I’m your God I’ve just arrived, A beatbox Jesus dancing jive – Sigue Sigue Sputnik
I have to be honest about this band. I could give one fuck about Sigue Sigue Sputnik and their music. Their Shock and Awe approach was a bit OVER the top, and their music came across as forced. BUT… That Lead Singer! What the fuck was that all about? I had to draw him. The torn fishnet stockings over the face was just visually great.
The original pen and ink was more of a caricature but I thought it came out great and one of my favorites from my 2nd sketchbook. In bringing it to my ‘LickedinPop Series’ I was seriously striving for a balance between the inspiration for this series, ‘Roy Lichtenstein‘ and an old school Soviet Workers Poster.
I’m a 21st century whoopee boy
Sigue Sigue Sputnik were a British new wave band formed in 1982 by former Generation X bassist Tony James. The band had three UK Top 40 hit singles, including the song “Love Missile F1-11” and “21st Century Boy”.
James claimed that he had chosen his bandmates for their looks, and the band’s slogan was “Fleece the World”. James billed the band as “Hi-tech sex, designer violence, and the fifth generation of rock ‘n’ roll”.
The themes and imagery in the band’s songs were often influenced by futuristic, dystopian or post-apocalyptic films such as A Clockwork Orange, The Terminator, Blade Runner and the Mad Max trilogy. Visually, their image included fishnet masks and brightly coloured wigs.
The band’s music, image and inspiration also mashed together a range of other pop culture influences, including former Tronics member Zarjaz and electronica influences of Suicide and the New York Dolls.
The ozone is flyin’ Thru the toxik waste One computa glitch babe you get erased
All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of ‘Sigue Sigue Sputnik’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!