Black Lips' Basel 2013 Pool Party: Naked Women, Vomit, and Fog Machines

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Photo by David Von Bader

Black Lips
Shore Club, Miami Beach
Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's fair to say that Art Basel Miami Beach has come under critical siege at times for its supposed devolution from world-class art festival to glorified party.

However, while plenty of people critiquing Basel are, in fact, too cool for even the coolest events and busy playing the role of the post-hip hipster, the fact of the matter is Basel takes place in Miami and Miami fucking parties.

While there is so much more to this city and its culture than partying, it is in the subtext of just about everything going on around here. And it is with that spirit in mind that Atlanta's Black Lips and Juxtapoz Magazine threw Basel 2013's ultimate rock 'n' roll gig -- a pool party at the Shore Club, complete with naked women, vomit, and fog machines.

See also: Basel 2013: Tegan & Sara (and Big Fans Puking in the Sand) at VH1 and Scope Party

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Photo by David Von Bader

The ATL punk rockers took to a stage constructed at the head of the Shore Club's lavish pool, following what felt like an endless string of thumping hip-hop anthems. The crowd was comprised of an awkward mix of well-heeled stiffs and rowdy rockers, with a few fans riding so high on whatever substances that they could not keep their dancing under control, even before the band played a single note.

As the theme music for a superhero played over the speakers, fog machines created a hazy atmosphere that hung over the pool with cinematic perfection, and the band cracked into its set with a glorious kerrang of reverb-soaked guitar and fuzzy bass.

The start of the set had a tame, garage-rock prom vibe that saw a few crowd members shimmying to the band's grooves. However, following a Black Lips member's harmless suggestion that "someone should take a dip," a trio of female fans took it upon themselves to take the party from stodgy to dodgy, peeling off their tops and splashing into the luxurious waters below and fulfilling the essential dream of all rock 'n' rollers since the advent of the form: To have topless women go nuts in a pool while you perform.

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Shore Club Hotel

1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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15 comments
durf
durf

Awesomely written article. My friends and I were there~ I was the one in the red dress who couldn't stop dancing. :) I was very sober, though! I had to make it fun for myself since I was around a bunch of stiffies. Your article had us laughing so hard; you got all of the highlights.

Jason Koerner
Jason Koerner

could not get past the images to read the article, interesting choices for publication

Marc Rosado
Marc Rosado

"Take a dip with chunks and chicks!"

Kai Mato
Kai Mato

Darlene Moreira-Alberts you should tag Larissa so they can see the article.

Jessika Carney
Jessika Carney

Joseph F. Carney III This is one of my favorite bands! I saw them in ATL like 50 times and last time in NYC at the Beekman Beir Garden which is a super ritzy place there was toilet paper everywhere, glass, it was insane

Amanda Cover
Amanda Cover

Can't believe I missed this! He whipped out his man-junk and played the guitar with it last year at Coachella. Now THAT would make for some priceless reactions from that Shore Club crowd.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jayan, guess we shouldn't tell it it was a free show :/

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