Franco Battiato (Italian singer-songwriter and composer)

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Francesco (Franco) Battiato (born 23 March 1945 in Riposto, Sicily) is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani, also a painter. Battiato's songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes.

He is and has been for decades one of the most popular pop singer-songwriters in Italy. His unique sound, song-crafting and especially his lyrics, often containing philosophical, religious, and culturally exotic references, as wells as tackling or painting universal themes about the human condition - unusual subjects for pop songs - earned him a unique spot on Italy's music scene, and the nickname of "Il Maestro" ('The Master', or 'The Teacher').

Especially, but not only, at the beginning of his career, in the 70s and early 80s, his work was standing out sharply against the rest of Italian pop scene with sarcastic, provocative, and dark attitude and lyrics attacking ignorance, lack of professionalism, and the common expectations of popular audiences, including his own public.

His work includes songwriting and joint production efforts with several Italian and international musicians and pop singers, including the long-lasting professional relationship with Italian singer Alice.

His collaborations from 1994 onward with the nihilistic-cynical philosopher Manlio Sgalambro have added lyrical references to Emil Cioran, Friedrich Nietzsche and other anarchistic thinkers.

Together with Alice, Franco Battiato represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 with the song "I treni di Tozeur".

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1971 Fetus 4
1972 Pollution 3
1973 Sulle corde di Aries 2
1974 "Clic" (Italian record) 2
1974 "Clic" (UK record) 1
1975 M.elle le "Gladiator" 4
1977 Battiato 4
1978 L'Egitto prima delle sabbie 4
1979 L'era del cinghiale bianco 3
1980 Patriots 4
1981 La voce del padrone 3
1982 L'arca di Noè 2
1983 Orizzonti perduti 2
1985 Echoes of Sufi Dances 4 5
1985 Mondi lontanissimi 2
1987 Genesi 2
1987 Nómadas 1
1988 Fisiognomica 2
1991 Come un cammello in una grondaia 2
1992 Gilgamesh 1
1993 Caffé de la Paix 1
1994 Messa Arcaica 1
1995 L'ombrello e la macchina da cucire 1
1996 L'imboscata 3
1998 Gommalacca 1
1999 Fleurs 1
1999 Foetus 1
2000 Campi magnetici: i numeri non si possono amare 1
2001 Ferro battuto 2
2002 Fleurs 3 2
2004 Dieci stratagemmi 1
2007 Il vuoto 3
2008 Fleurs 2 2
2008 Orizzonti perduti / Mondi lontanissimi 1
2009 Inneres Auge: Il tutto è più della somma delle sue parti 1
2011 Telesio 1
2012 Apriti sesamo 2
2013 Ábrete sésamo 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1976 Feed Back Compilation 1
1986 Battiato Compilation 1
1987 Battiato en español Compilation 1
1996 Battiato Collection Compilation 1
1996 Battiato Studio Collection Compilation 4 1
1996 Shadow, Light Compilation 1
1998 Gli anni '70 Compilation 1
2000 La cura Compilation 1
2001 Introspettiva Compilation 1
2003 Le stagioni del nostro amore Compilation 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Compilation 1
2006 The Platinum Collection 2 Compilation 1

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