Released in 1984 this is an incredibly difficult album to find but every once in a while it does come up for sale on E-Bay. I scoured the Flee Markets for a few years before I acquired my copy. For those dumbass's that don't know who Malcom McLaren is, he was the manager of iconic punk rock band The Sex Pistols during their meteoric albeit short lived rise to glory during the late 70's. Over the years he experimented with many sounds and idea's. Many call him innovative, while other claim he did nothing more than steal original ideas from others and make them his own. There are argument to merit both sides, and I suspect he may be a little of both. This album is his attempt to fuse Opera, 80's New Wave and R&B together to create an entirely new sound and if do say so myself it worked out incredibly well. The stand out track on "Fans" is of course Madam Butterfly, the single that charted on both sides of the Atlantic. It's an amazing creation of two musical genre's that are seldom mixed and he pulls it off successfully. This album is by no means perfect, the rest of the album is more of the same but none of the other tracks seem to work anywhere near as well as Madam Butterfly, although I do like "Boys Chorus". If you find this album grab it, its worth it just for the one single and also I would think as a collectors item in a few years.
The Tracks are as follows...
"Madam Butterfly" ( UnB el di Veremo)
"Fans" (Nessun Dorma)
"Carmen" (L'Oiseau rebelle)
"Boys Chorus" (La sui monti dell' Est)
"Lauretta" (O mio babbina Caro)
"Death Of A Butterfly" (Tu Tu Piccolo)
Produced by Malcolm McLaren and Robbie Kilgore
Produced and Engineered by Stephen Hague and Walter Turbitt