23 November 2005

La Madonna del Hacienda

Terrific piece in the Guardian today about Madonna's first appearance on British tv. I'd not long turned 17 when I saw it - she was on The Tube, required Friday night viewing for a sixth-former into Melody Maker, flexidiscs and The Smiths. La Ciccione's performance made a big impression on me. There's a link in the piece to a site where you can watch it. I didn't care much for the music, but my god. The attitude, the moves, the look. A cute, confident, punk ballerina. A further pleasure to be reminded of 24 Hour Party People, the Michael Winterbottom film about Tony Wilson and The Hacienda, one of my highlights of the year, in any genre (I caught up with it on DVD).

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