Friday, July 28, 2006

I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname

Before he turned into Charles Bronson's go-to man, British director Michael Winner was considered one of the more promising directors around with a string of acclaimed films like 1967's taboo-bashing I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname, which entered the history books for the first utterance of the "f-bomb" on-camera (by Marianne Faithfull) as well as the first depiction of oral sex. More memorable now is the opening sequence, which finds harried worker drone Oliver Reed taking an axe to his desk and charging out of the office to find a simpler life. It doesn't quite work out, of course. Amazingly, composer Francis Lai had only been in the game for one year and was enjoying the success of his first score, A Man and a Woman. His work here is quite strong, starting off with a gentle easy-listening vibe before plunging into swinging "mod London" tracks (as if the psychedelic album cover wasn't a clue already).

I'll Never Forget What's 'Isname
1. Cambridge (One Day Soon)
2. Andrew Dreaming
3. Boutique Music
4. School Reunion
5. Visiting Louise
6. Party Music - Show Out!
7. Chamber Music
8. Main Title
9. The Commercial

10. Keep It Cool
11. Radio Music

12. Meeting Susannah
13. Party Music
14. Cambridge (One Day Soon) (Instrumental)

6 Comments:

Blogger LoungeTracks said...

Thanks 7! The swingin' London tracks are awesome & the lounge pieces terrific, great post!

6:54 AM  
Blogger gspeedlace said...

Another winner! I caught this again at the American Cinematheque recently.

The mix on the LP actually sounds a little more understated than in the film version.

2:25 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks guys; glad you like -- it's a really fun score. I think the sound mix in the movie really amps up the music, especially the main titles. That's Michael Winner for ya!

3:39 PM  
Blogger litlgrey said...

So...who sings on "Party Music - Show Out"? That info seems nowhere to be found on das internetz.

7:42 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

The album just credits "Vocal with Instrumental Accompaniment" and lists Mike Pratt as a contributor; perhaps that's his voice...?

9:17 AM  
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