Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kris Kristofferson as Han Solo?

Dramatic proof that Luke and Leia were brother and sister: Donny & Marie played them on TV...



And the (real) hit disco version of the STAR WARS theme...



I have danced to that in real life! It seemed like *every* movie ended up with a hit disco version in the late 70s. Here's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...



I never danced to that... never danced to STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE disco version, either...



And, of course, SUPERMAN...



All of these seemed to come from one guy - Meco Monardo - who managed to do a disco version of every movie theme at the time, and when I was searching for these on YouTube, seems to still be around and having fun doing disco versions of PHANTOM MENACE and other flicks. The STAR WARS disco version was a #1 hit and both the single and album went platinum. Before STAR WARS, he was a pretty big musician and producer of disco albums for stars like Gloria Gaynor.

- Bill

3 comments:

scriptwrecked said...

Meco is da man!

The Empire Strikes Back Disco Asteroid sequence is Meco at his best. There are inventive changeups in the song that I'm sure Williams wishes he'd come up with. Seriously have a listen, it's terrific.

Genzel said...

Meco is great. I have several of his albums on vinyl and wrote a review of his ENCOUNTERS OF EVERY KIND album for the All-Music Guide many years ago. He also recorded disco versions of the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK theme and the BLACK HOLE score.

However, he left the music business in the mid-80's and became a commodity broker. He briefly returned to music to record his own version of the PHANTOM MENACE soundtrack, but apparently, he only did a few tracks and said that the music for the EPISODE 1 didn't really inspire him all that much.

That Neil Guy said...

Sorry to be a pedant, but the Star Trek theme is actually the original TV theme, not the Motion Picture theme. That single may have been released around the time of The Motion Picture, but the music itself is just the old TV theme.

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