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[requests, music:] Adriano Pappalardo, Oh! Era ora (1983)

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By request, the last studio album from one of the most underrated singers and musicians in italian pop music history.

Adriano Pappalardo, born in 1945 in Copertino, in the south of Italy, started his career as a passionate and sanguine soul/rythm’n’blues singer with Numero Uno, Lucio Battisti’s label. He left for RCA in 1975, getting his greatest hit in 1979 with “Ricominciamo” (“let’s start again”), just to join forces again with Battisti in the early eighties.

After Immersione (“immersion”, 1982), Pappalardo began to write together with Pasquale Panella aka Vanera, a poet and unconventional lyricist who had deeply impressed Battisti with his words for Enzo Carella’s albums. The songs were then produced by the same Battisti (who also played guitars, synths and bass) in the oblique technopop fashion he was soon to perfect and push to the extremes with the incredible five-records series he wrote with Panella and released between 1986 and 1994. Five records which have changed the face of italian music forever. Somehow Pappalardo, whose loud, hoarse voice is slightly out of context in this setting dominated by Fairlight and keyboards, gave up his name and his persona allowing Battisti a field to experiment and refine the new and effective language he was working on since E già, in 1982.

Anyway, the result was blessed by some kind of state of grace, especially in songs such as “Signorina”, “Caroline e l’uomo nero”, “Questa storia”, and the title track, in which the surreal lyrics, pushed by Pappalardo’s roar, float upon the melodic flows and bump into the angular arrangements. By the way, Formula 3 founder Tony Cicco plays percussions on “Puoi toccarmi tutto a me”.

Here is the tracklist:

01, Signorina (“girl”)
02, Vanessa moda gaia (“Vanessa gay fashion”)
03, Breve la vita felice (“the short happy life”)
04, Puoi toccarmi tutto a me (“you can touch me all over me”)
05, Caroline e l’uomo nero (“Caroline and the black man”)
06, Questa storia (“this story”)
07, Io chi è (“who is I”)
08, Oh! Era ora (“oh! it was time”, also released as a 7″ b/w “Signorina”)

Get it: Adriano Pappalardo, Oh! Era ora (1983)

Pappalardo has also acted in several movies during the eighties and the nineties, and became a kind of a tv star first with his villain role in the legendary mafia serial La piovra, and more recently with his controversial participation in the italian version of I’m a celebrity… get me out of here!

More info on his Wikipedia page (in italian).


Written by alteralter

October 30, 2008 at 12:46 am

6 Responses

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  1. un album interessantissimo!…non ricordo cosa successe alla sua uscita, non ricordo trasmissioni televisive che ospitavano papalardo con pezzi di questo tipo…certo gli arrangiamenti per l’epoca era avanti di molto. ho sentito dire che anche l’album precedente “immersione” non è affatto male…chissà..
    grazie comunque


    November 6, 2008 at 2:58 am

  2. credo che non sia successo molto all’uscita del disco… immersione è interessante, ma ha poco a che fare con oh! era ora.


    November 6, 2008 at 9:26 pm

  3. senti, sto riascoltando claudio rocchi: questo “suoni di frontiera” era nettamnete in anticipo in italia e all’estero (non per banalizzare,ma pensa che in qualche groove involontario o volontario mi è sembrato di ascoltare i daft punk!…). c’è del kraut rock ma anche diversi esperimenti con i nastri (r fripp?)e con gli oscillatori…niente a che vedere col rocchi del “viaggio..”,oppure ne è la dieretta conseguenza.
    bel disco.


    November 14, 2008 at 9:47 am

  4. […] already mentioned Pasquale Panella in the previous post. Carella met him somewhere in Rome in the mid-seventies, while planning his personal way out of the […]

  5. the link has been removed… :(((


    July 29, 2009 at 1:12 am

  6. please REPOST THANKS !!!!!


    December 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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