Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film score composer and record producer. Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films, his works include The Lion King, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1995, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy. Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States, he is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and works with other composers through the company that he founded, Remote Control Productions known as Media Ventures. His studio in Santa Monica, California has an extensive range of computer equipment and keyboards, allowing demo versions of film scores to be created quickly. Zimmer's works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements, he has received four Grammy Awards, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award. He was named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph.
Zimmer has collaborated on multiple projects with directors including Ridley and Tony Scott, Penny Marshall, Ron Howard, John Woo, Michael Bay, Gore Verbinski, Antoine Fuqua, Steve McQueen, Zack Snyder, Denis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan. Zimmer was born in West Germany; as a young child, he lived in Königstein-Falkenstein, where he played the piano at home but had piano lessons only as he disliked the discipline of formal lessons. In one of his Reddit AMAs, he said "My formal training was 2 week of piano lessons. I was thrown out of 8 schools, but I joined a band. I am self-taught, but I've always heard music in my head. And I'm a child of the 20th century, he moved to London as a teenager. During his childhood, he was influenced by the film scores of Ennio Morricone and has cited Once Upon a Time in the West as the score that inspired him to become a film composer. In a speech at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival, Zimmer stated that he is Jewish, talked about his mother surviving World War II thanks to her escape from Germany to England in 1939.
In an interview with Mashable in February 2013, he said of his parents "My mother was musical a musician and my father was an engineer and an inventor. So, I grew up modifying the piano, shall we say, which made my mother gasp in horror, my father would think it was fantastic when I would attach chainsaws and stuff like that to the piano because he thought it was an evolution in technology." In an interview with the German television station ZDF in 2006, he commented: "My father died when I was just a child, I escaped somehow into the music and music has been my best friend." Zimmer began his career playing keyboards and synthesizers with the band Krakatoa. He worked with the Buggles, a new wave band formed in London in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, Bruce Woolley. Zimmer can be seen in the Buggles' music video for the 1979 song "Video Killed the Radio Star". After working with the Buggles, he started to work for the Italian group Krisma, a new wave band formed in 1976 with Maurizio Arcieri and Christina Moser.
He was a featured synthesist for Cathode Mamma. He has worked with the band Helden. Both Zimmer and Cann, were invited to be part of the Spanish group Mecano for a live performance in Segovia in 1984. Two songs from this concert were included in the "Mecano: En Concierto" album released in 1985 only in Spain. In 1985, he contributed to the Shriekback album Gold. In 1980, Zimmer co-produced a single, "History of the World, Part 1," with, for, UK punk band The Damned, included on their 1980 LP release, The Black Album, carried the description of his efforts as "Over-Produced by Hans Zimmer." While living in London, Zimmer wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates. In the 1980s, Zimmer partnered with Stanley Myers, a prolific film composer who wrote the scores for over sixty films. Zimmer and Myers co–founded the London–based Lillie Yard recording studio. Together and Zimmer worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with electronic instruments; some of the films on which Zimmer and Myers worked are Moonlighting, Success is the Best Revenge, My Beautiful Laundrette.
Zimmer's first solo score was Terminal Exposure for director Nico Mastorakis in 1987, for which he wrote the songs. Zimmer acted as score producer for the 1987 film The Last Emperor, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. One of Zimmer's most durable works from his time in the United Kingdom was the theme song for the television game show Going for Gold, which he composed with Sandy McClelland in 1987. In an interview with the BBC, Zimmer said: "Going. It's the sort of stuff. God, I just felt so lucky because this thing paid my rent for the longest time." A turning point in Zimmer's career occurred with the 1988 film Rain Man. Hollywood director Barry Levinson was looking for someone to score Rain Man, his wife heard the soundtrack CD of the anti-apartheid drama A World Apart, for which Zimmer had composed the music. Levinson hired him to score Rain Man. In the score, Zimmer uses synthesizers mixed with steel drums. Zimmer explained that "It was a road movie, road movies have jangly guitars or a bunch of strings.
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Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American actor and musician. His films include musical-drama film Footloose, the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK, the legal drama A Few Good Men, the historical docudrama Apollo 13, the mystery drama Mystic River. Bacon is known for taking on darker roles such as that of a sadistic guard in Sleepers and troubled former child abuser in a critically acclaimed performance in The Woodsman, he is prolific on television, having starred in the Fox drama series The Following. For the HBO original film Taking Chance, Bacon won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination; the Guardian named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. In 2003, Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry. Bacon has become associated with the concept of interconnectedness, having been popularized by the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon".
In 2007, he created a charitable foundation. Bacon, the youngest of six children, was raised in a close-knit family in Philadelphia, his mother, Ruth Hilda, taught at an elementary school and was a liberal activist, while his father, Edmund Norwood Bacon, was a well-respected architect and a prominent Philadelphian, Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for many years. At age 16, in 1975, Bacon won a full scholarship to and attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University, a state-funded five-week arts program at which he studied theater under Dr. Glory Van Scott; the experience solidified Bacon's passion for the arts. Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue a theater career in New York City, where he appeared in a production at the Circle in the Square Theater School. "I wanted life, the real thing", he recalled to Nancy Mills of Cosmopolitan. "The message I got was'The arts are it. Business is the devil's work. Art and creative expression are next to godliness.'
Combine that with an immense ego and you wind up with an actor." Bacon's debut in the fraternity comedy National Lampoon's Animal House did not lead to the fame he had sought, Bacon returned to waiting tables and auditioning for small roles in theater. He worked on the television soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Guiding Light in New York. In 1980, he had a prominent role in the slasher film Friday the 13th; some of his early stage work included Getting Out, performed at New York's Phoenix Theater, Flux, at Second Stage Theatre during their 1981–1982 season. In 1982, he won an Obie Award for his role in Forty Deuce, soon afterward he made his Broadway debut in Slab Boys, with then-unknowns Sean Penn and Val Kilmer. However, it was not until he portrayed Timothy Fenwick that same year in Barry Levinson's film Diner – costarring Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Tim Daly, Ellen Barkin – that he made an indelible impression on film critics and moviegoers alike. Bolstered by the attention garnered by his performance in Diner, Bacon starred in the box-office smash Footloose.
Richard Corliss of TIME likened Footloose to the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause and the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland musicals, commenting that the film includes "motifs on book burning, mid-life crisis, AWOL parents, fatal car crashes, drug enforcement, Bible Belt vigilantism." To prepare for the role, Bacon enrolled at a high school as a transfer student named "Ren McCormick" and studied teenagers before leaving in the middle of the day. Bacon earned strong reviews for Footloose, he appeared on the cover of People magazine soon after its release. Bacon's critical and box office success led to a period of typecasting in roles similar to the two he portrayed in Diner and Footloose, he had difficulty shaking this on-screen image. For the next several years he chose films that cast him against either type and experienced, by his own estimation, a career slump. In 1988, he starred in John Hughes' comedy She's Having a Baby, the following year he was in another comedy called The Big Picture.
In 1990, Bacon had two successful roles. He played a character who saved his town from under-the-earth "graboid" monsters in the comedy/horror film Tremors, he portrayed an earnest medical student experimenting with death in Joel Schumacher's Flatliners. In Bacon's next project he starred opposite Elizabeth Perkins in He Said, She Said. Despite lukewarm reviews and low audience turnout, He Said, She Said. Required to play a character with sexist attitudes, he admitted that the role was not that large a stretch for him. By 1991, Bacon began to give up the idea of playing leading men in big-budget films and to remake himself as a character actor. "The only way I was going to be able to work on'A' projects with really'A' directors was if I wasn't the guy, starring", he confided to The New York Times writer Trip Gabriel. "You can't afford to set up a $40 million movie if you don't have your star." He performed that year as gay prostitute Willie O'Keefe in Oliver Stone's JFK and went on to play a prosecuting attorney in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
That year he returned to the theater to play in Spike Heels, directed by Michael Greif. In 1994, Bacon earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The River Wild, opposite Meryl Streep, he described the film to Chase in Cosmopolitan as a "grueling shoot", in which "every one of us fell out of the boat at one point or another and had to be saved". His next film, Murder in the First, earned him the Broadc
Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder is a 1990 American sports action drama film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Caroline Williams, Michael Rooker; the film features appearances by real life NASCAR racers, such as Rusty Wallace, Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant. Commentator Dr. Jerry Punch, of ESPN, has a cameo appearance; this is the first of three films to star both Kidman. The film received mixed reviews, with criticism aimed at its unrealistic special effects, screenplay, acting and similarities to Top Gun, but was praised for its action sequences, Hans Zimmer's musical score, fast pace, the performances of Cruise and Kidman. Cole Trickle is a young racer from Eagle Rock, with years of experience in open-wheel racing, winning championships in the United States Auto Club. Setting his sights on the Indianapolis 500, Cole realizes that "To win in Indy I'd need a great car, but stock cars are all the same".
He is recruited by Chevrolet dealership tycoon Tim Daland to race for his team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Daland brings former crew chief and car builder Harry Hogge out of retirement to lead Cole's pit crew. After Cole sets a fast time in a private test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hogge builds him a new Chevrolet Lumina. In his first few races, Cole has difficulty adjusting to the larger NASCAR stock cars and communicating with his crew, while being intimidated on the track by Winston Cup Champion and dirty driver Rowdy Burns. Discovering that Cole does not understand common NASCAR terminology, Harry puts him through rigorous training; this pays off at the Darlington race, when Cole uses a slingshot maneuver from the outside line to overtake Rowdy and win his first race. The rivalry between Cole and Rowdy intensifies throughout the season until the Firecracker 400 in Daytona, where both drivers are injured after being caught in "The Big One". Recovering in Daytona Beach, Cole develops a romantic relationship with Dr. Claire Lewicki, a neurosurgeon at Halifax Hospital.
NASCAR President Big John brings Rowdy and Cole together in a meeting and warns them that he and his sport will no longer tolerate any hanky-panky from the two rivals. Persuaded by Big John and Rowdy have lunch and settle their differences by banging rental cars on the beach; the bitter rivals soon become close friends. Daland hires hot-shot rookie Russ Wheeler to fill Cole’s seat until Cole returns to active duty, with Daland now fielding two teams – the second car driven by Wheeler, of which Harry disapproves. Though Cole shows signs of his old self, he falls into a new rivalry with Russ with no help from the inexperienced Daland. At North Wilkesboro, Russ blocks Cole's path during their pit stop, forces Cole into the outside wall on the last lap to win the race. In retaliation, Cole crashes into Russ' car after the race, leading Daland to fire Harry. Rowdy learns he has to undergo brain surgery to fix a broken blood vessel, asks Cole to drive his car at the Daytona 500 so his sponsors will pay for the year.
Cole reluctantly convinces Harry to return as his crew chief. Hours prior to the race, Harry discovers metal in the oil pan, a sign of engine failure, manages to procure a new engine from Daland. During the race, Cole's car is spun out by Russ and suffers a malfunctioning transmission, but the combined efforts of Harry’s and Daland’s pit crews manage to fix the problem and get Cole back on the lead lap. On the final lap, Russ predicts that Cole will attempt his signature slingshot maneuver from outside, but Cole tricks him with a crossover, overtaking him from the inside to win his first Daytona 500. Cole drives into victory lane, where his pit crew celebrate with Claire, he approaches Harry, sitting alone. Cole asks Harry to walk with him and Harry agrees, challenging him to a foot race to victory lane. Tom Cruise as Cole Trickle, a young race car driver out to make a name for himself in NASCAR; the character was patterned after Tim Richmond, while his name is a nod to veteran racer Dick Trickle.
Nicole Kidman as Dr. Claire Lewicki, a neurosurgeon who develops a relationship with Cole. Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge, Cole's crew chief. Michael Rooker as Rowdy Burns, the current Winston Cup Champion and Cole's first friend, he drives the #51 Exxon Chevrolet. Cary Elwes as Russ Wheeler, a rookie driver who fills in for Cole, but on becomes his teammate and bitter rival, he drives the #18 Hardee's Chevrolet. Randy Quaid as Tim Daland, a wealthy car dealership and race team owner who first recruits Cole into NASCAR. Fred Thompson as Big John, president of NASCAR. John C. Reilly as Buck Bretherton, Cole's car chief. Reilly starred in Talladega Nights. J. C. Quinn as Waddell, Rowdy's crew chief; the name is a reference to Waddell Wilson. Caroline Williams as Jeannie Burns, Rowdy's wife. Leilani Sarelle as a Female Highway Patrol Officer, a stripper hired by Harry as a prank on Cole. Chris Ellis as Harlem Hoogerhyde, Cole's gas man. Don Simpson in a cameo as Aldo Bennedetti. Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant, Dr. Jerry Punch all appear in cameo roles as themselves.
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Synth-pop is a subgenre of new wave music that first became prominent in the late 1970s and features the synthesizer as the dominant musical instrument. It was prefigured in the 1960s and early 1970s by the use of synthesizers in progressive rock, art rock and the "Krautrock" of bands like Kraftwerk, it arose as a distinct genre in Japan and the United Kingdom in the post-punk era as part of the new wave movement of the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. Electronic musical synthesizers that could be used in a recording studio became available in the mid-1960s, while the mid-1970s saw the rise of electronic art musicians. After the breakthrough of Gary Numan in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, large numbers of artists began to enjoy success with a synthesizer-based sound in the early 1980s. In Japan, Yellow Magic Orchestra introduced the TR-808 rhythm machine to popular music, the band would be a major influence on early British synth-pop acts; the development of inexpensive polyphonic synthesizers, the definition of MIDI and the use of dance beats, led to a more commercial and accessible sound for synth-pop.
This, its adoption by the style-conscious acts from the New Romantic movement, together with the rise of MTV, led to success for large numbers of British synth-pop acts in the US. "Synth-pop" is sometimes used interchangeably with "electropop", but "electropop" may denote a variant of synth-pop that places more emphasis on a harder, more electronic sound. In the mid to late 1980s, duos such as Erasure and Pet Shop Boys adopted a style, successful on the US dance charts, but by the end of the decade, the'new wave' synth-pop of bands such as A-ha and Alphaville was giving way to house music and techno. Interest in new wave synth-pop began to revive in the indietronica and electroclash movements in the late 1990s, in the 2000s synth-pop enjoyed a widespread revival and commercial success; the genre has received criticism for alleged lack of musicianship. Synth-pop music has established a place for the synthesizer as a major element of pop and rock music, directly influencing subsequent genres and has indirectly influenced many other genres, as well as individual recordings.
Synth-pop was defined by its primary use of synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers, sometimes using them to replace all other instruments. Borthwick and Moy have described the genre as diverse but "...characterised by a broad set of values that eschewed rock playing styles and structures", which were replaced by "synthetic textures" and "robotic rigidity" defined by the limitations of the new technology, including monophonic synthesizers. Many synth-pop musicians had limited musical skills, relying on the technology to produce or reproduce the music; the result was minimalist, with grooves that were "typically woven together from simple repeated riffs with no harmonic'progression' to speak of". Early synth-pop has been described as "eerie and vaguely menacing", using droning electronics with little change in inflection. Common lyrical themes of synth-pop songs were isolation, urban anomie, feelings of being cold and hollow. In its second phase in the 1980s, the introduction of dance beats and more conventional rock instrumentation made the music warmer and catchier and contained within the conventions of three-minute pop.
Synthesizers were used to imitate the conventional and clichéd sound of orchestras and horns. Thin, treble-dominant, synthesized melodies and simple drum programmes gave way to thick, compressed production, a more conventional drum sound. Lyrics were more optimistic, dealing with more traditional subject matter for pop music such as romance and aspiration. According to music writer Simon Reynolds, the hallmark of 1980s synth-pop was its "emotional, at times operatic singers" such as Marc Almond, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox; because synthesizers removed the need for large groups of musicians, these singers were part of a duo where their partner played all the instrumentation. Although synth-pop in part arose from punk rock, it abandoned punk's emphasis on authenticity and pursued a deliberate artificiality, drawing on the critically derided forms such as disco and glam rock, it owed little to the foundations of early popular music in jazz, folk music or the blues, instead of looking to America, in its early stages, it consciously focused on European and Eastern European influences, which were reflected in band names like Spandau Ballet and songs like Ultravox's "Vienna".
Synth-pop saw a shift to a style more influenced by other genres, such as soul music. Electronic musical synthesizers that could be used in a recording studio became available in the mid-1960s, around the same time as rock music began to emerge as a distinct musical genre; the Mellotron, an electro-mechanical, polyphonic sample-playback keyboard was overtaken by the Moog synthesizer, created by Robert Moog in 1964, which produced electronically generated sounds. The portable Minimoog, which allowed much easier use in live performance was adopted by progressive rock musicians such as Richard Wright of Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman of Yes. Instrumental prog rock was significant in continental Europe, allowing bands like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Faust to circumvent the language barrier, their synthesizer-heavy "Kraut rock", along with the work of Brian Eno (for a time the keyboard player with Roxy M
Breakout (Swing Out Sister song)
"Breakout" is a single from British act Swing Out Sister's debut album It's Better to Travel. The single reached the number four position in the UK in the autumn of 1986, rose to number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number one on the Adult Contemporary in the US in 1987; the song resulted in a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The single was performed while the group was still a trio, it was one of their biggest hits, the song most associated with the act. In the US, "Breakout" remains a staple of adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio station playlists; the music video for "Breakout" features lead singer Corinne Drewery as a fashion designer, who with the assistance of the other two band members designs and makes her own dress, makes a successful runway debut modelling it. During the first chorus, when Andy Connell and Martin Jackson appear, Drewery looks at them strangely, it was directed by Nick Willing. German 7" Single "Breakout" – 3:46 Brass by Phantom Horns Also available from the CD album "It's Better to Travel".
"Dirty Money" – 3:36UK 12" Single "Breakout" As featured on the 1992 Japanese'Special Edition' CD Album "Swing Out Singles" "Breakout" Taken from the 1987 CD release of "It's Better to Travel", featured in the 2012 2-CD release of "It's Better to Travel", featured on both the Japanese CD Albums "Another Non-Stop Sister" and "Swing 3" "Breakout" As featured on the Japanese CD Album "Another Non-Stop Sister"US 12" Promo Single "Breakout" "Breakout" "Breakout" As featured on the VERY'Limited Edition' Japanese CD "Remixes and Others" from the "Splendid Collection" "Breakout" The song appears on Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, playing on the fictional radio station Vice City FM. List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1987
Animotion is an American synthpop band from Los Angeles, best known for the songs "Obsession", "Let Him Go", "I Engineer", "Room to Move". Formed in 1983 from the remnants of a retro science-fiction band called Red Zone, they signed a record deal with Mercury Records in 1984 and made four albums. Animotion had five members, four of whom had been members of the band Red Zone. After the demise of that band, the four aforementioned members set about creating a new group with lead singer/guitarist Bill Wadhams. Shortly after the formation of Animotion around this nucleus, lead guitarist Don Kirkpatrick was brought on board, completing the band's most well-known line-up, they released their self-titled debut album in 1984. That year, a single from this album, "Obsession", written by hit songwriter Holly Knight and noted British singer/actor Michael Des Barres, became a worldwide success and the band's first US Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten single; the follow-up single from this album, "Let Him Go" cracked the US Top 40 after being remixed in order to sound more like its predecessor.
Following the departures of Antonelli and O'Brien, keyboardist Greg Smith, who had played on the band's debut album, drummer Jim Blair became official members of the band prior to the recording of the follow-up album, Strange Behavior. While several singles were released from this album, its success in the US paled in comparison to the debut album, whereas the band became famous in Germany, Austria and South Africa, thanks to the LP's single "I Engineer", another Holly Knight composition, co-written with Bernie Taupin and Mike Chapman. "I Engineer" reached the Top 20 in those countries. During 1986 and 1987, Animotion toured extensively, appearing alongside such performers as Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, Genesis, Howard Jones, INXS, Simply Red. In the midst of recording their third album, Animotion went through personnel changes; the split was not amicable. Actress/dancer/singer Cynthia Rhodes, known for her performance as the character "Penny Johnson" in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, replaced Plane as female lead singer, former solo artist/Device member Paul Engemann replaced Wadhams as the male lead for Animotion's second self-titled album, informally known as "Room to Move" to distinguish it from their first LP.
Incidentally, Engemann's former band, Device had included Holly Knight. By the time of this third album's release, as only Kirkpatrick and Smith remained in the "band" along with Rhodes and Engemann; the single "Room to Move", a remake of a 1988 song by the group Climie Fisher, became a radio hit in April 1989, their second Top 10 hit in the US, aided by its inclusion in the movie My Stepmother is an Alien. However, the album itself did not crack the top 100 on the charts, Animotion broke up afterwards. Several of the original members reunited on February 8, 2001, in response to a request from Alex Hart and 94.7 NRK Radio Station in Portland, performing for a sold-out crowd. Plane, Wadhams and Smith have continued to perform as Animotion since this time. Don Kirkpatrick plays in Rod Stewart's band; when he is unavailable, Oregon guitarist Kevin Hahn deputizes in the position. They have performed many shows with A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung and the Motels in recent years. In the summer of 2005, Ottavio made a guest appearance alongside Plane and Wadhams who appeared as Animotion in the American version of the TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time, performing their hit "Obsession" and a cover of Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By".
In the mid-2010s, the band - featuring core members Plane, Wadhams and Smith - recorded a new album, released in 2016 in the UK and a year in the U. S. In 2009, Animotion was thrust into pop culture again as it was featured on VH-1's Top 100 One Hit Wonders of the 80s. Animotion came in at No. 12 with the hit "Obsession". Both Astrid Plane and Bill Wadhams were featured. "Obsession" was the opening theme of the World Wrestling Federation's Saturday Night's Main Event from 1985 to 1988. It was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. "Obsession" was the opening theme for the speciality TV show FashionTelevision from 1985 to 2012. Animotion performed a cover of "Dancing in the Street" which featured in the 1985 film Girls Just Want to Have Fun. UK based specialist reissue label