Photo : Tom Brazil [mid-1980s]
”One day, Michael performed a work-in-progress for me, a solo in a threadbare tutu, Vivienne Westwood bondage shirt and bare feet. I’ve never to this day seen anything so breathtaking, so technically flawless, so beautiful. I was agog. I started to throw things at him and hurl abuse because I was just so moved. And that’s when I could see what everyone else was going on about. He was phenomenal.” — Leslie Bryant, dancer and choreographer
From The No Pain video by Ornamental, 1987
"Ornamental was a short-lived studio project collaboration between film composer/musician Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Dave Ball (Soft Cell), Einar Örn Benediktsson (Purrkur Pillnikk, Sugarcubes) and singer Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade). The musical commune released but two 12”’s in their existence: 1987’s “No Pain” and the following year’s “Crystal Nights” (though Ball only appeared on the debut). The former was issued by Örn and Ásmundur Jónsson’s Icelandic indie label Gramm, the latter by the UK’s One Little Indian, also home to The Sugarcubes."