Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Ghosts Of Oxford Street

(CHANNEL 4, 25/12/1991)
Let's face it - only 'old skool' Channel 4 would have been prepared to indulge one of Malcolm McLaren's bizarre conceptual fantasies on the peak viewing day of the televisual year. The basic premise of this uneasy mix of documentary and elaborate fantasy sequences seemed sensible enough - a cultural history of Oxford Street through the ages, as told by a Dickensian procession of spectres from Christmasses past. However, this *was* Malcom McLaren at work, and true to form he roped in an utterly baffling cast of performers - John Altman, The Pogues, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Jones, and most bizarrely of all the Happy Mondays as a gang of Victorian thugs who suddenly broke into a rendition of the Bee Gees' 'Staying Alive'. McLaren certainly seemed to have high hopes for the project, going as far to release his self-composed theme tune 'Magic's Back' as a single. Those that braved the experience were left ultimately dazzled but baffled by the gaudy and barely coherent spectacle. Still, it beats dumb 'documentaries' about George Eliot with an actress playing her as a 'talking head' hands down for imagination, style and overall usefulness.
A musical film charting the history of Oxford Street over the past 200 years.


1.Merry Christmas Baby (Charles Brown)
2.Theme from...(Malcolm McLaren feat Alison Limerick)
3.Got To Pick a Pocket or Two (Malcolm MacLaren)
4.Money (Tom Jones)
5.Nobody Knows You When You are Down and Out (Tom Jones)
6.Rich and Getting Richer (Rebel MC)
7.Magics Back (Malcolm MacLaren)
8.Staying (Happy Mondays)
9.Silent Night (Sinead O'Connor)
10.Fairytale of New York (The Pogues)
11.Dance of the Hours(The Academy of St Martins)

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