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Obscure Grooves #7: Irwin F


The synthesizer reared its ugly head initially with prog rock bands, but by the time New Wave hit in the early eighties, the instrument was nearly omnipresent.  In fact, it's pretty damn hard to even find a song from this time period that does not feature the sythesizer keyboard. Eventually, the synthesizer even made its way into heavy metal, culminating in abominations like Europe's "Final Countdown".

Of course, it wasn't all bad. Like anything, it could be used for good (i.e. New Order and Depeche Mode) and evil (i.e. John Tesh and Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time").  It certainly has it's place, but at some point you get sick of hearing Paul Hardcastle's synthetic "N-n-n-n-n-nineteen, nineteen" and want something real.

No place was harder hit by the dreaded synthesizer than movie soundtracks. One of the main culprits was Mr. Harold Faltemyer - the guy responsible for "Axel F" on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. Faltemyer followed up this success with an electronic theme to Fletch.  Officially, the theme song is called "Fletch's Theme", but has come be known as "Irwin F" (after the main character, Irwin M. Fletcher).

It's not a bad song - fairly enjoyable, really.  But the "syntheticness" will have you quickly turning on some James Taylor and Jim Croce. 



If this is your cup of tea, click HERE for the entire album. Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. I couldn't take it and just skipped through quickly, but it reminded me a lot of music in Revenge of the Nerds. I wonder if it's the same guy. It's too late to research. :)

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  2. It's really hard for me to separate my love for the movie with the somewhat cheesiness and datedness of the soundtrack. I agree with you, though - it's really not a bad song, and it fits the mood of the movie so perfectly. It sounds investigate, if ever that were possible.

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  3. "The" synthesizer? Who are you, Ted Nugent?

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  4. Fletch was a movie I grew up with and I used to love this song. Thanks so much for the share :)

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  5. I kind of like the music. It is definitely dated...but then again, so is the movie. It makes me feel like I've stepped back to a simpler time...when Ronald Reagan was President and stirrup pants were all the rage.

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  6. Not getting the Nugent reference, Chad. Does Ted use the word "the" a lot?

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  7. I always like the synthesizer in small doses. I thought it worked well in films like Beverly Hills Cop and Fletch. I enjoyed it in Ghostbusters as well. It seemed to be a sound that said "80s movie," for all that was worth.

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  8. I just watched Fletch again last week and was reminded of how much synth 80's movies had, but it was okay because I also got a good dose of awesome movie quotes. "Don't tell me my business boy, I'm just checkin the luggage."

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