SMASHING TIME (1967)
DEUX ANGLAISES EN DELIRE
Real. Desmond Davis
Mus. John Addison
LP EMI Stateside SSSX 340.696 – Stereo (FRA)
1. Smashing Time (Main Title)* (2:24)
2. Carnaby Street* (1:58)
3. Waiting for my Friend** (2:55)
4. Aerosol Knock-About (3:35)
5. New Clothes** (2:08)
6. It’s Always Your Fault* (1:06)
7. While I’m Still Young***(2:09)
1. Day Out* (2:51)
2. Trouble (1:59)
3. The Morning After* (1:11)
4. Jabberwock March (2:19)
5. Baby Don’t Go*** (2:07)
6. Can’t Help Laughing (1:51)
7. Swinging Thru London* (0:31)
8. Pie Fight (2:18)
9. Smashing Time (End Title)* (1:26)
(S 1) 1-3,5-7 (S 2) 1,3,5,7,9 Lyrics : George Melly-John Addison.
* Feat. Duet Lynn Redgrave-Rita Tushingham ** Feat. Rita Tushingham ***Feat. Lynn Redgrave
Orchestrations: Raymond Jones
Recorded at CTS Studios, London, England
Engineer: Jack Clegg
Produced for Records: Peter DeAngelis
Art Director: Henry Epstein
Notes Back Cover:
Two girls go stark Mod! Swinging London becomes limping London when Rita Tushingham come down from way up there to have a
From Carnaby St. to the Battersea power station, havoc reigns when two glamour-hungry impressionable "birds" from the industrial North of England descend upon London, their sights set upon the swinging life. The lovable, laughable duo survives its own innocent blunders and finds fame and fortune as a reward - Lynn Redgrave (Yvonne) as a pop recording star and Rita Tushingham (Brenda) as a model. Is it all worth the frantic, amoral effort? Their songs and running commentary in this soundtrack album may help you decide.
RITA TUSHINGHAM ("Brenda")
Rita Tushingham's screen debut in "A Taste of Honey" brought her a host of honors including Most Promising Actress of the Year by the British Film Academy, the Variety Club of Great Britain and the Association of Foreign Correspondants in Hollywood. The accolades were a far cry from her previous experience as the rear end of a donkey in pantomine, a revue, and the inevitable maid in repertory. Miss Tushingham went on to be selected as Best Actress of the Year by the Cannes Film Festival, the Variety Club and many other groups for her stunning portrayal in "The Girl with Green Eyes".
Educated in a convent, Miss Tushingham joined the Liverpool Players at seventeen, operating for two years as assistant stage manager and acting in small parts. She won her role in "A Taste of Honey" at nineteen, chosen from two thousand applicants. She later appeared at the avant garde Royal Court Theatre in London in "The Changeling" and "The Kitchen".
Two years following her role in "The Kitchen", she filmed "The Leather Boys" and "A Place To Go". Her ability was unquestionably proven by her performance in "The Knack". Miss Tushingham was the first and only choice of director David Lean for her role in "Doctor Zhivago".
Miss Tushingham has been most recently seen opposite Oliver Reed in "The Trap", filmed in Canada.
LYNN REDGRAVE ("Yvonne")
Lynn Redgrave received an Academy Award nomination for her first starring film performance, the memorable title role in "Georgy Girl", admirably filing her personal role as the daughter of one of Britain's most famous theatrical families.
At six, Lynn wanted to become a champion equestrienne, but at sixteen followed her inevitable family footsteps and enrolled at a London drama school where she spent three years. From her first professional stage role in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", she went into a series of roles in repertory and on tours of England, with her screen debut in a small part in "Tom Jones". Her initial stage appearance in London's West End was in "The Tulip Tree" and there quickly followed the second lead in a film starring Rita Tushingham, "The Girl with Green Eyes".
Miss Redgrave has appeared in a wide variety of roles in London under the direction of Sir Lawrence Olivier and she impressed New York's Broadway audiences with her performance in "Black Comedy".
In addition to "Georgy Girl", Miss Redgrave has recently appeared on the screen in "The Deadly Affair".
British composer John Addison has written the music for some fifty films including two in Hollywood. He received an Academy Award in 1964 for his score for "Tom Jones". He has also written concert works, a revue ("Cranks") produced both in London and New York, and a ballet, "Carte Blanche", for the Sadlers Wells Ballet, the Suite from which has been performed under Sir Thomas Beecham and Leopold Stokowski. He has also written many theatre scores, including Sir Laurence Olivier's production of "Hamlet"; and many plays performed at the Royal Court Theatre such as John Osborne's "The Entertainer" and "Luther", John Arden's "The Workhouse Donkey", and Ionesco's "The Chairs". His latest films are Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain" and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Honey Pot".
The Addison score for "Smashing Time" conveys a music hall flavor, highlighting instruments such as the concertina and banjo. Brenda's and Yvonne's voices are heard in the album, commenting on the action and their emotions, which offers a unique complement to the customary function of background music".