March 19, 2013

Today's Tune: "Free Man" By Angel Witch

Angel Witch group photo from first album, 'Angel Witch' (1980).

Patrick McGoohan (March 19, 1928 - January 13, 2009) was born on this day, in 1928. In remembrance of the American (US)-born Irish actor, it's to him that this 'Today's Tune' is dedicated.

McGoohan's family moved back to Ireland shortly after his birth and later moved to England, where he would eventually get into the acting business. Early on, McGoohan worked in the theatre end of the industry. Later, he made his way to television and film.

Patrick McGoohan became famous and most well known for two similar television roles. In the early and mid 1960's, he played a spy named John Drake in the popular show called 'Danger Man'. Later on however, it is his 17 episode show titled The Prisoner that became a cult classic.

By the time McGoohan decided he wanted to quit 'Danger Man', he was offered the lead role in 'The Prisoner'. He played a secret agent, who was kidnapped and taken to a very mysterious and strange village while unconscious. He wakes up not knowing where he is, or who is really running the place. His character only knows they won't let him leave, and what they want from "Number 6" (as he is called) is "Information".

The show was filmed in the North Wales Italianate style seaside village of Portmeirion. Having been there back in 1992 myself, I assure you that it is real, and not just a temporary set. My visit occurred while I was on a trip with an American (US) based Doctor Who fan club. I believe "The Friends Of Doctor Who" were the largest club in the States, at the time.

McGoohan's charater was forever trying to outsmart his captors and make his escape from the village. He aimed to once again be a "Free Man". With that in mind, the song "Free Man" (1980), from Gothic-Metal British head-bangers Angel Witch, is my choice for this 'Today's Tune' post. It was originally released on the band's self-titled debut album, in March of 1980.

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