Wally Badarou was born 1955 in Paris. Although he planned a career as a pilot, he was seduced by synthesizers and rock & roll, eventually becoming a well-known session keyboardist in England and his own Nassau, Bahamas, studio.
Badarou’s early career included work with M (on the hit “Pop Music”), Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, and Island Records artists like Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, and the British funk band Level 42.
In addition to his production and keyboard work for Level 42, he has done several film scores, most notably Kiss of the Spider Woman. You can hear both the rhythmic sensitivity of his African heritage and the harmonic sensibility of his classical training in his music. His expressive and sophisticated synthesizer textures are full of life, especially on his more dance-oriented Echoes album.
And so, my third and final post for “Chief Inspector” is finally here, one of my favourite tracks and perfect soundtrack for a very hot Australian summer, for those suffering in much colder climates, here’s hoping these remixes by Paul “Groucho” Smykle brighten up your day.
Chief Inspector (Vine Street) 5:43
Chief Inspector (Hill Street) 5:44