NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT [Episode #254 ~ 01-16-21]

Pictured: Sylvain Sylvain (R.I.P.) of the New York Dolls.

In her essay ‘Notes on “Camp”’, Susan Sontag said that camp is about dethroning the serious. To twist Wilde, the essence of camp is the Importance of Not Being Earnest. In another famous passage about camp – from Christopher Isherwood’s The World in the Evening – one of the characters expresses his vexation with Quakers: their dogged dedication to simplicity and sincerity, plain dress and plain speech. ‘I respect them … They’ve got the courage of their convictions, and they mean exactly what they say … What I do hate about the Quakers, though, is their lack of style. They don’t know how to do things with an air … They’ve no notion of elegance …’ (Isherwood lived for a while with a Quaker community in California, so knew about this first hand.) Another version of the puritan versus cavalier divide is Willa Cather’s dichotomy between Presbyteria and Bohemia. In her short story ‘Paul’s Case’, a highly strung, dandy youth in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – a state founded by Quakers – flouts his father’s desire for him to go into business, moves to New York and fritters all his potential in the pursuit of exquisiteness.

The big difference between Paul’s early-twentieth-century brand of foppery and its late-twentieth-century version was, as Sontag observed, that ‘the old-style dandy hated vulgarity. The new-style dandy, the lover of Camp, appreciates vulgarity.’ This was the Dolls and their audience to a T: they found amusement, even a sort of sublimity, in after-midnight B-movies, comic books and other mass-culture pabulum.

— Simon Reynolds, Shock And Awe.

For every action there is…well, truth be told, in the instance of a slight as perceived by a hot-headed pit bull, a decidedly unequal reaction. Last Saturday’s episode of N.C.I.P. began with DJ Reeshard flying solo. This wasn’t planned. Co-host Lee-Roy was nowhere to be found at air time and didn’t turn up until, some thirty minutes later, a sopping wet dog entered the Purple Bat Lounge with murder in his heart for one of the bar’s neighbors. Were I to tell you that ‘Merriment ensued…’ you probably wouldn’t believe me. You’d be right, but that didn’t stop the flow of terrific music, nor did Lee-Roy’s vengeful intent prevent Uncle Morty’s truck from pulling up at the halfway point. Indeed, one of Morty’s products proved the catalyst for an evening unlike any other experienced on Brush Street. How different? Click immediately below and hear for yourself…





Here’s what we played in Ep. 254 of No Condition Is Permanent:


The True Reflection — “That’s Where I’m Coming From” — Crème De La Crème: Philly Soul Classics And Rarities

J.M. Tim And Foty — “Eda” — African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

The Raiders — “Dardanella” — Surf Guitars Rumble Vol. 1

Machito — “Tanga” — Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous In Young Nuyorica

The Rev-Lons — “Whirlwind” — She’s All Right with Me! Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968

Angkanang Kunchai — “Yak Si Glap Isan” — The Sound of Siam 2: Molam & Luk Thung Isan from North-East Thailand 1970-1982

? And The Mysterians — “Do You Feel It” — Action

Bunny Lion — “Jubilation” — Red



The Angelos — “Bad Motorcycle” — Inferno Party


Charanjit Singh — “Aayega Aanewala – Transicord (Mahal)” — Instrumental Film-Tunes

Heinz — “I’m Not A Bad Guy” — Halcyon Days: 60s Mod, R&B, Brit Soul & Freakbeat Nuggets

Tradition — “Natty Rockers” — Tradition In Dub

Billy & The King Bees — “Susie Q” — Volt 45rpm

Le Ry-Co Jazz — “Zaïna” — DansonsAvec Le Ry-Co Jazz

The 13th Floor Elevators — “Earthquake” — Easter Everywhere [Stereo]

Los Wembler’s De Iquitos — “El Chuchuhuashero” — La Danza Del Petrolero

The Undertones — “My Perfect Cousin” — An Introduction To The Undertones

Andre Toussaint — “Nassau Cha Cha” — Mirror to the Soul: Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo and Calypso Beat 1954-77

Howard Werth — “Obsolete” — Dangerhouse Volume One


La Logia Sarabanda — “Todos O Ninguno” — Guayaba

New York Dolls — “Subway Train” — New York Dolls

Bantous Jazz — “Watchi Wara” — The Shrine Presents Afrobeat

Danny Cobb — “My Isabella” — Jukebox Mambo: Rumba and Afro-Latin Accented Rhythm & Blues 1949-1960

Ali Hassan Kuban — “Ana Ries Kenalky” — Nubian Magic

Roxy Music — “Serenade” — Stranded

King Tubby — “Hijack The Barber” — Dub From The Roots


The Crossfires — “Chunky” — Out Of Control

Afrosound — “Una Abeja En El Semáforo” — The Afrosound Of Colombia Vol. 2

Alan Vega and Martin Rev — “Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne” — Suicide (Second Album)

Elegance Jazz — “Ngalula Marthe” — Congo 70: Rumba Rock

The Answer — “I’ll Be In” — Garage Beat ’66 Vol. 3: Feeling Zero

J. Ismail & ‘D’ Irama — “Lupakan Aku” — Steam Kodok : 26 A-Go-Go Ultrarities from the 60’s Singapore & Southeast Asia Underground

Duke Mitchell — “The Lion” — Crystalette 45rpm

Jun Mayuzumi — “Ai Ga Hoshii No” — Nippon Girls 2: Japanese Pop, Beat & Rock’n’roll 1965-70

The Dramatics — “Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo” — Detroit Soul 4: Andre Williams


Ennio Morricone — “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” — Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! OST

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