Sharon O’Neill, Smash Palace [Single] (1982)
I’m lucky enough to – finally – have found a copy of the film soundtrack, a gorgeous EP – but ahead of that, I settled for this single: The title track from the film and its soundtrack EP. I met Sharon a few years back and spoke to her for the podcast; couldn’t believe my luck and I got my classic album signed by her at the time but immediately went out after and started buying up some singles…it’s not because I imagine meeting up with her again and getting them all signed, I’m just a fan. And that conversation was such a great eye-opener and refresher, and I wanted to grab what I could while it was around. Turns out some of her singles are around but the albums and EPs aren’t as easy to find (they’re out there though, I’m collecting them up. The B-side on this single isn’t from the movie soundtrack, interestingly enough – I guess because the theme song was released as a chart-single ahead of the film’s soundtrack (and maybe ahead of the film). Anyway, Anytime You Want was from the album Maybe (released in 1981). I was so glad to have this single for the couple of years before I found the full soundtrack (really one of the best EPs I own by anyone at all ever). Such a gushing and huge Sharon O’Neill fan. But why wouldn’t you be? She’s a class act. Great singer. Great writer. Great musician. And for a while there in the late 1970s and through to the 1980s she was our star. Our Sharon. Also the movie Smash Palace is one of my all-time favourite films. So that helps.
Sample Track 1: (Side A) Smash Palace
Sample Track 2: (Side B): Anytime You Want
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