IS 49121 Broken English
Produced by Mark Miller Mundy
Released on January 1980
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Find it at GEMM
IS 49121 wo. picture sleeve
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K ronomyth 8.2: BROKESMODEL. Enter the arm candy to the burned-out polemicists, blowing smoke in your face and telling you in a bored nonchalant way that Nietzsche was right about God but wrong about us, that babies are born dead into the world and drink death from the breasts of dying mothers. In this new Orwellian world of Nein Teen Hatey, likewise heralded in the detached, absurd observations of David Bowie, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Ultravox, Laurie Anderson and many others, we were automatons moving to a life remembered, possibly stolen from a past generation, playing the cold war games of kindertoten. On the title track to the prodigal daughterís triumphant return, Faithfull feeds us the truth that communication must be broken in a world where confrontation is all thatís spoken. A pedestrian melody plods on, synthesizers whoosh in and out like hurried ghosts, and a parched voice cries dry tears for the dying. Itís not the best track on Broken English, but rather a secondhand war story written from the revolutionaryís armchair, rendered here in an edited three-minute version. Still, itís a cool track that helped launch a year in which rock musicians rushed to meet the not-so-fantastic predictions of Orwell and Huxley halfway and thensome.

TRACK LISTING

    UK 7-inch single/RA 7-inch single/MEX 7-inch single
  1. BROKEN ENGLISH
  2. WHAT'S THE HURRY

    UK 12-inch single
  3. BROKEN ENGLISH (LONG VERSION)
  4. WHY D'YA DO IT

    US/CAN 7-inch single
  5. BROKEN ENGLISH
  6. BRAIN DRAIN

    US 7-inch promo single
  7. BROKEN ENGLISH (STEREO)    (Marianne Faithfull/Barry Reynolds/Joe Mavety/Steve York/Terry Stannard)    3:00
  8. BROKEN ENGLISH (MONO)    (Marianne Faithfull/Barry Reynolds/Joe Mavety/Steve York/Terry Stannard)    3:00

    GER 7-inch and 12-inch single/US 12-inch single/US 7-inch single reissue
  9. BROKEN ENGLISH
  10. WHY D'YA DO IT

    UK 1982 7-inch single
  11. BROKEN ENGLISH
  12. SISTER MORPHINE

    UK 1982 12-inch single
  13. BROKEN ENGLISH (LONG VERSION)
  14. SISTER MORPHINE

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1979 Antilles 12 AN-801  
UK 1980 Island 7"/12 WIP/12WIP-6542  
US/CAN January 1980 Island 7"/7PRO IS 49121 Promo feat. A mono on flip
FRA 1980 Island 7" 6010 178 picture sleeve
GER 1980 Island 7"/12 101 249-100/600 158-213 picture sleeve
MEX 1980 Island 7" S-453  
UK May 1982 Island 7"/12 MF/12MF-100 picture sleeve
US   Island 7" 7-94997 see reissue track listing

 

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