Fockewulf 190

Fockewulf 190

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Italian duo.

Fockewulf 190 was a New Wave group from Milan formed in 1980 by Vittorio Barozzi aka Victor Life and Dario Dell'Aere. In 1979 the duo met outside a cinema and began a lifelong collaboration of projects: Diamond Dogs, Ice Eyes, Demode Boulevard and Fockewulf 190, named after the model jet planes Dario fanatically built. Musically, the duo were inspired by the Human League’s “Reproduction” and John Foxx’s “Metamatic”, while they took visual cues from the New Romantics Visage and Ultravox. With the Fockewulf 190 moniker, they created their own dark blend of Italo disco and New Wave, and released two singles in 1984 and recorded an album’s worth of music that eventually saw the light of day in 2010.

By 1983, local DJ and guitarist Salvatore Nonnis aka Stan After was added to the group. The band were searching for a producer and found Giuseppe Mincioni of Market Records who serviced the local DJs at the Taxi Club where Stan worked. Mincioni immediately proposed to make a hit with the Italo Disco production team Miki Chieregato and Roberto Turatti behind such acts as Den Harrow, Joe Yellow, Stylóo, Flexx. Dario handed them a demo called “Walking Out” and Turati thought the John Foxx-esque vocals were not commercial enough so they suggested vocalist Fred Ventura. Fred accepted their offer and wrote lyrics for the song politically inspired by living in a world divided in East and West, the Cold War, terrorism, and street violence. The debut single “Body Heat” was released in 1984 on Market Records with the band’s name misspelled as Fokewulf and vocals wrongly credited to Dario.
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Fockewulf 190 Discography Tracks

Albums

I.D.L. 012 Fockewulf 190 The Model(12", Album) I.D. Limited I.D.L. 012 Italy 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Fockewulf 190 Gitano F1 Team Italy 1984 Sell This Version
Fokewulf 190* Body Heat (Maxi) Market Records Italy 1984 Sell This Version
PR 19 Bolland* / Fockewulf 190 Bolland* / Fockewulf 190 - Untitled(12", Promo) Panarecord PR 19 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
FOCKEWULF 190 Fockewulf 190 Oh Oh Oh(12") Vade Retro Records FOCKEWULF 190 Italy 2009 Sell This Version

Compilations

I.D.L. 003 Dario Dell'Aere Featuring Fockewulf 190 Dario Dell'Aere Featuring Fockewulf 190 - Eagles In The Night(12", EP, Comp) I.D. Limited I.D.L. 003 Italy 2008 Sell This Version
Fockewulf 190 Microcosmos 82 - 86 (Comp) Vinyl-on-demand Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Fockewulf 190 The First & Second Side Of The Mystic Synth (Comp) pripuzzi Germany 2015 Sell This Version

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radiomarco

June 19, 2011
The story of the FOCKEWULF 190 begins in 1980, when singer DARIO DELL'AERE, and keyboards player VICTOR LIFE ( Life De Noir ) formed the Diamond Dogs. At the end of the 70's Dario used to perform in a mime show, influenced by the glam cliches of David Bowie, while Victor Life was experimenting electronic sound, inspired by Kraftwerk's music.

The first influences of the new band, which started recording in October 1980, were album like "Reproduction" by the Human League and John Foxx's "Metamatic". The first concerts took place in 1981, at the "Taxi Club", a cult- club of Milan that followed the tendences of London's "Blitz" and the New Romantic trend, with Visage and Ultravox as godfathers. With the help of other musicians, the duo created a show characterized by a strong futurist fingerprint and mystic theatrality, with surprising success. In 1982 guitarist Stan After ( S Nonnis ) joined the band and the first, self- produced single is published, "No Sex": for the occasion the band change its name into "Ice Eyes".

Thanks to this song, wich had a good success in the underground scene, they managed to sign a label contract and publish two electrodance singles with the new and definitive name Fockewulf 190. BODY HEAT and GITANO sold very well (150000 copies) overall Europe, Germany in particular. In time, they became cult songs and consecrated the band as the dark side of the italo-disco, exquisite New Wave. The following tour, in summer 1984, brought on stage the first and unpublished Fockewulf 190 album. The album never came out because of personal problems that obliged Victor Life to leave the band. Dario Dell'Aere published a solo single, "Eagles in the night", which was appreciated especially in France.

In 2009 finally the Fockewulf 190 came back on the scene with the news single EP "OH OH OH", presented live at the Corsica Studios in London at the Magic Waves Summer Festival,crowded of enthusiastic old fans of the band. The show also signs the debut of the new lead singer Arys Noir and the guitarist Jonny Faith. Along with them Victor Life produce the new Ep 12'' "THE MODEL, including 8 tracks dedicated to the romantic and futuristic vision of the musical estetic of Synth Pop. In the record shine the collaborations with the minimal electronic artist Maurizio Piazza, ex collaborator of Franco Battiato in the 70s, and other artits like Alberto Styloo and Fred Ventura. This was the prelude of the definitive comeback in the underground european scene of the band.

In may 2011 should be also published the album "MICROCOSMOS 82-86", including archive music such as original demos of the most misterious period of the band, 82-86, for the famous cult german label Vynil on Demand. Those new records will be presented live along Europe with a new Tour, "The last sound before the apocalypse". The meaning of the project is the chance of finally doing music free from the italian provincial politics wich stopped it originally: a sort of a return to the future, an electronic prayer drived by a mind enfolded by the magic world of evocations.

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