The video for Poly Styrene’s “Ghoulish” has just been released. The video is replete with Michael Jackson impersonators, some more comical than others, as Michael was the inspiration for the song. The video, directed by Lauryn Siegel, also features actress Gabby Hoffman. Future Noise Music will release a single for the track on August 8th, which includes a remix by Hercules and Love Affair. The single will be available at iTunes and all digital retailers.
The video premiered on The New York Times’ ArtsBeat.
Although music lost one of its most uniquely idiosyncratic legends, when Poly Styrene tragically succumbed to cancer in April, she had thankfully finished recording her Generation Indigo album before being diagnosed, giving her take on the 21st century, in similar fashion to her uncannily clairvoyant X-Ray Spex missives of the punk era. Following computer-age anthem ‘Virtual Boyfriend’, the album’s first single, comes the rapturous ‘Ghoulish’; sadly Poly’s first posthumous single.
The song beautifully represents Poly’s compassionate spirit and lifelong talent for tackling unusual but glaring subject matter, often fuelled by her fixation with watching the TV news.
‘Ghoulish’ was inspired by coverage of Michael Jackson at the end of his life, seeing through his ‘crimson lips ‘n‘ charcoal eyes‘ to declare, ‘I can see you’re quite a nice guy’. Speaking before the album’s release, Poly explained how she had found Jacko‘s white face and makeup ghoulish, but ‘I could see that he was probably a nice guy…I never met him, but he seemed soft spoken and gentle. It was all over the media and I thought I would write that song, but it could be about any goth guy.’