In yet another only-in-New-York-kids-only-in-New-York moment, star power trumped raw ability when Lady Kier (of '90s pop-house demigods Deee-Lite) took to the decks at Luke and Leroy's weekly We Care a Lot party Friday, June 3. That didn't matter to anyone, though, especially Kier, who confessed during a post-set cigarette that she didn't care much about perfect mixing (she left that to resident Dirty Jean, who earlier built a jaw-dropping bridge between a repetitive edit of Prince's decidedly electronic "Controversy" and the Michael Zager Band's decidedly live "Let's All Chant"). Instead, Kier focused on song choice and only gained love from an already rapturous crowd. One particularly inspired stretch featured Starflight's "Dance to the Beat" bleeding into Connie Case's "Get Down" bleeding into Lime's "Babe, We're Gonna Love Tonight" bleeding into Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" bleeding into James Chance's "Contort Yourself." But just when it seemed like the set was settling into a classics-not-classics vibe, Kier flipped it into a techy spot and then reversed it back to boogie with Tom Tom Club's "Wordyrappinghood" and Sylvester's "Dance (Disco Heat)." Sly, twice in one night!
Here's Kier mugging for the upteenth photo snapped her way. During her two-hour set, she posed with people, kissed cheeks and chatted between songs. Later, she said that she needed it (the set, the fucking great music, the love) more than anyone else in the room.
A good DJ always gives back. I took this right after she dropped Jellybean's extended mix of the Pointer Sisters' "Automatic." She deserves a thank you everyday for that one.