Imagining a Better Future by Re-imagining the Past

Saturday, November 3, 2012

DFW Dieselpunks After Dark

Dieselpunks have longed prided ourselves on willing to look at the dirtier and grittier aspects of the 1920s through 40s. While we revel in the great accomplishments of that era, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Harlem Renaissance, Art Deco, the Greatest Generation and more, we also recognize that it was a time when some of the hypocrisy of the past was abandoned. In 1934, Cole Porter acknowledged this in the lyrics to his song “Anything Goes”:

In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
Anything Goes.

Good authors too who once knew better words,
Now only use four letter words
Writing prose, Anything Goes.

The world has gone mad today
And good's bad today,
And black's white today,
And day's night today,
When most guys today
That women prize today
Are just silly gigolos
And though I'm not a great romancer
I know that I'm bound to answer
When you propose,
Anything goes

When grand mama whose age is eighty
In night clubs is getting matey with gigolo's,
Anything Goes.

When mothers pack and leave poor father
Because they decide they'd rather be tennis pros,
Anything Goes.

If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
If bare limbs you like,
If Mae West you like
Or me undressed you like,
Why, nobody will oppose!
When every night,
The set that's smart
Is intruding in nudist parties in studios,
Anything Goes.

In keeping with this dirtier and darker spirit, a new web site has been created called “DFW Dieselpunks After Dark.” As it states on the web site, “The goal of this site is to provide a source of information for Dieselpunks in the Dallas-Fort Worth- Denton area about local Dieselpunk activities, Dieselpunk art, and Diesel Era historical material intended for those 18 or over.” 

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