Various Artists – Biba: Champagne & Novocaine

Glammy tribute to a clothes shop a bit hipper than Primark

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Celebrating 40 years since the birth of the iconic Biba label and boutique, this camp collection thinks naked-bar-a-hat women reclining on leopard-print rugs are the height of erotic sophistication. Ah, some sanity in a world of madness. And what better to catch the spirit than Roxy’s “Street Life”, Sparks’ “This Town Ain’t Big Enough…”, Bowie’s “The Prettiest Star” and blasts of The Kinks and New York Dolls? Dietrich and Piaf bring the tears, Tiny Tim and Larry Lurex the laughs.

Any album featuring Sailor’s “A Glass Of Champagne” and Marilyn Monroe cooing “I’m Through With Love” has to be dancing in the foyer of genius.


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