As two pop icons are celebrated at different clubs this Valentine’s Day, Tristan Parker says give the night to Barry White, while Oliver Keens would rather be in bed with Madonna.
Why spend Valentine’s Day listening to the music of Barry White? Two words: That. Voice. Since the mid-’70s, White’s ocean-deep tones have been soundtracking sexy time the world over. While Madonna simply squawks about sex, White croons about making luuurve and pleasing the ladies, sensually – not just getting laid. Okay, so it won’t actually be Barry playing at ace monthly party the South London Soul Train (held at the Bussey Building in Peckham). However, tribute act The Barry White Legacy come a damn close second, in girth as well as in voice. Plus there’ll be more soulful grooves from DJs all night at this multi-floored party. As White himself says on ‘The Time Is Right’: ‘Babe, look into my eyes. All I see is you.’ Barry, I’m all yours… Tristan Parker
Love is a beautiful thing, but Valentine’s Day isn’t. It’s a vast anticlimax wrapped in pink-ribbon and awkwardness. I say: put aside earnest notions of love or romance and instead camply celebrate a woman who loves herself, enormously. This Friday, Madge fan-night L-U-V Madonna will be screening the brilliantly narcissistic film ‘In Bed With Madonna’ film from 8pm to 10pm. Afterwards, DJs will be playing non-stop hits and rarities by the Queen of Pop. Many are perfect love songs – ‘Cherish’ and ‘True Blue’ to name just two – so the night won’t be without lovey-doveyness. Where she’s got the edge is in sex. Her back catalogue is more comprehensive than the Karma Sutra, so if V-Day feels like a forced and phoney way to justify your love, forget St Valentine and open your heart (and whatever else) to Madonna instead. Oliver Keens
Find out more about the South London Soul Train Valentine’s Day Special with the Barry White Legacy and LUV Madonna.
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