Monday, February 01, 2010

The Bull  

Using a picture of a tricked out, synthesizer laden studio from 1987 is a little misrepresentative of a orchestral disco track from 1977, but I like pictures of machines and the artist behind the track in question, Mike Theodore, doesn't have many redeeming mug shots laying around the internet. I did find one from Soul And Blues Magazine, but it makes him look like a cheerful college professor and doesn't give him the druggy, edgy, party genius sheen that we like to impose on our borrowed remembrance of every figure form this era. The photo was all in focus and he was smiling.

The Bull is from Cosmic Wind, The Mike Theodore Orchestra's debut LP. It was used as the entry music for an NFL player of the time, also nicknamed The Bull, and would play whenever he ran onto the field, the vocals were sung by a local belly dancer the guys in the band had met at the Playboy Club whilst on a night out shortly before recording.

This one is self indulgent and fun.

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3 comments: to “ The Bull

  • February 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

    Hate to burst your bubble, but Mike Theodore has *always* looked like a college professor... :)

  • February 1, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

    Lee-Cabrera sampled this in "Shake It" around 2003.

  • February 16, 2010 at 3:41 AM  

    Allow me to name some of the gear in the picture.

    Left stand top:
    - Oberheim DMX drum machine (left)
    - Oberheim DSK sequencer (right)

    Left stand middle:
    - Oberheim Xpander synth module (the module, keyboard-less version of Oberheim Matrix-6 analog synth beast)

    Left stand bottom:
    - Oberheim OB-Xa analog synth

    Right stand top:
    - Another Oberheim Xpander module

    Right stand middle:
    - E-my Emax sampler

    Right stand bottom:
    - Ensoniq ESQ-1 (digital hybrid synth. 8-voice polyphony, 3 digital oscillators per voice, 32 waveforms cycles per oscillator, and with 4-pole analog resonant filter with 6-point/stage envelope).