But even their best albums cannot stand up against Led Zeppelin IV.
It is, quite simply, the greatest rock album ever made.
Eye contact, smiles, and body awareness will go much further than back-breaking Cirque du Soleil maneuvers, at least at first. Visit (the ultimate strip club list) for a comprehensive list of venues. If doing a full-contact nude dance for $10 sounds too low (it is), keep looking for a place that encourages the workers to be able to financially support themselves. That means hygiene items, clothing, makeup, and fitness and health purchases that specifically impact or relate to your job. Be very selective with whom you give your personal information to.
Yelp can be valuable -- but please read all reviews with a grain of glitter, since negative reviews are often left by bitter ex-patrons who were ejected for poor behavior. A day crowd might be blue-collar workers on lunch break, while Friday nights will feature millennials doing Jell-O shots. I have had stalkers, and I have had privacy concerns. It costs only a few bucks to decode a cell number, and creepers will pay that in order to get your personal information.
And so, when the times get tough, the tough get stripping! Whatever your attire, ensure ensembles are resistant to Jack Daniel's stains... I avoid complex strappy contraptions; because the time it takes me to untangle a pentagram harness literally takes ticks off the clock when I could be hustling to do lap dances. My real name is Sapphire but you can call me Diamond when I meet your mother. Your time and labor come with a price, because that's how transactions work.
Here's to supporting adult entertainment in a consensual, informed manner. Most clubs will have you fill out a form, hopefully make a copy of your ID, and will require an audition of at least one song on stage. That's what you'll be doing hundreds of times over if you get hired -- so let's make sure you can at least walk a few steps without falling down. Practice saying, "No thank you, I'm not going to do that." Clientele will try to haggle you for prices, touch you more than is allowed, or simply refuse to pay you. You as a worker are able to refuse service, especially if someone is indicating that they don't respect the house rules or your personal boundaries. And if the guy asks (and they will), "You don't trust me? "I don't trust anyone, silly." Stay off of your cellphone. If you went to a comedy show and you could see the headliner scrolling Instagram while waiting to be announced, you'd see him as half-assing his job, yes? I've left a six-hour shift with $30, and earned $200 in a matter of minutes. With such an unreliable income, I tell new strippers to save at least 10% of their tips in a savings account that does not link to a credit or debit card.
In a way the song has been a victim of its startling originality and intense emotion, overplayed on rock radio, badly imitated by legions of lesser bands and worn out by ham fisted buskers.
But clear your mind of cliché by association and it’s still a mind-blowing piece of music, building from delicate folksiness to urgent rock intensity and spiralling upwards into a symphonic guitar fantasia, with a message of mythic truthfulness at its core. The overall sense of Led Zeppelin IV is of swaggering, heavy rock by a band of alpha musicians in full flow, and they certainly riff it up over the percussive shuffle of Four Sticks and let it all hang out on the funky trip of Misty Mountain Hop.
As a stripper of seven years, I know that my chosen work is not for everyone. If you wear little makeup, have hardly any tattoos, and keep your hair one color, you'll attract a wider audience that probably views you as less assertive. Don't let anybody pressure you into talking about what is YOUR personal business. A stripper's hustle is akin to speed dating: You're trying to gather information and get to know a total stranger in a very short amount of time.
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There are only eight tracks and Zeppelin never put out singles but at least half of these songs play such a fundamental part in the soundtrack of our times that they would be immediately identifiable by most listeners from just a few bars.
Has there ever been a greater opening phrase in rock history than Robert Plant’s wail over the hum of warmed up amps on Black Dog?
But there are other dimensions to the sound that ensure the listener’s ear is not dulled by relentless attack, the strange folky yearning of The Battle Of Evermore and the wistful beauty of Going To California, where mellifluous acoustic guitars and mandolins frame one of Plant’s most touching and expressive vocals.