VARIOUS ARTISTS When The Wind Blows (Soundtrack 1986)

When The Wind Blows (1986)
Roger Waters’ Lost Mini-Opera

Roger Waters uses his first (outside) film scoring gig to pen a 24 minute, one-act play for the UK indie film, When The Wind Blows. This is circa Radio KAOS, though, stylistically, it all seems like a throwback to his conceptual work with Pink Floyd. Not in the same league, of course, but many of the elements are there. “Towers Of Faith” segues from dreamy acoustic picking to harsh, stinging leads, improv vocal gymnastics, all wrapped in some vague concept about war, a favorite Waters theme. It’s my fault for not knowing the storyline, as I often let “concepts” lie when listening to certain albums. In Waters’ case, The Final Cut was the last time I even tried with his music. Still, this is a fine chance to study some of Waters’ more obscure sermonizing. “The Attack” is a pretty cool industrial-lite noise collage. Amazon.

DAVID BOWIE – When The Wind Blows (3:36)
HUGH CORNWELL – Facts And Figures (4:19)
GENESIS – The Brazilian (4:51)
SQUEEZE – What Have They Done (3:39)
PAUL HARDCASTLE – The Shuffle (4:17)
– The Russian Missile (0:10)
– Towers Of Faith (7:00)
– Hilda’s Dream (1:36)
– The American Bomber (0:12)
– The Anderson Shelter (1:09)
– The British Submarine (0:14)
– The Attack (2:53)
– The Fall Out (2:04)
– Hilda’s Hair (4:20)
– Folded Flags (4:49)


  • Willard
    July 29, 2011 - 07:42 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • dandor
    July 29, 2011 - 10:45 | Permalink

    When The Wind Blows was the soundtrack to an English animated feature film about two elderly, ordinary English citizens who carry out their continued, mundane existence after a nuclear bomb explosion leaves Britain in a post-apocalypse wasteland. Fun Stuff!

    Not as good as Music from ‘The Body’, though!

  • rap
    July 30, 2011 - 16:31 | Permalink

    Bought it — and the book upon which it’s based — on a trip to Blighty. Good stuff!

    • Willard
      July 30, 2011 - 21:06 | Permalink

      Always wanted to take a trip to Blighty.

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