Having started out as Oliver (releasing a few demo tapes) they later changed their name to Cherry Five, releasing one, eponymous, LP. During the completion of this album, Dario Argento helped bring over the members to score his film "Profondo Rosso"; leading to the final formation of Goblin.

On December 16, 2009, Goblin announced its dissolution. In Summer, 2010, New Goblin was formed. The personnel of New Goblin included Maurizio Guarini, Massimo Morante, and Claudio Simonetti from the original version of Goblin, together with Bruno Previtali and Titta Tani from Simonetti's band Daemonia,

In 2013, Claudio Simonetti left New Goblin and formed Claudio Simonetti's Goblin.

Details of various Goblin members:

Fabio Pignatelli (Bass) – Appears on all releases.
Claudio Simonetti (Keyboards) – Profondo Rosso ('75), Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), La Via Della Droga ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Amo Non Amo ('79), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Phenomena ('85), Non Ho Sonno (2000)
Maurizio Guarini (Keyboards) – Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), Zombi ('78), Buio Omega ('78), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80), St. Helens ('81), Volo ('82), Notturno ('83), BackToTheGoblin (2006)
Massimo Morante (Guitars) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), La Via Della Droga ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Non Ho Sonno (2000), BackToTheGoblin (2006)
Carlo Pennisi (Guitars) - Amo Non Amo ('79), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80)
Roberto Puleo (Guitars) - Contamination ('80)
Marco Rinalduzzi (Guitars) - Volo ('82)
Walter Martino (Percussion) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Volo ('82), Notturno ('83)
Agostino Marangolo (Percussion) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Roller ('76), Suspiria ('77), La Via Della Droga ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Amo Non Amo ('79), Squadra Antigangsters ('79), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80), St. Helens ('81), Non Ho Sonno (2000), BackToTheGoblin (2006)
Derek Wilson (Percussion) - Volo ('82)
Mauro Lusini (Vocals) - Volo ('82)
Antonio Marangolo (Winds, Keyboards) - Profondo Rosso ('75), Suspiria ('77), Il Fantastico Viaggio Del "Bagarozzo" Mark ('78), Zombi ('78), Amo Non Amo ('79), Patrick ('79), Buio Omega ('80), Contamination ('80), Volo ('82), Notturno ('83), Non Ho Sonno (2000)
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October 1, 2014
Extracts from my article in Audion #25...
The kingpin of Goblin is often quoted as being Claudio Simonetti, a talented and unique keyboard player, his origins were in 60's amateur bands, which eventually lead to the formation of Ritratto Di Dorian Gray (Picture Of Dorian Gray), apparently a classical rock trio in the generic Italian style. Unfortunately Rittratto Di Dorian Gray never released an album (although Mellow Records have listed the possible release of archive recordings) although they existed for at least 2 years.
BIRTH OF THE GOBLINS How Goblin actually got together I can only guess. One story goes that Cinecitta Film Studios were looking for a band to create contemporary scores for films and that the members of Goblin were specially chosen for this purpose. It would seem that the original Goblin were thus not a proper band originally, but instead a manufactured group! ...
Their big break was the commission to score Dario Argento's "Profondo Rosso" (aka "Deep Red"). Dario Argento was one of the hottest names on the Italian horror scene, specialising in nasty psychological thrillers and gory shock horror. Many of his earlier films had been scored by Ennio Morricone. But, for this new film, he wanted something different. Really, "Profondo Rosso" was Argento's attempt to out-do "The Exorcist", not only as a horror-shocker (a psycho story starring David Hemmings on the trail of a hatchet swinging killer) but as a powerful experience all round, thus he needed a very powerful score, ...
TERROR MUSIC ... Goblin went on to create possibly the most important, and definitely most radical, of all Goblin albums, the soundtrack to Dario Argento's outrageous tale of terror "Suspiria", a film that tells the tale of a coven of witches at an Austrian dancing academy involving grizzly murders and lots of nasty shock tactics. Excepting a short piano piece on the second side of the LP (which is heard as being performed by a blind pianist in the film), Goblin's soundtrack was summed up by the four tracks on side 1. This was unlike any Goblin heard before, with an overdose of electronics, thunderously percussive riffing and strange abstract phases, all filled to the brim with masses of moaning, growling, shrieking and wailing voices, groaning like tortured lost souls. Snatches of blasphemous text, weird cries and demented voices dominate the highly charged music, offering a fascinating and bizarre experience. Coupled with Argento's visuals, Goblin's music made "Suspiria" one of the most numbingly furious of horror films. ...
Further evidence that Goblin were leading a double life came with the album IL FANTASTICO VIAGGIO DEL BAGAROZZO "MARK", a full blown progressive rock concept album, complete with songs in Italian, and a style much closer to Yes than we'd previously heard from Goblin. Curiously the instrumental tracks heard here are some of the most powerful Goblin had created, with masses of complex keyboards and sequencers, most notably the album's closer: .....E Suono Rock which comes across like a hybrid of instrumental Steve Hackett, ELP and Alphataurus. A brainstormer indeed. Curiously, despite being in Italian, Massimo Morante's vocals remind me somewhat of Omega's Janos Kóbor, and musically there are similarities too!
ZOMBIES AND OTHER HORRORS! Such was the international success of SUSPIRIA that Goblin were to record at least a dozen soundtracks over the next couple of years. Not all these were documented on record, and some that were proved to be less than extraordinary. Probably the most famous of these was George A. Romero's long overdue sequel to "Night Of The Living Dead", the aptly titled "Dawn Of The Dead" (or "Zombi" as it was known in Europe) a tale in which the dead come back to life with an insatiable desire to eat the living and the fateful struggle of four people who attempt to survive against the odds, ...

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