by Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Who doesn’t love the 80s?

This week’s pick embodies the characteristic sound of the 80s – driving, upbeat percussion, heavy on the synthesizer – except in Italian. Gianna Nannini was an Italian rock star who was widely popular throughout Europe following the release of her album Puzzlein 1984. One of the songs featured in this album was the single “Fotoromanza,” which went on to become a huge hit.

Fotoromanza – Gianna Nannini
[audio:http://groovebat.com/download/ta.mp3]

Nannini’s rasp and poweful pipes bring to mind Bonnie Tyler’s classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” which, incidentally, was released at around the same time. The music video for the song was directed by the late great Michelangelo Antonioni, and can be seen here

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT_CTOllIDA]
That wasn’t the end of it, though – Milan-based swing band Alfredo Rey e la sua Orchestra did a swing version of the song. What’s more, the video for it is quirky and downright delightful.

Fotoromanza – Alfredo Rey e la sua Orchestra
[audio:http://groovebat.com/download/tb.mp3]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qbiGziVsks]

80s rock or swing…which version do you prefer?