We at MZ are saddened to hear about the passing of icon Malcolm McLaren and wanted to share some musings about his influence. Here are some words from a musician remotely associated with the people that bring you this blog.
“I can’t overstate how much influence McLaren had on [Blue Dog Pict] – in fact we were less interested in mohawk and safety-pin “capital p” Punk than in pursuing the idea of changing things, shocking those falling asleep from stagnation and exploring new syntax, fashion, discourse, and even purpose for doing so. He was a big part of the equation, far more than Never Mind the Bollocks. Of course in the big picture we were nobody, but in our own little piece of the world, we changed things, because we refused to accept mediocrity, gatekeepers, convention. Again, this came from the sort of audacity and bravado transmitting from the energy at Glitterbest and the scene there.
“Before every show, I would read a passage, any passage, chosen at random, from Jon Savage’s book “England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond” to reignite and remind me exactly why it was we were doing what we were doing. And it worked. It never let me rest on my laurels. The Sex Pistols, were a great band, and the recordings were amazing – but the brains behind the operation came from McLaren. He was a rebel, a prophet, an entrepreneur, a svengali, a visionary and an irritating brat. May he rest in peace, I trust his influence will not be understated or undervalued.” – Keram Malicki-Sanchez, lead singer, Blue Dog Pict – from a post on Facebook.