Phil Varone’s Swinging American Style and Secret Sex Stash
Phil Varone gained international attention as the drummer for rock bands Saigon Kick and Skid Row. Exiting the rock and roll world in 2004, he moved on to acting and standup comedy, the latter a perfect home for his dry wit and self-deprecating humor. In 2010, he was the cover boy and centerfold feature in Playgirl magazine, which marked his entry into adult entertainment. To date, he has released two DVDs, last year’s Secret Sex Stash and this year’s Swinging American Style: Texas F*ck ’Em, via Vivid Entertainment. The company graciously sent both films for review.
Swinging American Style
At some point, you probably subjected yourself to an hour or more of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Maybe you were curious as to what all the fuss was about. Maybe you were being nice to an acquaintance who believes that reality shows are real and wanted a viewing partner. Maybe you had an evening off and God forbid you should actually, you know, read a book. Or maybe you’re a fan of televised tripe.
Whatever your reason, you know how this nonsense works. One man or woman seeks a partner and embarks on a series of group and one-on-one dates in search of that perfect soulmate, with whom they will break up approximately six weeks after the series wraps. The shows are filled with annoying dialog, group sports and activities, travel to exotic locales (no doubt the incentive for people signing on to this gig), sex is implied but never seen beyond make-out sessions, and through it all, everyone indulges in a lot of delicious-looking food.
Phil Varone’s Swinging American Style is a lot like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, except that it’s not fake, no one is seeking a soulmate, there’s no canned dialog, no travel and no make-out sessions. There are, however, group activities — a card game of Texas Hold ’Em, lots of sex — and a lot of delicious-looking food.
It’s no secret that Varone and his fiancée engage in the so-called “swinger” lifestyle. This film (notice the title) brings viewers into an afternoon of couples swapping partners. Like Secret Sex Stash, Swinging American Style is not a big-budget, high-tech production, and that’s part of the beauty of the work. There’s no weak scripting, bizarre sex stunts or roughing up of the women. These are not professional actors or reality show participants who have been HD-glossed to perfection. Instead, we have regular folks allowing viewers like you to watch them have sex from the comfort of your home.
Varone directed Swinging American Style. He also participates in the film and stars as Phil Varone — a skill that is uniquely his. Would this two-hour sexcapade be as much fun without him? Not a chance. He’s just that likable, and as a result, so is this DVD. Best of all, there’s no nauseating rose ceremony to bring it to its grand finale.
Secret Sex Stash
Have you ever watched someone you know, or kind of know, have sex? After a lengthy telephone interview with Phil Varone (see link below) and the occasional exchanged message via social media, it’s not that we know each other as much as there is a baseline level of familiarity. Growing up backstage at concerts, conducting a number of interviews on tour buses over the years, seeing what goes on behind the scenes, as well as following Varone’s career with Saigon Kick and Skid Row, also added to that feeling of familiarity. Thus, watching him “perform” on camera was a bit awkward in a voyeuristic kind of way.
Varone filmed Secret Sex Stash himself and recruited women that he knew. He has sex with five girls (one threesome), and while the DVD and his website promote them as groupies, they seem more like longtime friends. For the record: They all signed releases, everything was consensual and — hold on to your stereotypes about musicians — he uses condoms. More points! (The doggie-patterned sheets and pillowcases that show up in one segment are also rather endearing.)
Of course, what with Varone being a rock and roll musician, you’re probably wondering just how over-the-top this movie is. The answer: It isn’t. Varone noted in our interview, “I’m really not that crazy,” and it’s true. (More points.) There’s nothing shocking in this quite lengthy DVD, nothing experimental, no bondage, no swinging from chandeliers, not even an anal scene — although he recently informed me that the girls didn’t let him. (If you’ve ever seen Varone naked, you understand why. If not, stay tuned for a review of his massive, vibrating, pierced Dr. Philgood.)
Reviewing an adult film star’s sexual technique can be tricky and sometimes uncomfortable. Trying to hold up the Olympic scorecards on someone you’ve interviewed and communicated with is downright cumbersome. Too technical and it sounds like you’re notching demerits. Too flattering and it sounds unprofessional. What ladies most likely want to know: Yes, he seems to enjoy kissing the girls he’s with, and he does a lot of hair-stroking and all the nice stuff that girls like. Best of all, he never takes himself too seriously. “That’s all you need — a couple of gold records,” he quips at one point in the film. True, that, but obviously not meant to be taken seriously in the context of the film.
Really, would I give this guy anything less?
Read Phil Varone’s first GTxxxtreme interview here: http://www.gtxxxtreme.com/blog/interviews/xxxtreme-interview-phil-varone/
Learn more about all things Varone, and why he rocks, here: http://www.philvarone.com/
Follow @thephilvarone on Twitter.
Like him — you know you want to — on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialphilvarone
Keep checking this website for our next interview.