David Hoyle |
Biggest Suicide Cult in History |
No Surprises |
MAGAZINE 2006 |
MAGAZINE 2007 |
MAGAZINE 2008 |
David Hoyle remains a whirlwind phenomenon on the gay London underground scene drawing large audiences and critical acclaim.
In the late 90s, The Divine David took the queer, "anti-gay" and performance scene by storm with a series of notorious shows in gay pubs and clubs. He built up a huge following of the "curious, converted and catatonically drunk" as he trod a path between incitement and abject danger. Part "end of the pier" song and dance showman, part experimental performer, his shows were famously unpredictable - when he wasn't sharing his shocking opinions (describing the gay scene as "the biggest suicide cult in history"), he was pole-dancing, performing showbiz numbers, painting live murals or performing striptease by removing his own skin.
Following two Channel 4 series and finding himself on the brink of mainstream success, he took the shock decision to retire, stating that "the world needs another gurning celebrity like it needs a whole in the head". In reality, his rock'n'roll lifestyle and dangerous performance style had taken a toll on his mental health and well-being. His final farewell performance was The Divine David On Ice - an extraordinary ice-skating spectacular at Streatham Ice Rink in summer 2000.
David Hoyle made his 'comeback' from 2006 performing S.O.S, Magazine and some such farces.
In 2009 Duckie and David Hoyle took a short break from each other. The performance grand meister decided to spread his wings and collaborate with a promiscuous bunch of new producers. We wish him well - he's fooking talented.
Duckie and Mr Hoyle will be working together on special one off projects in the future.
"Quite the scariest, funniest, smartest, truest, noblest thing you can see"