Sigue Sigue Sputnik – The Ultimate Cyberpunk Band?

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British band Sigue Sigue Sputnik formed in 1982, but it was in 1986 that they took the world media by storm in a carefully planned out strike that used hype not as a means to an end, but as the end itself. With the release of “Love Missile F1-11” the lines were blurred as to whether this was a music video, a movie trailer, a video game, performance art, or all of the above! The creator of Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Tony James, claimed that he had chosen his bandmates for their looks, and the band’s slogan was “Fleece the World.” James billed them as “Hi-tech sex, designer violence, and the fifth generation of rock ‘n’ roll.” 

Sigue Sigue Sputnik Line Up

Tony James, who had just left Generation X, formed the band with Neal X (Whitmore), who recruited “post-punk drag queen” Martin Degville. Degville was a clothes designer and supplied the band’s wardrobe, and YaYa, the store where he worked, became the band’s base. The band adopted the name Sigue Sigue Sputnik, as a supposed reference to a Russian street gang and supposedly meaning “burn, burn satellite.” 

sigueThe band’s sound was, according to James, arrived at by accident, when he inadvertently mixed elements of film soundtracks with their demo track “Love Missile F1-11” while putting together a video compilation from his favorite films. The music video features many shots of a futuristic city and references The Terminator, Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner and Scarface. The video is primarily set in a future war; the band are depicted as soldiers armed with weapons and space ships. In some countries, the video censors out a scene where one of the members of the group installs a silencer on a MAC-10, and fires it later in the video, due to it being deemed as an “Instruction in the Use of a Firearm”.

An extended version of the song was used in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. A version of the song is featured in the South Park episode Super Fun Time, with Eric Cartman singing along “I’m having a super fun time.” The song also features in the trailer for the film Stretch.

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