May 31, 2020 at 10:28 am #203311PartisanZParticipant
Marion Harris – After You’ve Gone (1918)
I prefer Bessie Smith’s version from 1927 or Django ReihardtMay 31, 2020 at 10:34 am #203312PartisanZParticipant
From Mutual Aid:
Aren’t you the first to scold over not keeping to thread?
I love this music too, and have just watched again the BBC’s 1978 Pennies From Heaven, and ordered more Al Bowlly CDs.
But surely this should be in Off-topic.May 31, 2020 at 3:05 pm #203323
Can we post animal stories here? Or compare English and French grammar?May 31, 2020 at 9:25 pm #203343AnonymousInactive
This is now for talking about Jazz, isn’t it?June 1, 2020 at 12:11 am #203355AnonymousInactive
“Can we post animal stories here? Or compare English and French grammar?”
Only if one can get away with it. 😆June 1, 2020 at 5:15 am #203358
“I love this music too, and have just watched again the BBC’s 1978 Pennies From Heaven,and ordered more Al Bowlly CDs.“
I thought you would have preferred Doctor Doolittle and listening to Percy Edwards all day.June 1, 2020 at 6:53 pm #203367AnonymousInactiveLetter to someone who wouldn’t watch Pennies from Heaven because he “doesn’t like musicals.”“It is a great shame that you wouldn’t give PfH a chance (BBC 1978, Bob Hoskins). It’s not a musical. Musicals are where the characters themselves sing. In Pennies, the songs are in the characters’ heads.
It has everything which you would find enthralling, if you gave it a chance.
A sheet music salesman loves the cheap popular songs so much that they are his reality. He loves music. His real life is frustrated, grubby, mundane, horrific. He is trapped by it and yearns to be in the magical world of the songs.
He loses everything because of love.
His fate becomes entwined with that of the tramp he gives a lift to. The dead bird in the road foretells his own destruction.
He frees the girl he loves from her humdrum life, but only by destroying them both, yet he is completely innocent and only wants happiness.
Society and dreams conflict at every step. It is a biting satire, of social and sexual hypocrisy, judgment and punishment vs the basic need for happiness and fulfilment by a little man with a big heart, who will pay for his innocence on the gallows.
You really ought to give PoH a chance.
Dennis Potter’s use of old crooner recordings is marvellously off-setting, contrasting the fantasy of dreams with the suffocating horror of the dreamer’s actual miserable life.
Potter’s brilliant scathing dialogue is a treasure.
Your musician’s soul ought to give it a chance. (But be sure to watch the BBC version with Bob Hoskins, and NOT the trashy U.S. remake!)”June 1, 2020 at 7:03 pm #203370AnonymousInactive
“I thought you would have preferred Doctor Doolittle and listening to Percy Edwards all day.”
I heard that for Xmas you got Capital on audiobook, so you can go jogging with it and play it while driving.
Btw, how’s your project progressing: setting the Theory of Surplus Value to music?June 2, 2020 at 9:06 am #203389June 2, 2020 at 10:18 am #203390AnonymousInactive
Yay! Great! 🙂
Re: Dennis Potter:
“The brilliance and novelty of Dennis Potter’s idea: the antithesis of a musical. A character’s face can be wracked with misery and suffering whilst a jolly pop song comes out of his mouth. I remember seeing a homeless man in Paris, sitting crumpled with his head in his hands, by a huge poster of a happy girl promoting a de luxe motor car).”July 14, 2020 at 9:38 pm #205042
Shocking that no one has mentioned that there was a late SPGBer who had a brief cameo in ‘Pennies From Heaven’.July 15, 2020 at 8:16 am #205048alanjjohnstoneKeymaster
Shocking that no one has mentioned that there was a late SPGBer who had a brief cameo in ‘Pennies From Heaven’.
And do you intend to keep his or her identity all to yourself, Imposs and not share?July 15, 2020 at 8:44 am #205050July 15, 2020 at 9:15 am #205051
Just stumbled across this wee 13 minute documentary on YouTube which features Ron Melia (stage name Ronnie Ross), which dates from 1963/4. If you blink you’ll miss it, but I spotted a Socialist Standard on his sofa at the 1 minute mark.July 15, 2020 at 9:37 am #205052
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