Saturday, 6 November 2010

Papal Breakdance

I've spent the last few days looking for Jesus related music for my friends biblical birthday party. I was shocked to discover how much I already had, but then I am an Irish Catholic who's received five of the seven sacraments, and a homosexual to boot - a borderline Christianity fixation was almost inevitable.

So be warned, this blog is likely to take a spiritual turn for the next few weeks, as I unload some of my favourites.

Top of the Catholic Pops this week is Genesis P-Orridge and Psychic TV with Papal Breakdance.

This gorgeous video for the song is by Marie Losier. There's a strange tension between the comedy slapstick of the boxers and the figure of Genesis hovering over them. The video was recorded a little over a year after the death of Genesis's partner Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, with whom he had been conducting an experiment in pandrogyny - each undergoing surgeries to look more like the other and become gender neutral beings. There's a brilliant interview with Genesis here where he refers to the body as a "cheap suitcase" and says this about his relationship with Lady Jaye:

"We started out, because we were so crazy in love, just wanting to eat each other up, to become each other and become one. And as we did that, we started to see that it was affecting us in ways that we didn't expect. Really, we were just two parts of one whole; the pandrogyne was the whole and we were each other's other half."

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