Música Original de la Película TIMES SQUARE (soundtrack album, Mexican edition, 1981)

Posted on 24th July 2018 in "Times Square"
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This is the last version of the soundtrack album I have, and the one in the worst condition. I’ve seen one or two other copies and they were as beat up as this one is. They might have had their spines intact, where this one’s is completely worn away (which is why I have no picture of it), but that didn’t seem enough to justify buying another copy. This one also didn’t have the paper picture sleeves. I don’t know if they were issued with the Mexican edition or not.

The most interesting thing about this edition is that all the text is in Spanish.


TIMES SQUARE original soundtrack album, Mexico, 1981, gatefold interior  Text:  Producido por ROBERT STIGWOOD AND JAC0B BRACKMAN  Dirigido por ALAN MOYLE       Distribuido por EMI ROBERT STIGWOOD Presenta "TIMES SQUARE"  Protagonistas  TIM CURRY  TRINI ALVARADO  y presentando a ROBIN JOHNSON como Nicky   Con PETER COFFIELD  HERBERT BERGHOF  DAVID MARGULIES ANNA MARIA HORSFORD   Vestuario ROBERT deMORA  Escenografía STUART WURTZEL Una historia de ALAN MOYLE AND  LEANNE UNGER Guion  JACOB BRACKMAN  Edicion TOM PRIESTLEY Productores Ejecutivos KEVIN McCORMICK JOHN NICOLELLA       Productor Asociado BILL OAKES       Director de Fotografía JAMES A. CONTNER

All the other editions of the soundtrack seem to have been issued simultaneously in 1980, but this one is dated 1981. It also has a unique version of the cover art: where the US edition has the familiar face of Tim Curry as Johnny LaGuardia on Nicky’s badge, and the Canadian, French, and Peruvian editions had a blank red spot, and the UK edition had nothing at all, the Mexican version has a painted red blank badge, imitating the paint-smeared style of the rest of the cover.

The Peruvian edition had some of the song titles in Spanish on its labels, and interestingly, they’re not all identical to the titles here. For instance, “Help Me!” in Peru is “Ayúdenme,” and in Mexico it’s “Ayudame.” “Babylon’s Burning” in Peru is “El incendio de Babylon,” and in Mexico, “Babilonia se quema.” I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising that Mexican Spanish and Peruvian Spanish are different, but as a speaker of neither it’s fascinating to see evidence.

[FRONT:]

Música Original de la Película
TIMES
SQUARE
Una Producción de ROBERT STIGWOOD
LPR 16370 A2 ESTEREO
Presentando música de:
SUZI QUATRQ, THE PRETENDERS, R0XY MUSIC,
GARY NUMAN, MARCY LEVY & ROBIN GIBB, TALKING HEADS, JOE JACKSON,
XTC, THE RAMONES, ROBIN JOHNSON & TRINI ALVARADO,
THE RUTS, D.L. BYRON. LOU REED, DESMOND CHILD &, ROUGE,
GARLAND JEFFREYS, THE CURE, PATTT SMITH GROUP, DAVID JOHANSEN.

[GATEFOLD:]

Producido por ROBERT STIGWOOD AND JAC0B BRACKMAN Dirigido por ALAN MOYLE Distribuido por EMI
ROBERT STIGWOOD Presenta “TIMES SQUARE” Protagonistas TIM CURRY TRINI ALVARADO y presentando a ROBIN JOHNSON como Nicky Con PETER COFFIELD HERBERT BERGHOF DAVID MARGULIES
ANNA MARIA HORSFORD Vestuario ROBERT deMORA Escenografía STUART WURTZEL
Una historia de ALAN MOYLE AND LEANNE UNGER
Guion JACOB BRACKMAN
Edicion TOM PRIESTLEY
Productores Ejecutivos KEVIN McCORMICK JOHN NICOLELLA
Productor Asociado BILL OAKES
Director de Fotografía JAMES A. CONTNER

[BACK:]

LPR 16370 A2 ESTEREO
1 MCR 91010

Disco 1 Lado 1
“ROCK HARD” – SUZI QUATRO
ROCK PESADO 3:18 PRODUCIDO POR MIKE CHAPMAN
M. Chapman/N. Chinn (Chinnicap Publishing, Inc
Admin. in the U.S.A. & Canada by Careers Music, Inc.)
Cortesia de Dreamland Records, Inc. ℗ 1980 Dreamland Records. Inc.
“TALK OF THE TOWN”
– THE PRETENDERS
HABLA DEL PUEBLO 3:16 PRODUCIDO POR CHRIS THOMAS
C. Hynde (Al Gallico Music Corp.)
Cortesia de Sire Records, Inc./Real Records ℗ 1980 REAL RECORDS
“SAME OLD SCENE” – ROXY MUSIC
LA MISMA EXCENA 3:54 PRODUCIDO POR ROXY MUSIC Y RHETT DAVIES
B. Ferry (E. G. Music, Inc.)
Cortesia de E.G. Records, Ltd./Atlantic Recording Corp./Polydor
International ℗ 1980 Atlantic Recording Corporation
“DOWN IN THE PARK” – GARY NUMAN
EN EL PARQUE 4:20 PRODUCIDO POR GARY NUMAN
G. Numan (Geoff & Eddie Music, Inc. and Blackwood Music Inc)
Cortesia de Wea Records, Ltd.?Beggars Banquet Limited
℗1979 A. Beggars Banquet Recording
“HELP ME!”
– MARCY LEVY & ROBIN GIBB
AYUDAME 3:37 PRODUCIDO POR ROBIN GIBB AND BLUE WEAVER
R. Gibb/B. Weaver (Stigwood Music, Inc. (Unichappell Music, Admin.)
℗1980 Yam, Inc.

Lado 2
“LIFE DURING WARTIME”
– TALKING HEADS
LA VIDA DURANTE LA GUERRA 3:40 PRODUCIDO POR BRIAN ENO Y TALKING HEADS
D. Byrne (Index Music/Bleu Disque Music Co. Inc.)
Cortesia de Sire Records, Inc./Real Records ℗ 1979 Sire Records Company
“PRETTY BOYS” – JOE JACKSON
CHICOS GUAPOS 3:21 PRODUCIDO JOE JACKSON
J. Jackson (Albion Music, Ltd. (Admin by Almo Music Corp. in
the U.S. & Canada) Cortesia de A. & M. Records, Inc.
℗1980 Multiplier N. V.
“TAKE THIS TOWN” – XTC
TOMEN ESTE PUEBLO 4:07 PRODUCICO POR STEVE LILLYWHITE
A. Partridge (Nymph Music (Unichappell Music, Admin.)
Cortesia de Virgin Records, Ltd. ℗1980 Virgin Records, Ltd.
“I WANNA BE SEDATED” – THE RAMONES
QUIERO ESTAR TRANQUILO 2:229 PRODUCIDO POR T. ERDELYI Y ED STASIUM
The ramones (Bleu Disque Music Co. Inc./Taco Tunes, Inc.)
Cortesia de Sire Records, Inc./Real Records ℗1979 SIre Records, Inc.
“DAMN DOG” – ROBIN JOHNSON
PERRO MALDITO 2:40 PRODUCIDO POR BILL OAKES
INGENIERO: THOM PANUNZIO – B. Mernit/J. Brackman
(Stigwood Music, Inc. (Unichappell Music, Admin)
℗1980 Multiplier N.V.

Disco 2 Lado 1
“YOUR DAUGHTER IS ONE”
– ROBIN JOHNSON & TRINI ALVARADO
TU HIJA ES UNICA 2:10 PRODUCIDO POR BILL OAKES
INGENIERO: JOHN PACE – B. Mernit/N. Ross/S. Brackman
(Stigwood Music, Inc. (Unichappell Music, Admin)
℗1980 Multiplier N.V.
“BABYLON’S BURNING” – THE RUTS
BABILONIA SE QUEMA 2:34 ARREGLOS Y PRODUCCION DE MICK GLOSSOP
J. Jennings/D. Ruffy/M. Owen/P. Fox (Nymph Music (Unichappel
Music, Admin.) Cortesia de Virgin Records, Ltd. P 1979 Virgin Records, Ltd.
“YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE” – D.L. BYRON
NO PUEDES APRESURAR EL AMOR 3:04 PRODUCIDO POR JIMMY IOVINE CON JON SMALL
E. Holland/L. Dozier/B. Holland (Stone Agate Music Division)
Cortesia de Arista Records, Inc. ℗1980 Arista Records, Inc.
“WALK ON THE WILD SIDE”
– LOU REED
VE POR EL CAMINO DIFICIL 4:12 PRODUCIDO POR DAVID BOWIE Y MICK RONSON
L. Reed (Oakfield Avenue Music, Ltd.)
Cortesia de RCA Records ℗1972 RCA Records
“THE NIGHT WAS NOT”
– DESMOND CHILD & ROUGE
NO FUE EN LA NOCHE 3:08 PRODUCIDO POR RICHARD LANDIS Y D.C. ASSOCIATE PRODUCTIONS
D. Child (Desmobile Music Co.)
Cortesia de Capitol records, Inc. ℗1979 Capitol Records, Inc.

Lado 2
“INNOCENT, NOT GUILTY”
– GARLAND JEFFREYS
INOCENTE, NO CULPABALE 2:13 PRODUCIDO POR GARLAND JEFFREYS Y BILL OAKES
INGENIERO: JOHN PACE – G. Jeffreys (Garland Jeffreys Music
℗1980 Multiplier N.V.
“GRINDING HALT”
– THE CURE
DETENTE 2:49 PRODUCIDO POR CHRIS PARRY
L. Tolhurst/M. Dempsey/R. Smith (APB Music Co. Ltd.)
Cortesia de Fiction Records/Polydor Ltd./Jem Records
℗1979 Fiction Records
“PISSING IN THE RIVER”
PATTI SMITH GROUP
EN EL RIO 4:41 PRODUCIDO POR JACK DOUGLAS
P. Smith/ I. Kral (Linda’s Music Corp.)
Cortesia de Arits Records, Inc. ℗1976 Arista Records, INc.
“FLOWERS IN THE CITY”
– DAVID JOHANSEN & ROBIN JOHNSON
FLORES EN LA CIUDAD 3:58 PRODUCIDO POR DAVID JOHANSEN
INGENIERO: HARVEY GOLDGERG – D. Johansen/R. Guy
(Buster Poindexter, Inc. and Purple Man Publishing.)
Cortesia de Blue Sky Records, Inc./CBS Records ℗1980 Blue Sky Records, Inc.
“DAMN DOG” — ROBIN JOHNSON
(Reprise – The Cleo Club)
PERRO MALDITO 2:40 PRODUCIDO POR BILL OAKES
B. Mernit/J. Brackman (Stigwood Music, Inc. (Unichappell Music, Admin.)
℗1980 Multiplier N.V.

Productor Ejecutivo de Album: Bill Oakes

RSO

MUY IMPORTANTE
Este fonograma es una obra intelectual protegida en favor de su productor
℗ 1981 POLYGRAM RECORD ORGANIZATION Derechos protegidos
La titularidad de los derechos contenidos en el fonograma se encuentra reconocida
e inscrita en el Registro Público del Derecho de Autor
Dirección General del Derecho de Autor – Secreteria de Educación Pública
SE PROHIBE SU COPIA O REPRODUCCION PARCIAL O TOTAL
La violacion de esta prohibición esta penada conforme a los Articulos
386 del Codico Penal y 135 y 136 de la Ley Federal sobre el Derecho de Autor, vigentes

2658 145

℗ 1981 HECHO EN MEXICO / DISTRIBUIDO POR
POlYGram DISCOS, S. A. se C. V.

MIEMBRO ACTIVO DE amprofon.
(Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas, A. C.)

[SIDE 1:]

HECHO EN MEXICO
DISTRIBUIDO POR POLYDOR, S.A.
MARCA REGISTRADA
RESERVADOS TODOS LOS
DERECHOS DEL PRODUCTOR FONOGRAFICO Y DE LA OBRA
PROHIBIDA SU EJECUCION PUBLICA CON FINES DE LUCRO

RSO

16370/A2
2658 145
2479 264

1
DISCO 1

℗ 1980

MUSCIA ORIGINAL DE LA PELICULA
“TIMES SQUARE”
Productor Ejecutivo: BILL OAKES

1. ROCK PESADO (Hard rock) 3:18
-M. Chapman-N. Chinn- *SUZI QUATRO*

2. HABLA DEL PUEBLO (Talk of the town) 3:16
-C. Hynde- *THE PRETENDERS*

3. LA MISMA ESCENA (Same old scene) 3:54
-B. Ferry- *ROXY MUSIC*

4. EN EL PARQUE (Down in the park) 4:20
-G. Numan- *GARY NUMAN*

5. AYUDAME (Help me!) 3:37
-R. Gibb-B. Weaver- *MARCY LEVY Y ROBIN GIBB*

[SIDE 2:]

HECHO EN MEXICO
DISTRIBUIDO POR POLYDOR, S.A.
MARCA REGISTRADA
RESERVADOS TODOS LOS
DERECHOS DEL PRODUCTOR FONOGRAFICO Y DE LA OBRA
PROHIBIDA SU EJECUCION PUBLICA CON FINES DE LUCRO

RSO

16370/2A
2658 145
2479 264

2
DISCO 1

℗ 1980

MUSCIA ORIGINAL DE LA PELICULA
“TIMES SQUARE”
Productor Ejecutivo: BILL OAKES

1. LA VIDA DURANTE LA GUERRA (Life during wartime) 3:40
-D. Byrne- *TALKING HEADS*

2. CHICOS GUAPOS (Pretty boys) 3:21
-J. Jackson- *JOE JACKSON*

3. TOMEN ESTE PUEBLO (Take this town) 4:07
-A. Partridge- *XTC*

4. QUIERO ESTAR TRANQUILO (I wanna be sedated) 2:29
-The Ramones- *THE RAMONES*

5. PERRO MALDITO (Damn dog) 2:40
-B. Mernit-J. Brackman- *ROBIN JOHNSON*

[SIDE 3:]

HECHO EN MEXICO
DISTRIBUIDO POR POLYDOR, S.A.
MARCA REGISTRADA
RESERVADOS TODOS LOS
DERECHOS DEL PRODUCTOR FONOGRAFICO Y DE LA OBRA
PROHIBIDA SU EJECUCION PUBLICA CON FINES DE LUCRO

RSO

16370/A2
2658 145
2479 264

1
DISCO 2

℗ 1980

MUSCIA ORIGINAL DE LA PELICULA
“TIMES SQUARE”
Productor Ejecutivo: BILL OAKES

1. TU HIJA ES UNICA (Your daughter is one) 2:10
-B. Mernit-N. Ross-J. Brackman- *ROBIN JOHNSON AND TRINI ALVARADO*

2. BABILONIA SE QUEMA (Babylon’s burning) 2:34
-J. Jennings-D. Ruffy-M. Owen-P. Fox- *THE RUTS*

3. NO PUEDES APRESURAR EL AMOR (You can’t hurry love) 3:04
-E. Holland-L. Dozier-B. Holland- *D.L. BYRON*

4. VE POR EL CAMINO DIFICIL (Walk on the wild side) 4:12
-L. Reed- *LOU REED*

5. NO FUE EN LA NOCHE (The night was not) 3:08
-D. Child- *DESMOND CHILD AND ROUGE*

[SIDE 4:]

HECHO EN MEXICO
DISTRIBUIDO POR POLYDOR, S.A.
MARCA REGISTRADA
RESERVADOS TODOS LOS
DERECHOS DEL PRODUCTOR FONOGRAFICO Y DE LA OBRA
PROHIBIDA SU EJECUCION PUBLICA CON FINES DE LUCRO

RSO

16370/2A
2658 145
2479 264

2
DISCO 2

℗ 1980

MUSCIA ORIGINAL DE LA PELICULA
“TIMES SQUARE”
Productor Ejecutivo: BILL OAKES

1. INOCENTE, NO CULPABLE (Innocent, not guilty) 2:13
-G. Jeffreys- *GARLAND JEFFREYS*

2. DENTENTE (Grinding halt) 2:49
-L. Tolhurst-M. Dempsey-R. Smith- *THE CURE*

3. EN EL RIO (Pissing in the river) 4:41
-P. Smith-I. Kral- *PATTI SMITH GROUP*

4. FLORES DE LA CIUDAD (Flowers in the city) 3:58
-D. Johansen-R. Guy- *DAVID JOHANSEN Y ROBIN JOHNSON*

5. PERRO MALDITO (Reprise-The Cleo Club) (Damn dog) 2:40
-B. Mernit-J. Brackman- *ROBIN JOHNSON*

Other editions of the soundtrack:

US
Canada
UK
France
Peru
Cassette (Canada)
8-track (US)

 

Música Original de la Película TIMES SQUARE, RSO LPR 16370 A2; Mexico, 1981; 2 long-playing records (AAT 300265802) with gatefold picture sleeve (AAT 300266823)(work);
 
©1980 Multiplier N.V.
℗1981 POLYGRAM RECORD ORGANIZATION

 

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SONIDO – la revista musical, No. 56, June 1981

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Mexican pop music magazine featuring article on TIMES SQUARE.  Text:  NUMERO 56  $30 00  SONIDO 'a musical  ROD STEWART THREE SOULS BEATLES DANGEROUS RHYTHM  ¡¡¡LA NUEVA EXPLOSION DEL ROCK PESADO¡¡¡

 

 

 

 

The June 1981 issue of the Mexican pop music magazine Sonido contained on pages 38 and 39 an article credited to “Vicco,” but which seems to be exactly the same kind of AFD/RSO-written publicity published in English in similar magazines a year before.

The article calls the film Times Square. It wasn’t released under that title in Mexico, though, as we shall see.

The accompanying photos are the ubiquitous TS-72-8A/14, TS-66-28/9, and TS-82-30[/4], all three of which were part of the US Press Material pack.

POR: vicco

TIMES SQUARE es un drama contemporáneo,con música estelarizada por los talentos de Tim Curry, cantante y actor británico que se dio a conocer con El show de terror de Rocky; Trini Alvarado, quien tuvo un importante papel en la película de Robert Altman Rich kids, y Robin Johnson, una actriz proveniente de Brooklin, muy dinámica y que canta también en su debut cinematográfico.

La película fue filmada en diversas locaciones de Nueva York, incluyendo el infame Deuce y es resaltada por veinte canciones originales ejemplificando algo de lo mejor del rock contemporáneo interpretadas por los más importantes artistas del momento, así como por las dos estrellas de la cinta, Robin Johnson y Trini Alvarado.

Times square retrata las desventuras de dos chiquillas rebeldonas, una proveniente de un ambiente sofisticado y, la otra, producto de las calles. Juntas desde el cuarto de un hospital neurológico comienzan una serie de bizarras escapadas y su comportamiento es reportado por un disc-jockey que trabaja toda la noche en una estación de radio y que las anima a seguir con sus trucos y logra convertirlas en celebridades menores de los medios. Ellas pasan sobre todas las autoridades llegando al climax en una escena sobre la marquesina del teatro Times Square con cientos de seguidores rindiendo su tributo.

Dicha cinta es una presentación de Robert Stigwood y fue producida por Stigwood y Jacob Brackman, dirigida por Alan Moyle, basada en una historia de Moyle y Leanne Unger. Kevin McCormick y John Nicollela son los productores ejecutivos y Bill Oakes es productor asociado.

LA MUSICA
En un momento en que la música de películas se encuentra entre los discos más populares y cuando ha sido entendida como un vehículo muy importante para la aceptación de una cinta, aparece un nuevo álbum doble en discos RSO con la música de la película Times square, uno de los más excitantes que han sido lanzados, pues no sólo captura el espíritu de la película, sino que es además una antología única de canciones interpretadas por los mejores artistas de rock del momento, tanto de Inglaterra como de Estados Unidos, incluyendo a Suzi Qautro, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, The Talking Heads, Joe Jackson, The Patti Smith Group, XTC, The Cure, Lou Reed,The Ramones, The Ruts, David Johansen y muchos otros. ¡Es un álbum espectacular!

v

BY: vicco

TIMES SQUARE is a contemporary drama, with music, starring the talents of Tim Curry, singer and British actor who became known in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Trini Alvarado, who had an important role in Robert Altman’s movie Rich Kids, and Robin Johnson, an actress from Brooklyn, very dynamic and who also sings in her film début.

The movie was filmed in diverse locations of New York, including the infamous Deuce, and it is highlighted by twenty original songs exemplifying some of the best contemporary rock performed by today’s most important artists, as well as by both stars of the film, Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado.

Times Square portrays the misfortunes of two little girl rebels, one from a sophisticated environment and, the other one, a product of the streets. Together from the room of a neurological hospital they begin a series of bizarre escapades and their behavior is reported by a disc-jockey who works the overnight on a radio station and who encourages them to continue with their tricks and manages to turn them into minor media celebrities. They get past all the authorities, arriving at the climax in a scene on the marquee of the Times Square theatre with hundreds of followers paying tribute.

This film is a Robert Stigwood presentation and it was produced by Stigwood and Jacob Brackman, directed by Alan Moyle, based on a story by Moyle and Leanne Unger. Kevin McCormick and John Nicollela are the executive producers and Bill Oakes is the associate producer.

THE MUSIC

At a time when movie soundtracks are among the most popular records and when they have been understood as a very important vehicle for the acceptance of a film, a new double album appears on RSO Records with the music of the movie Times Square, one of the most exciting to be released, since it not only captures the spirit of the movie, but it is also a unique collection of songs performed by today’s greatest rock artists, from both England and the United States, including Suzi Qautro, The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Gary Numan, The Talking Heads, Joe Jackson, The Patti Smith Group, XTC, The Cure, Lou Reed, The Ramones, The Ruts, David Johansen and many others. It is a spectacular album!

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vicco, “Cine-rock : Times Square” (article), AAT ID: 300048715)
SONIDO la revista musical, No. 56, June 1981, pp. 38-39 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389)
20.2 (W) x 27.8 cm. (H), 64 pp (work);
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SONIDO la revista musical ©1981 Corporación Editorial, S.A.

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Record World, Vol. 37 No. 1729, September 13, 1980

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Back cover of Record World Vol. 37 No. 1729, September 13, 1980, p. 126.  Text:  JUST RELEASED The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture TIMES  SQUARE A Robert Stigwood Production A 2-RECORD SET Featuring Music by... SUZI QUATRO, THE PRETENDERS, ROXY MUSIC, GARY NUMAN, MARCY LEVY & ROBIN GIBB, TALKING HEADS, JOE JACKSON, XTC, THE RAMONES, ROBIN JOHNSON & TRINI ALVARADO, THE RUTS, D.L. BYRON, LOU REED, DESMOND CHILD & ROUGE, GARLAND JEFFREYS, THE CURE, PATTI SMITH GROUP, DAVID JOHANSEN RS-4-4203 INCLUDES THE FIRST SINGLE: "Rock Hard" by Suzi Quatro DL-104 RSO Records, Inc. ® ©1980 RSO Records, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the “new” items that turn up now are variations of things we’ve already seen. This Times Square soundtrack ad is identical to the ones shown here, but unlike those two it’s still attached to the magazine it was published in. It’s page 126, the back cover, of Record World Vol. 37 No. 1729 from September 13, 1980, a recording industry trade publication, which also has an announcement of the soundtrack on the front cover…

 

 

… and coverage of the soundtrack’s announcement at 1980’s RSO Convention, featuring an appearance by Suzi Quatro.

The most intriguing thing in the article, however, is this:

A forty-minute video presentation highlighting key scenes and music from the motion picture was shown.

There was a promotional video nearly half the length of the entire film!

This was published a month before the movie’s premiere, and only says the event happened “recently.” The five-and-a-half minute in-store soundtrack promo video contains many brief tantalizing clips of footage not in the movie… who knows what lost footage might have appeared in the RSO Convention promo video!

 

 

“Hits of the Week -Albums – “TIMES SQUARE” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).” (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
“‘Times Square,’ ‘Shogun’ Soundtracks Previewed at RSO National Convention” (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
[Just released – the original soundtrack from the motion picture Times Square] (advertisement, AAT ID: 300193993)
Record World, Vol. 37, No. 1729, September 13, 1980, pp. 1, 9, 118, 126 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389)
32.4 x 24.3 cm., 126 pp (work);
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800 px (H) x 761 px (W), 96 dpi, 409 kb (images)
 
Record World ©1980 RECORD WORLD PUBLISHING CO., INC.
Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

I Wanna Be Sedated

Posted on 8th October 2017 in "Times Square"
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I made another exception to my vow not to collect any more soundtrack-related items, because this one has a picture of Robin on it.

It’s the UK version of the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” single as released by RSO as a Times Square soundtrack tie-in. I might have bought it anyway, just for the fantastic illustration on the front of the picture sleeve. Luckily for me, the back of the sleeve reproduces the soundtrack album cover, so it’s a legitimate Robin Johnson collectible as well as a Ramones collectible.

 

 

The cover reproduced seems to be, however, a variant I don’t have anywhere else, where Nicky’s lapel button, which usually bears a picture of Johnny LaGuardia, is blank red, but not the featureless red of the Canadian version. This one has a light reflection painted along its upper rim, like the one that appears on the versions with Johnny on it, except no Johnny. It’s like an intermediate version that hasn’t been finished. I still don’t understand why there are so many different variant covers, all centered around what if anything is pinned to Nicky’s lapel.

“I Wanna Be Sedated” had been taken from 1978’s Road to Ruin. The b-side of the single, “The Return of Jackie and Judy,” was taken from the Ramones’ current album at the time, End of the Century, and wouldn’t have been entirely out of place itself in the movie’s soundtrack.

 

 

I’ve previously made mention of the Spanish release of this single, of which I have a photo but not the actual item.

 

 

Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated” b/w “The Return of Jackie and Judy”, 45 rpm record (AAT ID: 300265800) with picture sleeve (AAT ID: 300266823), England, 1980. RSO 70 (2090 512) ℗1978 Sire Records Inc. ℗1980 Sire Records Inc. © 1980 RSO Records Ltd (work)
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Bande Originale du Film Times Square (soundtrack album, French edition)

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I made another exception to my decision not to collect any more copies of the soundtrack when I saw the bright red labels on this French edition. Sadly we don’t get all the text in French as well.

It’s pretty much identical to the Canadian version, with the blank red spot in place of Nicky’s Johnny LaGuardia pin on the front, and the copyrights on the back, and throughout, attributed to Multiplier N.V.

The inner sleeves are no longer identical: they’re now labelled Disque 1 and Disque 2 with their catalog numbers, even though the complete track listing for all four sides is on both of them. The printing information “Montreuil Offset / « Imprimé et Fabriqué en France »” is new. And the line “Mastered at STERLING SOUND by George Marino” is back. (If there’s a huge outcry I’ll post the Disque 2 sleeve, but it seems a waste of space since they’re otherwise identical.)

These red labels were what got my attention, and at least we get the album title in French. Otherwise, though, it’s the same as all the other variant editions, and the music is of course unchanged.

Seeing this cover version with the great red spot again made me think, though — the spot is 2½ inches across. The Australian sticker is about 2¼ inches across. Is it possible that the stickers weren’t just a promotional product, but were meant to be pasted over the spot on the Australian edition? Seems logical. But, I’ve never seen an Australian copy so I don’t know if they have a red spot, or a sticker stuck there, or what. I do know that logic has precious little to do with any aspect of Times Square.

 

Bande originale du film Times Square, RSO 2658 145; France, 1980; 2 long-playing records (AAT 300265802) with gatefold picture sleeve (AAT 300266823) and illustrated inner sleeves (work);
 
©1980 Multiplier N.V.

 

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TIMES SQUARE IS MUSIC OF THE STREETS

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Australian promotional sticker, front, 1981

 

WHAT: A yellow-orange, red, and black sticker, 2¼ inches in diameter, with text reading “Times Square is music of the streets.”

WHERE: Australia. The tag line on the Australian posters was “Times Square is the music of the streets.” The sticker omits the first “the.” Also, where the phrase is in a graffiti-like style on the poster, the sticker uses the distressed typewriter font on black strips from the soundtrack album. The orange and red background also replicates the design of the album cover. This would appear to be a crossover promotional item linking the soundtrack to the film in Australia.

WHEN: Presumably early 1981.

WHO: If it’s pushing the soundtrack, RSO. The sticker itself doesn’t say.

WHY: God only knows.

 

 

Times Square is music of the streets
Australia : sticker : AAT ID: 300027221 : 2.25 in. diam. : 1981 (work);
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Movie 81 No. 2, February 1981

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Australian movie magazine containing article about TIMES SQUARE (1980)

“There’s a hot new talent, Robin Johnson in Robert Stigwood’s Times Square…”

contents and editorial page of Australian movie magazine containing article about TIMES SQUARE (1980) relevant text: There's a hot new talent, Robin Johnson in Robert Stigwood's Times Square...

 

Times Square was still in theaters in London when the February Movie 81 came out in Australia and editor John Fraser made the above announcement.

Movie 81 No. 2, February 1981, pp. 14-15  Text:  TIMES SQUARE  AN APPRAISAL BY TERRY O BRIEN  Like the music which accompanies it on a pulsating soundtrack of rock, Times Square is a story of the streets. It’s about rebellion on a small scale, a search for some kind of basic freedom and a need to live life rather than simply exist. By setting the story in Times Square (surely the definitive microcosm of all that is good and bad in pre-packaged urban society), there’s a perfect, ready-made background of excitement, urgency and even danger that is inherent in that milieu. Surviving day to day in this environment is Nicky Marotta (Robin Johnson) a free spirit with aspirations of becoming a rock star. Her very wayward, uncompromising manner lands her in a psychiatric hospital for tests. While there, she meets Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado), a shy girl whose personality, unlike Nicky’s, has been submerged by her environment. She is, in fact, at quite the opposite end of the spectrum to Nicky. Moreover, Pamela’s father is a politician who has promised to clean up the seedier side of Times Square. The two girls escape from the hospital and, in their own way, take on the establishment with acts that supposedly symbolise their rejection of the plastic culture. Their exploits are covered and encouraged by Johnny LaGuardia (Tim Curry), a disc-jockey who turns the couple into celebrities with a following which allows Nicky, ultimately, a brief moment of fame as a rock singer. Another aspect of the story is the effect that each of the girls has on the other. Nicky’s life-style allows Pamela to experiment with her own and to break out of her protective shell. (It’s interesting that once she has had her freedom she decides to return to her father, though, one suspects, on her own terms.) Conversely, the poetic and sensitive Pamela brings about a change in Nicky who finds she has her first real friend and, subsequently, a basis for believing in herself. Robin Johnson, in her movie debut, is a sensation. Her Nicky is vibrant, exciting and fragile—and one of the most interesting movie characters in years. She is a find of the first order! Trini Alvarado is her perfect foil and willing pupil. Tim Curry’s eccentric exploitive disc-jockey is a far cry from his Frank N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but is, again, a fascinating performance. The movie’s feeling of rebellion and non-acceptance of some of society’s values is reflected in the music—a constant background of rock by some of today’s more prominent performers. James A. Contner’s cameras have caught some spectacular shots of New York, especially from atop the building from which Johnny broadcasts. Times Square is a showcase for some new and little-seen talent.  Producers: Robert Stigwood Jacob Brackman Director: Allan Moyle  The neon nerve centre of young New York, tuned to a furious rock beat—amps up, full power on, with all-night disc jockey Johnny (Tim Curry) perched in his skyscraper studio waiting for the moment.

 

The two-page spread later in the issue is comprised of “An Appraisal by Terry O’Brien,” which from here in the 21st Century reads more like a promotional press release than a critical review. It is, though, an early adopter of the tone of most of the remaining publicity for Times Square, shifting its focus as hard as it can from the movie overall to Robin herself. “She is a find of the first order!”

The neon nerve centre of young New York, tuned to a furious rock beat—amps up, full power on, with all-night disc jockey Johnny (Tim Curry) perched in his skyscraper studio waiting for the moment.

TIMES SQUARE
AN APPRAISAL BY TERRY O BRIEN

Like the music which accompanies it on a pulsating soundtrack of rock, Times Square is a story of the streets. It’s about rebellion on a small scale, a search for some kind of basic freedom and a need to live life rather than simply exist. By setting the story in Times Square (surely the definitive microcosm of all that is good and bad in pre-packaged urban society), there’s a perfect, ready-made background of excitement, urgency and even danger that is inherent in that milieu. Surviving day to day in this environment is Nicky Marotta (Robin Johnson) a free spirit with aspirations of becoming a rock star. Her very wayward, uncompromising manner lands her in a psychiatric hospital for tests. While there, she meets Pamela Pearl (Trini Alvarado), a shy girl whose personality, unlike Nicky’s, has been submerged by her environment. She is, in fact, at quite the opposite end of the spectrum to Nicky. Moreover, Pamela’s father is a politician who has promised to clean up the seedier side of Times Square. The two girls escape from the hospital and, in their own way, take on the establishment with acts that supposedly symbolise their rejection of the plastic culture. Their exploits are covered and encouraged by Johnny LaGuardia (Tim Curry), a disc-jockey who turns the couple into celebrities with a following which allows Nicky, ultimately, a brief moment of fame as a rock singer. Another aspect of the story is the effect that each of the girls has on the other. Nicky’s life-style allows Pamela to experiment with her own and to break out of her protective shell. (It’s interesting that once she has had her freedom she decides to return to her father, though, one suspects, on her own terms.) Conversely, the poetic and sensitive Pamela brings about a change in Nicky who finds she has her first real friend and, subsequently, a basis for believing in herself. Robin Johnson, in her movie debut, is a sensation. Her Nicky is vibrant, exciting and fragile—and one of the most interesting movie characters in years. She is a find of the first order! Trini Alvarado is her perfect foil and willing pupil. Tim Curry’s eccentric exploitive disc-jockey is a far cry from his Frank N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but is, again, a fascinating performance. The movie’s feeling of rebellion and non-acceptance of some of society’s values is reflected in the music—a constant background of rock by some of today’s more prominent performers. James A. Contner’s cameras have caught some spectacular shots of New York, especially from atop the building from which Johnny broadcasts. Times Square is a showcase for some new and little-seen talent.

Producers: Robert Stigwood
Jacob Brackman
Director: Allan Moyle

The real treasures here are the accompanying photographs. Within an assortment of publicity stills we’ve seen before are two more behind-the-scenes shots, one of Trini, Tim, and Robin on Pier 56 on the Hudson River, and one of Robin and Trini during the shooting of the concert in Times Square. The three-shot must come from the same break in shooting that produced the top photo on page 22 of Film Review, Vol. 31 No. 1, and the black and white photo in the UK Press Kit, and which I’ve noted before are among the very few photos from Times Square with the actors in costume smiling directly at the camera.

The shot of Robin and Trini probably was taken within moments of the slide of Robin in Aggie Doon makeup on 42nd Street; Nicky is only on that street in the makeup after she jumps from the marquee, and Pammy is never down there with her. This photo was taken either before, during a break in, or after filming.

The other photos are UK lobby cards (or suspected lobby cards), except the Yoram Kahana photograph from the session that also produced the shot that became half of the movie poster and soundtrack album cover, and the slide of Aggie Doon debuting Damn Dog, which I think is seeing its first publication here.

TIMES SQUARE movie advertisement from Movie 81 No. 2, February 1981, p. 47

 

 

 

 

And that’s not all! On page 47, we find an ad featuring for the first time the English South Pacific movie poster. The collaged artwork featuring a Mick Rock photo previously appeared in a production promotional ad in Screen International in June of 1980. Here we see the debut of the new tag line, “… is the music of the streets!” which still doesn’t exactly make sense, but is a step up from England’s “Go sleaze!”

 

 

 

 

 

But wait, there’s more! As a bonus, on pages 59, our friend Terry O’Brien gives the soundtrack a glowing review.

Soundtrack
TERRY O’BRIEN CHECKS OUT THE MOVIE MUSIC SCENE
TIMES SQUARE
Another double-album from the RSO stable and thus packaged for sure-fire entertainment. “Times Square” is “the music of the streets” and features some of the more familiar names of the New Wave. Suzi Quatro gets the set off with a blast on her “Rock Hard”—a gutsy number which happens to be the favourite of the film’s two young female leads played by Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado. Second up is The Pretenders’ “Talk of the Town” followed by a great Roxy Music number, “Same Old Scene”. The Bowie influence is much in evidence in Gary Numan’s haunting “Down in the Park”, and “Help Me!” has a good commercial sound from Marcy Levy and Robin Gibb. Other standouts are Lou Reed’s classic “Walk on the Wild Side” and a revival of “You Can’t Hurry Love” by D. L. Byron. You’ll also find some good rock from Talking Heads, Joe Jackson, XTC, The Ramones, The Ruts, Desmond Child & Rouge, Garland Jeffreys, The Cure and Patti Smith Group. Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado themselves are also featured on “Your Daughter is One” a nose-thumbing raspberry to society and “Damn Dog”, a solo by Johnson. A good collection.
TIMES SQUARE-RSO Records

 

 


Movie 81, No. 2, February 1981 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389) ; 27.2 x 20 cm.; (contains:)
John Fraser, Editorial (editorial, AAT ID: 300026284), p. 3
Times Square : an appraisal by Terry O’Brien (review (document), AAT ID: 300026480), pp. 14-15
[Times Square is the music of the streets], (advertisement, AAT ID: 300193993), p. 47
Soundtrack : Terry O’Brien checks out the movie music scene : Times Square (review (document), AAT ID: 300026480), pp. 58-59 (work)
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©1981 Modern Magazines (Holdings) Ltd.


 

 

Musica Original de la Pelicula “Times Square”

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I should have posted this along with the other versions of the soundtrack album I have, but I somehow had it in my head that it was released in 1981. It wasn’t; all the international editions of the soundtrack were released in 1980, with only one exception I know of, and this isn’t it.

This is the Peruvian edition, and cover-wise it’s essentially identical to the Canadian edition, with a blank red spot in place of Tim Curry, and Tim in his rightful place in the center square in the gatefold.

I stopped collecting variants of the soundtrack album once I realized just how much space they would take up for dozens of items that were all pretty much the same. I’ll only pick one up if it has some substantial difference (and is cheap enough), and the title in Spanish on the spine and the Spanish translations of the song titles on the record labels did it for me.

My copy doesn’t have the blue paper inner sleeves with the photos of Nicky and Pammy and the extended song publication information. I don’t know if that’s how it was originally issued or if some previous owner lost them along the way. This may also be different because it’s a white-labeled promotional record. Prohibida su venta.

For comparison, here are the American and the UK editions.

 

 

Times Square – Musica Original de la Pelicula, A25 – RSO 2658145.3; Peru, 1980; 2 long-playing records (AAT 300265802) with gatefold picture sleeve (AAT 300266823);

 

©1980 Butterfly Valley NV

 

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Record Mirror, 1980

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TIMES SQUARE soundtrack album promotional mirror

 

No, not the magazine Record Mirror. This was a promotional item given by an RSO music rep to the music director of WLKI in Angola, Indiana, along with 25 copies of the soundtrack album to give away as contest prizes. It was on display as part of his enormous album collection for over 35 years. (No, he didn’t die! Just decided to whittle his collection down a bit.)

It is indeed a mirror, about license-plate size, with “TIMES SQUARE™ | RSO™ | ©1980 BUTTERFLY VALLEY NV” screen printed on it. The frame is plastic (and slightly warped), and the backing is corrugated cardboard; it is just a promotional freebie, after all. There must have been hundreds of these given out. There were also t-shirts and buttons made; the buttons turn up every so often, the t-shirts less so (and always in “small”), but before finding this I had no idea the mirrors existed.

TIMES SQUARE soundtrack album promotional mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

It isn’t easy to scan or photograph a mirror.

 

 

[Times Square soundtrack album promotional mirror]
promotional material : AAT ID: 300249572 : 20.5 x 26.8 cm. : 1980 (work);
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©1980 Butterfly Valley, N.V.
Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Record Mirror, January 24, 1981

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“All things vaguely sensible suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke.”

Cover of Record Mirror, January 24, 1981 featuring Jane Kennaway, "the voice of 1981"

Page 8 of the Jan. 24, 1981 "Record Mirror," containing a bad review of "Times Square."

 

 

Chris Westwood’s review of Times Square in the January 24, 1981, Record Mirror was sadly typical, finding it an unbelievable melodramatic mess that “tries too many things and pulls none of them off.” He sees some value in Tim Curry’s and Robin’s performances, but they’re not enough to save the film: “Robin Johnson battles aggressively to find some measure of meaning in life and the script… Her potential is possibly great, but it’s held down by ‘Times Square’, which looks as though it’s been made for the sake of making a movie.”

 

Review of "Times Square" from page 8 of the Jan. 24, 1981 "Record Mirror."  Text:  FILMS...FILMS...FILMS...FILMS...FI  TIMES SQUARE. Starring Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson. Director: Alan Moyle. (EMI).  PRE-PREVIEW buzzings led one to expect a sort of  Stigwoodian allusion to punk Woodstock, where in fact it's  nothing of the sort. Or any other sort for that matter — 'Times  Square' being a rather muddled mish-mash of an observation,  centering on a pair of female juveniles rejecting adulthood and  growing into it at the same time. Said juveniles (Trini Alvarado,  Robin Johnson) are seen setting up squat amongst the  seamier, slummier areas of New York, hustling for work at a  strip club and singing as the Sleez Sisters, dropping TV sets from great heights, becoming cult figures and — it seems —  the prime and only obsession of "meaningful" DJ Tim Curry  whose good intentions seem to do no good to anyone. All so much soap opera really, if well performed: Curry as  LaGardia is suitably nauseating (supporting the good bad  "guys" a la 'Vanishing Point'), whereas Robin Johnson battles aggressively to find some measure of meaning in life and the  script, her role here is something of a trash-novelist's-eye- view of rebel-punk. Her potential is possibly great, but it's  held down by 'Times Square', which looks as though it's been  made for the sake of making a movie. 'Times Square' never really goes anywhere — apart from  around in circles — because it's used up before it starts; as a  film aimed at the teenage market-place it offers neither the spice nor spectacle of 'Saturday Night Fever' or 'Grease'; as a  film about friendship (which it attempts to be) it dithers,  stumbles and only occasionally works; it tries too many things  and pulls none of them off. By the end we're faced with a rooftop jam session in Times  Square itself, where Robin Johnson's Nicky is suddenly elevated to the role of superstarlet, her embarrassing  rockspeak pronouncements bringing the salivating crowds to  boiling point. All things vaguely sensible suddenly disappear  in a puff of smoke. 'Times Square' is silly. It doesn't know what to say. If only  people would think about what to do with their allowances...  CHRIS WESTWOOD  ROBIN JOHNSON

This review distinguishes itself by being perhaps the only one ever to have absolutely nothing to say about Trini Alvarado.

FILMS…FILMS…FILMS…FILMS…

TIMES SQUARE. Starring Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson. Director: Alan Moyle. (EMI).

PRE-PREVIEW buzzings led one to expect a sort of Stigwoodian allusion to punk Woodstock, where in fact it’s nothing of the sort. Or any other sort for that matter — ‘Times Square’ being a rather muddled mish-mash of an observation, centering on a pair of female juveniles rejecting adulthood and growing into it at the same time. Said juveniles (Trini Alvarado, Robin Johnson) are seen setting up squat amongst the seamier, slummier areas of New York, hustling for work at a strip club and singing as the Sleez Sisters, dropping TV sets from great heights, becoming cult figures and — it seems — the prime and only obsession of “meaningful” DJ Tim Curry whose good intentions seem to do no good to anyone.

All so much soap opera really, if well performed: Curry as LaGardia is suitably nauseating (supporting the good bad “guys” a la ‘Vanishing Point’), whereas Robin Johnson battles aggressively to find some measure of meaning in life and the script, her role here is something of a trash-novelist’s-eye-view of rebel-punk. Her potential is possibly great, but it’s held down by ‘Times Square’, which looks as though it’s been made for the sake of making a movie.

‘Times Square’ never really goes anywhere — apart from around in circles — because it’s used up before it starts; as a film aimed at the teenage market-place it offers neither the spice nor spectacle of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ or ‘Grease’; as a film about friendship (which it attempts to be) it dithers, stumbles and only occasionally works; it tries too many things and pulls none of them off.

By the end we’re faced with a rooftop jam session in Times Square itself, where Robin Johnson’s Nicky is suddenly elevated to the role of superstarlet, her embarrassing rockspeak pronouncements bringing the salivating crowds to boiling point. All things vaguely sensible suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke.

‘Times Square’ is silly. It doesn’t know what to say. If only people would think about what to do with their allowances…
CHRIS WESTWOOD

The accompanying photo is TS-57-26/1 from the US Press Material folder and Press Book, also used on all the North American movie posters, and the soundtrack album and promotional materials, including the UK soundtrack sampler record cover.

Advertisement for the "Times Square" soundtrack album on page 32 of the Jan. 24, 1981 "Record Mirror."

 

 

On page 32, however, RSO gives a huge middle finger to the bad review of the movie by running a full-page ad for the soundtrack. In hindsight, we can see that was actually a huge middle finger to the film itself.

The cool thing about this ad is the top half devoted to a line drawing version of TS-82-30, which also appeared on the UK soundtrack sampler cover.

 

 

Chris Westwood, “Films – Times Square” (review (document), AAT ID: 300026480)
“Times Square – the double album soundtrack of the Robert Stigwood film” (advertisement, AAT ID: 300193993)
Record Mirror, January 24, 1981, pp. 8, 32 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389)
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©1980 Spotlight Publications Ltd