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Ennio Morricone 1928-2020 July 11, 2020

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Thanks to Edmundo di Corci for this tribute to Ennio Morricone:

I’m sure someone will do an excellent This Week I’ve Mostly Been Listening To on Ennio Morricone who died today aged 91.

However in the meantime here’s the only pop song he ever wrote which I’m inordinately fond of. He got the idea for it from hearing a police car siren in Marseilles which I think comes across. Great performance as well by legendary Italian singer Mina.


French version (with entirely different lyrics) is pretty nifty too.

From a left wing point of view he also contributed an extraordinary score to perhaps the finest political movie ever made Gillo Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers

You know what’s a really great album of Morricone music. The Big Gundown which came out around 1987 with John Zorn and a bunch of really interesting people; Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Mike Patton, Arto Lindsay and more.

This is also really good. The music in Giallo movies was usually the best bit of them.

And of course it would be remiss of me to pass over his tribute to the Irish republican tradition. Shake in your boots revisionist running dogs.

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1. sonofstan - July 11, 2020

I think he might have written or co-written a few more pop songs?
This for one:

There’s more as well, and he arranged and orchestrated a slew of stuff. Including this:

My records are all boxed up, so I’m going by discogs, but I know there’s a few more gems lurking in the vaults.

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WorldbyStorm - July 11, 2020

A real talent. Just remarkable. And of course sampled left right and centre!

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Edmundo Di Corci - July 11, 2020

Mea Culpa, as we’re always saying here in Italy.
Almost as big a mistake as disbanding the PCI too soon.

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2. Pasionario - July 11, 2020

The pub in Once upon a Time in a Revolution/ Duck You Sucker is Toner’s of Baggot Street.

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