Friday, May 29, 2015

KUNG FURY - THE MOVIE (2015)

Hello and welcome back... Just released..

Be taken back to the 80s with fast cars, crappy VHS tracking and a renegade cop who works alone... This is KUNG FURY

With the help of a computer hacker 'Hackerman', our hero must go back in time to stop a madman... Can he do It?

Welcome to the 80s

KUNG FURY - THE MOVIE  (2015)

Massive thanks to LaserUnicorns for the video

LINKS

http://www.kungfury.com/

https://www.facebook.com/laserunicorns

https://instagram.com/laserunicorns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTidn2dBYbY

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kung-fury-original-motion/id999155960




#KungFury
#electronic80s

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CULTURE CLUB - LIVE (1983)

Hello and welcome back... Live from Hammersmith Odeon (London) - Dec 1983... Culture Club Live
Sounding amazing, I actually saw them live around 8 or so years ago with Village People and they were still rockin it...

Totally Rad..

CULTURE CLUB LIVE - 1983


Massive thanks to Giampiero N for the video

TRACK LIST

I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Mister Man 
It's A Miracle
Karma Chameleon
Black Money
Love Twist
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Miss Me Blind
Church Of The Poison Mind
Victims
Time
White Boy
Melting Pot

LINKS

http://electronic80s.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/culture-club.html

#CultureClub
#electronic80s





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

THE PASSIONS - IM IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR

Hello and welcome back... From 1981 came this post punk / New Romantic track from UK band 'The Passions'
This was 'The Passions' only single to reach the charts peaking at No 25 in the U.K.

THE PASSIONS - IM IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILMSTAR (LIVE)

Thanks to PassionsUK for the video

LINKS

http://www.thepassions.co.uk/index.html



#ThePassions





Friday, May 22, 2015

SYNTHS OF THE 80s - JUPITER 8

Hello and welcome back... Decide to start a section of posts dedicated to the sounds of the 80s.. The Synthesizers. Hey, you might even learn something.

One of my most Fav Syths of the 80s was this beast... The ROLAND JUPITER 8


Expensive as hell but oh so warm, the ability to split the keys in half was one of this bad boys traits (one side could play a bass arp while the other half could play strings..etc)... Oh, and you could layer the sounds as well.

Bands who used the 'Jupiter 8' (or JP8) included Duran Duran (Hungry like the Wolf), Frankie goes to Hollywood (Relax), Michael Jackson (Thriller), Roxy Music (Avalon), Vince Clarke (Yazoo), Depeche Mode, Devo, Jean Michel Jarre, Howard Jones, Tears for Fears, Talk Talk.. The list goes on and on.

Released in 1981 from Japan, The Jupiter 8 was an 8 voice polyphonic analogue synth, bonus features included an Arpeggio (arp) inc 'Random mode',  Adjustable Portamento, Patch saving, Instrument layer and split modes, and an awesome Unison mode.
(for more in depth facts, check out the links below)

So, how does it sound?
Its warm, lush and Fat.. This synth has to heard to be believed.
If you want warm Strings.. Its got it.
If you want lush Special Effects.. Its got it.
If you want Fat Bass sounds.. Its got that too..
No wonder it was so popular.. Oh, and it very heavy 

Its often labeled as "The Prettiest Synth ever Made"

They stopped making the 'Jupiter 8' in 1985

No Midi was available but you could get a 'Patch' cord... An upgrade was later available as well

Today, a second hand Jupiter 8 can cost around $2000 - $5000

Cant afford a real 'Jupiter 8' but want to experience the lush fat sounds?
French company 'Arturia' has released a software version that is practically an exact replica of the Jupiter8 and it sounds incredible.

Called The 'Jupiter-8V' (see below)
The presets (400 of them) that come with the Jupiter-8V is mind blowing.. Prepare to spend 'hours' lost in this baby.
Costs around $100 and midi compatible and can be used as stand alone (VSTI) or VST

JUPITER-8V



Personally, I have used the Arturia Jupiter-8V in my music (Dream Sequence) and find it one of the best software synthesizers on the market, Midi this to a Midi keyboard (I use the Arturia Analogue Experience and M-Audio Keystation) and you have the closest replica to the real Jupiter 8..


LINKS

http://www.arturia.com/products/analog-classics/jupiter8-v

http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/jup8.php

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/03/06/roland-jupiter-8/

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb98/articles/rolandjupiter.html



SOUNDS

DURAN DURAN - HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF



NICK RHODES (DURAN DURAN) TALKS SYNTHS




HOWARD JONES - NEW SONG




HOWARD JONES TALKS ABOUT JUPITER-8



#Jupiter8
#Jupiter8-V
#electronic80s




Monday, May 18, 2015

THE BELLE STARS - SIGN OF THE TIMES

Hello and welcome back...UK all girl band 'The Belle Stars' released this track in 1983 after a series of cover songs inc 'The Clapping Song' & Iko Iko.
The 'Sign of the Times' made it to No 3 in the UK, 45 in Australia and even made it into American charts at No 75.
This single came from the bands only album "Sign of the Times"
In 1984 the band broke up... A sign of the times?

THE BELLE STARS - SIGN OF THE TIMES  (1983)


Thanks to UnionSquareMusic for the video

LINKS

http://www.thebellestars.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/index.html

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-belle-stars/id184065067

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Belle-Stars/121939774485789


#TheBelleStars
#electronic80s