VARIOUS ARTISTS When The Wind Blows (Soundtrack 1986) – w/ Roger Waters Mini Opera + David Bowie EP

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

Roger Waters uses his first film scoring gig (outside of Pink Floyd) to pen a 24-minute, one-act play for the UK indie film, When The Wind Blows. This was recorded 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, with improv vocal gymnastics, all wrapped in some vague concept about war, a When The Wind Blows EPrecurring Waters theme. It’s my fault for not knowing the storyline, as I often let “concepts” reside in the background when listening to certain albums. In Waters’ case, The Final Cut was the last time I even tried to comprehend his lyrical obsessions. Still, this is a fine chance to study some of Waters’ more obscure sermonizing. “The Attack” is a pretty cool industrial-lite noise collage. David Bowie offers up an original song, too, and, thanks to altoid, we’ve now added the EP, with three versions of the title tune. Find When The Wind Blows at Amazon, HERE.

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)

DAVID BOWIE “When The Wind Blows” EP
When the Wind Blows (3:32)
When the Wind Blows (Extended Mix) (5:35)
When The Wind Blows (Instrumental) (3:46)


  • 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.

  • Willard
    December 11, 2015 - 15:30 | Permalink

    Thanks altoid, I’ve added your name to the post.

  • Saucer People
    December 26, 2015 - 19:33 | Permalink

    When The Wind Blows, Threads and the original TV version of Z For Zachariah had such a profound effect on my young teenage consciousness back in the eighties and strangely enough I recently rewatched When The Wind Blows and for the first time actually paid any real attention to the soundtrack, so this is a real treat and I can’t thank all involved in the rip and the post, enough – it is great to hear it as a stand-alone experience, as the powerful narrative and exquisite animation of the film does put the soundtrack somewhat in the background.

    For anyone who has not seen the film, I cannot recommend it enough, along with Plague Dogs, this is the best eighties UK animation film in my opinion.

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