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RIP Malcolm McLaren

He was the puppet-master, the agent provocateur, who managed to project not just a band or a song or an image, but an idea into the larger public consciousness. He understood the power of media, of promotion, and how to fuck with them to your own advantage. He and the Pistols were like a semtex charge on the foundations of the music industry…

Sade – The Best of Sade (1994) • Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase (2005) • The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers (1976)

Best Ofs can be strange things. Sometimes they’re a great way of road-testing an artist/band. Sometimes the hits are all you want. Other times you’d be better served avoiding them altogether, and seeking out a particular album. Some bands are defined by their hits (eg: Abba), while others are completely misrepresented by them (eg: Genesis). Whatever the case, this was the first thing I ever got of hers/theirs (Sade is the band, Sade Adu is the singer), so I’m recommending it, because it made me eventually seek out their studio albums…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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