Fans (album)

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Fans
Studio album by Malcolm McLaren
Released 1984
Recorded 1984, Syncro Studio, Boston; Unique Studios and The Hit Factory, New York City
Genre Dance music
Contemporary R&B
Opera
Length 30:05
Label UK Charisma Records
MMLP 2
USA Island/Atco/Atlantic Records
91242
Producer Robby Kilgore
Stephen Hague
Malcolm McLaren
Malcolm McLaren chronology
Duck Rock
(1983)
Fans
(Oct 1984)
Swamp Thing
(1985)
Singles from Fans
  1. "Madam Butterfly (Un bel dì vedremo)"
    Released: Aug 1984 (Aug 1984)
  2. "Carmen (L'Oiseau Rebelle)"
    Released: Jan 1985 (Jan 1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B+ link

Fans is a 1984 album by Malcolm McLaren. It is an attempt by to fuse opera with 1980s R&B and contains adaptations of pieces from famous operas such as Madama Butterfly and Carmen. The opera recordings were made at the Unitarian Church, Belmont, Massachusetts by Stephen Hague and Walter Turbitt.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Madam Butterfly (Un bel dì vedremo)" (from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly) M. McLaren, R. Kilgore, S. Hague, W. Turbitt 6:32
2. "Fans (Nessun dorma)" (from Puccini's opera Turandot) M. McLaren, R. Kilgore 3:50
3. "Carmen (L'Oiseau Rebelle)" (from Bizet's opera Carmen) M. McLaren, R. Kilgore, S. Hague, W. Turbitt 4:55
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Boy's Chorus (Là Sui Monti Dell'Est)" (from Puccini's opera Turandot) M. McLaren, R. Kilgore 4:30
5. "Lauretta (O mio babbino caro)" (from Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi) M. McLaren, R. Kilgore 5:20
6. "Death of Butterfly (Tu Tu Piccolo)" (from Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly) M. McLaren, R. Kilgore 4:58

More tracks[edit]

  1. "Madam Butterfly (On-The-Fly Mix)"
  2. "Madam Butterfly (Ocean Mix)"
  3. "Carmen (Instrumental Remix)"
  4. "Death of Butterfly (Instrumental)"

Personnel[edit]

  • Timothy McFarland – Conductor and Operatic Coordinator
  • Malcolm McLaren – Production
  • Robbie Kilgore – Production
  • Mike Finleyson – Engineering
  • Tom Lord-Alge – Engineering
  • Jeff Neiblum – Assistant Engineering
  • John Davenport – Associate Engineering
  • Bradshaw Leigh – Mixing
  • Nick Egan – Cover Design
  • Robert Erdman – Photography
  • Bob Green – "Butterfly Ball" Photography
"Madam Butterfly"
  • Soprano – Betty Ann White
  • Voice (Cho-Cho San) – Debbie Cole
  • Voice (Pinkerton) – Malcolm McLaren
  • Backing Vocals – Diane Garisto, Sheila Pate
  • Instruments – Hague, Turbitt
  • Production and Engineering – Stephen Hague, Walter Turbitt
  • Remix – Bradshaw Leigh, Robby Kilgore
  • Instruments – Robbie Kilgore
"Fans"
  • Lead Vocals – Angie B.
  • Tenor – Michael Austin
  • Voice (Dresser) – Malcolm McLaren
  • Piano – Timothy McFarland
  • Instruments – Robbie Kilgore
"Carmen"
  • Soprano – Valerie Walters
  • Voice (Carmen) – Angie B.
  • Voice (Don Jose) – Malcolm McLaren
  • Additional Guitar – Jimi Tunnell
  • Classical Guitar – Craig Bihari
  • Instruments – Robbie Kilgore
"Boy's Chorus"
  • Additional Guitar – Jimi Tunnell
  • Vocals – Malcolm McLaren and The Boston Choir
  • Instruments – Robbie Kilgore
"Lauretta"
  • Soprano – Betty Ann White
  • Voice (Lauretta) – Diane Garisto
  • Voice (Ricky) – Malcolm McLaren
  • Engineered Basic Tracks – Walter Turbitt
  • Mixing of Basic Tracks – Bradshaw Leigh
  • Instruments – Robbie Kilgore
"Death Of Butterfly"
  • Soprano – Betty Ann White
  • Voice (Pinkerton) – Malcolm McLaren
  • Instruments – Robbie Kilgore

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malcolm McLaren– Fans". discogs.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fans". amazon.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fans". last.fm. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Malcolm McLaren - Fans CD". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Malcolm McLaren". theguardian.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014.