Dec
02
2007
0

Dragon’s Lair

Harmless piece of music from the Italo Disco veteran Koto. Old school gamers will easily identify where the samples used all along the song originate.

Koto – Dragon’s Legend (1988)

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Dec
02
2007
1

Droid From Space

Pre-Italo Disco from space, it is the first track on the B side of the impressive Automat album.

Automat – Droid (1978)

It appears a lot of cover versions have sprung over the years

Mito – Droid (1982)

Hipnosis – Droid (1987)

Even Legowelt gave it a fair try

Venom 18 – Globo Theme (2005)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Incantations

Mike Oldfield‘s latest (and famous) installment in modern classic, called Incantations, and its obscure synthpop cover song.

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part One) (1978)

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part Four) (1978)

G.A.N.G. – Incantations (1983)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Today In Jerusalem

Slow paced disco (I cheated a bit: it is played at the wrong speed) from the UK band White Door in 1983.

White Door – Jerusalem

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Dec
01
2007
1

Deep Red

The very first OST from Goblin for Dario Argento‘s Profondo Rosso and its disco cover song.

Goblin – Profondo Rosso (1975)

City Center – Profondo Rosso (1984)

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Nov
30
2007
1

Dancing In The Street

Peter Jacques Band, a seminal band in the eighties, released in 1985 the Dancing In The Street LP, a perfect blend of American and Italo Disco. Ecstatic.

Peter Jacques Band – All Right Let’s Go

Peter Jacques Band – This Night

Peter Jacques Band – Drives Me Crazy

On a side note, it is worth noting that Change – Let’s Go Together is actually the exact same song as the first one. Jacques Fred Petrus is the producer of both bands.

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Nov
30
2007
2

Season Of The Witch

A Halloween movie sequel without Michael Myers? It did happen and I’m talking about Halloween III: Season of the Witch here. The movie was… well, below average. But the score was up big time. Thanks to John Carpenter with the help of Alan Howarth.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – Goodbye Ellie (1982)

(And it will obviously not be the last ticket devoted to John Carpenter as I am one of his self-confessed zealots)

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Nov
30
2007
0

Don’t Stop

Fantastic progressive piece of instrumental music,
I’m sure you will get goosebumps.

Black Gold – C’mon Stop (1983)

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Nov
28
2007
1

Plants and Life

I don’t know much about Joël Fajerman except that he used to produce a lot of soundtracks for the French television during the eighties.

Anyway, his whole work is really inspiring. Just take a listen to the main theme for a French series called l’Aventure Des Plantes and make up your own opinion.

Joël Fajerman – Flowers Love (1982)

For all you curious people over here, Flowers Love has been played using a Prophet V (main theme and soundscape layers) and an Arp Odyssey (with a resonant filter, for the distinct ‘voice-like’ sound) and sequenced through a 16-step analog Arp sequencer.

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Nov
27
2007
1

Hand-picked Funk: 1980-1985 (and a bit of Disco and Garage too) – Part 2

Blatant follow-up to Part 1. More groovy gimmicks…

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Nov
26
2007
0

Keep On Holding On

Another fine tune from the Midwest duo Josh Barnes and Justen Parris aka Automatic & Silk. Chicagoan House all the way. Bouncing and cheerful.

Automatic & Silk – Keep On Holding On (2007)

which BTW samples sections from:
Margaret Reynolds – Keep On Holdin’ On (1982)

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Nov
26
2007
0

Street Hawk

Street Hawk is the archetype of the 80’s series, the story is in the same vein as Airwolf or Knight Rider but the final result is a bit weaker than its direct competitors IMO. The music score is quite good though. Thanks to Tangerine Dream‘s know-how.

Tangerine Dream – Le Parc (1985)

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Nov
26
2007
2

Voices From Nowhere

Almost exclusively known for his soundtracks for Lucio Fulci’s movies, Fabio Frizzi perfects his art in 1980 for the movie The Beyond. Impressive piece of work, multi-layered (not that rare for a euro-horror movie soundtrack but worth noting) and with a simple but haunting theme.

I always used to think that Frizzi’s scores were out of touch with the pictures from Fulci, but in fact it is for the best: this is an original score and the proof that Frizzi is a great composer.

This is the movie main theme (watch out for the incredible flute),

Fabio Frizzi – Voci Dal Nulla

On a side note, High Contrast – Everything’s Different samples it with great effect

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Nov
25
2007
2

Basic


Dusseldorf May 2007 – from left to right: Michael Mertens (from the Propaganda fame), Beppe Loda and Francesco Boscolo (MC1 aka Memory Control One)

What a terrific single! The best slow motion disco I was able to listen in ages. Great solo synthesizer along with a perfect uplifiting mood. The drum science of Beppe Loda paired with the ethereal keyboards of Francesco Boscolo. Too bad, it doesn’t appear they’ve teamed up again after this release. Ladies and gents: Memory Control One.

MC1 – Basic (B. Loda Remix 2) (1984)

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Nov
25
2007
2

Hand-picked Funk: 1980-1985 (and a bit of Disco and Garage too) – Part 1

Here’s a quick selection of a few 80s funky tracks you MUST play when you invite me 😀 A common feature is the use of a massive groovy bassline… and sometimes quite a catchy vocal loop.

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