Black Eyed Peas new album is influenced by the 80s
The `I Gotta Feeling` group`s leader and producer, will.i.am, believes the decade was when culture moved into "hyper mode" and so designed the band`s forthcoming album `The Beginning` to take listeners on a 30 year musical journey from then to now.
He said: "The 80s was unique. It launched humanity into hyper mode. From then to now we`ve transcended to a totally different culture.
"Now we have high definition, 3D animation, whereas the beginning was Tetris and Space Invaders. That`s what we`re doing - we`re connecting the pixels."
A clear example of the band`s intentions can be seen on the track which opens the album, a new version of `(I`ve Had) The Time of My Life`, which was originally by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the `Dirty Dancing` soundtrack, released in 1987.
Making the 80`s referencing album while BlackEyedPeas were touring meant will.i.am had to improvise in order to hear some of the tracks he was making while recording them, however.
He added: "We had no speakers so I had to hijack the hotel television set and plug my computer into it. Some songs are 120 beats per minute and others are, like, 320."