Yet another band I knew nothing about before picking their record out of the 25 cent bin. Wikipedia says 3-D were a short-lived American rock band, that U2 actually opened for them at a gig back in 1980, and that they even appeared on Saturday Night Live. This album has not been released on CD.
Well, I guess I should also mention that this remix comes from the French 12” single. (The only French pressing I own.) And it is essentially a duet with Tina Turner, although she is not mentioned anywhere on the single! This mix gives the song much more of a calypso feel than the album version.
After only two albums the band King (notable for such songs as “Love & Pride” and “Won’t You Hold My Hand Now”) disbanded. Then lead singer Paul King went on to release his only solo album “Joy.” Apparently after this album he stopped recording music and became a VJ for MTV Europe. Interesting…
After Limahl was fired from Kajagoogoo, he went on to release 3 solo albums. The first album contained “The NeverEnding Story,” which was Limahl’s biggest solo hit. It was such a hit that he recruited the song’s producer, Giorgio Moroder, to produce almost the entirety of his second solo album, “Colour All My Days.” This is one of my favorite songs from that album.
Fun fact: For those of you who may not know, the name Limahl is an anagram of his given surname, Hamill (first name Christopher).
This album was purchased at the behest of my friend Richard, who wanted to hear it but doesn’t own a record player. Bang-Bang were an L.A. band that came and went nowhere. This song, which was a single, comes from their only album.
URTH - LAPTI NEK OVERTURE (FROM “RETURN OF THE JEDI”)
Here’s a Star Wars goodie that I didn’t know existed until I found it in a used bin. I am a big original trilogy Star Wars fan, so I was thrilled to find this. I’ve always loved “Lapti Nek,” which is the tune sung by Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band during the Jabba’s palace scene in “Return of the Jedi.” This song, unfortunately, was removed by George Lucas when he did his special edition of ROTJ and was replaced by a far inferior song called “Jedi Rocks.” I won’t go into detail about how awful that replacement song is or how terribly obnoxious and in your face the re-edited scene is. Not to mention the absurdity of the song title.
So anyway, back to this song. It comes from a 12” single by a band called Urth. Who exactly are Urth is a complete mystery. The vocals are sung by a man, as opposed to the original song’s female vocals. The name of the vocalist is Joseph Williams. I have no idea if he is related to John Williams, the composer of the Star Wars films (and this song). It is sung both in English and Huttese. It also incorporates part of the “Ewok Celebration” song into the mix. It’s a disco extravaganza and a great listen for old school Star Wars fans like me. ENJOY!
Yesterday I posted a remix of Charlie Sexton’s song “Impressed.” Now here is a version of the same song by the song’s actual author. Tonio K. released his version of his song a year after Sexton’s came out. I found Tonio K.’s album in a bargain bin (as I do with most of my vinyl) and had to get it so I could compare the two. It’s not that much different, actually. It would be interesting to know how the song ended up on Sexton’s album before Tonio K. released his own version.
I was never a big Go-Go’s fan back in the day. I mean, I liked them, but never enough to buy one of their albums. I recently picked up their debut record “Beauty and the Beat” in the 25 cent bin and gave it a listen. I’d have to say this is my favorite song on the album, even over the hit singles.
I’ve always been a huge Art of Noise fan. From the moment I first saw the crazy music video for the song “Close (To the Edit)” I was hooked. I’ve always been fascinated by how noise samples can be incorporated into music. (Good example: The idling car sound that begins Depeche Mode’s “Stripped.”) I think the band probably began as a way for Trevor Horn and his ZTT pals to explore working with the Fairlight CMI, which was the first computer sampling keyboard.
The other members of the band split from Horn & the ZTT label after the first album, but continued to make great music. That is, until their reunion album in 1999, “The Seduction of Claude Debussy”…an album I loathe. Instead of returning to form they hopped on the drum-and-bass bandwagon. (Drum-and-bass remains my least favorite movement in dance music history.)
But, anyway, I actually saw the band in concert when they toured the “In Visible Silence” album back in the mid-80’s. It remains the one concert I’ve attended that had the most eclectic audience I’ve ever seen…from mohawked, tattooed punks to WASP families of four. I guess for a band that odd the only audience they could have would be an eclectic one.
NOTE: ZTT has recently been releasing fantastic remasters of their back catalog, including AON’s first EP (with an entire album of unrelease material), their first album (with bonus DVD of music videos/live performances/etc.), and a 2-disc retrospective (also including unreleased material). They are only available as imports in the US, but you can find them being sold for fairly cheap on Amazon.