Portland musician Saucy Yoda can thank geriatric rapper Blowfly for getting her fired. The lead-up to that pivotal moment in her music career is captured in the “The Weird World of Blowfly,” a documentary that can be found on instant Netflix.
Saucy Yoda – whose real name is Melodie Langer – shows up around the 22-minute mark during a scene filmed backstage at PDX rock club Dante's. She's the pint-sized fan wearing a trucker hat and fake boobs as she hugs the film's foul-mouthed namesake.
Soon after, Langer is seen out in the crowd dancing to Blowfly's prurient cult hit, “Rap Dirty.” She's hard to miss with her blow-up sex doll, Shaqweeta, perched on her shoulders.
Yes, Saucy Yoda has named her blow-up doll, the mascot adorning the covers of her first two albums “Return of the Douche” and “Dysfunctional Dingus.” And Yoda likes to party, she does – much to the chagrin of her former employer.
She was a receptionist five years ago when that fateful Blowfly concert took place. Secretly, she spent her workdays writing many of the quirky party jams she'll deliver Saturday night, Feb. 16, at Tacoma's New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St.
But after a night of drunken debauchery at Dante's, “I didn't wake up the next day to go to work,” Langer recalled. “I was seven hours late and they fired me. It started my musical career, I guess you could say.”
Thus freed from her day job, Langer has spent the last several years rocking Northwest nightclubs and hitting the road as Saucy Yoda, a nickname she's had since high school. She chooses not to elaborate. “I don't know if I can tell that story,” she said. “Everyone can just come up with their own idea.”
Some Tacoma music fans are familiar with her idiosyncratic style – a rowdy, hilarious mashup of rap, punk, new wave and pop – from previous performances at Bob's Java Jive and Dirty Oscar's Annex. Her older tunes skew heavier on the rap with crackup party jams about boozing, salacious hookups and – well – Shaqweeta. A few years ago, she rocked the Jive's annual Maltoberfest accompanied by booming beats from her iPod.
This time, though, Saucy will bring her full band to showcase her increasingly eclectic sound. Langer plays guitar and kazoo. She'll be joined by Kaitie Hereford, a.k.a. “Bitchface Kaitie,” on bass and Judd Harris, a.k.a. Buttcheeks Davis, who plays drums and “squawking chicken.”
“I just like to make people laugh and have fun and dance. That's what I do,” she said. “I'll table top dance. I'll get on top of bars. I have life-sized sock monkeys in the audience or onstage as backup dancers. The shows are just really wild and fun.”
Expect lots of new material since Langer plans to drop her as yet unnamed third album in the next month or so. Fans can preview demos for “Bratitude,” “Grandma” and other new cuts online at http://www.soundcloud.com/saucy-yoda.
Also on bill are Tacoma's Speeding Kills Bears and Portland's Needles and Pizza, a band that Langer compares to the B-52s. Music starts at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5; (253) 572-4020 or http://www.thenewfrontier.com for further details.
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