Deep in Vogue

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"Deep in Vogue" is a 1989 dance single by Malcolm McLaren and the Bootzilla Orchestra featuring Lourdes and Willie Ninja, with additional production and remix by Mark Moore and William Orbit. The song was lifted from McLaren's fourth album, Waltz Darling. He was so impressed with the Moore and Orbit version that he scrapped his original recording and used the Moore/Orbit remix (in a shortened form with a spoken intro by McLaren and some other parts not found on the 12 inch) for the Waltz Darling album.[1] The 12-inch mix is subtitled 'Banjie Realness' (although the correct spelling generally used is 'Banjee').

Mark Moore used to hang out in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop Seditionaries as a 14-year-old punk rocker. Years later, after Moore hit the number one spot with his single "Theme from S'Express", Malcolm McLaren contacted him to ask him to remix a few tracks.[2] Moore asked his friend William Orbit to join him on the mix and the two of them set about sampling the voguing documentary movie Paris Is Burning, which McLaren had casually given them. The film was unreleased at the time but McLaren had brought a VHS tape of rushes with him along with permission from director Jennie Livingston to sample it. McLaren then introduced Moore and Orbit to the New York voguing scene which had captured his imagination. Willi Ninja also made the trip over to London to record vocals. The film and record depicted the underground dance and ball scene of the gay, African-American and Latino voguing houses in New York City during the late 80s. McLaren's record was released two years before the film's official release. It was the first record about 'voguing' (pre-dating Madonna's "Vogue") and the film is now a cult classic.

The single was McLaren's fourth entry on the US dance play chart and his only number one.[3][4] "Deep in Vogue" was number one on that chart for one week, in July 1989.[5] The single additionally charted at #83[6] in the UK, and #107 in Australia.[7]

"Deep in Vogue" was originally released in the UK and Europe as the B-side to the "Waltz Darling" single and credited to Malcolm McLaren and the Bootzilla Orchestra in 1989. The record was then re-released in Europe in 1990 (after it went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart and after Madonna's "Vogue" became a hit) and credited to Malcolm McLaren and the House of McLaren. A rare ambient mix of "Deep in Vogue" by Orbit & Moore is available only on the 1990 CD single and DJ Promo titled 'Opulence - You Own Everything'.


Willie Ninja - rap vocal [9]


  1. ^ Mark Moore Discography - Deep In Vogue
  2. ^ Malcolm McLaren - Let It Rock
  3. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Malcolm McLaren > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004, (Record Research) p. 172
  5. ^ "Dance Club Songs > The Week of July 29, 1989". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Official Charts > Malcolm McLaren". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  8. ^ track credit on 12" single of "Waltz Darling" b/w "Deep in Vogue"
  9. ^ track credit, ibid
Preceded by
"Express Yourself" by Madonna
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 29, 1989
Succeeded by
"Let It Roll" by Doug Lazy