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I interviewed the director of The Sisters of Mercy's Dominion: David Hogan
Dominion: the ultimate combination between rock-opera, gothic and glamour
The Dominion music video is still my favorite video all time and for Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace I did serious effort to find promotional photos made in Jordan. For a book you need the HQ and original photos, so it requires tracing those back. Story goes that the result of the promotional shoot were given to the record company and were never seen back. Neither I got my hands on HQs of the behind-the-scenesphotos. With the stressing deadline for the manuscript, it became an impossible task to include (unseen) ‘Dominion’ photos in Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace. But.. who I did get to speak to was the director of the Dominion video: David Hogan!
Not the espionage-theme (FIY: Andrew was not looking for the holy grail!), the irony of wearing white by the then band-members Patricia Morrison and Andrew Eldritch, and the overly seriousness of the video make it so memorable, but especially the location, the City of Petra in Jordan was the best choice. If shooting the This Corrosion video would go well, the record company would give The Sisters of Mercy a green light for Jordan. David Hogan, a well-known music video director was willing to do the not-so-awful job.
The filming was during the first Persian Gulf war and the King of Jordan turned out to be very helpful to the the American director and his crew. For instance, they could borrow a military helicopter! A large part of the video was smoothly filmed with help of this huge chopper. However, not everything went well: Andrew is scared of horses, the first day it was snowing in the dessert(!), and the camels were a pain to work with! Hogan almost had to cut all the camels out the scenes. The animals definitely didn’t appreciate the cameras and never wanted to do what Hogan planned. One of the Bedouin men suggested they should dress up the camera with cloaks, so it looked like a person. It was a hit.
The local people were polite and helped cast & crew, says Hogan: Several of the elder Bedouins even had experience working in front of the camera on Lawrence of Arabia. But that only the men could be on camera was something Hogan didn’t know: “In their society it’s impolite to say no, which is a blessing and curse, when it comes to production. Everything they promised was delivered, but when I requested three women in traditional clothing (covered in burqas) my bodyguard told me yes, when the answer was absolutely no. Photographing Arab women is strictly prohibited!”
Smoking joints in Petra, horse racing with Bedouins during sunrise in the dessert - Hogan has good memories filming here. Also, Patricia considers Petra as her favorite ”The Sisters of Mercy”-memory. And for me? For me it is a great memory too: it was the first Sisters of Mercy song that I heard - the combination of a bombastic song and the impressive video made me an instant fan.
How much of the photos you posted on Nowthisisgothic is in the book Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace? Only about 20. The book has more than 200 photos. It wasn’t the goal to transfer the entire content of this blog to a book, but to find photos that were quality enough to be published. Not for nothing we spend 1.5 years on research.
Why is it worth it to buy the book? Because a lot of images about goths floating on the internet are bad quality and the ones in the books are not? Also, this subculture needs its own book after being neglected or harrased by so many writers. So no book written by someone who is at major distance and makes ridiculous claims about stuff (s)he doesn’t know anything about. Instead the writers of SWL/SWL asked people from back in the day to tell what it was like, and this forms the core of the book.
POSTPUNK.COM - After a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, Andi Harriman, and Marloes Bontje have finally released their “Postpunk Project”, the 216 page coffee table book “Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace”, named after the lyric from the Batcave anthem ‘Sexbeat’. Yes, a coffee table book—if the table is at your local post Goth club Dennys, or perhaps Yaffa Cafe in NYC, or an Absinthe brunch during Wave Gotik Treffen.
Will be promoting/selling the book at the following events
sep 18, Amsterdam (NL)— Dark Allies with Keluar and Soft Riot sep 19, Berlin (DE)— Some Wear Leather, Some Wear lace Releaseparty with Liste Noire ok 18, Utrecht (NL) — Manifest with Automelodi 31 ok - 2 nov, Whitby (UK) — Whitby Goth Weekend with Heaven 17, Visage 28 nov, Wroclaw (POL), Return To The Batcave Festival with Fangs on Fur, The Last Days of Jesus & more