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Police Woman Intro – 1974

A groundbreaking television show – a 40-something female cop (played by the brilliant Angie Dickinson) in a very male environment, probably paved the way for the likes of late seventies shows such as Charlies Angels.

Wiki entry for Police Woman

For me, it’s all about that theme tune, which is up there with the best. A track thats been used several times over the years (RZA used it on Masta Killas brilliant ‘No Said Date’ album).

There’s a nice blog out there by a guy in Macedonia, and it’s called Lazars Lounge. On it, he has a few Henry Mancini theme tunes as mp3’s. Well worth a look;

Lazars Lounge – mp3 of Police Woman

One of the sites I link to , Diddy Wah, has the theme in a ‘disco’ mix, though I don’t think its neccesarily very disco (although it (Police Woman Theme) seems to get labelled as lounge as well, which I don’t think is appropriate.

Diddy Wahs disco mix (with Police Woman Theme)

As an aside, there’s a review of some of Mancinis work, and a whole glut of excellent soundtrack archiving (with some mp3’s to check out), here;

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He Who Dares, Rodney

Another May Day Bank Holiday has come and gone. Didn’t do a lot, to be honest, but it got me thinking again about May 5th, 1980. That was a Bank Holiday Monday. It was also the day the Iranian Embassy siege came to its bloody end, and the Special Air Service (SAS) became etched into the British Public consciousness. The fantastic BBC website covers the story with its usual style and grace;

BBC websites account of the siege

My memories of the end of the siege are still quite vivid. This was pre-24 hour rolling news coverage, so an ITN newsflash (which always interrupted the usual/mundane programming with its harsh blue background announcing ‘News Flash’) was an event, and enough to fill young boys with excitement and dread. The footage of the SAS going in to the embassy accompanied by bangs, flashes, smoke and gunfire was watched by my family accompanied by ice creams all round, as the ice cream van man was a nightly occurence, and an event in itself. Obviously I dont want to trivialise the bravery of the SAS or the seriousness of the siege (the hostage takers killing a hostage had initiated the SAS response), but the rum and raisin cornetto I was eating that night added to the cinematic atmosphere. It was very exciting.

After that night of heroics, the SAS were (reluctantly) all over the media. Not much was known about them, and the surface was only really scratched on who they were, what they did etc. Inevitably, a film was made about the SAS, loosely based on the Iranian Embassy Siege. Released in 1982, ‘Who Dares Wins’ told the story of a commando with the SAS who infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. Lewis Collins plays the lead role, and equips himself well enough (he’ll always have a store of goodwill for his part in ‘The Professionals’. The movie climaxes with the SAS taking out the hostages and rescuing the hostages, with the action based on the events of May 1980.

Lewis Collins. I found out that he was also in a 60’s group with Klaus Voorman, who was one of the Beatles mates and designed the cover of ‘Revolver’ for them;

Lewis Collins at IMDB

I think he should be geting the same amount of respect (and work) as his buddy in The Professionals, Martin Shaw, but he doesn’t. Maybe it was the wrong career moves (he ended up in Italy in the mid eighties making classic video trash like Commanddo Leopard & Operation Wild Geese).

The theme tune was composed by Roy Budd, a Brtish composer probably most famous for the soundtrack to ‘Get Carter’. The theme to It is a fast, furious, funky number, and a credit to the composer, and, in my opinion, a lot better than the film. See what you think.

Roy Budd – Who Dares Wins Theme

Every Day Of The Week

We should be getting the final few episodes of The Sopranos sometime over the next few months. As it is something I have been watching avidly since the turn of the century, I have mixed emotions about the fact. Its a bit like when you get a huge book on holiday that is really good and you really don’t want it to end, and when it does you wish there were a couple of hundred more pages that could appear NOW so you can continue….

The end of The Sopranos. How exactly will it end? I don’t even want to think about it. There are going to be some deaths for sure. Now, one of the (many) wonderful things about the show is how they use music. I remember the opening shots of the second season, where we catch up with the activities of Tony Soprano and his ‘families’ – all set to the music of Frank Sinatra singing “It Was A Very Good Year”. I thought that was fabulous and went out the next day to purchase my one and only Frank Sinatra album, “The September Of My Years”.

At the end of an episode from the first half of this last season (episode no.70 overall) “Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request”, there is a vibrant doo-wop number running over the closing credits. Its all the more startling as the episode has just ended with Tony Soprano beating one of his gang members, and then going to the toilet to vomit from the exertion of it. The song is called ‘Every Day Of The Week’ by The Students. I love the song. It’s also good to know that Julian Cope loves the song too;

So there you have it. I think Julian Cope writes like a poet, and I applaud his taste in doo-wop, which tends to be marginalised nowadays, yet has some of the most life affirming elements of r&b and rock & roll, and has produced some outstanding, timeless tracks (‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, ‘In The Still Of The Night’). I hope you will agree that this piece of music is amongst the best doo-wop. It reminds me of being young and happy.

The Students – Every Day Of The Week (you need real player to play it)