Monday, June 14, 2010

Pitch: What Am I Gonna Do For Fun?

This record was written up waaaaay back in 2006 on the Italians Do It Better blog/website, but I don't think the music was ever shared. Their post explains the origins of the record and the personnel involved. The most "fun fact" about the musicians involved is that Marc Center more or less developed Macromedia (some company that released an obscure and probably unused program called "Flash"), and programmed the first licensed music for a video game (the Peter Gunn theme in Spyhunter!).
When I found this record, I didn't know what to expect - it had a nice DIY silkscreened sleeve, "synthetizers" listed as the main instruments, and a guest horn section on the B-side. The B-side is indeed a bit of a loungy number somewhere between synthpop, funk, and lounge music. In actuality, it fits pretty well with the NY no wave scene (think Elliot Sharpe and the more brass-oriented bands he was in).
The A side is the winner here, and is one of the unknown minimal synth gems that occasionally pops up out of nowhere. With completely blasse, vaguely foreign, and occasionally delay-effected spoken female vocals, random samples, a gurgling dublike synth bassline, and lazy synthesizer melodies, this sounds like a contemplative Young marble Giants during a heroin-induced trance. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Pitch: What Am I Gonna Do For Fun? 12"
1982, self-released
A: What Am I Gonna Do For Fun?
B: It's a Quest


BCR said...

nice, thanx for posting!

Anonymous said...

Here's another fun fact about Marc Canter: in 1983 he was the sound and music programmer on 'Professor Pac-Man', arguably the least successful game in the Pac-Man series.

Thanks for posting this one (and all the other stuff)!

Zer0_II said...

Greetings Goutroy. I wanted to let you know that I added your blog to the Pop/PowerPop/Post-Punk/New Wave category of the Digital Meltd0wn Blogroll/Aggregator @ as you requested. I also added the rss feed for your blog to the master RSS feed, which lists updates from all the blogs on the list.

If you would like to help me out in return, you can do so by linking back to the blogroll. It's not required to be on the list, but I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for all the great music you share here. Take care.


Mindfield said...

Added to the XChannel Music Blog Aggregator as requested! said...

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