Almost 30 years on from his untimely death, Divine undoubtedly contributed to the LGBT narrative contained within pop culture in that time.
His consistently fluid (and of course lewd) representation of sexuality and gender challenged the theatrics of 1980s pop music within his mainstream success. Created in collaboration with ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters, Divine was a brash, confident persona who encouraged self-love within every aspect of his work, a central theme that has maintained his cult status ever since.
After the success of his partnership with Waters, Divine would branch out with New York performer/producer Bobby O to launch a musical career that boasted a dizzying angle on Hi-NRG.
Divine’s first charting single ‘Native Love (Step By Step)’ (NL #28) remains one of his most frenetic hits. ‘Shoot Your Shot’ (DE #15/NL #7) is Bobby O’s brassy brand of club music mock-sexualised at full tilt. Both singles were included on Divine’s debut album, JUNGLE JEZEBEL, and Cherry Pop is proud to announce the first ever deluxe edition of the album which will be released this April.
‘Love Reaction’ continued the collaboration between Divine and Bobby O, as did ‘Love Reaction’ which also gloriously appropriates New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’. Divine would later go on to score further hits with Stock/Aitken/Waterman but these early Bobby O productions capture Divine at his most raw and subversive.
Cherry Pop is proud to present the definitive deluxe edition of JUNGLE JEZEBEL one of the classic cult dance albums of the 1980’s, a must have for all Hi- HRG, Disco, Dance and Pop fans out there!