Why Lollapalooza Died

We explore campaign theme songs, examine the death of Lollapalooza and get down verbally with Paul Oakenfold

My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo
I'd like to sink her with my pink torpedo....

Francis Slay also chose F-Mac's ubiquitous "Don't Stop" (perhaps the hardest-working song in politics) for his successful mayoral campaign back in 1999. No word on what Slay has in store for his re-election campaign in '06 but reliable sources say the Reverend Al Sharpton, the RFT-endorsed candidate for mayor, is planning to oust the incumbent with a brass-band version of Public Enemy's "By the Time I Get to Arizona":

For the man who demands respect
'Cause he was great c'mon
I'm on the one mission
To get a politician
To honor or he's a goner
By the time I get to St. Louis....
-- Chad Garrison

Paul Oakenfold: "Oh yeah, Mr. Nelly!"
Paul Oakenfold: "Oh yeah, Mr. Nelly!"


Thursday, July 22
Arch grounds

Hey, Mr. DJ!

London resident, chef and international superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold is a very busy man. Reached in Los Angeles moments before departing for Detroit, he found time to talk to the little ol' RFT. Here's what he had to say about the Lou, playing out (literally) and the most annoying clubbers ever.

The Riverfront Times: You've been to St. Louis before. What do you know or like about St. Louis?

Paul Oakenfold: I've been there twice very briefly actually. The first time, I did a small club [Velvet], which was really good. The crowd was really up for it and seemed to enjoy themselves, which was good because I had a great time. It was really nice [for] my first time there. I had a little time, so we obviously looked briefly at the Mississippi and the Arch and drove around town. And then the last time I came was with Moby, and we were actually out of town [in Sauget]. We came, performed and then we were on the tour bus and off, so I didn't really have too much time again to have a look around. I do like to kind of see what's going on and kind of get involved as much as possible really.

I know you've worked with a variety of different kinds of artists. You know, hip-hop is really big here in St. Louis. Do you have any plans to work with Nelly, or would you like to work with him?

Oh yeah, Mr. Nelly! I think his music's great. I'm looking forward to both albums.... I think he has a formula that works really well, and he seems really nice, not that I've met him, but he seems really cool. He put St. Louis on the map.

So I have a bunch of recordings of live performances of yours, and it seems like inevitably every time someone's either blowing a disco whistle or the air horn. Do they distract you as you're playing?

[laughs] No, no, no, it's just people enjoying themselves. I mean, that's what it's all about for me. The most important thing in clubs is the people, so if they're having a good time, then hopefully so am I.

Do you like playing outdoors or indoors better? I know you've played a lot of festivals, but clubs too.

There's something about playing outdoors. I'm really looking forward to playing under the Arch. This is a great honor for me to come to St. Louis and do this, so I'm really looking forward to it. -- Alison Sieloff

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