The Erotic Gospel According to Khan

A few weeks ago King Khan told me, "In 1999 I moved to Germany with a dream to make a big psychedelic soul band, complete with go-go dancers and blazing horns."

And the wrath of Khan began.

When an Indian guy wearing a pith helmet and carrying a cobra staff tells you it's time "to have an animal party," you do not deny the call of the wild. Last night at Mohawk, the first U.S. tour by King Khan & the Shrines took its only Texas date to task, inciting random make-out sessions and disrobings in the crowd. The ninepiece Shrines, including a gold pom-pom waving dancer named Bamboorella, all wore matching outfits, and they brought THE SHOW, ya dig?

“Land of the Freak,” “I Wanna Be a Girl,” and "Le Fils de Jacques Dutronc” all sounded 14-karat soul, and Khan even managed to weave the verses from “My Baby Daddy” and 69 Boys’ “The Dip” into the mix. When the master of ceremonies launched into the "psychedelic erotic gospel" portion of the show, and told a tale of being "reborn" through his lady's, uh, lady parts, the mental image was both repulsive and hilarious.

Then came the encore, the wardrobe change, the eyegasm. Yes, yes, oh god yes. Take a look at the gallery to the right for photographic proof.

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