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Thursday, 29 April 2010

HAZEL O'CONNOR - Breaking Glass (Soundtrack)


This post was inspired by the news this week that after 31 years a Report into the death of Blair Peach at an Anti Nazi demonstration in Southhall, London in 1979, has concluded that the fatal blow to his head was likely to have been from a Policeman and that there was a subsequent cover up which resulted in there being no justice for Blair and his family. No real news, just confirms what people thought at the time.
Breaking Glass was released in 1980 and tells the tale of a struggling singer Kate played by Hazel O’Connor and her ‘New Wave’ bands meteoric rise, and subsequent fall. It is set against the back drop of discontented late 1970’s Britain, with strikes, demonstrations and police harassment. There’s a scene were Hazel O’Connor’s character in the film witnesses the death of a protestor at a demonstration against Nazi’s, it’s from this point that the Rock’n’Roll starts to fall apart through sex, drugs and the cut throat music biz. The film was co-produced by Lady Di’s last flame Dodi Fayed, and features Gary Tibbs ex Vibrators bass player, there are small blink and you’ll miss ‘em parts for Gary Holton and Rat Scabies, amongst other actors who went on to appear in Brit TV dramas The Bill and Casualty. Phil ‘park life’ Daniels has a more prominent part as the bands manager, before he’s sacked by the record company. Unfortunately I don’t have the means to convert my copy of the film and post that, so here’s it’s rather fine synth, sax driven post punk pop’n’roll soundtrack instead.
THIS DOWNLOAD HAS HAD TO BE REMOVED, BECAUSE IT CONTRAVENED SOME COPY WRITE LAW THANG.

4 comments:

Longy said...

I downloaded the film a couple of weeks ago Nuzz. Mark posted a link to it on his Down Underground blog here

http://downunderground.blogspot.com/2010/04/breaking-glass-80-movie.html

I see Phil Daniels quite a bit at my spirital home. Funny enough he sits next to Damon Alburn at Chelsea as well.

Marky Dread (Sparks) said...

Always liked the movie although not the greatest still good period piece. The Soundtrack is cool I have it on cd somewhere.

Was going to dedicate my recent Ruts post to Blair Peach but as I am sick to death of politics at the moment I thought better of it.

Along with the death of Liddle Towers it's shameful the way the SPG got away with shit. I was picked a few times for just walking the streets late at night on their pathetic SUS laws...WANKERS.

Alltid Rött Alltid Rätt said...

I love that film and the soundtrack! Never got big at all in Sweden for some strange reason.

bloater999 said...

Always had a soft spot for this!

Thanks

Alan