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November 15, 2004

Spamhaus theme song

Steve Linford's `Copkiller' single

I kid you not. This country-western tune (2:23, 572 kb), "Tchaikovski's Destruction," features Spamhaus director Steve Linford on vocals. (The melody is loosely based on Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6; hence the name.)

As chapter four of Spam Kings recounts, Linford was a professional musician and music producer in Italy before becoming one of the world's most celebrated spam fighters. His talent caught the ear of composer Ennio Morricone, who used Linford as a vocalist on the soundtrack of the 1982 film Copkiller, directed by Roberto Faenza and starring Harvey Keitel and John Lydon (of Sex Pistols fame).

I managed to rustle up a DVD of the movie (released as Corrupt by Brentwood Home Video, 2002) and ripped the Linford vocal track. The audio quality isn't very good, and I doubt Linford considers it his best work. (Strangely, when the credits roll at the end of movie, Linford is listed simply as "Steve" -- no last name.) But the tune is still a fun listen. (The image above shows Linford's mug on the 45 rpm single.)

Posted by brian at November 15, 2004 6:31 PM


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