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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

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.


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