It's not too often that we end up inside a bikini bar waiting to check out a band and stop for a double-take when we realize that members of Queens of the Stone Age just walked into the venue, but more scenes like that are on the horizon now that Crazy Girls is hosting live bands on Wednesday nights.
With little in the way of promotion, the legendary Hollywood haunt launched its band night a few months ago and, if last night's performance from former Peaches collaborator Mignon was any indication, the response has been great, blurring the lines between music fans and bikini girl aficionados.
Crazy Girls doesn't forgo its primary mission in favor of the bands, though. Before the live music, a stream of girls hit the stage. More often than not, they lethargically slink along to pop hits by people like Beyonce and Nicole Scherzinger. Every once in a while, though, you'll see a girl who can headbang to Guns n' Roses as well as she can flip upside down on a pole and start to think that this is one of those only-in-Hollywood rock moments.
For Mignon, Crazy Girls wasn't just another gig, but an extension of her onstage persona. Her most recent single, "Hot Love," was written as a tribute to exotic dancers and, as a performer, she embraces elements of the strip tease, piling on and removing clothing throughout the show.
"I should have done pole dancing," the singer, who recently moved to Los Angeles from Berlin, lamented after the show.
Mignon may not have climbed any of the venues four poles, but there was enough of a spectacle to entertain the crowd, which included Mignon's hard rockin' friends Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) , Amen's Casey Chaos and bad ass drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Mötley Crüe, Peaches). Several of the club's dancers joined Mignon on stage as she thrashed between band members and slithered up to the crowd.
With her newest album, Kiss of Death, due out in May, Mignon says that more "shows at random places" are on the horizon, though she's hesitant to give out anymore details. As for Crazy Girls, they'll be continuing their foray into live music.
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