Eberhard Schoener - Why Don't You Answer
Eberhard Schoener appears to have been some kind of German disco Rennaissance man according to his Wikipedia page, influenced by headily credible classical composers as much as the contemporary pop/electronic experimental scene around him, and even producing traditional operas alongside his synth stuff. I know nothing of this because I am a philistine. However this is a great record, mysterious and minimal and spacey italo-disco. And yes, it does have Sting on it, but miraculously it works, his yelpiness is complemented very well by the detached darkness and eerie samples going on around him. I like the phone-box intro as well, and the way the dial tone is incorporated into the synth-drone of the rest of the record - very noirish.
(The image used is for a different version of the song which was later released, with Hazel O'Connor on vocals - unfortunately I've been unable to find that but I can't quite imagine what that would sound like and frankly I'm a little scared at the prospect)
6 days ago