Super Bowl entrance: Madonna enthroned and hauled by hunky soldiers clad as if from ancient history. (Videograb from TheHumanSlinky)
❚ MADONNA ASTRIDE A GOLDEN THRONE made a spectacular entrance into the Indianapolis Super Bowl stadium on Sunday, hauled by 50 plumed soldiers in ancient Mesopotamian uniform. The Halftime Show at the most important football game of the year is the most viewed event on American TV. Most normal viewers would have recalled one great cinematic image — Cleopatra’s processional entrance into Rome in the 1963 epic starring Liz Taylor as the Queen of ancient Egypt.
Entrance into Rome: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra in Joseph Mankiewicz’s cinema epic, 1963
But no. The diehard conspiracist who blogs as The Vigilant Citizen has penned this fabulous dissection of Madonna’s 13 minutes of pop screened on TV around the globe…
“ Her first performance was highly influenced by ancient Egypt-Sumeria-Babylon and Madonna’s costume recalls an ancient Babylonian goddess. Ishtar was a powerful and assertive goddess whose areas of control and influence included warfare, love, sexuality, prosperity, fertility and prostitution… Laced with profound imagery, Madonna’s halftime performance was a massive Illuminati ritual, one that was witnessed by billions of viewers. On this Super Bowl ‘Day of Atonement’, Madonna, the High Priestess of the Illuminati industry, entered the Holy of Holies of America and delivered a 13 minutes sermon that was heard by all… but understood by few… ” / continued at VC
Three faces engraved by a life in rock: Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher, Dave Gahan and Martin Gore have between them survived depression, addiction, mental instability, attempted suicide, divorce and fatherhood
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MORE INTERESTING THAN MOST PEOPLE’S FANTASIES — THE SWINGING EIGHTIES 1978-1984
They didn’t call themselves New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids – but other people did.
“I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real” — Stephen Jones, hatmaker, 1983. (Illustration courtesy Iain R Webb, 1983)
“The truth about those Blitz club people was more interesting than most people’s fantasies” — Steve Dagger, pop group manager, 1983
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VINCENT ON AIR 2022
✱ Deejay legend Robbie Vincent returned to JazzFM on Sundays 1-3pm in 2021… Catch Robbie’s JazzFM August Bank Holiday 2020 session thanks to AhhhhhSoul with four hours of “nothing but essential rhythms of soul, jazz and funk”.
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UNTOLD BLITZ STORIES
✱ If you thought there was no more to know about the birth of Blitz culture in 1980 then get your hands on a sensational book by an obsessive music fan called David Barrat. It is gripping, original and epic – a spooky tale of coincidence and parallel lives as mind-tingling as a Sherlock Holmes yarn. Titled both New Romantics Who Never Were and The Untold Story of Spandau Ballet! Sample this initial taster here at Shapers of the 80s
CHEWING THE FAT
✱ Jawing at Soho Radio on the 80s clubland revolution (from 32 mins) and on art (@55 mins) is probably the most influential shaper of the 80s, former Wag-club director Chris Sullivan (pictured) with editor of this website David Johnson
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