Party in the back / rear

(There will be some frank talk of man-man sex, which some might want to avoid.)

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:


The immediate reference is to haircuts (hence, the reference to groomers). But then we get to shady business practices and to gay porn flicks.

In the cartoon, the centaur’s front part is conventional — business — but his back part is festive and piñata-like — a party.

The Mullet. From Wikipedia:

The mullet is a hairstyle that is short at the front and sides and long in the back. [or SFLB]

… The mullet and its associated lifestyle have been central themes in movies such as Joe Dirt “business in the front, party in the back” (2001)

My 7/10/10 posting on a Bizarro cartoon has a section on the mullet. Here’s a modest example on Hugh Jackman:


Many, many photos available on the web.

Legitimate business as cover for vice. “Business in (the) front, party in (the) back / rear” can also refer to an arrangement where some legitimate business — a flower shop, a drugstore, a barbershop, a pizza parlor, a nail salon, whatever — is located on the street, but serves as a gateway to (and cover for) a backroom or rooms where some form of illegal activity is available, usually gambling or prostitution. The fun, the party, is in the back / rear.

Rear as ‘butt’. The party in the rear variant lends itself to plays on rear referring to the butt (either the buttocks or the anus), as in the 2005 gay porn flick Party in the Rear, which is mostly about guys fucking guys. The front cover of the DVD, in a variant with the pornstar’s dick covered up:


Michael Brandon is the big pornstar in the film, but nicely furry Ivan Andros, pictured on the cover, is also featured. On Andros, from the Al’s Gay Porn Star site:

Ivan Andros was born … in 1973 in northern Spain and graduated from university with degrees in Economics and Business Administration. He’s worked as a math teacher. He has a 9-inch cock, stands about 5ft 10ins tall, has filmed with the likes of Kristen Bjorn and Titan. He prefers being fucked. His hobbies include working out, hiking, movies and racquetball

He was active in gay porn from 2001-07. Like many gay pornstars, he supplemented his film income with work as a rentboy. Here’s a younger, smooth-shaven, and somewhat leaner Andros advertising his services:


(Despite what the ad says, he was in his 30s at the time. Those are internet porn years in the ad.)

Bonus: yet another business … party usage. Found on photo sites on the net, this entertaining Japanese contribution:


One Response to “Party in the back / rear”

  1. Arne Adolfsen Says:

    Quite a few top-echelon interior design and antiques stores in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood back in the day (for me? 35-40 years ago) had discreet little signs next to their front doors quietly and tastefully announcing “Trade Entrance in Rear”. I never failed to find the signs amusing.

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