Click on image to view BBC vintage video from 1981: Toyah Willcox interviews Strange in Robin Hood guise
◼ ONE OF STEVE STRANGE’S TALENTS was persuading the press to believe in his latest wheeze, however fantastic. He had a way of convincing himself that a story was already written and a mission achieved before he had pressed the accelerator and set off. This irritated as many journalists as it amused and many were consequently very sceptical of his next big announcement – like saying he’d booked a big American star to do her first live promotional performance in Britain at his crowning glory, the Camden Palace, capacity 1,410. But in fact he had and she did, and in June 1983 the unknown Madonna was launched singing to backing tapes for half an hour.
The myths surrounding Steve were always the stuff of self-promotion. Today, he would say, I am Robin Hood, tomorrow Ruritanian Space Cadet, the next day Marionette with the mind of a toy. A compulsive man of masks presents a tricky subject for the scribblers obliged to capture that life once it is spent, so we must tiptoe through the obituaries like a minefield, and beware of tripping over Steve’s much-spun versions of history that were pure fantasy. Even national newspapers seemed to fall for many of the dreams he spouted, as well as the exceedingly vague memories committed to his 2002 book, Blitzed.
➢ Read extracts from the obituaries inside Shapersofthe80s: As the mainstream writers lead you through those New Romantic years, see if you can spot the porkies
BOY GEORGE’S OWN TRIBUTE TO HIS RIVAL
➢ At Shapersofthe80s: Original Blitz Kids say farewell to Steve Strange, their host, pivot, style icon, friend
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Material Girl retrospective at Macy’s LA
➢ Sneak glimpse on the Material World blog of the Material Girl Collection on display at Macy’s Los Angeles – “We just got back from our Material Girl Madonna Pop-Up Fashion Exhibit. Where should we start? From Madonna’s iconic never-before-seen fashion pieces like Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic corset, to the blasting music, to the amazing crowd of Material Girls and Boys – it was a night we’ll never forget”
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
➢ Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: a celebration of the grand priestess of the music industry, by The Vigilant Citizen — One conspiracy theorist’s take on 13 minutes of pop
➢ The Bavarian Illuminati — an Enlightenment-era secret society founded in 1776. A modern version is alleged to mastermind events in order to establish a New World Order.
MADONNA’S HALFTIME SHOW IN FULL
MORE SATANIC SYMBOLISM DECODED ON VIDEO
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