Paul Hardcastle ‎– 19 (Destruction Mix) (1985)

Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England) is an English composer and musician, specialising in the synthesizer.

In the early 1980s, Hardcastle played the keyboards on several singles on the Oval record label by the dance music groups Direct Drive and First Light, before going solo.

He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, “Rain Forest”, which along with the track, “Sound Chaser” hit number two on the dance chart.”Rain Forest” also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100.In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit “19”, a song about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. Mike Oldfield sued Hardcastle over the similarities between this track and his song “Tubular Bells.” On some releases of 19, Mike Oldfield is credited.

19 (Destruction Mix)                          7:07

Fly By Night                                     3:29

Dolores                                            3:51

The Asylum (It’z Weird)                     3:40

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Paul Hardcastle ‎– 19 (The Final Story) (1985)

“19” is a song by British musician Paul Hardcastle released as the first single from his self-titled third studio album Paul Hardcastle (1985).

The song has a strong anti-war message, focusing on America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served. The track was notable for early use of sampled and processed speech, in particular a stutter effect used on the words “n-n-n-n-nineteen” and “d-d-d-d-destruction”. It also includes various non-speech samples such as crowd noise and a military bugle call.

“19” features sampled narration (by Peter Thomas), interview dialogue (“I wasn’t really sure what was going on”) and news reports from Vietnam Requiem, an ABC television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans. In 2009, the song placed at 73 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s.

“19” topped the charts in the UK for 5 weeks, and reached the top 20 in the US, where it also topped the dance chart. For a while, it was the top selling single in 13 countries (helped by the fact that versions of the song were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese), and it received the Ivor Novello award for Best-selling single of 1985. The song’s English language release came in 3 different 12″ versions (“Extended Version”, “Destruction Mix” and “The Final Story”), each with an alternative cover design.

19 (The Final Story)                   8:00

King Tut (U.S. Remix)                5:21

Fly By Night                              3:33

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Paul Hardcastle ‎– Just For Money (1985)

Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England) is an English composer and musician, specialising in the synthesizer.

He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, “Rain Forest”, which along with the track, “Sound Chaser” hit number two on the dance chart. “Rain Forest” also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100.In 1985, he came to greater prominence with the international hit “19”, a song about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served, using sampled dialogue from an American television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans.

Hardcastle enjoyed several further hits in the UK, including “Don’t Waste My Time” (with vocals by Carol Kenyon) (UK No. 8) and “The Wizard”, a UK No. 15 hit that became the theme tune for BBC Television’s music chart show Top of the Pops from April 1986 until September 1991. He also had a hit with “Just For Money”, which reached No. 19 in the UK and featured Bob Hoskins and Laurence Olivier.

Just For Money (Make Or Break Mix)       5:25

Back In Time                                          5:25

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Paul Hardcastle ‎– Rain Forest (1985)

Paul Hardcastle (born 10 December 1957, London, England is an English composer and musician, specialising in the synthesizer.

In the early 1980s, Hardcastle played the keyboards on several singles on the Oval record label by the dance music groups Direct Drive and First Light, before going solo.

He achieved some acclaim for his early singles, notably in 1984, the electro-funk/freestyle/instrumental track, “Rain Forest”, which along with the track, “Sound Chaser” hit number two on the dance chart. “Rain Forest” also hit number five on the soul chart and number fifty-seven on the Hot 100.

Rain Forest                               5:13

Rain Forest (Remix)                   5:42

Forest Fire                                4:08

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