Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

In the Name of the Father (OST) – Various Artists [#628]


Unknown-3.jpegThe soundtrack for the 1993 film In the Name of the Father about the Guildford pub bombings of 1974.

While the film is an often harrowing study on injustice, political corruption and false convictions, the soundtrack is nothing that special. Bono, Sinead O Connor, Gavin Friday, The Kinks and Thin Lizzy (naturally with their Whisky in the Jar) give the whole set the geographical soundscape for the period piece, Bono and O’ Connor  for the Irish connection and The Kinks and Thin Lizzy to set the time.

I think around that time in the nineties there was a strong swell in Irish pop and rock surfing on the crest of which was Bono on his U2 surfboard and it seemed like any TV show or film with a vague Irish link would have featured either a song by U2 or Sinead O’ Connor.

Mrs Gnomepants v1.0 was very fond of the film and requested that I obtain the soundtrack during the Great Internet  Free For All of the early to mid noughties.


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Face to Face – The Kinks [#451]

Face_to_Face_(The_Kinks_album)_coverartThe fourth studio album from Brit pop grandfathers, the Kinks and the second album from the band to appear in the music project.

After seeing their Channel 4 film Return to Waterloo in the 1980s I was keen to hear more of their work. However, not being brave enough to waste spend good money on an album I only “might” like and not having any friends who had records by the Kinks, it wasn’t until the music download free for all of the noughties that I was able to actually risk getting some of their works to sample.

To be frank, I’m glad I didn’t spend my money.


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Album #88 – Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks

Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks

Ray Davies. What a guy. One of the few people in music that can actually craft an album that has a flavour and sentiment of Britishness. If music is the world, The Kinks are the British Empire in all respects, with the Beatles being notaries in the background.

Arthur  is a concept album originally created as a soundtrack for a television programme that was never made. But who needs visualisations, apart from the youth of today? When the mind is the most creative and cheap television screen available! If it’s gritty quirk British drama you want, chuck this album on your media player of choice, whack on your ridiculous Beats by Dr Dre, close your eyes and, by listening the the lyrics, begin a imaginary feast of Britishness. It’s not until Return to Waterloo that you get anywhere close to anything like this.

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