Harold Faltermeyer

Harold Faltermeyer

Real Name: Harold Faltermeyer
Category: One Hit Wonders
Submitted by: Bob Sacamano
Posted Date: 2004-08-08
Last Modified: 2020-01-13

The guy who did Axel F. Harold Faltermeyer was Giorgio Moroder’s in-house studio programmer during the 70’s “disco” phase. Cleverly invested his earnings into the legendary “fairlight” sampling system, and went into soundtrack work. Was heavily involved in American Gigalo (1980) but remained uncredited.
Massive smash success with Axel F single, which is the “theme” from Beverly Hills Cop (1984). Also responsible for Fletch (1985) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Running Man (1987) and the vomit-inducingly rubbish Tango and Cash (1989).

What happened to:

In 1990, he produced Pet Shop Boys album Behaviour , which sounds better now than it did then.
Still scoring film soundtracks, even if they mainly tend to be TVM or even german (he is german , so nice and easy does it I guess..)

His slightly “vitamin induced” overactive boffin performance on british show Top Of The Pops , still raises a smile to this day.

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Harold Faltermeyer