Got To Get Over the Hump Day (Searching Galaxies Far & Wide For Funky Remedies)

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Last night I partook in some electronic music.  Some of it was good and some of it didn’t know what it wanted to be confusing noise for music; button pushing and knob twisting for variety.  The Bass was not properly brought last night.  That is of the time called past, so lets leave to the year of last.  Interspersed throughout are more touched up photos.

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Previously, I posted a track off of Neco’s Star Wars & Other Galactic Funk (1977).  A disco-funked out cinematic score perfect for the boner pill popping populace Pzifer imagines us to be.  Add epicness to your commute just by plugging in.  It is perfect easy listening for another “rockin” new years eve with wheelchair ground bound Dick Clark.  Get ready for blast-0ff America!  To where?  To the bottom.

Here are the facts, courtesy of allmusic.com, about the man behind the moniker Meco.

Producer and studio musician Meco marked a confluence of the two dominant pop-culture preoccupations of the late ’70s, shooting to fame on the heels of a chart-topping disco rendition of the theme to Star Wars. Born Meco Monardo in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania in 1939, he took up the trombone at the age of nine, and later earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. There Meco formed a jazz trio with fellow students Chuck Mangione and Ron Carter, later enlisting with the West Point Army Band. From 1965 to 1974, Meco worked as a studio player, and also landed a number of arranging gigs, most notably on Tommy James’ “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” He additionally arranged and performed the music on a series of television commercials.

Meco’s breakthrough arrived in 1974 when he co-produced the Gloria Gaynor smash “Never Can Say Goodbye,” followed by the Carol Douglas masterpiece “Doctor’s Orders.” In 1977, Meco saw the George Lucas film Star Wars on the day of its release and quickly became obsessed, seeing the picture numerous times; while admiring producer John Williams’ score, he felt the music lacked commercial possibilities, and soon contacted Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart about the possibility of a disco version. Working with veteran Broadway arranger Harold Wheeler, Meco recorded Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk; soon the first single, “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band,” rose to number one. Although he recorded similar music inspired by films including The Wizard of Oz and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Meco remained most closely associated with Star Wars, even recording a highly successful Christmas album based on the movie; he retired from music in 1985, later working as a commodities broker in Florida.

Here is the track listing:

1. Star Wars (15:49)
* Title Theme
* Imperial Attack
* The Desert & the Robot Auction
* The Princess Appears
* The Land of the Sand People
* Princess Leia’s Theme
* Cantina Band
* The Last Battle
* The Throne Room & End Title
2. Other Galactic Funk (12:31)
*Other
*Galactic
*Funk
3. Star Wars Theme – Cantina Band (7″ Edit) (3:32)
4. Star Wars Theme – Cantina Band (12″ Disco Mix) (7:34)

Meco created an interesting disco funk suite using the symphonic elements of the Star Wars score.  Star Wars & Other Galactic Funk certainly contains its’ share of cheese, but then so does pizza and pizza is good.  Pizza=good, thus cheese=good, thus Meco Star Wars=good.

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The original piece “Other Galactic Funk” emphasizes syncopation and dense drums, which channel a martial edge at times.  The “Galactic” section features some funky horn soloing.

It is too late in the evening to be dwelling in such pleasant, but turgid moods.

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http://www.divshare.com/download/6219095-c6a

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All the space funk wet my appetite for a great Trailer Park Boys moment.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5410360369098561423

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For anyone who doesn’t yet know, TPB just released a special.  Initially, there was going to be one more season, but a special episode and a movie were decided on.  The special sets up the movie.  You can watch it on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCE2EHPZdU4&feature=related

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