George Hysteric’s Strange Selections
Every month, George Hysteric takes time away from running the “strange music from beyond” Facebook group to create a playlist for SSFB from the group’s extensive music library.
My understanding of why so many of Italo covers exist, besides the immediate benefit of a recognizable song, is that a certain amount of DJ’s records needed to be “SIAE stamped”, meaning produced and pressed in Italy. The local (and often highly prolific) Italian producers would make cover versions of popular songs at the time. This practice also saved the Italian distributors considerable time and money on importing records from outside Italy.
Here are seven of the more remarkable but perhaps less-known offerings (either good or bad).
So here is a topic that has interested me for a long time – the novel ways artists and labels have come up with for music presentation, translating some of the themes or psychology of the release into the package, or the item itself. When so much music of the past 30 years has been presented simply in generic hole sleeves, the unique items in this list are deserving of further examination, whether or not you enjoy the music contained within.