It's been so long since my last Crap Mondays post, but then, it's been so long since I've fallen balls-over-head in lust with a craptacular track outside of the sphere of current pop music. I'm happy to report that it's happened again, and all because of a charming little film called Insatiable.
(Things turn a little blue here, so I'm saving the MP3 and commentary for after the jump...)
Download: Marilyn Chambers "Shame On You"
The only thing more masturbatory than singing the theme song to the porn film you're starring in is masturbating. During the opening moments of 1980's Insatiable, Marilyn Chambers does both (hence the moaning on the MP3 -- I don't think "Shame On You" was ever included on one of those porn-music compilations and I'm pretty sure that there wasn't a soundtrack album -- rip of the song could be as good as it gets). Insatiable was recently reissued in Raincoat Theater's series of 2-disc Definitive Collector's Editions, along with The Devil in Miss Jones and Debbie Does Dallas. Insatiable is the coolest of the three, I think, because the film itself isn't a porn cliché or a household name like the other two. It pretty much capped the porno chic era...at least at the time. It strikes me that looking at these films and Deep Throat as literature (or at least a pop-culture relic instead of just a means to getting off), as we're able to now via documentaries and commentaries and behind-the-scenes extras, creates sort of a rebirth of porno chic, albeit in the dorkiest way possible.
While Insatiable, like the "classics" that came before it, aspires to a plot, it's on-the-way-to-gonzo threadbare -- Chambers plays Sandra Chase a model/actress (stretch!) who can't get enough sex (bigger stretch!) and so she has it a lot (biggest stretch, pun intended). Really, that's it. It's occasionally hilarious, especially during the would-be expository (but for the lack of anything more to expose!) scenes in London, which are filmed in such soft focus that the movie might as well be offering future visions of your glaucoma.
Also, Marilyn's hair is fabulous.
Mostly, it's satisfying to watch someone doing what they're meant for. Chambers clearly loves her sex work and it seems that she was put on Earth to achieve orgasms for us all. What she was not put on Earth to do, however, is sing, which is why "Shame On You" is the most entertaining part of Insatiable. The track is a play on the "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me," cliché, which is as good of a subject for a song as any, if you ask me, especially if said song appears in a porno so as to wink at the viewer's own feelings about watching something to tawdry. "Shame" is kind of a downtempo disco number until it gets to the chorus and it turns into something like "The Night That the Lights Went Out in Georgia." In a voice that I can only describe as "blonde," Marilyn coos: "Sometimes love ain't nothin' but a misunderstanding between two fools," a pro-porno/promiscuity sentiment if ever there were. I think the melody of the chorus was ripped off in the Spice Girls' "2 Become 1" (how appropriate!). The song otherwise has the effect of Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby" with out-stretched labia.
Speaking of that, one tidbit Chambers shares in her commentary of the film is that there was a prevailing notion at the time of filming that men wanted to see prominent female genitalia (this could still very well be the case), and so she put clothespins on her labia to make them stand out. When I told slutmachine about this, I used the phrase "puffy pussy lips" and, as I was saying it, I realized that it's kind of a tongue-twister. How's that for cunning linguistics: a tongue twister about labia. People, twist your tongue around these puffy pussy lips, please.
Anyway, "Shame On You" is awesome and in my head constantly lately. I love it and I hope you will, too.
I also am aware that this is the second straight post ("straight") regarding a female porn star. OMG, I am totally losing my homosexuality. Just kidding! I'm actually working on a book called Appreciating Straight Porn the Gay Way*. Yay, blogger book deals!
*This, too, is a lie.