MEDIA: SLEAZE NATION: AN EXPERT’S VIEW - Forget Teletubbies, Maria Ainley-Taylor finds a good way to chill out, ironically

Sleaze Nation sounded familiar. In its previous incarnation it was a free club guide, thrust - along with a fistful of flyers - into my shaky hand at 7am on numerous Sunday mornings when I’d emerged, wide-eyed and shiny faced, from clubland into reality.

Sleaze Nation sounded familiar. In its previous incarnation it was

a free club guide, thrust - along with a fistful of flyers - into my

shaky hand at 7am on numerous Sunday mornings when I’d emerged,

wide-eyed and shiny faced, from clubland into reality.



No longer a give-away to be left on a taxi seat or friend’s living-room

floor after a Teletubbies session, Sleaze Nation has been transformed

into a cooler-than-thou style magazine, aimed at the intelligent,

post-modern clubber.



Its agenda is outlined self-consciously on page one: ’This publication

packages the vanguard of life. Subculture for sale.’ But such pomposity

is swiftly undercut with the addition: ’And we look shit-hot underneath

your Rizla.’



The guiding ethos behind Sleaze Nation is that prerequisite for 90s

living - irony. The pages are dripping with the stuff. The title, along

with many a contemporary style aficionado, uses irony as a disclaimer:

you can get away with anything - hot-pink stiletto pixie boots,

loungecore soundtracks to 60s porn movies - if it’s done with irony.

I’ve adopted this stance many times: I wore a highly ironic transparent

frock to Renaissance at the Cross last Saturday - I always like a bit of

sartorial sarcasm with my progressive house.



Sleaze Nation is a mix of interviews (DJs, producers, promoters),

reviews, fashion, listings and opinion pieces brimming with ’attitood’.

The Les Arts section was a welcome addition, proving there’s more to

club culture than mindless hedonism.



The writing is patchy and the design is of the quirky style familiar to

anyone raised on the Face.



Sleaze Nation makes the ideal coffee-table mag. It is to dance music

what Wallpaper is to interiors.



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