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Next music to compose after Africa by Toto?

Posted by newcoleco, in music, homebrew 02 May 2018 · 500 views

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Poll: My Personal Greatest Hits of 1982 (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Select your favorite Hits of 1982(83) from the list below (pick at least 5)

  1. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger (3 votes [11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11%

  2. Toto - Africa (3 votes [11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11%

  3. Human League - Don't You Want Me (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  4. Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  5. Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  6. Men Without Hats - Safety Dance (2 votes [7%])

    Percentage of vote: 7%

  7. Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  8. Hall & Oates - Maneater (2 votes [7%])

    Percentage of vote: 7%

  9. Chicago - Hard To Say Sorry (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  10. Journey - Don't Stop Believin (3 votes [11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11%

  11. Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  12. Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You (1 votes [4%])

    Percentage of vote: 4%

  13. Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf (1 votes [4%])

    Percentage of vote: 4%

  14. Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind (2 votes [7%])

    Percentage of vote: 7%

  15. Toto - Rosanna (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  16. Rod Steward - Young Turks (2 votes [7%])

    Percentage of vote: 7%

  17. Laura Branigan - Gloria (2 votes [7%])

    Percentage of vote: 7%

  18. Olivia Newton - Physical (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  19. Dexys Midnight Funners - Come on Eileen (1 votes [4%])

    Percentage of vote: 4%

  20. JoanJett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock'n Roll (1 votes [4%])

    Percentage of vote: 4%

  21. J. Geils Band - Centerfold (2 votes [7%])

    Percentage of vote: 7%

  22. Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire (3 votes [11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11%

  23. Yazoo - Don't Go (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  24. Imagination - Just An Illusion (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  25. Toni Basil - Mickey (1 votes [4%])

    Percentage of vote: 4%

How many Great Hits of 1982(83) you can name but aren't in the previous question?

  1. 0 - None, I can't think of any -or- Not sure the one I'm thinking counts (3 votes [60%])

    Percentage of vote: 60%

  2. 1 - One for sure (2 votes [40%])

    Percentage of vote: 40%

  3. 2 or 3 - And I can tell you which ones (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

  4. 4 or more - I love 80s Hits, and you should check these ones (0 votes [0%])

    Percentage of vote: 0%

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The way I've selected Africa by Toto was by searching the Greatest Hits of 1982. The number of views on Youtube for the song Africa released in September 1982 is very high, but the song isn't present in the Greatest Hits of 1982, but in the one in 1983, which surprised me.
 
Anyway, the list of Greatest Hits included the obvious "Survivor - Eye of the Tiger", but also a whole bunch of songs that could have been interesting to Coleco-fy.

 

I'm curious what could be your picks of 1982 Hits. I've set a poll but couldn't include all songs in it.

 

Since I don't think I can compose any song with the ColecoVision sound chip, I'm asking you to pick several of your favorites in the poll.






Money for Nothing.

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Take On Me - A-Ha

Money for Nothing - Dire Straights

Whip It - Devo

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A friend gave me a list of more than a dozen songs, just a sample here with years, some fit my criteria of 1982-83 :

 

1982 - Billy Idol - White Wedding
1982 - Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
1982 - Michael Jackson - Beat It
1982 - Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
1982 - The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
1983 - Irene Cara - What A Feeling
1983 - The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
1983 - Motley Crue - Looks That Kill 
1983 - Men at Work - It's a mistake
1984 - Madonna - Borderline
1984 - Madonna - Like a Virgin
1984 - The Cars - Magic
1984 - Eddy Grant - Romancing the Stone
1984 - Ray Parker Jr - Ghostbusters
1985 - Madonna - Material Girl
1985 - Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
1987 - Motley Crue - Girls Girls Girls
 
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In case it has any relevance, the following songs are not part of the High Voltage SID Collection, meaning there are no known C64 covers of those songs. Whether that is due they weren't popular songs, too difficult to cover or something else is not known. Also I haven't cross referenced any AY, POKEY, NES etc chip music libraries to determine if they're present there.

 

Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Devo - Whip It
Dexys Midnight Funners - Come on Eileen
Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Eddy Grant - Romancing the Stone
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You
Imagination - Just An Illusion
Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Men at Work - It's a mistake
Motley Crue - Girls Girls Girls
Motley Crue - Looks That Kill 
Olivia Newton - Physical
Rod Stewart - Young Turks
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
Toni Basil - Mickey
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In case it has any relevance, the following songs are not part of the High Voltage SID Collection, meaning there are no known C64 covers of those songs. Whether that is due they weren't popular songs, too difficult to cover or something else is not known. Also I haven't cross referenced any AY, POKEY, NES etc chip music libraries to determine if they're present there.
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Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
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I've found a disturbingly funny text-to-speech and C64 version of the Safety Dance. So the SID version might be under an unusual name or simply composed and never shared by this guy.
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Part of that track might be recorded with a SID chip, but it most likely is not an executable runnable on a C64.

 

HVSC only contains songs runnable on C64 class hardware with a SID chip, usually 1 or 2 chips. There were sound cards fo the PC and standalone synthesizers built around the SID chip too, but any sequenced music on those are not part of the collection.

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My Satefy Dance... at least what I've done so far with it.

 

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2018 is over, let's see what are the votes for the new song to compose.
*Note: the huge numbers are the number of results on Google search.
 
1982
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Michael Jackson - Beat It : 125 000 000
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go : 84 300 000
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me : 37 400 000
Imagination - Just An Illusion : 32 300 000
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean : 28 300 000
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance : 25 600 000 + 2 votes
Toto - Africa : 25 000 000 + 3 votes
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean : 20 800 000
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger : 16 900 000 + 3 votes
Billy Idol - White Wedding : 16 800 000
Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind : 10 800 000 + 2 votes
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue : 7 380 000
Laura Branigan - Gloria : 3 700 000 + 2 votes
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf : 1 170 000 + 1 vote
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing : 1 060 000
Hall & Oates - Maneater : 352 000 + 2 votes
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen : 166 000 + 1 vote
 
not 1982
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A-Ha - Take On Me (1985) : 1 060 000 000 + 1 mention
Men at Work - It is a mistake (1983) : 190 000 000
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing (1985) : 11 300 000 + 1 mention
Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It (1981) : 8 250 000
Olivia Newton - Physical (1981) : 8 010 000
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You (1981) : 7 990 000 + 1 vote
Motley Crue - Girls Girls Girls (1987) : 4 090 000
Earth, Wind & Fire - Let is Groove (1981) : 4 000 000
Journey - Do not Stop Believin (1981) : 1 930 000 + 3 votes
Toni Basil - Mickey (1981) : 1 610 000 + 1 vote
Rod Stewart - Young Turks (1981) : 1 260 000 + 2 votes
Devo - Whip It (1980) : 903 000 + 1 mention
JoanJett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock and Roll (1981) : 637 000 + 1 vote
Motley Crue - Looks That Kill (1983) : 556 000
J. Geils Band - Centerfold (1981) : 496 000 + 2 votes
Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire (1981) : 486 000 + 3 votes
The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another (1983) : 142 000
 

So, for the Hits of 1982, Google is suggesting Michael Jackson - Beat It, and the AtariAge forums users are suggesting Survivor - Eye of the Tiger. Both have their challenges and distinctive sounds, I really like these choices. We will see which music I end up composing first between the two... unless I've already done it but I don't remember.

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