Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


These UK punk/glam revivalists engineered themselves a briefly prosperous niche in the mid-80s. The creation of Tony James (ex-Chelsea; Generation X), Sigue Sigue Sputnik artlessly copied the shock tactics of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. Instead of taking on board the Pistols’ nihilism, James poached from cyberpunk novels and films (particularly Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner) for their image. This consisted of dyed hair piled high, bright colours and an abundance of eyeliner. James had also recruited clothes designer Martin Degville (27 January 1961, England; vocals), Neal X (b. Neil Whitmore; guitar), Ray Mayhew (drums) and Chris Kavanagh (b. 4 June 1964; drums), taking pride in their apparent lack of musical experience. Taking their name from a Moscow street gang, they set about a publicity campaign that resulted in EMI Records, understandably keen not to let the next Sex Pistols slip through their hands again, signing them for a reported £4...

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