Today on “Classical Sunday,” I’m featuring a piece by the 1980’s pop-rock supergroup Toto.
Yes, that’s right, members of the band composed the original motion picture soundtrack for David Lynch’s 1984 epic science-fiction film, Dune. Brian Eno, who produced the album, also contributed a piece, “Prophecy Theme,” that he composed with brother Roger, and Daniel Lanois.
The band — except for lead singer Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen (1951-2014) — collaborated on the recording with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Volksoper Choir under the direction of Marty Paich (1925-1995, father of the band’s principal songwriter and keyboard player, David Paich).
I probably knew about Toto’s involvement when Dune was released, but that was a long time ago. I had forgotten about it until the soundtrack came up in my suggested videos on YouTube.
The band burst upon the music scene in 1978 with their self-titled debut album. Initially made up of session musicians, they have released 14 studio albums.
Toto recently reformed for a tour that was to launch in November 2020 but pushed back to 2021 due to the global pandemic. Several original members have died over the years (Jeff Porcaro, Frederiksen, Mike Porcaro), and with other departures, the lineup has changed significantly. UK-based drummer Simon Phillips, who has played with The Who, 801, Nik Kershaw, Big Country, Jon Anderson, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani and several other acts, played with Toto after founding drummer Jeff Porcaro’s death, until 2014 (please see my post on “Tomorrow Never Knows” for a song played by the Brian Eno side-project, 801).
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio from Toto’s official YouTube channel: