Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Blow Monkeys

The Dirty Dancing Soundtrack is truly a gem. While at the gym, I gave a new reading to the song "You Don't Own Me" which had always been sung by women before it was covered and sung by Dr. Robert of The Blow Monkeys for the *fabulous* Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

For the Dirty Dancing its pretty refreshing to hear a man wail the lyrics "You don't own me/Don't say I can't go with other boys" and "You don't own me. Don't try to change me in any way...You don't own me...Don't tie me down 'Cuz I'll never stay" AND "Just let me be myself, thats all I ask of you"...amazing!

Upon hearing this, I decided to look into The Blow Monkeys, sure that they had other subversive tunes up their sleeves. I quickly found the song "Digging Your Scene" which came out in 1986 and topped the charts. Underneath the pop success were sad and honest lyrics about losing a friend to HIV, and acknowledging that it could be his fate as well. In the chorus Dr. Robert asks, "Oh tell me why is it I'm digging your scene, baby? I know I'll die, baby". I found an article about the song where the author wrote "It’s nice to know that even now, when gays are still denied basic rights that others take for granted and religious organizations actively lobby Congress to keep anti-gay discrimination legal, there was a time in the middle of the bright and shiny ‘80s when a pop band wasn’t afraid to challenge the hateful rhetoric of the day with a song that still remains genuine ear candy."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

West Side Story

Just a quick note to any Lickety Split readers out in the West end of Montreal: you can now find our latest issue, as well as some back issues, at Co-op la maison verte (5785 Sherbrooke O.) and at Diamond Books (5035 Sherbrooke O.).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Distro Dandy

Hello all!

A little introduction is in order. My name is Mark Ambrose Harris, and I am now doing distribution for Lickety Split. You might say I am the official Distro Dandy. As a long time supporter of, and a contributor to this publication, I am very excited to get quality smut into your hands.

Lickety Split #8: The Work Issue, is still hot off the presses, and looks fantastic. I have been biking around the city, and delivering the new issue to some great establishments. So if you are in Montreal, you can now pick up LS #8 at The Concordia Community Solidarity Co-Op Bookstore (2150 Bishop), Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe), Galerie Monastiraki (5478 St-Laurent), and Sound Central Record Shop (4486 Coloniale).

I will continue to get LS into other shops around town, and I promise to keep you updated. If you know of any establishments that would like to carry Lickety Split, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Happy reading!

Please Vote for Miniature Frolic

Three of Lickety Split's lovely team members, *safe solvent, Lalouka and Gold Smith, recently collaborated on this whimsical short film, "Miniature Frolic." This week, they submitted it to a competition on Talenthouse. If it wins, it will appear at the "A Shaded View on Fashion" film festival in Paris!

Please take the time to view this Sofia Coppola-esque treat and vote before Friday to send the Lickety Team to Paris.

Faggity Ass Fridays: The Gayest Party of All Time!

Head & Hands and the Playhouse present:


Featuring music by Benni E !!!! (Philly)
Kitty Van Dyke
Tooloose Letrick
Connie Lingua

DJ Fucks
DJ Noisy Nora

Photobooth of Faggotry and Dyketude with Diana Le Nézet

On July 30th, Faggity Ass Friday is bringing you the gayest party of all time ever. Bust out your spandex, your feather boa, your sailor cap, and throw them all in a blender. Performers Kitty Van Dyke, Tooloose Letrick, and Connie Lingua will take their queer and smear it on the stage. Come early, and pose in our Photobooth of Faggotry and Dyketude with Diana Le Nézet. Benni E is queer hiphop, coming all the way from Philly to burn the disco down.

And say a big sloppy FAREWELL to NOISY NORA as she moves on to gayer pastures!

We mean it kids.
Gayest ever. Get ready.

Friday, July 30th, 2010
The Playhouse (5656 Avenue du Parc)
$10 suggested donation; all money goes to the Sense Project

FB event

Monday, July 19, 2010

File Under: Amazing Ad of the Day

I wish this ad was real. A public recruitment campaign that sought to entice people into nursing through the prospect of improving women's gynecological health would be rad.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

UP YOURS! Fundraiser for G20 Legal Defense Fund - This Friday





This party is a fundraiser for the g20 legal defense fund! Come show your love for those who are still in jail, were detained, or anyone on the streets of Toronto (or those who think about them) and....take your clothes off.

Five dollars suggested donation at the door. All proceeds go to the g20 legal defense fund.

Friday, June 16
Doors 11 pm
The Playhouse
5656 Avenue du Parc

Facebook event

For more information on how you can help - join this group:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lickety Split smut zine seeks Co-Event Planner Extraordinaire!

Lickety Split smut zine is searching for a gregarious, organized and self-motivated volunteer to become our new Montreal events co-coordinator!

We are looking for a creative individual who is familiar with the amazing, sex positive and queer friendly events currently happening in Montreal. Previous experience with event planning is desired as well as the ability to work autonomously and in collaboration with the Lickety Split team.

As our co-party-thrower extraordinaire, you will work alongside Lickety's current event planner in order to organize our monthly Smut on the Dance Floor Event. What's more, you will share in the exciting task of approaching and collaborating with existing organizations in order to foster and grow a community dedicated to sex positive expression and thought.

Duties will include working with and booking: venues, DJs, bands, poster artists, volunteers and other performers in a professional and courteous manner. Flexibility and trouble-shooting skills are a must, and experience with the media is an asset.

Though this is an unpaid gig, refreshments, space and time will be available as well as major kudos, high fives and freebies along the way. Each issue of Lickety Split relies heavily on the revenue generated by our events and your contribution as event planner is essential to our production!

For those of you who are interested in beefing up your resume, or have talent to share, please send a cover letter and your CV to Sarah at

The deadline to apply is July 31, 5pm. Lickety Split is an equal opportunity "employer" and members of traditionally disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

Lickety Split is a pansexual smut zine dedicated to encouraging sex-positive expression and thought. The zine promotes collaborative art making and encourages diverse contributions to climb into bed with one another, because one sexual expression just does not satisfy. Lickety Split wants to help make the masses cum with smutty photography and art, essays and stories in order to fulfill the whole human being and address the complexity of sex.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Top 5 Pop-Culture-Themed Sex Toys

This past week at Nerve, I was given the arduous task of researching pop-culture-themed sex toys and writing a piece ranking them in order of greatness. (I know, my life is hard). And, while I wasn't able to go so far as to test them out, I did un-earth a wide variety of blow-up dolls, many of which I was unable to include in the list for fear they would overwhelm it.

Lucky for you, Lickety Loverrrs, I'm presenting you with the list on Nerve, and, one of my personal favorites that didn't make that list: The Beyonce Love Doll!

Yes, that's right folks, "you don't have to put a ring on this slutty siren."

Oh, my, what plumbing the depths of the internet will bring you!

California Gays to Wash the Rain Away

It's raining here in New York, and as I dream about dryer climates and teeny-weeny bikinis, this uber-gay parody of Katy Perry's California Gurls feels just about perfect pitch. When Perry released this sugar-coated, gittery, candy-colored orgy of a video a couple of weeks ago, we were so appalled by horny gummy bears and a decided "un-street" Snoop Dog cameo, that we didn't have enough brain cells to pay attention to the song's lyrics. Not that this is necessarily advisable, mind you, but it is interesting to note how a trio of dancing twinks can give a hot injection of fun into what may inevitably become that song you can't stop singing in spite of yourself.

Paging Control-era, Janet: These California Gays are totally fine, fresh, fierce, and dying to be back-up dancers in your next video.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Rainbow Fetish!

My friend Amelia commented: "And then he came all over the rainbow."