Classics: Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra – Deep In Vogue (Banjie Realness) (Epic)
A former Punk whom we most likely remember for his work along with the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren was open to everything from his early age. This therefore leading him to embrace different styles, whatever his expression form could be…
He most likely introduced the technique of scratching into production on the memorable ‘Buffalo Gals’ back in 1983. He then would explore Vogue-ing, a famous NYC dancing trend inherited from French mag Vogue, 6 years after. At the same period Madonna did it with ‘Vogue’, as a matter of fact…
For this to happen, he surrounded himself with a whole bunch of luminaries. From Jeff Beck to Lisa Marie and Willie Ninja to name a few, together united as The Bootzilla Orchestra. With the late Phil Ramone (Chicago) and David LeBolt sharing the duties productionwise.
‘Deep In Vogue’ pretty much encompassed with the early Brit-House was about at the time. Embedding Disco and Funk influences. With Mark Moore (of the S-Express fame) and William Orbit expanding the feeling. And as a result, adding some extravaganza to it.
‘Deep In Vogue’ eventually appeared to the credit of Malcolm McLaren & The House Of McLaren guise on its CBS release.
Diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in October 2009, McLaren sadly died of the disease on Apr. 08 2010 in a hospital in Bellinzona, Ticino (Switzerland). He was 64.
One could eventually see a headstone on his grave grave in April 2013. It featured the slogan “Better a spectacular failure, than a benign success”. This was a misquote of McLaren‘s claim that the best advice he received came from an art school teacher. The latter saying: “It is better to be a flamboyant failure than any kind of benign success…”