Flashback Friday Video : Harold Faltermeyer ‘Axel F’

Axel F” is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop performed by Harold Faltermeyer that became an international #1 hit in 1985. The title comes from the main character’s name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy) in the film and it also happens to be in the key of F minor.

In addition to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, the song also appears on Faltermeyer’s 1988 album Harold F. as a bonus track and a few fun facts about the composition include:

  • Faltermeyer was initially against including ‘Axel F’ in the movie but MCA insisted as it was his most recognizable track
  • During production of the film the song was known as the “Banana Theme,” as it was slated for a scene where Axel Foley shoves a banana in the tailpipe of police officers intending to pursue him.
  • In 2005, a version by the fictional group Crazy Frog became a huge hit in England, going to #1 on the charts. This version was created by members of the German production team Bass Bumpers as a ringtone for the company Jamster. The ringtone became a full song when the record promoter/label owner Guy Holmes got to it. Speaking with The Independent, Holmes, who is also responsible for Right Said Fred, explained: “I got stuck in the tsunami in Thailand and saw the advert for this stupid frog ringtone over and over again on MTV. I walked back into the office and said, ‘That f–king annoying ringtone would make a great record.’ Unfortunately, it’s now on my CV; though I gave up on credibility a long time ago.”
  • The German keyboard wizard and composer Faltermeyer was also the musical director on Beverly Hills Cop and did the score for the entire film. The soundtrack went to #1 in the United States and won a Grammy for Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special.

Harold Faltermeyer recorded the song using five instruments: a Roland Jupiter-8 provided the distinctive “supersaw” lead sound, a Moog modular synthesizer 15 provided the bass, a Roland JX-3P provided chord stabs, a Yamaha DX7 was used for bell and marimba sounds and a LinnDrum was used for drum programming.

Avril Lavigne + Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Call It Quits

Punk rock star Avril Lavigne announced the marriage separation with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback via Instagram.

The caption reads, “It is with heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today.”

The two met back in 2012 when Chad worked on Avril’s album ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’. After only a month of dating the two got engaged and at the beginning of July 2013, they got married in a medieval French castle.

This heartbreaking news comes a few months after Avril told the public about her struggle with Lyme diease. Chad also had a cyst removed from his vocal chords that caused his band to cancel the remainder of their 2015 world tour.

Kygo Teases New Single ‘Here With You’ featuring Ella Henderson

Last week, Ella Henderson posted Kygo’s Ultra Music Festival anthem to her Facebook page. Today, Kygo uploaded a 15 second preview of his new song, ‘Here For You’.

The single will be out tomorrow and given Ella’s star status, it may very well surpass the success of ‘Firestone’, the Norwegian’s debut release that ended up becoming a Spotify smash. This big news comes right after his musical involvement with the US Open.

Posted by Kygo on Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Zedd + Madeon Collaboration Tweet

Zedd’s upcoming True Colors Tour arena tour with EDM heavyweights’ Dillon Francis, Madeon and others will be of epic proportion. With such top line talent  plus Zedd’s hands-on approach to all he’s involved with, fans of have been in a frenzy since day one of the announcement.

As if that’s not enough, electronic dance music devotees can now get even more excited as the German superstar along with French wunderkind, Madeon, have taken to Twitter to hint about a possible collaboration …

Dirty South Will ‘Find A Way’ With New Anthem

Some five months back YouTube channel Proximity leaked a progressive house juggernaut from Dirty South. Filled with bright melodic synths and a rumbling bass line, the record had “anthem” written all over it.

Last week, Dirty South finally released the ID track, ‘Find A Way’ featuring Rudy, on his own label, Phazing Records. And as he’s done it at every EDM festival from Coachella to Tomorrowland to Mysterland, rest assured that the artist will play his single out this weekend at Electric Zoo

Only In New York : Street Artist Paints Mural Of Donald Trump

Earlier this week, Hanksy, an otherwise anonymous, NYC street artist painted a mural of the Donald Trump on a building wall at the corner of Orchard and Canal streets.

Anything but complimentary, the predominantly yellow and brown composition is a caricature of the billionaire real estate developer as a pile of s**t encircled by flies. And given Trump’s controversial statements about immigrants, women, and politicians, native New Yorker’s and tourists alike are flocking to see the rather ‘colorful’ piece.

Best known for his parody paintings that are social commentaries about pop culture Hansky recently posted and following tweet:

“okay. so I started with the fact that Trump kinda rhymes with dump. but I think I’m just gonna paint him as a giant pile of sh**t,”

what a piece of shit. @realdonaldtrump #nyc #univision #dumptrump #donalddump #tronalddump

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The Jackson 5’s Hit ‘ABC’ Goes Viral Again

The Jackson 5, Gary, Indiana’s all time favorite quintet recognizes a string of 1960’s and 70’s hits including the likes of ‘I Want You Back’ to ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Stop The Love You Save’.  And now the emerging London act Sigala brings the former boy band’s classic ‘ABC’ back to life in the form of ‘Easy Love’ with a tropical spin that’s gone viral on all streaming platforms including Soundcloud and Spotify.

The feel good vibe of the sun-kissed remake flip the classic into a newly contagious tune primed and ready for summer dance floor fun. And after recognizing it’s initial success the UK artist produced an edit that builds up deep house walls around the bubbly original.

Zedd Announces ‘I Want You To Know’ Remix Contest Winner

Alas! The time has come when German superstar Zedd reveals the winner of his ‘I Want You To Know’ remix contest. And after thousands of submissions, the Zeddlena collaboration has decided that the grand prize goes to … drum roll please … Scout

Fun fact: Scout is an up and coming future bass producer who happens to also be part of Issues, a fairly large rock band signed to Rise Records. With a strong social media following and several years of music business experience under his belt, Scout is now able to shine under the light of his solo project.

As the remix contest grand prize winner Scout will receive $10,000.00, a studio session with Zedd, and a meeting with the executives at Interscope Records.

You can check out the winning remix (below) and judge for yourself whether it deserved Zedd’s ultimate approval.

Above & Beyond Present Official Anthem for Electric Zoo 2015

Above & Beyond will be headlining the mainstage on Saturday, September 5th at this year’s Electric Zoo

While most anthems for EDM festivals take the high-octane, progressive house track, big saw synth leads, and catchy hooks direction this year’s EZoo takes a different tact with ‘Fly To New York’ by Above & Beyond and featuring Zoë Johnston.

Like many of their prior works, this A&B offering is incredibly raw with emotion with increased energy and wide euphoric tones. And PRO MOTION is pleased to see these leaders of trance provide New York’s best electronic dance music festival with their latest anthemic release.

Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston “Fly To New York” Official Music Video (Electric Zoo Anthem 2015)

Sam Smith LOVES Hozier’s Version of ‘Lay Me Down’

Yesterday, Hozier announced his 2016 UK Tour which will include several surprise guests. The massively successful, international pop star will be performing at all the hot spots from the Apollo in Manchester to Empire in Liverpool.

Most recently the Columbia Records’ artist (also) took a dip in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge where he performed ‘Lay Me Down‘ by Sam Smith. And when the song’s original author/singer got wind of this he checked out the video and immediately took to Twitter to express his excitement …

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