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RIP Alan Hawkshaw (1937 – 2021)

Alan Hawkshaw (1937 – 2021) was a British composer and musician, particularly of library music, working extensively for the KPM production music company in the 1950s to the 1970s, composing such songs as “Grange Hill”.

Grange Hill

With the studio group Love De-Luxe he scored a number 1 single on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with “Here Comes That Sound Again” in 1979.

Here Comes That Sound Again

In the 1970s, he worked for Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg as a musical director, arranger and pianist, including on L’homme à tête de chou (1976).

L’homme à tête de chou (1976)

One of his best-known compositions is “Blarney’s Stoned” which was used as the theme tune for Dave Allen’s television shows.

“Blarney’s Stoned”

In 1977, he composed “New Earth Parts 1 & 2” for Hank Marvin’s Guitar Syndicate (1977) LP project.

“New Earth Parts 1 & 2”

This was subsequently sampled over 30 years later by Jay-Z for his song “Pray”.

music from  Barbara Broadcast (1977)

Also, during the late 1970s, music by Hawkshaw appeared in several films by Radley Metzger, including Barbara Broadcast (1977) and Maraschino Cherry (1978).

music from Maraschino Cherry (1978)

RIP Ned “squeal like a pig” Beatty (1937 – 2021)

Ned Beatty was an American actor known for his parts in Deliverance (1972) and Network (1976).

Deliverance is known for its “dueling banjos” scene, its degenerate hillbilly trope and its brutal male-on-male rape, in which Ned Beatty is ordered to “squeal like a pig” while being anally raped.

In Network Beatty plays an executive who gives a speech on the nature of capitalism.

Epigraph page to Deliverance

This is also a good time to call to mind that in the novel Deliverance on which the film of the same name is based, the dictum “there exists at the basis of human life a principle of insufficiency” by Georges Bataille, is used as epigraph in the original French.

RIP Jutta Lampe (1937 – 2020)

Jutta Lampe was a German actress best-known for her film Marianne and Juliane (1981).

Marianne and Juliane (1981)

In that film she plays the ‘good’ sister, the regular journalist. The ‘bad’ sister has joined the RAF.

Many people forget, but Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, witnessed a series of bloody terrorist attacks rivalling the islamist terrorism of today.