Malcolm McLaren – Let It Rock
Very saddened to hear about the passing of Malcolm McLaren. As a 15 year old I hung out in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Seditionaries shop in the Kings Rd. It was always a hive of creativity in there, an Aladdin’s cave, and no one seemed to mind some kid hanging around. Their conversations inspired me no end – Malcolm always encouraging people to be themselves and break the rules whenever possible.
Years later myself and William Orbit found ourselves working with Malcolm on a bunch of remixes from his ‘Waltz Darling’ album. Malcolm came to the studio to collaborate and on his arrival began recounting tales, both old and new, of the Sex Pistols and beyond. Me and William sat there like kids listening to an expert raconteur.
After two days of this we had to order him out of the studio as we hadn’t actually started any work! We could easily have listened to more. The track ‘Deep In Vogue’ went to number one in the US Billboard Dance chart and along with Something’s Jumpin’ In Your Shirt’ from the same sessions are two of the remixes I’m most proud of. Malcolm continues to inspire me today and one couldn’t hope for a better teacher of subversion.