So after yesterday’s post I decided to look more into the Poppy persona and landed into a whole bunch of insanity. Her videos are at once satirical of the “magical” imagery that is splashed all over our culture and yet seems sincere in its usage.
Of course after watching any Poppy video, you will right away learn about a woman who called herself Mars Argo. Which is was also the name of her band with partner Titanic Sinclair. Titanic Sinclair is also the manager of Poppy. In various Poppy videos there are arcane shout outs to the Mars Argo past. The back story is murky and so many stories are floating around it makes one’s head spin. I’m in the camp that this is all a conceptual marketing/studio band deal and what we see is self made mythology.
So the story is the Mars Argo concept (pre-Poppy fame) was created by two friends (Mars and Titanic). It was odd and quirky and gained a quite a goodly amount of followers on Youtube. Then the crazy he said, she said starts. One story has it that they were childhood sweethearts who dated each other from grade school until the Mars Argo internet fame. Other stories state that they weren’t in a relationship just close friends. Then another story states that this was always only Sinclair’s video project and the girl called Mars was an actress with whom he collaborated . Whatever the case, there was strong disagreements. More stories float around from that. They broke up. He was abusive. No, SHE was abusive. He stole the project from her. Nope, she stole the project from him. All the old Mars Argo videos were deleted from their shared Youtube page. He did it. No, she did. I swear this almost reaches Fleetwood Mac crazy in a nerdy way. Mars left the music/video Youtube scene and then posted a strange video where she points a gun at her own head. This leads to more stories. Mars committed suicide over heartbreak. No, her part in the project ended and she left because her role was over and the video was made to create backstory for Poppy. Sinclair releases solo songs filled with passive/aggressive warbling about a relationship that fell apart.
Meanwhile everyone is screaming about “illuminati”. LOL
Whatever happened to the prior Argo project, it is over but kept alive in the Poppy videos. The Poppy videos make specific correlations between Poppy and Mars Argo. This new project seems to be about taking the Argo persona and cloning it onto Poppy. We see Poppy dressed in outfits that look like Argo’s from past videos. We see her telling us that she needs to change clothes and reboot herself. That leads to many theorists claiming that Sinclair is mocking the whole girl band/boy band bubble gum factory of culture. That what we see isn’t real or innovative just the same rubber stamp persona moved from one discarded performer to the next. Of all the wacky stories associated with this marketing juggernaut, that seems the most plausible.
I suppose the next step is to retire Poppy, bring in a new actress and repeat the process. What I do find interesting is that Titanic Sinclair also took a step back from the internet fame. He was up front and center in the Mars Argo videos. But now has taken a back seat to Poppy or once in a blue moon releases solo videos.
One of the last few Mars Argo Project videos
Solo Titanic Sinclair song about Mars Argo
Poppy the half girl/half bot internet Idoru