Posts Tagged ‘girls gone wild

27
Jan
09

Perry more hot than cold at the Commodore

The hottest ticket in town this past weekend, Katy Perry played the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver a couple of nights ago. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Perry is the 24-year-old diva behind the megahit “I Kissed a Girl”, along with singles “Hot N Cold” and “Thinking of You”. Gossip-wise, she apparently used to date some schlub from Gym Class Heroes. (God, I’m glad my career no longer requires I keep up to date on albums by the likes of Fallout Boy and Gym Class Heroes. Now, I only have to keep up with what’s happening in dating and relationships!)

img_7179The show sold out in five minutes, at least according to a stage comment Perry made about her popularity in Canada. Packed shows at the Commode ain’t what they used to be, in the bad old days before city council declared martial law on downtown nightlife. Now under corporate ownership, the venue’s management ensures fire safety and capacity laws are strictly enforced. Yawn.

To no one’s surprise, I’m sure, the audience was mostly girls who haven’t yet reached the age where their illusions of romance lie in tatters, although Perry herself dropped a few hints of adult-type cynicism about male-female relations. “You know how you break up with a guy but you keep having sex but then you wonder why you’re good enough to sleep with but not date?” she said by way of introduction to one song.

Minor controversies have dogged Perry’s meteoric rise—critics have charged that “I Kissed a Girl” is simply a play for attention by this former singer of evangelical pop, never mind the fact that talented singer/songwriter Jill Sobule had a minor hit with her own song of the same name back in ‘ 95. But hey; Perry didn’t create a world where girl-on-girl action is the most-searched term on Google (okay, I’m guessing), and it’s not her fault a new generation of Girls Gone Wild have taken to the track like beads at Mardi Gras.

“Ur So Gay”, another Perry song getting some attention, has also nettled the nabobs of negativity with its portrait of a heterosexual dude who wears more makeup than his girlfriend. But at 24, Perry can Perry be blamed for writing lyrics that seem to have come out of a high schooler’s notebook?

Personally, I’ve always had a predilection for girl-pop myself (I know, I’m so gay), and I like Perry’s style—her black bangs and polka-dot dresses and primary colour world—and think “Hot N Cold” (especially the Yelle remix version) and “Waking Up in Vegas” are great songs for the gym treadmill, especially when there’s nothing to watch on the bank of TVs except the ugly mug of Lou “War on the Middle Class” Dobbs. At 60 minutes, Perry’s set was about 20 minutes too long, but I could say that about most bands I see. A friend called Perry the latest It Pop Girl, a la Avril Lavigne; I’m more charitable (probably because of the treadmill), and would go so far as to say “I Kissed a Girl” is just a new generation’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. This is just how the kids have fun nowadays. And who am I to argue with that?

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18
May
08

Going to Club Med. Porque no?

As anyone who’s ever Googled me knows, I’ve done a lot of writing about all-inclusive resorts–particularly the adult variety–in my day. I know my Desire from my Hedonism from my Couples from my Sandals. (Gosh, that sentence is bizarre if you don’t know the context.)

Anyway. These companies constantly contact me to write about them–and I often do. They also invite me to visit–which I very rarely do, for a few reasons.

First, the clothing-optional ones are completely out-of-bounds because I’m very choosy about whom I wish to see naked. Call me shallow if you must, but I don’t consider the average nude stranger to be sexy, or spiritually liberated, or inspirational. I find them unnerving. The sunburn, the bulge, the swinging bits…no thank you.

Second, you’ve gotta be pretty darn comfortable with your significant other to drag ’em to an adult/ nude / swingers resort for a week. And the last time I was that comfortable was with my ex-fiance, who completely agreed with me on Point #1, above.

Third, I always think that places with a “clothing optional” or “anything goes” policy don’t really mean it. What they really mean is, “Get naked immediately, get involved in stupid drunk hijinks along with the rest of us, and do stuff you’d never normally be comfortable with–because you’re on vacation and them’s the rules.”

I know Hedonism is like this, and I think others are. Couples is, of course, very twosome-ey and lovey-dovey, and would probably not want me to dress in a toga and have sex with a stranger in the hot tub… but Couples is Honeymooner Central, and what the hell am I supposed to do with that?

Anyway, the point of this whole blog is that finally after 9 years, I’m going to an all-inclusive party resort–and not just any one, but the one that started it all: Club Med. Cancun, baby!!

There is actually more method than madness in my decision: See, Club Med claims it’s changed its stripes, and I want to see it. Back in the day, this was the uber-uber of crazy adult resorts. It was Ground Zero for a million regrettable Spring Break moments. But in the last 10 years–particularly as it’s spread so far throughout the world and spawned so many competitors–it’s tried to diversify beyond the crazy-singles-party scene. About five years ago, Club Med even hired a friend of mine who specializes in reinventing giant companies to be more female-friendly. She basically rewrote their branding bible, tossing out Commandment #1 (Male Employees, Thou Shalt Tap as much Female Guest Ass as Possible) and replacing it with a way more PG set of rules. Obviously this wasn’t great for some of the male employees, but Club Med management loved it, and I from what I understand, guests loved it too. Vacation hookups are fun and all, but 90% of us want them to be spontaneous, not mandatory.

Fast-forward a few years, and Club Med has become a family vacation resort and a brand internationally known for its approachable, casual style. Some locations are more hedonistic than others, but overall, the place is far distancing itself from its formerly crazy image. It’s even started hosting self-help workshops and the like. Which is how I ended up being invited to go…my friend is a self-help speaker, and she invited me. Though I’m a little afraid of any inclusive Caribbean resort, especially ones I associate with Tara-dise or Girls Gone Wild, my curiosity wins out this round. I want to know what the place looks like. I want to see with my own eyes, these charming international employees bid adieu at the end of the night, and just go home rather than trying to beg, borrow or steal a soul kiss. Above all, I’m curious to see what sort of identity Club Med is creating for itself, since it left a fairly serviceable one behind when it wentoff the sexy rails.

Stay tuned…




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