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Is Taco’s “After Eight” Strangest Synthpop Album Ever?

April 21st, 2014 by Fitz, Uncategorized, 0 Comments

I can’t say I’d recommend Taco’s 1983 album ,“After Eight” but if you’re looking for something, uh, different, it’s got it in spade. Early 80s synthpop meets 40s show tune crooning with dashes of disco and new wave. It’s such an odd bird I don’t know if I even enjoy listening to it. But like an Ed Wood film it’s over-the-top awfulness is somehow compelling.

Most folks are only familiar with the #4 hit “Puttin’ on the Ritz” but he also charted with “Singin’ in the Rain” and became very popular in Germany.

I can only imagine the recording session with Taco crooning into falsetto as the drum machine thump and synths bleep and the producer saying “Yeah. This sounds great. I hear a hit!”. And as strange as that tableau seems, it would have been accurate.