I Like A Bit of A Cavort: Sigue Sigue Sputnik Perform Success on Brazilian TV

"A neon space gang from another planet" - Tony James. " “They looked great; they were wonderful in print. Their mistake was making a record” - Malcolm McLaren

 

Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 

About 10 years ago in a cramped club, an exotic creature whose ensemble included suede chaps and amazing boots joined the throng in my corner, shape-making and slithering to his heart’s content. It was quite a show, courtesy of Martin Degville, whose talents in fashion and music have it seems proved too uncontainable for sustained mainstream acceptance since he first emerged from Birmingham in the 70s.

 

Sigue Sigue Sputnik merchandise Sigue Sigue Sputnik - 1980s

Sigue Sigue Sputnik merchandise (c. 1986)

 

Martin Degville - Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Janet Street Porter, Abbey Road - 1985

Martin Degville – Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Janet Street Porter, Abbey Road – 1985

Generation X - Tony James, Billy Idol, Bob Andrews and Mark Laff

Generation X: Tony James, who formed Sigue Sigue Sputnik in 1982 (the name came from a news story about a Moscow street gang called Burn Burn Satellite) Billy Idol, Bob Andrews and Mark Laff – by Ray Stevenson

Generation X - Tony James, Billy Idol, Mark Laff and Bob Andrews - 1970s

Generation X: Tony James, Billy Idol, Mark Laff and Bob Andrews – by Ray Stevenson

Janet Street Porter with Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)

Janet Street Porter with Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)

 
Today it’s grey and cold, the kitchen floor’s being tiled so the back door has to be open. There is nothing else for it: a restorative jump-up to this wonderfully preposterous performance of Success by Degville, Tony James and the rest of Sigue Sigue Sputnik on Brazilian TV from way back:

 

 

Stick around for incomprehensible banter with the TV show host and the play-out over the credits of Rio Rocks.

Ay-ay-ay-ay!