't take me long to find the old soundtrack to Star Booty. Like many other video and musical releases involving the original gang from Atlanta that took over Manhattan in the late eighties and early nineties, RuPaul, Lahoma van Zandt, Lady Bunny, and Larry Tee, this album was produced by Funtone, USA. The gang was originally called The Now Explosion and used their extremely offbeat approach to monopolize nightlife in New York for years. The British duo, The Fabulous Pop Tarts, provided most of the musical accompaniment along with background vocals.

Star Booty was an outrageous parody of the Black Exploitation films of the 70's like Cleopatra Jones and The Mack, with hooker/law enforcer Star Booty always on call to fight crime. "In the name of the United States government, you are uhnda arrest" was my favorite line as Ru walked through the streets of Manhattan in the latest hooker wear. A crazy shot of her going through the revolving doors of The Russian Tea Room only to exit quickly with a uniformed doorman in pursuit is vividly recalled.
Funtone's motto was "If it's not fun, don't do it." May I have an "Amen" on that!


At 10:49 AM, Anonymous mikevil said...

You would be alright to do the transfer from VHS to DVD if it were exclusively for thy own use. Under Canuck law at least.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger animal storm said...

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At 1:08 PM, Blogger Ian-Ivy du Bois said...

Good for Mikey!
I came here to say exactly the same...
It is ok if you are coping it from your own use---
u r not planning an internet selling move, right?

At 1:33 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

Thank you, internet legal staff. I do understand that, but was wondering about playing pieces on the site. The LAST I want is a knock on the door at midnight and hearing, "In the name of the United States......"

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Black and Tan Mark said...

Mrs A.,
I did a search on 'US copyright and fair use' and found various links to .gov sites, law schools, etc. which should be enough to make an educated decision. Then again, there's always Help Me Howard on channel 7 ;-)

At 3:09 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

Yes, it just would be easier to mail copies on a DVD. I'm not hawking it, good God.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Showtune said...

I can't be a part of anything illegal . . . hey, say what you want, but it's always the guy in my position who ends up doing ten years at Danbury. -Michael J. Fox as Lewis Rosthchild, "The American President"

At 8:53 PM, Blogger "the" Mrs. Astor said...

OH, Showtune, you are such a drama queen! You'd love a weekend in Danbury, just to have some two-bit actor play you on Lifetime.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Ed Grow said...

Big Daddy 'Lexus-

Your unhealthy fascination with grown men who wear dresses elates me to no end. Love.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Black and Tan Mark said...

I know we spoke of it this afternoon... but damn if the lass on the right doesn't look like a heat-packin' Condoleeza Rice!!
--B&T Mark


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