TECH-NOIR.


March 12, 1984. A day for the ages.

It was on this fateful night that the infamous Los Angeles discotheque TECH-NOIR was forced to close it’s doors, for good.

It all began on a fairly standard night at the club. The usual crowd were burning up the dance floor as a sea of fog and neon drenched over the future-disco lovers. If you had any brains or balls, you wouldn’t dare miss Thursday nights @ Tech-Noir. Even if that meant getting dropped off at the front by your mom in the family station-wagon, getting there was the goal, by any means necessary.

Then on one particular Thursday, the joint was at capacity. Literally every one was out that night. Valley girls, punkers, bikers, video vamps, corporate slugs, fiends, breakers, weekend warriors, rat-tails and even a couple C.H.U.D.’s were seen prowling the dance floor (if you don’t know about C.H.U.D.’s, drop a comment and I’ll clue you in). It was an exceptionally fun night, dancing with friends and strangers through the fog and chain-linked-fenced partitions, well at least up until a menace machine from the future showed up, sent to kill the mother of resistance leader John Connor, to thus prevent the birth of Connor and his future rebellion. What a bummer! This footage is the only thing we could salvage from the fateful night…


Once the club had been trashed from that moody cyborg and his buddies, Tech-Noir was forced to close its doors.

                                                                                    R.I.P……

We can’t end this post like that. Tech-Noir shouldn’t be a memory, it should be a lifestyle. It’s time we bring this club back to Los Angeles! If you miss the massive TECH-NOIR blinking sign and the smell of aquanet that made this club what it was in 1984, join TNUC in supporting this worthy cause!

Here’s a crucial cut that can be heard pulsating through the young crowd at Tech-Noir if we can generate enough supporters to re-open it’s doors. Sit back, close your eyes and feel the future.

THIEF OF HEARTS

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Nothing defines depression more than when my VCR located in the TNUC lair crashes and burns. I suppose too many VHS viewings of Road House and Dolph Lundgren workout tapes will do this to a piece of technology, so I get it. Just the other day, I stumbled on a place located on the outskirts of Los Angeles called Spudic’s Movie Empire. This place is a pure VHS-gasm that everyone needs to check out. The walls of this goldmine are adorned with more Video Home Systems (VHS’s) than you’ve seen in quite a while. Plus, they even have a LASER-DISC section…BONER. It was there that I purchased a new VCR and to accompany it, a VHS of my choice for free. So naturally I went with 1984’s Thief of Hearts.

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This slice of erotica stars Steven Bauer, most commonly known for playing the character “Manny”, the best friend and right-hand-man of Tony Montana. It’s too bad this thriller didn’t get the recognition like other’s of it’s genre such as Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. But hey, who can compete with sexual-tyrannosaurus Michael Douglas!

The soundtrack is the real moment of paramount in this lost gem which was produced by Harold Faltermeyer except for two tracks featuring production duties from Giorgio Moroder. The first I’d like to share is a crotch-thrusting anthem entitled “Just Imagine (Way Beyond Fear)”. The soaring synth and snarling guitars are the perfect sounds for taking your girl dancing through the damp and steamy-filled alleys of the city, during the darkest of nights. Haunting, yet calming…have a listen.

Beth Andersen & Joe Esposito – Just Imagine (Way Beyond Fear) download
(prod. Harold Faltermeyer)

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This next number isn’t so much of a dreamscape like the previous track, and it certainly isn’t for your girlfriend. Simply titled “Thief of Hearts”, this sleaze-filled anthem is a pulsating theme best played for calling your regular, week-to-week escort, picking her up in your 87′ Monte Carlo and heading to the bowling alley. Enjoy.



Melissa Manchester – Thief of Hearts download
(prod. Giorgio Moroder)

BATTLE OF THE KELLYS

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IT’S THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN.
  • LACE vs LEATHER
  • BAYSIDE’S FOXIEST vs CHICAGO’S DELICIOUS DING-DONG
  • ZACK MORRIS’ LIFE OBSESSION vs AL BUNDY’S LIGHT OF HIS LIFE

…I’ve gotta go with my girl Kelly Bundy, the product of Al Bundy’s omnipotent semen. But that’s not the only reason I’m choosing this hell-bent-for-leather bombshell. Yes, she’s a bit of a bird-brain, but something about her tells me she’s a savage in the sack!

TNUC THEME pt. I

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1984’s Body Double is a flick that centers around the porn industry here in Southern California. This stylish thriller brings vivid imagery combined with a mind-melting score courtesy of Italian mastermind, Pino Donaggio. Just listening to this title theme alone, the layers of suspense and erotica are ever so present. It’s a rich and beautifully crafted piece of the score that goes hand in hand with the film. Listening to music like this, Tangerine Dream, and even more recent artists such as Steve Moore and College, the music is so vibrant in itself, that sometimes its like being thrust into a hypnotic state where you find yourself paying more attention to the music than the film. This installment, donned “TNUC THEME pt. I” marks the first of a number of themes that we’ll be featuring here.
Press play, take a gander around, and let this little number sink in. 


Pino Donnagio – Telescope [TNUC Theme pt. I]


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MORE-ODER.

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Today we’re posting some TREMENDOUSLY rare Giorgio Moroder. This legend/wizard/pioneer needs no introduction. Everyone knows how flawless his work was on 1983’s Scarface soundtrack. This first piece is the rarest of them all. It’s Giorgio’s collaboration with Paul Engemann for “Push it to the Limit”, only an extended version that was released as a promo on 12″. What’s different about this version is the intro/outro. The added, synth-y beginning that welcomes the signature, vicious guitar licks will grab you like a fierce narcotic from Colombia. Play this one LOUD.

Giorgio Moroder – Push it to the Limit (12″ Promo Mix)

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But that’s not all. Here are three selections that were extras/b-sides from the Scarface soundtrack. Unreleased officially, these three cuts are as good as any song off the original record. If you can relate to anything about these two in the picture above, your absolutely going to love these tracks. Enjoy.

Giorgio Moroder – Success


Giorgio Moroder – Shoot and Drive Away



Giorgio Moroder – Disco 79


Thanks to Antonio Montana, Manny Ribera, Frank Lopez & Lopez Motors, Omar Suarez, Sosa, Chi Chi, Ernie, Nick the Pig, Hector, Rebenga, Gaspar Gomez, The Dias Brothers and The Babylon Club for their support.
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