Saturday, April 10, 2010

Divas Who Think

The lovely Belette Rouge reminded me of Malcolm McLaren's album "Fans," a hybrid of opera and pop (popera?) which I listened to in the 1980s.  The minute she mentioned it, all the lyrics came right back:  "Oh sweet, Butterfly, Madame Butterfly . . . "

That song reminded me of Butterfly McQueen, the actress:  (What a delightful first name!)

who in turn reminded me of this fabulous hat by Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen.  It's fit for a true opera diva to wear:

That notion reminded me of this film:

and of course, of the wonderful Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez:

She reminded me of Kathleen Battle, whom I saw and heard in the early nineties.  She wasn't so kind to her female accompanist, and I have heard it mentioned that the diva's last name also describes her disposition.

But as Pat Benatar sings, "Love is a battlefield":


Jennifer said...

Fabulous stream of consciousness!

That song by McLaren was the first thing I thought of when I heard he had passed away.

K.Line said...

This is wickedly stream of consciousness!

La Belette Rouge said...

Malcolm would have loved that hat. Well,maybe not. Malcolm seemed to love best things that he and Vivian created. I am happy to have reminded you of that CD( I still have on a cassette). My absolute favorite of his Popera genre was the Carmen song.

Belle de Ville said...

Wow, I like the way your mind works...Malcom McLaren to Love is a Battlefield!
I haven't heard of FANS but I will check it out.

Make Do Style said...

Great links. Of which Fans and Diva are personal favourites and of the same time early 80s - gosh how young and pretentious I was then what a joy! Wonderful post xx

materfamilias said...

What a delightful concatenation of fabulous women! (sorry, but I so rarely get to use that word!)

WendyB said...

I've been meaning to do a Love Is a Battlefield post for ages!