Bobby Orlando

Real Name:
Robert Phillip Orlando
Profile:
American record producer, composer, dance music artist, and musician
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Robert Philip Orlando born in 1958, also known as Bobby Orlando or just Bobby O, is an American record producer, indie record label owner, songwriter, musician. He is regarded as an innovator in the hi-NRG genre for developing his signature sound; utilizing a "powerful beat" and "new wave-style" vocals with the help of a "heavy [synthesizer] bass," synthesizers, piano, guitars, cowbells
The son of a suburban New York schoolteacher, Orlando declined a classical music scholarship to pursue his then current musical interest, glam rock. In the late 1970s, his professional interests turned to disco and shortly thereafter, he established his own record label, "O" Records.
Bobby Orlando has been active as prolific music producer, songwriter, musician, and record label impresario. During the 1980s he produced, composed and performed on hundreds of music productions that he released under various record labels, including: "O" Records, Bobcat Records, Memo Records, Telefon Records, MenoVision Records, Beach Records, Plastic Records, Eurobeat Records, Obscure Records, Beat Box Records, Riovista Records, Intelligent Records, Basic Records, Knowledge Records and others. In the late 1980s, at the peak of his success,[citation needed] he stopped being active as a producer.
Orlando is credited as one of the founding fathers of Hi-NRG dance music. His productions are easily identifiable by their dense synthesizers, rolling bass lines, and resounding percussion. He has played multiple instruments on his tracks including electronic keyboards, guitars, bass, synthesizers, drums, piano, assorted percussion, trumpet and saxophone. The ringing cowbell percussion lines and robotic sequencers heard in "She Has A Way," "The Best Part of Breakin' Up," and "Native Love (Step By Step)" have been described as defining his trademark sound.
As a solo artist, Orlando scored hits with tracks "She Has a Way," "How To Pick Up Girls" and "I'm So Hot for You." He created his project concept, The Flirts, to further front his performances as an artist, musician and songwriter. With an ever revolving roster of female session singers and models, Orlando churned out hits "Passion", "Danger", and "Helpless". His association with underground film star Divine resulted in classic club anthems "Native Love (Step By Step)," (featuring Orlando's voice in the chorus), "Love Reaction," and "Shoot Your Shot." Orlando also produced The Fast, later to be known as Man 2 Man.
Orlando's songs frequently deal with philosophical themes such as "Try It (I'm in Love with a Married Man)," which was given a contemporary twist when it was re-recorded by Pet Shop Boys in 2003.. Many of Orlando's lyrics describe unrequited love, private despair, personal angst and a truth-seeking perspective. Orlando frequently etched philosophical maxims into vinyl records featuring his songs; these adages being literally cut into the grooves near the "lead out" and "lock grooves" of the vinyl Many of these are rare and are now collector items often selling for hundreds of dollars.
His music appears in numerous motion pictures, including: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Wigstock: The Movie, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Valley Girl, Dark Mirror, Flying, High Risk, Rappin, Underground and others. French electroclash duo Miss Kittin & The Hacker mention Orlando in their song "Walking in the Sunshine" from their 2001 release, First Album ("I love men like Bobby Orlando / The Flirts composer a long time ago / It makes me laugh a lot, you know / But I don't want to show"). In 2005, Dance-punk band Shitdisco from Glasgow, Scotland, paid tribute to Bobby Orlando and The Flirts in their first single titled "Disco Blood".
Orlando has influenced various Eurodisco, Tropical House, Techno, Italo-disco, Electronic ("EDM"), and Hi-NRG releases. He has been cited by music historians for his contribution to dance music..
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Albums

BMC 10.004, BMC 10004, 10004 Bobby Orlando - Freedom In An Unfree World album art Bobby "O"* Freedom In An Unfree World (Album) BMC Records, BMC Records BMC 10.004, BMC 10004, 10004 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
827 547-1, 827 547-1 ME Bobby Orlando - Bobby "O" & His Banana Republic album art Bobby "O"* Bobby "O" & His Banana Republic (Album) Mega Records 827 547-1, 827 547-1 ME Germany 1985 Sell This Version
RAD 90086-2, RAD-90086-2 Bobby Orlando - Outside The Inside album art Bobby O* Outside The Inside(CD, Album) Radikal Records, Radikal Records RAD 90086-2, RAD-90086-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Bright Nothing World album art Bobby O* Bright Nothing World (Album) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2010 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Social Contract Theory album art Bobby O* Social Contract Theory (Album) Bobco Music Inc. none Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Self-Evident Truth album art Bobby O* Self-Evident Truth (Album) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2012 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Primitive Primal Scream album art Bobby O* Primitive Primal Scream (Album) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2012 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Idols Of The Mind album art Bobby O* Idols Of The Mind(CD, Album, Dig) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2013 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Twilight Of The Masses album art Bobby O* Twilight Of The Masses(CD, Album) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2014 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Paragon Of Energy album art Bobby O* Paragon Of Energy(CD, Album) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2015 Sell This Version
none Bobby Orlando - Perception Of One album art Bobby O* Perception Of One(CD, Album) Bobco Music Inc. none US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

OR 718 Bobby Orlando - I'm So Hot For You album art Bobby "O"* I'm So Hot For You (Single, Maxi) "O" Records OR 718 US 1982 Sell This Version
RAMSH 12-3511 Bobby Orlando - She Has A Way album art Bobby O* She Has A Way (Maxi, Single) "O" Records RAMSH 12-3511 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
SPEC-1 Divine / Bobby "O"* Divine / Bobby "O"* - Shoot Your Shot / She Has A Way(7", Spe) Unidisc, Black Sun SPEC-1 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
SPEC-1243 Bobby Orlando - Get Up Off That Thang / I Cry For You / My Girl / Givin' Up album art Screamin Tony Baxter* / Bobby "O"* / One Plus One* Screamin Tony Baxter* / Bobby "O"* / One Plus One* - Get Up Off That Thang / I Cry For You / My Girl / Givin' Up(12", Uni) Unidisc SPEC-1243 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
SPEC-1249 Bobby Orlando - Lookin' Out / Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man) / Reputation / How To Pick Up Girls album art Oh Romeo / Bobby O* Oh Romeo / Bobby O* - Lookin' Out / Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man) / Reputation / How To Pick Up Girls Unidisc SPEC-1249 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
BMC 3569, 3569 Bobby Orlando - I Cry For You / Givin' Up album art Bobby "O"* I Cry For You / Givin' Up (Single, Maxi) Unidisc BMC 3569, 3569 Benelux 1983 Sell This Version
PX 245-18 Bobby Orlando - All Girls Are The Same album art Bobby "O"* All Girls Are The Same(12", Maxi) Phonag Records PX 245-18 Switzerland 1983 Sell This Version
817 042-1 ME Bobby Orlando - Reputation album art Bobby "O"* Reputation (Maxi) BMC Records 817 042-1 ME Germany 1983 Sell This Version
BMC 3580, 3580 Bobby Orlando - Givin' Up album art Bobby 'O'* Givin' Up (Single) BMC Records BMC 3580, 3580 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
ESG-02653 Bobby Orlando - Reputation / All People Are The Same album art Bobby Orlando Reputation / All People Are The Same(7", Single) Gamma (4) ESG-02653 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
TE 7 Bobby Orlando - A Man Like Me album art Bobby "O"* A Man Like Me (Single, Maxi) Telefon Records TE 7 US 1985 Sell This Version
ARS. 3634 Bobby Orlando - How To Pick Up Girls / I Want A Man album art Bobby "O"* / Bonnie Forman Bobby "O"* / Bonnie Forman - How To Pick Up Girls / I Want A Man (Single) ARS Records, ARS Benelux ARS. 3634 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
MEV-007 Bobby Orlando - Whisper To A Scream album art Bobby O.* With: Claudja Barry Bobby O.* With: Claudja Barry - Whisper To A Scream (Single) Meno Vision MEV-007 US 1985 Sell This Version
MEV-357 Bobby Orlando - Runway Girl album art Bobby O* / 1-2-3* Bobby O* / 1-2-3* - Runway Girl(12") Meno Vision MEV-357 US 1986 Sell This Version