Can one night change the world? When it was Tuesday night at London’s Blitz club, hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan, the answer was yes. After the no future gloom of punk, the New Romantics made dressing up — while still being poor — into an art form and the music, clothes and attitude would change pop culture.
This film allows you to get the real story — or several versions of it — from those who were there, like Egan, Boy George, Marilyn and Midge Ure to Gary Kemp (who documented the scene in his book I Know This Much), Andy Polaris, Robert Elms, Darla-Jane Gilroy, Michele Clapton and more.
Even if you don’t know about the Bowie-worshipping club or have never heard the music of those who were in the scene like Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Sade and Visage, you’ll enjoy this film, as it paints a gorgeous picture of a long lost time, an incredibly magical time in so many lives.
It’s astounding that so much of this change can be traced back to Bowie, who would use Blitz club kids in his “Ashes to Ashes” video.
Unlike Studio 54, the rough entry policy to the club was more than being exclusive. It was to protect people experiencing their true selves for maybe the very first time. Boy George says in the film, “Sometimes being yourself is the most political act you can ever commit. Saying this is what I am unapologetically. I’m queer and I’m not depressed about it!”
This movie was quite inspiring to me, letting me know more about a scene whose music I love but I had no idea how it all was born. Any documentary that makes you go deeper and seek more — like this — is a success.
You can get this DVD from MVD.