Vinyl Dynamite #38: In the Moog
My favorite moog moments would have to be "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by The Beatles, "Daily Nightly" by The Monkees, and the Beethoven stuff from A Clockwork Orange. These standouts aside, there was a lot of good mooging going on in the sixties and seventies. In this post, I've got some wicked moogs for your listening pleasure that you may have not heard before.
I don't know about you, but I love the moog. There's something about it - it can sound lonely and somewhat creepy, but then it can also be fun. There's a cheesy Commodore 64 vibe, but at the same time it doesn't sound out of place in a dead serious acid house track. But who really knows why we like the sounds we do - even the great George Martin struggled to answer this question. The fact is, the moog can be damn pleasing to the ear, and here's some of my favorite off-the-beaten-path samples.
Martin Denny - Midnight Cowboy
The Midnight Cowboy theme is haunting enough; but, when done by the soulless moog, it's even more despairing.
Claude Dejean - Sugar, Sugar
This 1970 ditty is pretty sub-standard; however, it does have its moments - especially in the "when I kiss your lips" segments. Plus, it tries out a variety of moog sounds through the course of the song - so, points for effort.
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Blow Your Head
Wesley could drop some serious funk back in the seventies (heading up James Brown's band). When he got a hold of a moog in the early seventies, he made it his bitch and put out some dirty booger nose funk the likes of which the world had never seen.
Perrey & Kingsley - Computers in Love
In the sixties, you had a lot of stuff like this meant exclusively for that swingin' bachelor pad royale. Hi-Fidelity space-age coolness, baby. Groovy.
Rudy Ray Moore - Moog Interlude (The Human Tornado Soundtrack)
The song actually sucks, but earns a spot because its a moog song in a blaxsploitation movie - and that's gotta count for something.
Ken & the New Establishment - Soul Moog
This 1973 track has an uber-cool reggae vibe. This is exactly what a VIC-20 would sound like if it smoked weed.