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Waiting For You (1985 Version)



 Genre: Electropop

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Featuring Mike Fruhstuck and his Magical Omnichord!

Years ago, Bud here at MacJams launched the Anologapalooza Festival, designed to uncover long-lost tunes we'd recorded back in the day before digital computerization brought multitrack recording onto your desktop. We haven't had one for a while, but I felt the itch to hit the way-back machine for a bit. And when I recently read a piece online about a weird little musical instrument called an Omnichord, I nearly freaked - this tune actually uses one!

Back in 1985, my buddy Mike Fruhstuck and I were thinking of putting together a band called Mind The Gap. We recorded quite a bit of stuff in my ad hoc basement bedroom recording studio, and while much of that has been lost to the decades of time (some of it fortunately) a few pieces remain. This was one of them.

Instrumentation was pretty sparse, but interesting - Korg Super Drums, Moog Concertmate MG-1 Synthesizer (sold by Radio Shack) and Mike's Omnichord. It was a pretty weird little device but lots of fun - I'm the guy playing it (if one can be said to actually 'play' an Omnichord) as well as everything else, while Mike took the lead vocals. We recorded by bouncing back and forth between two cassette decks, adding tracks each time. You couldn't do this too often, as the tape hiss made each previous track muddier and muddier, but hey..... you use what you've got, right?

Curious trivia: It dawned on me that I still have the Radio Shack highball dynamic microphone that Mike used to sing the vocals, and use it to this day - including the updated 2013 version of this song. (Actually, ALL my vocals have been recorded using that mic!)

2013 version? Yup - I re-recorded a new version a few years ago and posted it to MacJams, so for fun (and an interesting comparison) I've reposted a very-slightly-tweaked new version as well. Here it is... Waiting For You (2013)

You still out there, Mike? This still sounds pretty cool!
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Waiting For You

O my stars, I’ve been seeing double since the day that I met you
I’ve been looking deep inside to find out what to say
and what to do
I will find the combination, I will find the key
I will save you from the darkness,
You can count on me

Cause I've been waiting (waiting for you)
Yes I’ve been waiting (waiting for you)

Listen lady, I would wait a hundred thousand years
And then a day
With couragous flourish, I’d defeat the crooks and
Save you on the way
If you need a hero, here’s a hero standing tall
Putting on his white hat,
Waiting for you to call


In my heart I’ve travelled every star at least a dozen times or more
I’ve battled every villian, righted every wrong and
Fought in every war
Come with me to Paris in a Concorde across the sea
Come with me and let me show how splendid it could be


Music and Lyrics 1985, 2013 by Rik Berryere
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Uploaded: Sep 12, 2013 - 12:22:45 PM
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2015 - 06:04:06 AM Last Played: Aug 16, 2019 - 03:28:10 PM
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Korg Super Drums, Moog Concertmate MG-1 Synthesizer (sold by Radio Shack), Suzuki Omnichord, Radio Shack Highball Dynamic Mic (circa 1980).
MarkHolbrook said 2231 days ago (September 13th, 2013)
Simply awesome
I remember the omnichord. A guy brought one to a party and we played around it for a bit.

This is pretty sweet for 1985. Hope you find your long lost buddy. I still know where my old band mates are but none of them seem to have or make time for music.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 19th, 2013)
...it was a fun little thing, but the novelty wore off pretty quickly. I still have a few others on cassette that used it; maybe I'll bring them back too. (Then again, after listening to them I might not!)

Thanks for stepping back in time with me, Mark!
Narad said 2231 days ago (September 13th, 2013)
Waiting For You
More pristine, tense and genuine imho than the second version... :)
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 19th, 2013)
Telling Point
...I'd agree - and I wonder if it's because, back then we really had to PLAY this on musical instruments, as opposed to the new version that can be assembled, tweaked and clean up by computer. I love your observation about being 'tense' - that's something that really can't be recreated by technology. It was two guys in a basement studio with the tapes rolling, jacked up on creating something that we thought was really cool. And that emotion was there, no doubt!

Thank you so much for the insight!
alackbass said 2230 days ago (September 14th, 2013)
Waiting For You (1985 Version)
Technology is just a means to an end. What matters is the product. Great tune the quality of which transcends the tools used to create it.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 19th, 2013)
We sure thought
this was a great song back in the day. Mike thought it sounded too much like Hall and Oat's 'Maneater' but what I heard sounded more like the 2013 version. Which I never thought would ever come to be - who can guess the future, eh?
Char said 2229 days ago (September 15th, 2013)
the vocal seems to be more easily heard in this version than in the newer version. Possibly that's because this is simpler. You are certainly a heart throb. Thanks.
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mr_mordenus said 2225 days ago (September 19th, 2013)
...were all Mike here. And unlike me, he could actually sing. But as for being a heartthrob..... (sigh)...... being on the cover of Tiger Beat..... ahhh, what could have been...... (grin)
Jarvoid said 2223 days ago (September 21st, 2013)
Great stuff....
had to google ...search, whatever for Omnichord....interesting ...not come across one of them before......still you probably got the Omnichord we got the Stylaphone !!

Some cool vocals and a nice beaty backer...

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flashbackjoy said 2041 days ago (March 22nd, 2014)
Still sounds pretty cool!
Hey Rik! It's Mike! Haven't heard this tune in years. Glad to have stumbled upon it, and to have possibly reconnected with you! Drop me a line buddy!
IbotenicParadigm said 689 days ago (December 2nd, 2017)
Kinda nervous
about commenting after Mike...... but this is ace! Shades of Ultravox. Omnichord, eh? Hmmmmmmmmmm

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Name: Rik Berryere
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The Man From Plasticville... Mr M, the musical pseudonym of Rik Berryere. Rarely here anymore - partially because I'm deep into creating animation again. Also guilty of creating the MacJams City Animated Series, featuring appearances by and mus... [see more]

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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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