Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… or at least a handy smoke machine. I turned You Tube upside down searching for the video where everyone gets engulfed by smoke, and, at the bitter, choking end, somebody rasps over their ventolin inhaler:
“TURN THAT SHIT OFF, YOU CAN’T HAVE A SMOKE MACHINE IN A SMALL FLAT!”
Then, it dawned on me that I was actually remembering a party I hosted about five or six years ago. See how often ‘reality’ and ‘video’ collide?
These vids run the gamut of ‘smoke for spooky effect’, ‘smoke for seemingly no reason at all’, and ‘is that bona fide smoke or are my memories just hazy? Half of these You Tube vids are so heavily pixelated I can’t truly tell.’
And, inspired by Ian Astbury twistin’ like a flame in a slow dance, baby, who hasn’t devised their own strip routine or few to Fire woman by The Cult, eh?
Note also, I realize it’s dry ice, but I’ve slipped in Funky cold medina, just as a sneaky, smoky, aperitif.
So, as I was saying, here are a few vids featuring the use and abuse of a smoke machine.
Rise – Public Image Ltd.
Sidewalking – The Jesus and Mary Chain
More – Sisters of Mercy
Fire woman – The Cult
Funky cold medina – Tone Loc
Wuthering heights – Kate Bush
Fascination Street – The Cure
Seven wonders – Fleetwood Mac
Incidentally, my friend Pete once wryly observed that his hair in humid climes was “bigger than a Fleetwood Mac reunion tour”. And that is perhaps my favourite quote in all of history, by someone who wasn’t Peter Cook, Dorothy Parker, or a brothers Marx (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and the oft-forgotten Karl).