In 1977 (the Year of Star Wars) Yves Hayat was in the record industry, working for French label Barclay Records. With all the hysteria and hype surrounding the cinematic blockbuster, Hayat felt suitably inspired to make his own musical tribute to the quasi mystical space opera. A keyboard player called Richard Lornac (who was a musician on Barclay Records rare Afrobeat LP Tumblack) and drummer Jean-Paul Batailley completed the band. And the name of said band? The suitably derivative ‘Droids’ no less. A first single from the band, with the in-no-way-a-cash-in-of star-wars title ‘The Force’ was released, and fans of Space Disco were treated to a performance of the band on French TV, accompanied by a lady dancer/droid.swinging her legs with abandon and not displaying typical droid behaviour. I do not know what C-3PO would have made it. I have a good idea what Daft Punk would have made of it though – wonder if this was in any way an early influence on them?
They followed this up with an album, called Star Peace (see image at the top of the post) which is on Spotify;
For more on the Droids and their Star Peace album, see here
For more on Space Disco – see here and here.
Only chanced across this the other night but it is a thing of beauty – a mix tape by Neon Neon, the collaboration between Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys and DJ Boom Bip. The mix is fantastic and there is not one bad track on it. It puts the work of Debbie Gibson into a whole new perspective, it is really that good.
There are so many good tracks on here, not least the Neon Neon stuff, the incredible Goblin with the theme to the Dario Argento shocker Tenebrae and the bombastic brilliance of Tears for Fears with ‘Mothers Talk’, taken from the hugely successful (and very 80’s ‘Songs From The Big Chair‘)
Here is the tracklisting – marvel at it!!!
Neon Neon: “Theme Song”
Neil Young: “Sample and Hold”
Paul McCartney: “Temporary Secretary”
Kraftwerk: “Numbers (Wicked Mix)”
Tears for Fears: “Mother’s Talk”
Neon Neon: “Raquel (Extended Mix)”
Debbie Gibson: “Only In My Dreams (Extended Club Mix)”
Janet Jackson: “Pleasure Pricipal (Eli Edit)”
Prince: “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”
Neon Neon: “Fuckin’ Off Cover (Outtake)”
and you can click to get the mix to download for free here from pitchfork
Neon Neon have a thing about the DeLorean DMC-12. It’s the car pictured at the top of the post with it’s ceator, John DeLorean. To find out more about the car that was featured in the Back To The Future films, see here
A horde of tapes belonging to the BBC Radiophonic Workshops Delia Derbyshire have been uncovered;
The experimental dance track has to be heard to be believed – it is literally 30 years ahead of its time.
http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/recordings.php – for more Delia Derbyshire recordings