The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Score #2


As a film, Edmond T. Gréville's Beat Girl is interesting insofar as it was a British knock-off of American Troubled Teenager pictures with just a smidgen of late-'noir' atmospherics thrown in for flavoring (if nothing else). John Barry's score (here represented by its 1960 soundtrack LP) is a more than worthy example of the kind of brass workout that was often mistaken for Rock 'n' Roll in Britain during the pre-Beatlemania era.

The lackluster vocals are by Adam Faith and speak for themselves.

01. Beat Girl (Main Title)
02. Off Beat
03. I Did What You Told Me
04. Lindon Home Rock
05. Time Out
06. Sharks
07. Beat Girl Song
08. City 2000, A.D.
09. Stripper
10. Cave/Beat Girl/Kids Stuff
11. Made You
12. Car Chase/Night Chase
13. Chicken
14. Blues for Beatniks
15. It's Legal
16. Immediate Pleasure
17. Blondie's Strip
18. End Shot/Slaughter in Soho/Beat Girl

2 comments :

swac said...

Fun choice! I have an original UK LP of this. Worth it more for the cover than the album inside, but still, a nice flea market find for me.

Richard Gibson said...

I have an original record of this too, I collected it because I was collecting all the John Barry soundtracks I could. I actually quite like a few of the Adam Faith 7"'s I have too. He was quite the the man back then and very big here.

Stephen, this record is collectible. You did well if you got it at a flea market. The UK book price (I have an older book) is around GBP 40 which means you'd easily be paying more for it at one of the swanky London record emporiums.