Short-Cut: Malcolm McLaren – “Deep In Vogue”

In 1989 British artist Malcolm McLaren (1946 – 2010) invited vogue legend Willi Ninja (1961 – 2006) to London to record a spoken word introduction to his song “Deep In Vogue”, with which he wanted to present the New York ballroom culture to a new audience. The main part of the song was performend by singer Lourdes Morales and released as a single from McLaren’s album Waltz Darling in a remix by producers Mark Moore and William Orbit, which McLaren liked better than his own version. Singer Lordes today claims that McLaren stole the original idea for the song from house DJ and producer David Delvalle, while Willie Ninja shortly before his death criticized McLaren for misspelling his name on the single and not mentioning him as the writer of intro’s lyrics.
McLaren for his part later on openly criticized Madonna for stealing his idea of introducing ballroom to the mainstream with her single “Vogue”, which was released one year later: “I found myself on the same bill as Madonna at some Greenpeace concert and I remember her watching my dancers voguing from the side of the stage. A few weeks later she had stolen all my dancers, brought out her own single and carried it over into the mainstream. The cheek of her!” It is said that Madonna learned about voguing through actress Lauren Hutton, who was McLaren’s girlfriend at the time.
The epic video to “Deep In Vogue” starring ballroom legend Willi Ninja and his crew was shot in 1989, shortly before the release of “Paris is Burning”, which already existed on VHS at that time. It was director Jenny Livingston herself, who allowed producers Mark Moore and William Orbit to use samples from the film for their version of the song.

2 comments

  1. Let’s get the Story straight. Once and for all.
    I was ripped off.
    Period.
    A horrible looking woman lipsynced my vocals on the “Deep in vogue” “video” I should have sued Malcolm Mclaren & the record label when it happened.

    “Deep In Vogue” went #1 on billboard, SALES & CLUB DANCE RECORD.
    SURPASSED MADONNA & PRINCE ON THE CHARTS !

    I also recorded the title of the Album ” Waltz Darling ” it was a big hit in Europe.

    Jealousy is the worse thing in the world. Willie Nija was a very Jealous sick person, he convinced Malcolm McClaren NOT TO Take ME on TOUR !!!!! Willie wanted all the credit and fame ! It was not his idea, He just spoke a few words on a record. Too bad karma took care of that.
    My dear friend designer Adrian Alicea was a voguer & friend he was used on the videos & toured. Came back a month later from tour and told me everything, the TRUTH that , the tour went so bad &;why I did’ not get to go. I was 28 years old at the time & I had recorded in my younger years.
    I had a meeting with Malcolm & his Manager Jeff Shock.
    I was left with my bags packed & passport in my hand , never got the call to leave to tour my RECORD that my voice made a huge success. Willie did not want me there. When they returned from tour
    They put me on the’ Waltz Darling” Video. Check it out, you can see me in it singing. That I recorded with famous Phil Ramone. He worked with the top singer’s in the world, like CHER, BARBARA STREISAND , the list is endless.
    I had that privaledge that I will never forget.

    We all know that
    LOURDES MORALES WAS THE 1ST VOCALIST TO RECORD THE FIRST VOGUE RECORD EVER! I have had to live with what was done to me since 1989…
    What a shame , how cruel people can be.

    That’s my Story.

    I should have sued & now they are all dead.

    Dave Delvalle, gave Malcolm the idea to do DEEP IN VOGUE & LOVE YOU IN VELVET 2 tracks on that album. The only 2 hits on the album , were the ones I sang on.

    I am not bitter, just telling the truth.
    Thank you,.
    Lourdes Morales

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