Scene News: Tanzer releases glittering ‘Johnny’ video

“A self-described “musicmaker/heartbreaker,” Tanzer nails the girl-group homage of her new single.”Doug Wallen, Faster Louder

“Tanzer can sing and channels the mega singers of the ’60s – belters like Shirley Basseyand Kathy Kirby with a good measure of Eartha Kitt’s sultry allure thrown in for good measure.” ­ Daily Review

Tanzer releases glittering ‘Johnny’ video

Musician/director/diva Tanzer has assembled Melbourne’s most fabulous queer performers and creatives to concoct the cinematic new music video for ‘Johnny’.

The video sweeps us back in time to an alternate universe 1960s, part John Waters’ Baltimore, part Lynchian dream sequence. Tanzer has devised a dance routine to profess her love to Johnny, the sexy and mysterious leader of a biker gang. She gathers her coolest girlfriends to perform the piece in front of an uptight church crowd, urging Johnny to ditch his bad boy façade and show the world the man behind the mask.

Written and directed by Tanzer, the video stars the dashing Zak Pidd (Sex on Toast) as Johnny, and drag/dance hot property Karen From Finance, Benjamin Hancock, James Andrews and Dandrogyny in the dual roles of the Girl Gang/Biker Boys. Featuring freaky fashion from local designers Alice Edgeley and The Huxleys and cameos from members of Sex On Toast and The Cactus Channel, ‘Johnny’ captures a cool cross-section of Melbourne’s alternative arts scene joining forces on a labour so loved-up you’ll feel sparkly too.

Onstage, Tanzer is a commanding chanteuse with a voice and enigma that literally silences a room. Propelled by a thunderous backing band, her cinematic live show has graced events as diverse as Falls Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and was most recently heard soundtracking the promo for Dark Mofo.

Tanzer will launch her debut EP Four Love Songs by Tanzer on heart-shaped, scarlet glitter vinyl at The Toff in Town on Saturday May 28th, with Melbourne’s most magical stars of music, drag, and otherworldly performance assembled to celebrate. Two fabulous bands, FIVE acts blurring drag, dance and performance art, and DJs from Melbourne’s most outrageous funk ensemble? Better start planning your outfit.

Tanzer – ‘Four Love Songs by Tanzer’ debut EP Launch
with guests Sugar Fed Leopards, Karen From Finance, The Huxleys, Benjamin Hancock, James Andrews, Dandrogyny and Sex On Toast DJs.

Saturday May 28
The Toff in Town
2/252 Swanston St, Melbourne
Tickets: www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/tanzer

Pre-order ‘Four Love Songs By Tanzer’ here: tanzer.bandcamp.com

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