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Boom Boom Valdez and other catchy names…

Someone on Twitter last night said that they liked a phrase in one of my tweets and wanted to use it as the name of their band. The phrase was “futile lechery,” which I used to describe the hilarious attempts of horny John Astin to score a date with lovely Doris Day in the 60s comedy A Touch of Mink. I gotta admit, I’m proud of that little combo of words.

DorisDay-JohnAstin

Actually, however, it’s not the first time my words have inspired (or will inspire) a band’s name. In 1988 I wrote (and titled) a porn movie called BOOM BOOM VALDEZ.

I wrote several movies directed by Henri Pachard.

I wrote several movies directed by Henri Pachard.

I had briefly met the sexy young star Keisha at the XRCO Awards in L.A., and I was knocked out by her beauty and friendly personality. Then another time (I can’t recall if it was on the same trip) I ran into her at a party at the home of a magazine photographer, and I told Keisha I’d love to write a movie for her sometime. I mentioned this to director Ron Sullivan aka Henri Pachard, who was also there. He told me to come up with a storyline (he had just directed my first two screenplays, ADULTERY and ON THE LOOSE) and I promptly did when I got back to New York. BOOM BOOM VALDEZ is the story of topless dancer Boom Boom (Keisha) and her relationships with her sister, mother, co-workers at the club, and a writer who has a bit of a crush on her. (Nothing autobiographical about it!) 😉

The picture got made and is still out there on disc, old VHS cassettes, online, and even got a very nice IMDb review last year which you can read here. But as luck and occasional porn production ineptitude would have it (and at the time I was extremely annoyed), the producers forgot to include my name in the credits…!

My reaction to this was, and I quote exactly:  $%!!#??#&**##%!!!

I wrote all my movies under my real name Neil Wexler, rather than Irv O. Neil. Many of the scripts had a lot of personal elements, even more in the case of BOOM BOOM VALDEZ which is why the missing credit so irked me. But to whom was I going to protest, the non-existent Porn Screenwriters Guild?

Notice how the disc box has a much more peppy photo of Keisha? She looks so serious on the VHS cover!

Notice how the disc box has a much more peppy photo of Keisha? She looks so serious on the VHS cover above!

Nonetheless, in sneaky fashion, always anticipating this kind of snafu, I’d left certain clues within the script itself as to its writerly parentage. For one, there is a character named “Victor Bloom”—Bloom being a name that has popped up in my work since 1975, either as characters or pseudonyms (I wrote as “Lester Bloom” for many years). Secondly, the characters of the writer played by Joey Silvera and the burlesque fan played by Richard Pacheco are very recognizably drawn on my own personality and interests. The writer, in fact, is a precursor to the character of Vic Vanner in my suspense novel FATE OF A STRIPPER, about a middle-aged writer/editor in love with a dancer.

You might say that in my imagination, Boom-Boom Valdez dances on the same club stage as Valerie Vickers of this novel.

Anyway, it was a kick when I heard, years later, that there was a European band called Boom Boom Valdez—so I look forward to hearing more about Futile Lechery!

 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in Burlesque, Erotica, history of erotica

 

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Check out Vintage Mania in New York City 8/31/13!

This Saturday in New York City, very close to the southern end of Central Park, it’s Vintage Mania, a fantastic memorabilia show offering all the delights listed on this flyer:

Admission is FREE on 8/31/13 for the first show at the new location!

Admission is FREE on 8/31/13 for the first show at the new location!

Here are some of the things you’ll find there:

Vintage VHS and DVDs!

There will be THOUSANDS of classic movies, obscure and well-known!

There will be THOUSANDS of classic movies, obscure and well-known!

Girlie mags and movie memorabilia!

These mags are like little time machines!!

These mags are like little time machines!!

Wild sleaze paperbacks from the 1950s!

That's a Gene Bilbrew cover on the left, Paul Rader cover in the middle!

That’s a Gene Bilbrew cover on the left, Paul Rader cover in the middle!

Maybe you like Sherlock Holmes…or 1950s pinup digests?

You never know what you'll find at this great monthly memorabilia show!

You never know what you’ll find at this great monthly memorabilia show!

Or maybe you’d like to pick up those convenient Taschen Icon editions of John Willie’s Bizarre or the works of Eric Stanton?

No sophisticated library should be without these volumes! ;)

No sophisticated library should be without these volumes! 😉

And you can catch up on the amazing story about Zena, the girl with the world’s most gigantic breasts, in a perfectly preserved sex tabloid from 1991!

You'll want to browse for hours in this paradise of vintage collectibles!

You’ll want to browse for hours in this paradise of vintage collectibles!

So look for me and a great assortment of dealers this Saturday, August 31, 2013, at VINTAGE MANIA, at the Holiday Inn at 440 West 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues! 10 a.m to 5:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION! See you there!

Love old paperbacks with all those shady ladies!! (This one sold, but I've got more!!)

Love old paperbacks with all those shady ladies! How about you?

POSTSCRIPT: Well, it’s 6:30 p.m. on 8/31/13 as I write this postscript, and the Vintage Mania show is over now. If you missed this fun show, don’t worry–you can check out the next one at the same location on September 28th, only four weeks away; the flyer above lists the upcoming dates of all future 2013 shows!

 

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