Marianne Faithfull Part 2: "Broken English" (1979)

@JohnRoberts (56729)
Los Angeles, California
March 25, 2017 8:56am CST
By 1970, Marianne Faithfull was a singing star, movie star and international celebrity due to her liaison with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. The good times crashed. Faithfull became a heroin user and alcoholic and that plus other drug use and chain smoking damaged her looks and made her voice cracked and rasping. In 1979, she made a comeback with her best album “Broken English.” While not a big commercial success, the album was critically acclaimed yielding the minor UK hit “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.” The title track is terrific. Written by Faithfull and four others, “Broken English” is about terrorism inspired by Germany’s notorious Baader-Meinhof gang. The song received alternative radio play in the US due to its new wave sound of synthasizer and quirky sound effects. Faithfull received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Since “Broken English,” Faithfull has recorded more acclaimed albums, written her autobiography and returned to acting including a guest shot on “Absolutely Fabulous.” She received a Best Actress European Film Award nomination (Europe’s answer to the Oscars) for her performance in “Irina Palm” which I saw and she is outstanding. Marianne Faithfull is now a Baroness, a title she inherited.
Marianne Faithfull - Broken English 1979 Could have come through anytime, Cold lonely, puritan What are you fighting for ? It's not my security. It's just an...
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Mar 17
Huh. I had no idea she was still acting. Good for her!
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@Ronrybs (7299)
• London, England
25 Mar 17
I faintly recall Broken English, but 'Tears' is my favourite and I didn't really listen to her later stuff
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@FourWalls (13701)
• United States
25 Mar 17
I didn't know "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" was in Thelma and Louise, but then I had to watch that in college and the only thing I was interested in was seeing the end credits roll. (And to think that soundtrack has a great Glenn Frey song ["Part of Me, Part of You"] and one of my favorite John Hiatt songs ["Tennessee Plates"]. But man, I hate that movie.)
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@cleomich (581)
25 Mar 17
nice post
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