We’ve been big big Steve Moore fans for quite some time (he produces under many monikers including Lovelock, Gianni Rossi, Zombi and Miracle.) I think Zombi – Sapphire was the first of his productions i’d heard back in 2006 and it’s been a favourite ever since.)
With such a varied output of psychedelic analog sleaze (check his soundcloud here) we thought we’d it would be great to ask Steve to talk us through some of his early inspirations from over the years, but first, here’s an exclusive peak at the Morgan Geist edit of his new track ‘Maybe tonight’.
Lovelock – Maybe tonight (Morgan Geist edit)
The Maybe Tonight 12″ will be out soon on Internasjonal, like hopefully in a month or so – it’ll have the original Maybe Tonight plus the Morgan Geist edit and an instrumental Morgan Geist edit. the full album is due out sept 5th and there’s another 12″ coming later this year (for a track i haven’t posted anywhere yet called The Fog) with a badass remix by Romain Turzi.
Donnie Iris- Love Is Like A Rock
Donnie Iris is THE sound of Pittsburgh. Google him, he was in The Jaggerz. For kids growing up in the 80’s-90’s in Pittsburgh who were into, as my grandfather used to put it “alternative lifestyles,” you’re supposed to hate Donnie Iris. I don’t know if it’s like this anymore or not, but back then you were supposed to hate where you grew up. It was cool to hate your hometown and want to move somewhere else. I’ve moved to several other cities and I still like Pittsburgh best. And I still like Donnie Iris and this song is so good.
Gary Wright – Love is Alive
It’s kind of like a rock song but with no guitars at all. I love that. It’s one of the few really rad songs I could count on hearing regularly on Pittsburgh classic rock radio stations when I was a kid. In fact I heard it so often It didn’t initially sink in how awesome it was. One day it just occurred to me “what where’s the guitar?” It’s all synth!!
Rod Stewart – Young Turks
I hated this song when I was a kid. Really though I think I always loved it, but there was something about Rod Stewart that I hated. I guess I still don’t like him much. I constantly feel like I have to clear my throat when his songs are on. But this one of the best songs ever – unfortunately though it’s one of like only two songs he ever recorded that sound anything like this.
Billy Ocean – Loverboy
I think Billy Ocean is probably most directly responsible for me being a musician. My dad had an old Crumar Roadrunner keyboard that I liked to bang on when I was a little tyke (like my little daughter likes to bang on my Orchestrator now). But in fourth grade when I heard “Caribbean Queen” I knew I wanted to be a musician. The sax solo was the best, so I started taking saxophone lessons at school and played in the band. “Loverboy” is a superior track though. That guitar riff is too much – that gallop groove is tougher than anything Iron Maiden ever wrote. But it doesn’t have the sax solo, I wish it did. Second hottest sax solo: Sheila E – “Glamorous Life”
Jan Hammer – Chase
Again, I wasn’t ready for this. My parents bought me the Miami Vice cassette for Easter when I was probably 10 or 12. All my friends at school had it and we’d talk about Phil Collins and “In the Air Tonight” and all the fabled stories of how he wrote it. And Grandmaster Melle Mel’s track “Vice” was so awesome. But I also loved the Jan Hammer stuff that most of my friends hated – I was already more interested in soundtracks than I was in movies or TV shows. And while the “Miami Vice Theme” was awesome, “Chase” was the track that really killed me. “Crockett’s Theme” is amazing too but at the time I thought it was a little wussy.
John Carpenter – Chariots Of Pumpkins
For years all the big kids I knew told me Halloween III sucked, and I believed them enough to not watch it until I was in high school. Boy were they wrong – it’s my favorite Halloween movie. One of my top 3 Carpenter movies and probably even one of my favorite movies ever. It isn’t like any other movie and the soundtrack has a lot to do with this. “Chariots” is just insane. How Carpenter and Howarth were coming to these conclusions I’ll never understand. This is seriously genius stuff.
Lionel Richie – Running With The Night
Perfect song. Nobody makes hooks like this anymore, and the production and arrangements are just so expensive sounding. Nobody has that kinda money anymore. I just don’t see how anyone could make something this good ever again. Great guitar solos too. And Lionel’s voice is pure gold, or platinum.
Pink Floyd – Welcome To The Machine
Back to songs you could hear regularly on Pittsburgh classic rock radio stations. I hated Pink Floyd for a long time because, as great as the song is, you don’t want to hear “Comfortably Numb” EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE (growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh requires LOTS of driving, and this was before XM Radio/iPods). So when you’d hear the DJ say “coming up next hour we got some Scorps (Scorpions), Deep Purple… and FLOYD” you’d immediately start thinking ‘okay is it going to be “Breathe,” “Money” or “Comfortably Numb.” When “Welcome to the Machine” came on it was like the most beautiful sounds you’ve ever heard.
Red Rider – Lunatic Fringe
Another one of those Pittsburgh classic rock radio gems. WDVE used to play this all the time. This tune presupposes that Pink Foyd’s The Wall was actually the archetype for a whole new genre of music. Also has a nice little guitar gallop riff.
Van Halen – Sunday Afternoon In The Park
My buddy Dave and I made a pact in junior high (in like 1987) to buy all the Van Halen (not Van Hagar) cassettes. We’d each buy every other album so we’d have a complete set between the two of us. I was lucky to get Fair Warning on my list – I actually got Fair Warning and Women and Children First both on some maxi-saver cassette. Anyway I wasn’t ready for “Sunday Afternoon in the Park.” I had no idea music could be so cool. I mean I knew some music was cool but this was light years beyond. We were also into comics and decided that if The Punisher had a theme song, this would be it.