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The Ghosts of Oxford Street (1991)

Join The Happy Mondays, Rebel MC, Tom Jones, Sinead O'Connor, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl in a musical celebration of Oxford Street - this retail mecca and its history.


Malcolm McLaren




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Jones ... Gordon Selfridge
Sinéad O'Connor ... Ann of Oxford Street
Shaun Ryder ... (as The Happy Mondays)
Rowetta Satchell Rowetta Satchell ... (as The Happy Mondays)
Rebel Mc Rebel Mc ... (as Rebel MC)
Shane MacGowan ... Duke of York
Kirsty MacColl Kirsty MacColl ... Kitty Fisher
Alison Limerick Alison Limerick ... Performer
John Altman ... Thomas De Quincey
Bryony Brind Bryony Brind ... Principal Dancer
Leigh Bowery Leigh Bowery ... King George
Anne Lambton ... Lady Archer
Malcolm McLaren ... Narrator
Matthew Byam Shaw Matthew Byam Shaw ... Gossip
John Pickard ... Young Malcolm


Join The Happy Mondays, Rebel MC, Tom Jones, Sinead O'Connor, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl in a musical celebration of Oxford Street - this retail mecca and its history.

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25 December 1991 (UK) See more »

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Middlemarch Films See more »
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Featured in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »


Got to Pick a Pocket or Two
Written by Lionel Bart
Performed by Malcolm McLaren and John Pickard
Produced by Malcolm McLaren and Steve Nieve
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Retail for the situationist
12 October 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I remember this being over-hyped when it was first shown on Channel 4. Then again directed by, co written by, starring and narrated by Malcolm McLaren what else can we expect.

The has been Svengali who never could manage to find the next Sex Pistols or that number one record which he always claimed he could get with the click of his fingers turned his sights to the history of Oxford Street.

The disreputable old fibber still manages to add some personal association to the history of Oxford Street, whether its some ancestor being hung or his mother having an affair with a retail magnate or a younger McLaren causing havoc in Selfridges.

At least McLaren has toned down his attitude but the narration does get tiring. Still the images of early 1990s Oxford Street has itself become a period piece with some of the shops such as Ratners no longer in existence.

However with the history of Oxford Street we have dance, music and songs. Choreography by Bruno Tonioli. Tom Jones as Gordon Selfridge is the most memorable singing Money (Beatles version). You have Happy Mondays doing Staying Alive, Rebel MC adds some street rap, and the late Kirsty Maccoll & Shane Pogue reprise The fairytale of New York to add some festive spirit.

The whole piece is not as good as it was hyped to be, its a bit of a mish mash, Leigh Bowery could not act, some of the tales were not that interesting. Curious but not a festive classic.

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