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Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Popcorn (Gershon Kingsley Cover)

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Uploaded on Jul 2, 2011

From '' Star Power! ''
Label: Pravda Records -- PR6350
Format: CD, Compilation, Album
Country: US
Released: 1995

Tracks
01. Southern Culture On The Skids - Venus
02. Rex Daisy - Welcome Back
03. World Famous Blue Jays - Spiders And Snakes
04. Silos, The - Mama Told Me Not To Come
05. Vic Chesnutt - The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
06. Fig Dish - Kung Fu Fightin'
07. Red Red Meat - I'm Not In Love
08. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Popcorn
09. Brown Betty - Don't Give Up On Us
10. Wanna-Bees - How Do You Do
11. Susan Voelz - Ode To Billy Joe
12. Dick Nixons - One Tin Soldier
13. Love Battery - White Bird
14. A-Bones - Rock The Boat
15. New Clear Clouds - Half Breed
16. Big Fish Ensemble - I Am Woman
17. Falstaff - Give Me Just A Little More Time
18. Loud Family - A Horse With No Name

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"Popcorn" is an early electronic pop instrumental, originally composed by Gershon Kingsley in 1969 on his album Music to Moog By.
The same year this tune was released and recorded at Audio Fidelity Records label in New York City.

In 1972, Hot Butter's rerecording was a huge hit in many countries.
That version is by far the most well-known of this tune.
The tune was very popular in the Soviet Union and was featured in one of the Nu, pogodi! animated series.

Original version - Background

Composer Gershon Kingsley (of Perrey and Kingsley) first recorded it for his 1969 album Music to Moog By. In 1971 the song was re-recorded by Kingsley's band First Moog Quartet. Stan Free, member of the First Moog Quartet, rerecorded the instrumental with his band Hot Butter in 1972.

The title refers to the short staccato or sharp "popping" sound used.

Other cover versions

It has since been covered by various artists, including DJ Voyager, Anarchic System with vocal version, a pre-fame Jean Michel Jarre (under the pseudonyms of The Popcorn Orchestra and Jamie Jefferson), Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Unter Null, Richard D. James AKA Aphex Twin, M&H Band, Muse, DJ Fantomas, Gigi D'Agostino, Guru Josh, Iranian artist Shadmehr Aghili, Afrosound, The Time Frequency (TTF), Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Norrie Paramor & the Midland Radio Orchestra, Ronnie Aldrich, The Treble Spankers, the Boomtang Boys, Space Penguins, Pattie Brooks (disco version as part of a medley that also included Black is Black & Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye), Bass Bumpers (fronted by the Crazy Frog cartoon), Liars, Finnish band Seidat, Swedish DJ Richi M, the Irish DJ Showey, South African Psytrance act Parana, Italian pop band La Strana Società, Japanese electronic artists Denki Groove, Russian Virtuoso Guitar Player Victor Zinchuk, Spanish rock band Los Pekenikes, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, and the Swedish Chef. It has also been remixed by Hexstatic on the Pick 'n' Mix album. In 2003 Greek synthpop Duo Marsheaux released a darker mix of "Popcorn" as their debut single, which became a radio play hit in Europe. The song was also featured as the background music in the first version of the 1982 arcade game Pengo, the 1983 IBM PC game Digger, and the 1984 Mikro-Gen microcomputer game Pyjamarama. Many cover versions were made on popular home computers such as Atari, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga, often by anonymous artists. On the 17th of September, 2007, Electropop group Plemo released a free track on micromusic.net based on the original "Popcorn" melody. It includes samples from "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" of the Beastie Boys. In 1976, the tenth episode of Nu, Pogodi! includes this song as Volk (The Wolf) tries to get closer and closer to Zayats (The Hare) at a construction site.

Big band arranger James Last recorded "Popcorn" in 1972

The song has never been covered by Kraftwerk although there are mistagged copies of the song allegedly by them (most frequently the version by M&H Band) in circulation. There is also a version circulating on the internet that is claimed to have been made by avant-garde group The Residents even though it sounds vastly different from The Residents' usual experimental sound. This version is actually made by the hard house artists called The Rezidents, hence the confusion between the two.

A variation of "Popcorn" was used by WDIV in Detroit, Michigan as background music for the station's Michigan Lottery Lotto drawings during the 1980s.

Most recently, alternative rock band Muse performed this song live in Teignmouth, UK during their two nights at The Den. The song featured prominent electric guitar along with heavy percussion and bass. A studio version of their cover was released on the 2010 single "Resistance". Faith No More covered the song live in Argentina in The Second Coming Tour.

The Muppets recorded a cover of the song featuring it as the theme of a new Swedish Chef sketch, hence its naming as Pöpcørn, which was released in July 2010.

Other uses

The song was used in the 1982 arcade game Pengo and the next year in the PC video game Digger.

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