Released today in 1985: Would You Dance With A Stranger?

The Compact Organization PINK10

The Compact Organization PINK10

The film ‘Dance With A Stranger’ concerned Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Dance1Released on 1 March 1985, it appeared nearly thirty years after her hanging for shooting dead her former lover David Blakely outside a London pub. Ellis was portrayed by Miranda Richardson, pictured on the sleeve of Mari Wilson’s single Would You Dance With A Stranger? which was used as the film’s theme music. Blakely was played by Rupert Everett, who himself tried to launch a career in pop in 1987 with his single Generations Of Loneliness.

The screenplay was by Shelagh Delaney, long admired by Morrissey. He had used her image on two releases by his band The Smiths in the same year as Everett’s musical debut: on the cover of the (non-UK) album Louder Than Bombs and the single, Girlfriend In A Coma.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Jun. 28
1985
The STYLE COUNCIL Come To Milton Keynes (Polydor TSC9)
Mari WILSON Would You Dance With A Stranger (The Compact Organization PINK10)

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