David Foster Is Playing With Fire…And Chicago’s Horn Section!

Because David Foster + Chicago Horn Section = AWESOMENESS!

The Hit Man Hits The Wallet!

Ah, the famous “I got your money!” look.

A few years ago, I gifted my mom with every David Foster CD I could find. From the glory of the Hit Man concert DVD/CD combos (there are two different concerts), to River of Love, and even The Symphony Sessions (an album I wasn’t sure she’d like, but was something I really loved hearing on I Heart Radio), my mom and I would bond over listening to Foster’s piano-playing prowess (so much alliteration!!!!), and the ability to make any song an epic listening experience!

One of the other albums I found during all the searches was actually Foster’s debut album, titled, simply (because only he can!), David Foster. For someone who spent his career up until that point writing songs and producing hits for other artists, Foster had only put out one album of his own work,¬†The Best of Me, in 1983. This album, released in 1986, was a collaboration of Foster and the friends and people he had worked with previously. That was, my friends, a whole lotta people.

Friends and Associations

David Foster’s list of hits and production contributions is numerous and far-reaching. In the 1980s, he was (at least partially) responsible for giving Chicago the big comeback they needed following the disco disaster of 1979. So when Foster was ready to release his self-titled albm, he called on a few friends. Of which he has many.

Three of those friends just happen to be a trio (part of a larger band) hailing from the Windy City, who happen to be quite handy with brass instruments, backup vocals, and two of the three are responsible for the Street Player¬†dance (begins at 3:00)…

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Oh that dance.

The trio Foster called upon to provide their horns are none other than James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, and Walter Parazaider, the horn section that gives Chicago that “rock with horns” thing they’re known for!

The song this triple threat provided their magic for was “Playing with Fire,” an amazing instrumental piece that also features drummer Tris Imboden (pre-Chicago), who is half of this awesome duel…

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This song is one of several in a great instrumental lineup that this album offers. I should note that I covered tapDANCE (yes, that is how it is listed on the album) in a previous Retroist article. I’ll have to cover the rest of this album at another time, but for now, please enjoy the music, by clicking play!

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The Movie Monster Game (Epyx)

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In 1981, Epyx released Crush, Crumble, and Chomp for home computers. The game was fun, but quaint and resembled other computer games from the early 1980s, featuring basic graphics and gameplay. Epyx did not obtain any official movie licenses for the game, and so it featured monsters with names like “The Glob,” “Mantra,” and a tribute to our favorite giant lizard, “Goshzilla.”

In 1986 Epyx released the unofficial sequel to Crush, Crumble and Chomp. The Movie Monster Game, released for Apple II and Commodore 64 home computers, allowed players to take control of several monsters, pick a city, and do some serious damage.

The game begins by allowing players to choose one of six monsters, put them in one of six different cities, and then choose one of five different “movie plots.” This allows for lots of mixing and matching to produce unique games. You could have the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (I mean “Mister Meringue”) terrorizing New York, Tarantus the Tarantula searching for his offspring in Moscow, or our old pal Godzilla doing what he does best — going berserk in Tokyo.

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The Movie Monster Game was unique in the fact that Epyx did actually acquire proper licensing for the Godzilla character, and displayed the character prominently in advertisements and even on the cover of the box.

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Check out the following YouTube video in which DerSchmu destroys a bit of San Francisco using Godzilla. It’s a smashing good time!

(Movie Monster Game pictures courtesy of MobyGames)