Posted by DjPaulT on 27th July 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1980
Few stars of the ’60s have reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. Coaxed into a singing career by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964, she had a big hit in both Britain and the U.S. with her debut single, the Jagger/Richards composition “As Tears Go By” (which prefaced the Stones’ own version by a full year).
Considerably more successful in her native land than the States, she had a series of hits in the mid-’60s that set her high, fragile voice against delicate orchestral pop arrangements: “Summer Night,” “This Little Bird,” and Jackie DeShannon’s “Come and Stay with Me.” Not a songwriter at the outset of her career, she owes more of her fame as a ’60s icon to her extraordinary beauty and her long-running romance with Mick Jagger, although she offered a taste of things to come with her compelling 1969 single “Sister Morphine,” which she co-wrote (and which the Stones later released themselves on Sticky Fingers).
After a lengthy absence, Faithfull resurfaced in 1980 with “Broken English”, which took the edgy and brittle sound of punk rock and gave it a shot of studio-smooth dance rock. The song charted on the US dance chart in 1980 peaking at #59.
The six-and-a-half-minute b-side “Why’d Ya Do It?”, was a caustic, graphic rant of a woman reacting to her lover’s infidelity. The lyrics began with the man’s point of view, relating the bitter tirade of his jilted lover. It was set to a grinding tune inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s recording of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”. Poet and writer Heathcote Williams had originally conceived the lyrics as a piece for Tina Turner to record, but Faithfull succeeded in convincing him that Turner would never record such a number. Its plethora of four-letter words and explicit references to oral sex caused controversy and led to a ban in Australia. Local pressings had grooves of smooth vinyl in place of the track and a ‘bonus’ 7″ single of the extended version of “Broken English” as compensation. The ban did not extend to import copies, and the song was also played unedited on the Government-funded Double Jay radio station. It wasn’t until 1988 when Island re-released the album in Australia and “Why d’Ya Do It?” was finally included.
Broken English (Long Version) 5:54
Why D’ya Do It? 6:35
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
|1980||Broken English||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||#59|
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Genre: Funk / Soul, Reggae, Rock
Style: Reggae, Classic Rock
Credits: Producer – Mark Miller Mundy
Original version on the Lp “BROKEN ENGLISH”
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