Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Party's Over

"Me, I'm just a dead fly in the soup at the tycoon's banquet"

I've long been an admirer of Oliver Reed's early roles, and over the past year I've been catching up with some of the films that have previously eluded me. "The Party's Over" is one of his most memorable.
Filmed in 1962, though not released in the UK until 1965 because of censorship problems (due to its necrophiliac scenes), it's a bit like a "Beat Girl" from the wrong side of the tracks...see also "These Are The Damned" (directed by Joseph Losey 1961, with Shirley Anne Field), the Hammer film "Paranoiac"(1963) and the Michael Winner directed "The System" (1964).

In the U.S "The System" was retitled "The Girl Getters". Just to make things obvious.....

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Public Image Ltd. - "Memories" 12"

As requested by a number of folk, the version of "Memories" that appears on the 12" single differs quite radically from the version on "Metal Box". Characterized by a deeper bass sound and dubwise phasing on the hi-hat, this version appears to be one continuous take as opposed to the album cut which was spliced together from mutiple versions. The b-side, "Another" (as you may be aware) is a vocal version of "Graveyard" from "Metal Box". All housed in an exquisite sleeve design that Raoul Hausmann might have been proud of. I trust slight surface noise won't spoil your enjoyment...