Dianne Steinberg Is Engraved On My Heart
There is really very little reason to watch this film besides Steinberg’s cheeky rendition of “You Never Give Me Your Money”, “She’s So Heavy” and of course, her wildly polarizing interpretation of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, unless you’re super interested in watching to cinematic equivalent of a 30 car pile up.
Her first appearance is so intergalactic. Standing next to an ostentatious white limo in a glorious white suit (sans shirt), chauffeur’s cap, fierce make up and a bling bling bow tie, she owns that scene. Actually, pretty much all the visuals in this scene are cool. Right down to her character making out with Frampton atop a giant spinning record shaped bed.
Here’s Dianne singing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” backed by Stargard playing the Diamonds to her Lucy. Her version of this song knocks me out. I love it so much, and apparently am in the minority on this one.
I remember practicing the song and the dance moves when I was eleven. Fashioning sheets to my arms and wearing a leotard and tap shoes, I clickity clacked my way around the living room singing about the girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
At this point I feel compelled to mention that while being a fairly big fan of The Beatles, I am not a fan of them singing their own works. With the exception of George, I find their vocals tinny and reminiscent of mating feral cats. Now their work as solo artists, my opinion differs quite considerably. Double Fantasy, Somewhere in England, Goodnight Vienna and McCartney by John, George, Ringo and Paul/Wings (respectively) are some of my favorite albums, mostly because it seems like Clapton and Bowie, their voices got better with age, or perhaps I became more tolerant of them.
Anyway, back to Ms. Steinberg.
I loved her look during the Sgt Pepper era and to this day there are influences in my own style. The hair, the lipgloss, the flawless face with more of an emphasis on eye and lip. It’s all there and it’s all good.