music post again

April 9, 2010

RIP Malcolm McLaren. You were often ludicrous and incompetent, but you were important.

McLaren grew up in Stoke Newington (shout-out to my ‘hood!), and his mother reportedly had an affair with Charles Clore “the man who bought Selfridge’s”. (When I read that, suddenly a light goes on in my head – he must be the Clore who many university buildings are named after!)

Here are some of McClaren moments:

Bow Wow Wow – C30 C60 C90

Bow Wow Wow were manufactured to sell new romantic clothes, but they’re the still the perfect post-punk act. The tribal drumming motifs get me bopping around every time. (I love that whole tribal drumming phase on the Early Eighties – Ants, Creatures, etc.) A constantly retightening spring of energy.

Annabella Lwin has super-awesome style also – we used her on the front of a Black Plastic flyer.

Bow Wow Wow were formed after McLaren pinched some of the members from Adam and the Ants.

Malcolm McLaren – Double Dutch

I have fond members of skipping over the skipping rope to this at the Eighties Night at Whitby Gothic Weekend. Well, I say, ‘skipping’, I mean tripping over once and giving up.

And of course…

Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK

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