Label: Charisma Catalogue
Malcolm McLaren was more idea man than music maker. On this 1985 set, he combines the storylines and arias from famous operas with hip-hop and slick synth-era R&B. If everything was as flat-out brilliant as the single "Madame Butterfly," this would be one of the key albums of the 1980s. Unfortunately, only "Boys Chorus" comes close; the rest of the material is impressive sounding but not truly memorable. McLaren's vocal work here is closer to real acting rather than singing or rapping. The man knew how to verbalize and present ideas.