Wally Badarou

Real Name:
Waliou Jacques Daniel Badarou
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Wally Badarou was born 1955 in Paris. Although he planned a career as a pilot, he was seduced by synthesizers and rock & roll, eventually becoming a well-known session keyboardist in England and his own Nassau, Bahamas, studio. Badarou's early career included work with M (2) (on the hit "Pop Muzik"), Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, and Island Records artists like Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, and the British funk band Level 42. In addition to his production and keyboard work for Level 42, he has done several film scores, most notably Kiss of the Spider Woman. You can hear both the rhythmic sensitivity of his African heritage and the harmonic sensibility of his classical training in his music. His expressive and sophisticated synthesizer textures are full of life, especially on his more dance-oriented Echoes album. In the nineties he released two albums, 1991's Chief Inspector and 1997's So Why.

Has worked for the police, making it to the rank of chief inspector.
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Albums

BRCLP 60090 Back To Scales To-Night — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Back To Scales To-Night (Album) Riviera LM Recording System, Barclay BRCLP 60090 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
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WAL 1 Island Visual Arts Introduces Wally Badarou — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Island Visual Arts Introduces Wally Badarou(LP, Promo, Smplr) Island Visual Arts WAL 1 1982 Sell This Version
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842 503-1 Echoes — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Echoes (Album) Island Records, Island Visual Arts 842 503-1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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ICT 12 Original Soundtrack With Music & Dialogue: Kiss Of The Spider Woman — Wally Badarou John Neschling / Nando Carneiro and Wally Badarou John Neschling / Nando Carneiro and Wally Badarou - Original Soundtrack With Music & Dialogue: Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Album) Island Visual Arts ICT 12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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207 197, 207 197-320 Padlock (Special Mixes) — Wally Badarou Larry Levan Featuring Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Gwen Guthrie, Wally Badarou, Darryl Thompson Larry Levan Featuring Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Gwen Guthrie, Wally Badarou, Darryl Thompson - Padlock (Special Mixes) (MiniAlbum) Garage Records 207 197, 207 197-320 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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7 91260-4 Words Of A Mountain — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Words Of A Mountain (Album) Island Records 7 91260-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
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014 974-2 Colors Of Silence: Musical Poetry For Yoga — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Colors Of Silence: Musical Poetry For Yoga(CD, Album) Universal Licensing Music (ULM), La Bande Son 014 974-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

BRCNP 40104 He Was A Rasta In London Town — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou He Was A Rasta In London Town (Single) Barclay BRCNP 40104 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
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62 662 She Turns Me On — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou She Turns Me On(7") Riviera LM Recording System 62 662 France 1980 Sell This Version
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104 189 Theme From Countryman — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Theme From Countryman (Single) Island Records 104 189 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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WIP-6825 Natural Mystic / Theme From Countryman — Wally Badarou Bob Marley & The Wailers / Wally Badarou Bob Marley & The Wailers / Wally Badarou - Natural Mystic / Theme From Countryman(7", Single, Promo) Island Records WIP-6825 Sweden 1982 Sell This Version
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108622 Hi-Life — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Hi-Life (Maxi, Single) Island Records 108622 France 1984 Sell This Version
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12 BRW 44 Novela Das Nove (Spiderwoman) — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Novela Das Nove (Spiderwoman) (Maxi) 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 44 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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7-99557 Chief Inspector — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Chief Inspector (Single) 4th & Broadway, Island Visual Arts 7-99557 US 1984 Sell This Version
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IS 1090A Chief Inspector / Novela Das Nove — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Chief Inspector / Novela Das Nove (EP) Island Visual Arts IS 1090A Canada 1984 Sell This Version
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IS 681 Robert Palmer / Wally Badarou Robert Palmer / Wally Badarou - Addicted To Love / Chief Inspector(12", Maxi, Promo) Island Records IS 681 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
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L 27212 Chief Inspector — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Chief Inspector (Comp, MiniAlbum, EP) Island Records, Island Records L 27212 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
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1247 The Dachstein Angels — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou The Dachstein Angels (Single) Island Records 1247 France 1989 Sell This Version
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112633 1989 - La Marche Des Mille — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou 1989 - La Marche Des Mille (Single) Island Records 112633 France 1989 Sell This Version
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CIDX 429 Words Of A Mountain — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Words Of A Mountain(CD, Mini, Promo) Island Records CIDX 429 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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none The Lunatic / The Lunatic Theme — Wally Badarou Admiral Tibet / Wally Badarou Admiral Tibet / Wally Badarou - The Lunatic / The Lunatic Theme(7") Mango none Jamaica 1990 Sell This Version
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12 BRW 213, 878 993-1 Chief Inspector (Nomad Soul Remix) — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Chief Inspector (Nomad Soul Remix) (Single) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway 12 BRW 213, 878 993-1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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3691 Day Dreams / Adams Farewell (B.O.F Du Film Kini & Adams) — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Day Dreams / Adams Farewell (B.O.F Du Film Kini & Adams)(CD, Single, Promo) PolyGram 3691 France 1997 Sell This Version
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DSKV037 The Unnamed Trilogy — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou The Unnamed Trilogy(12") Diskotopia DSKV037 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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7-99530 Keys & Spider Woman — Wally Badarou Wally Badarou Keys & Spider Woman(7", Single) Island Records Ltd. 7-99530 US Unknown Sell This Version

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titirezad

titirezad

April 27, 2022
edited 7 months ago
Thank you MellowVinyl.

And I will quote your ITW: ".. and this makes it an un-knowing progenitor of so much of what we take for granted in music today."

Not enough people here know who he is, or what he has been responsible for. Hard to blame them though, as not only Wally never craved the spotlight, but he is a real chameleon!

I encourage anyone that wants to know more to read the ITW if only to get a few references of artists and productions he's been behind.

Wally is a legend.

MellowVinyl

MellowVinyl

December 29, 2021
My interview with Wally, covering his early days and up until recently: https://patmellow.uk/interviews/no-afro-futurist-post-humanism-militant-meet-wally-badarou/

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