From WNYC’s podcast, SOUNDCHECK, comes the too bizarre tale of how 3 different versions of Der Kommissar fought it out on the charts. You may be aware of Falco’s original, and After The Fire’s English version… but did you know Laura Branigan recorded a version with the title Deep In The Dark for her ‘Branigan 2’ LP? The story will fascinate you, and you can listen to it here or on their website.
Laura Branigan’s Deep In The Dark:
and Falco’s original:
Oh my, my. It seems my nephew is besotted with the music and movies of the 1980s.
Next week is his 11th birthday and my sister has been slowly indoctrinating him into the pop culture. Am working up a John Hughes-heavy playlist for some CDs I’m making him. It’s a surprise, so don’t tell him! Things are looking like it might have to be a double CD… too hard to choose!
Today’s tune is going on the playlist: Eighties, by Killing Joke, was used as the theme song for the short-lived That ’80s Show, which starred Glenn Howerton as a record store guy - you may recognize him as Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Watch the pilot for That ’80s Show here.
NP: Weird Science by Oingo Boingo.