I was unfamiliar with the original non-porn version of Lavender Lounge that aired between 1991 and 1995. Granted, it aired on public access television far away from me in San Francisco and I never saw it during its six-month run on satellite broadcast. Still it was nicknamed the "The Queer American Bandstand" by many of its fans. Apparently, after the show ended, Mark Kliem, its creator and executive producer, went on to work in the adult industry.
This incarnation of LavenderLounge doesn't even remotely resemble the relatively wholesome image that the former dance show for gay boys and girls conjures up for me. Moreover, while that program offered a gay approach to a traditionally straight concept, this collection is more of an alternative approach to traditional gay porn. Many of its scenes involve fetish gear and BDSM, so you'll see lots of leather and sling sex. Some scenes are solo, though.
Updates are weekly and you'll find 27 videos with great-quality playback. You can download them in Windows Media, QuickTime and MP4 fiels, with the WMVs slightly outperforming the other two. However, there are 14 flicks labeled as HD that are much more impressive, but they cannot be downloaded, only streamed in an embedded Flash player.
You're in for all kinds of bum fun, including intergenerational matchups where daddies do it with boys in their prime, interracial action, flogging, bondage and encasement in plastic wrap. If you like facial and body hair, tattoos and piercings then you're in for a treat. You should definitely recognize pornstars Alessio Romero, Tober Brandt, Connor Habib and ebony hunk Race Cooper. There are also some amateurs, like some Latin boys who are simply in need of cash.
I must confess that my favorite of the 21 high-res photo sets is one of the solo spreads featuring Josh West who, although younger than me at around 37 years old, still has mature appeal. There's a bit of salt in his pepper when it comes to his short hair and beard. His hairy bod is what I consider perfection, because it's lean and hard. Then, of course, there's the long, thick schlong between his muscled thighs. He's dreamy in a real masculine way.
You get access to all four of the sites that you can find through the Cock Access network: World Of Men, Bulldog Pit and Alpha Male Fuckers. They definitely add some value and bring you action that's somewhat similar to this site. You can also check out an extra section with behind-the-scenes footage. Even so, Lavender Lounge is a tad small and with only weekly updates, this unique site will need time to grow.
|Cross Sales: 1 pre-checked|
|Pic sets: 21+||Pics per set: 50||Zip sets: Yes|
|Pic Res: N/A||High Res: Yes|
|Number of movies: 27+||HD Porn: Yes||DRM protection: No|
|Average Length: 20 mins||Full length videos: Yes||Streaming: Yes|
|Condoms: All||Download Limits: No
MP4 (944x540; 2160k)
Flash (1920x1080; 6000k; streaming)
MOV (720x406; 2617k)
Windows (720x406; 2427k)
|Independent Biller(s):||NetBilling, Epoch|
Pros & Cons
-great-quality downloadable videos
-high-def streaming videos
-can't save favorites
-can't leave comments