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Art of Noise - In Visible Silence

This album is courtesy of one the sketchiest record establishments in San Francisco. Not sketchy in the “I better watch my ass so it don’t get shot” sense. More like the “If I happen to be in this building during an earthquake they’ll collect my body with a ShamWOW” kind of sketchy. It’s a catacomb-like basement packed full of records, a ground floor stacked ceiling-high with vintage amps, turntables, and speakers, and no way out. Music 101 is claustrophobia to the max but it does have a certain charm–if you’re ever in North Beach check it out. Just make it a real quick in and out affair.

Moving on.

Most people know the theme song to Peter Gunn without really knowing what Peter Gunn is. Take this next clip for example.

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So you say, “Oh yeah, I heard that one before. That’s the, uh, Blues Brothers song right there, no doubt about it–great flick. Real sad about Belushi, real sad. I wonder what Dan Akroyd’s up to these days.

“Ghostbusters, now that was a great flick. Got it on VHS somewheres in the basement.

“Or was it the attic? I gotta go through that stuff soon. It’s probably packed away with the old softball trophies. ”

Nope, it’s not the Blues Brothers song. It’s the theme to Peter Gunn, a TV show about a private eye that ran 114 episodes from 1958 to 1961 on NBC and ABC. But that’s not really important because the show is mostly forgettable–with the only exception being its theme song. A theme song that is freakin’ awesome.

My first encounter with the Peter Gunn theme came during a family road trip sometime during the 80’s, back when even the tiniest motels had arcades to keep kids occupied while adults gave each other hand jobs in the hot tub.

The game was Spy Hunter. I don’t remember this because of the action-packed game play but because I distinctly remember the Peter Gunn theme song whacking me about the ears like some sort of fuzzy analog flyswatter.

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At around roughly the same time that kids were wasting their trickle-down quarters on 8-bit adventures like Spy Hunter the musical group Art of Noise was experimenting with a Fairlight CMI to find new ways to make old sounds sound, well, new. (I highly recommend you check out more about the Fairlight CMI here and here.)

Their pairing of primitive digital musical manipulation with quirky rhythm and a good sense of humor produced the following take on the Peter Gunn theme. The track starts at 1:33 if you’re feelin’ antsy.

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The rest of this album is pretty much the soundtrack to the every day life of Max Headroom.

Max Headroom doing dishes, Max Headroom looking for affordable health insurance, Max Headroom picking up cubic dog poop from his cubic collie with only a small layer of a cubic plastic bag between his cubic hand and processed slaughterhouse cube scraps.

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Click here to download In Visible Silence

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TRACKLIST

A1  Opus 4 1:59
A2  Paranoimia 4:46
A3  Eye Of A Needle 4:25
A4  Legs 4:06
A5  Slip Of A Tongue 1:30
A6  Backbeat 4:12
B1  Instruments Of Darkness 7:12
B2  Peter Gunn 3:55
B3  Camilla 7:23
B4  Chameleon’s Dish 4:17
B5  Beatback 1:19

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This album reminds me a lot of this Butthole Surfers album.

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Click here to listen to a Big Ass getting Bigger

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Tracklist

A1   Biggest Ass
A2   Bigger Ass
B1   Big Ass
B2   Mr. Hayes’ Gimp Leg

Earth Girls Are Easy Soundtrack

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IMBb has a pretty good take on Earth Girls Are Easy.

A spaceship with three furry aliens lands in a California girl’s swimming pool, so she makes friends with them.

Well, yep, yeah that’s a pretty fair summation right there.

Observe intergalactic friendship in the following movie clip from YouTube’s premier film critic “Feet4Pothead”. Also observe Geena Davis’ hot 80’s bod.

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Click here to download the Soundtrack LP on MP3

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Tracklist

A1 Daryl Hall & John Oates Love Train 3:45
A2 Royalty
Baby Gonna Shake 4:24
A3 Information Society – Hit Me 5:08
A4 Jill Jones
The Ground You Walk On 4:15
A5 The N
Earth Girls Are Easy 3:43
B1 The B-52’s
Cosmic Thing 3:51
B2 Depeche Mode
Route 66 (The Nile Rodgers Mix) 4:09
B3 The Jesus And Mary Chain
Who Do You Love 4:04
B4 Stewart Copeland
Throb 2:09
B5 Julie Brown – Brand New Girl 3:42
B6 Julie Brown – ‘Cause I’m A Blonde 2:15