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"Deep in Vogue" is a 1989 dance single by Malcolm McLaren and the Bootzilla Orchestra featuring Lourdes and Willie Ninja, with additional production and remix by Mark Moore and William Orbit, sampling the 1973 MFSB song "Love is the Message."
McLaren was so impressed with the Moore and Orbit version that he scrapped his original recording and used the Moore/Orbit remix (in a shortened form with a spoken intro by McLaren and some other parts not found on the 12 inch) for the Waltz Darling album.
Mark Moore used to hang out in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop Seditionaries as a 14-year-old punk rocker. Years later, after Moore hit the number one spot with his single "Theme from S'Express", Malcolm McLaren contacted him to ask him to remix a few tracks.
Moore asked his friend William Orbit to join him on the mix and the two of them set about sampling the voguing section of the Harlem ball culture documentary movie Paris Is Burning, which McLaren had casually given them.
The film was unreleased at the time but McLaren had brought a VHS tape of rushes with him along with permission from director Jennie Livingston to sample it. McLaren then introduced Moore and Orbit to the New York voguing scene which had captured his imagination. Willi Ninja also made the trip over to London to record vocals.
The film and record depicted the underground dance and ball scene of the gay, African-American and Latino voguing houses in New York City during the 1980s. McLaren's record was released two years before the film's official release, and was the first to bring 'voguing' to mainstream public attention - it pre-dates Madonna's "Vogue" and topped the Billboard dance chart in July 1989, nine months before the May 1990 release of Madonna's single.
The film is now a cult classic.
The single was McLaren's fourth entry on the Billboard Dance Play chart and his only number one. "Deep in Vogue" was number one on that chart for one week in July 1989. The single additionally charted at #83 in the UK, and #107 in Australia
This long version I consider one of the greatest videos ever made, aesthetically, artistically, culturally, sociologically, anthropologically... A watershed cultural moment. It brings tears to my eyes.
Malcolm McLaren, was a master of the cultural mash-up. It was McLaren who sent Adam Ant out into the world with the idea to mix a “dandy highwayman” image with African drumming; who crushed New York’s nascent hip-hop sound with squaredancing; and who mixed classical waltz music with dance styles cribbed from gay clubs before Madonna had heard of voguing. Together with Mark Moore, Orbit set about mixing “Deep in Vogue” from Waltz Darling, which resulted in the classic “Banjie Realness” mix in 1989. McLaren was so impressed that an edited version was used on the album, in place of the original version.
Willie Ninja is a masterpiece for the ages
gorgeous dance moves! this track must be on "Pose" season 2 !!!!
First time I hear this sweet track and immediately I think it sounds a bit like Vogue by Madonna. Didn't realise this came out a year before Vogue... then the realisation that Madonna ripped off this groove!
To anyone looking for inspiration, listen to this with a good quality pair of headphones, the bass on this record is superb.
Beyond fabulous. A simple black and white of people dancing - and it's mesmerizing. Willie Ninja we will always love you.
You can’t underestimate the impact on culture the late, great Malcolm McLaren had! He was the one who brought break dancing, scratching and graffiti art to the UK and gave us The Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow and brought Vogueing into the mainstream, allowing Madonna to steal the look and style to relaunch herself.
I have an hour long interview with McLaren from 1989 on VHS with this version of Deep In Vogue when he talks about the inspiration for his music and this track, and he said that Jeff Beck and Bootsy Collins were also playing on it.
This is one of the greatest videos to ever be on YouTube and it’s just a shame it’s not viewed more often! The absolute BEST!
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