Cover Friday: Richard Romance Synthesizer Section

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Kim Wilde has released many songs during her career. Some of them have been covered by other artists. On Cover Friday, Wilde Life presents cover versions of Kim Wilde songs. This week: Felicia Punzo.

Although we've written about many different acts in the past episodes of Cover Friday, one aspect has been neglected: the cover versions from near-anonymous sources. So this edition focuses on one of them. The Richard Romance Synthesizer Section, a.k.a. the Gino Marinello Synthesizer Section is most probably a one man band, using synthesizers to recreate famous melodies. One of his releases is devoted entirely to Mike Oldfield's magnum opus, 'Tubular bells', others just take their pick from TV themes, pop hits and other famous tunes.

For Kim Wilde fans, a whopping 4 CD set called '75 greatest synthesizer hits' is perhaps the most interesting release. It features versions of her early hits 'Kids in America' and 'Cambodia'. Some confusion arises from another CD set entitled 'Synthesizer favourites', which is credited to the Gino Marinello Orchestra. This is essentially a selection of 54 tracks that previously appeared on '75 greatest synthesizer hits'. It is not known who is behind all of these tracks!

Listen to 'Kids in America'
Listen to 'Cambodia'