Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ is just one of the superb songs from The Deuce
I would have to say the first episode of season three of the HBO series The Deuce has the best soundtrack I have ever heard on a TV series — period.
The episode — The Deuce, Season 3, Episode 1, “The Camera Loves You” — features music from such luminaries as Blondie, The The, Ray Charles, General Public, Echo & The Bunnymen and this one — Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Madame Butterfly‘.
That track was played as we see Melissa telling Loretta she has a fever.
Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Madame Butterfly‘ — also known as ‘Madame Butterfly (un bel dì vedremo)‘ — is an electro pop version of the classic operatic work by Giacomo Puccini.
It originated as a single from McLaren’s 1984 six-track album Fans. An album that mixed various classic opera works with R&B to create edgier and more modern pieces.
The song was a big hit for McLaren on alternative radio stations all over the world, and also hit the number 13 spot on the UK Singles chart.
The 6:29 minute track featured the spoken voice of Malcolm McLaren, pop vocals from Debbie Cole, and the operatic singing of Betty White.
Listen to Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Madame Butterfly‘ in the video below. You can also hear his album Fans in its entirety below.
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