I’m a fan of Italo Disco, and one band I don’t think I’ve seen anybody really speak about or said “Oh I know them!” is Righeira. I love the music video for No Tengo Deniro (you’ll have to click the video title, as it seems to block being embedded):
Great music, great video. Also a big fan of 3D
Shockingly, people I think know about the song Give Me Up! And it’s specifically popular in Japan with a lot of covers, but I don’t really think I’ve seen anyone know about the original dude who made it, Michael Fortunati. I certainly have never seen it in a Karaoke place outside of Japan, either.
Here he is playing live in Japan, and definitely doing his best to act like he’s playing that Keytar. The energy’s there, and that’s what counts.
My favorite song to sing if I’m in a Karaoke place in Japan.
Outside of Italo Disco, I stumbled onto and obsessively listened to RAH-Band during the development of our first game. Very dreamy, and filled with synths, just how I like it.
During my time in college I was on a big chillwave/shoegaze phase, and ended up finding Memory Cassette. Memory Cassette was a short lived spinoff project from Dayve Hawk’s Memory Tapes. He would alter his voice to sound like a girl group, and honestly I kinda like it more than his Memory Tapes stuff. Dreamy and wistful.