Jan Hammer rocks his keytar

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I either don’t remember or have never seen the “full-length video” of the Miami Vice theme… the way they edited in Jan so it looks like he’s being chased is super-cheez-tacular. Though personally I think Crockett should have just shot him in the back…

  2. Mister44 says:

    IIRC, his “Miami Vice Theme” is the only instrumental to reach Billboard’s Hot 100 number one spot.

    • Anonymous says:

      And, on a largely unrelated-but-put-on-your-ADD-goggles-and-you-might-see-it, A Flock of Seagulls’ “D.N.A.” won the Grammy Award in 1983 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

      • Wingo says:

        Also never forget: Faltermeyer’s “Top Gun Anthem” (feat. Steve Stevens!) won the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

  3. Wingo says:

    Gotta love the good ol’ days back when digital synths were ‘futuristic’.

    ‘Wow, that dudes tiny keyboard *almost* sounds like a rockin’ guitar! Radical!’

    And @MrsBug re: point 2… it is a known fact that Herbie Hancock *and only* Herbie Hancock can really look ‘cool’ playing a keytar.

    http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2008/11/26/herbie-hancock-is-the-only-guy-ever-to-look-cool-playing-the-keytar/

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you’re interested in the song, it’s called “Star Cycle” and appears on the Jeff Beck album “There And Back”. Very much in the fusion vein he started with “Blow By Blow” and “Wired”

  5. Anonymous says:

    The original Mahavishnu Orchestra.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqfjMDOr-tU

    live recording, Bananafish Garden NY 1973

    * John McLaughlin – guitar
    * Jan Hammer – keyboards
    * Jerry Goodman – violin
    * Rick Laird – bass guitar
    * Billy Cobham – drums

  6. MrsBug says:

    1. Miami Vice is so full of cheese that vegans can’t even watch it.
    2. I don’t care how amazing a keyboard artist you are (and Jan Hammer is good), you’ll never look like a stud playing a keytar.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That’s not rocking a keytar, THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQF0oervpoU is rocking a keytar! You have to wait until about 15 seconds in.

  8. andydub says:

    I loved Rock School.

    Nile Rodgers was great on it too. (around 8:50 here)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HvPxNW7iyY

    Dangerous Minds recently:
    http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/nile_rodgers_walking_on_planet_c/

    http://nilerodgers.com/blog/walking-on-planet-c

    Perhaps send a well wish his way? “We are family.”

  9. sbarnes2 says:

    The only thing better
    Than Star Wars
    Is a keytar solo
    From 1984

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VqJGRHuKUE !

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