08 April 2010
In memoriam: Malcolm McLaren.
I know next to nothing about the Sex Pistols or the New York Dolls. But here are a few pieces of music Mr. McLaren had his dirty fingers in somehow or another, and they're all spectacular. He was a brilliant bastard of a businessman, and I think the world will be a little less sleazy-interesting without him.
FANTASTIC PLANET: Carry On Columbus
Ah, the rave years. With a melody that sounds like both the Phantasm theme, "Right in the Night" by Jam & Spoon, and "Spanish Caravan" by The Doors.
MALCOLM McLAREN & THE BOOTZILLA ORCHESTRA: Deep in Vogue
Samples from Paris is Burning, and this bad boy predates Madonna's "Vogue" by quite some time.
MALCOLM McLAREN and FRANCOISE HARDY: Revenge of the Flowers
From MMcL's jazz-pop "Paris" project. Love it.
MALCOLM McLAREN: Double Dutch
A global mush of everything, and one of the most enduring leftfield tracks of the early 80s.
MALCOLM McLAREN and ALISON LIMERICK: Magic's Back (The Ghosts of Oxford Street)
McLaren meets Stock and Waterman, with the voice of Alison Limerick (not Double You). Apologies for the wonky quality and the lack of embeddability.