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Perez Hilton’s CMJ party @ Highline Ballroom, NYC – pics

words & photos by Faith-Ann Young

Lady Gaga

A bleached-blonde, jolly, skinny (and hence nearly unrecognizable) Perez Hilton stepped on stage to Friday night (10/24) at Highline Ballroom ready to party. The bands he picked to play his party were performers who guaranteed a riotous, gossip-worthy show, from soulstress diva Sharon Jones to Yo Majesty‘s usually-topless, feel-good, with-attitude rap, to the catsuited were-you-a-stripper-before-you-learned-to-lip-sync? Lady Gaga. It wasn’t as much about the music as it was the energy- and hence the MTV-loving crowd went wild.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings kicked it off in style and soul – (those Dap Kings are getting around these days. Members were also spotted performing on October 21st with Daniel Merriweather at Mark Ronson’s Allido showcase and with the Phenomenal Handclap Band at the BV showcase that same night) belting, grooving barefoot, and inviting random chicks and drag queens onstage for a sing-along.

In between sets, the drag queens ruled the dance floor – grinding, teasing, flirting and pulling at each other’s hair and fake tits.

Yo Majesty‘s rapper Shunda K and singer Jwl B performed with a dude in a kilt and a dude in a superman spandex ensemble while laughing, joshing and rappin’ back and forth to the crowd’s roars.

Next up: Semi Precious Weapons, who weave a precarious line between hard rock and fake eyelashes over heavy duty eyeliner. Lead singer Justin Tranter ‘affectionately’ calling everyone “you bitches” and strutting his wry frame around like a cracked out professional stripper. The rest of the band provided the perfect contrast, looking right out of AFI or some other alt-rock outfit. The overwhelming amount of eye-candy throughout the set distracted from the music, which was hard rock with lyrics like “It’s not my fault I look cuter in a party dress” and “I can’t pay my rent but I am fucking gorgeous.” Sound bloody aweful? Musically perhaps, but if you let yourself get offended, you’re taking life farrrr too seriously.

Last up, came Lady Gaga. People BATTLED for front row on this- I was nearly bitten by a teething, rabid female, who was wasted and ready to slit wrists to get to front row. The chick’s got a furious fan club so if you haven’t heard of her yet, listen up. A brief history: she performed in a bra onstage at Lollapalooza in 2007. Though the music was god aweful, her F*-all attitude got her signed to Interscope. They marketed her, fed her cat-suit and stripper boot addiction, got her featured in W Magazine, filtered her single “Just Dance” into all the clubs and had her perform late night at gay clubs (we will call this the Madonna-music strategy). So now-a-days, the chick’s “hot” in the Britney-RIP sense: white space-suit with granny panties, a troupe of boy back-up dancers and tens of thousands of dollars in moving TV screens and superfluous stage props (a glowing crystal stick anyone?) It is unknown if she was actually singing or just lipsyncing throughout the set. The teenage mob was screaming too loud to hear.

The bottomline is Perez’s party wasn’t about the music. It was about fun- the patent-leather, glitter, sex-for-sale sort of fun. Which meant overall it was a success, since in the Perez world of guiltless shits and giggles, you only live once anyway, so alls well that ends in glitter and catsuits.

Fun Fact: Lady Gaga is now on tour with, and opens for, the New Kids on the Block who happen to be playing Madison Square Garden tonight (Monday, October 27) (after which LG plays a free in-store at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square). More pictures from Perez’s party below…

Perez

Lady Gaga

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings…

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones

Yo Majesty…

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Yo Majesty

Semi Precious Weapons…

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons

Lady Gaga…

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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