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 Artist Rating Releases
1971 Fetus Franco Battiato 4
1972 Pollution Franco Battiato 3
1973 Sulle corde di Aries Franco Battiato 2
1974 "Clic" (Italian record) Franco Battiato 2
1974 "Clic" (UK record) Franco Battiato 1
1975 M.elle le "Gladiator" Franco Battiato 4
1977 Battiato Franco Battiato 4
1978 L'Egitto prima delle sabbie Franco Battiato 4
1979 L'era del cinghiale bianco Franco Battiato 3
1980 Patriots Franco Battiato 4
1981 La voce del padrone Franco Battiato 3
1982 L'arca di Noè Franco Battiato 2
1983 Orizzonti perduti Franco Battiato 2
1985 Echoes of Sufi Dances Franco Battiato 4 5
1985 Mondi lontanissimi Franco Battiato 2
1987 Genesi Franco Battiato 2
1987 Nómadas Franco Battiato 1
1988 Fisiognomica Franco Battiato 2
1991 Come un cammello in una grondaia Franco Battiato 2
1992 Gilgamesh Franco Battiato 1
1993 Caffé de la Paix Franco Battiato 1
1994 Messa Arcaica Franco Battiato 1
1995 L'ombrello e la macchina da cucire Franco Battiato 1
1996 L'imboscata Franco Battiato 3
1998 Gommalacca Franco Battiato 1
1999 Fleurs Franco Battiato 1
1999 Foetus Franco Battiato 1
2000 Campi magnetici: i numeri non si possono amare Franco Battiato 1
2001 Ferro battuto Franco Battiato 2
2002 Fleurs 3 Franco Battiato 2
2004 Dieci stratagemmi Franco Battiato 1
2007 Il vuoto Franco Battiato 3
2008 Fleurs 2 Franco Battiato 2
2008 Orizzonti perduti / Mondi lontanissimi Franco Battiato 1
2009 Inneres Auge: Il tutto è più della somma delle sue parti Franco Battiato 1
2011 Telesio Franco Battiato 1
2012 Apriti sesamo Franco Battiato 2
2013 Ábrete sésamo Franco Battiato 1
2014 Joe Patti's Experimental Group Battiato / Pinaxa 1

Album + Compilation

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

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