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2-XL Music

One of the great things about 2-XL was the music he would play. A lot of it made for great anthems and inspired us to write lyrics to them or stories around them. For me personally, it started a love of synth music that I still have to this day.

It took us the better part of 25 years, but Frank and I have finally tracked down just which music library service that 2-XL Music came from, and who the composers were!

2-XL used the EMIL ASCHER music library service, which distributed many international library music records in the US. I've been able to confirm that 2-XL music included records from:

  • KPM Music Library
  • Bruton Music Library
  • Parry Music Library
  • Musique Pour L'Image

    Special thanks has to go to:

  • Andrew Hepburn and his eBay auctions. Not only for including sound samples, but for his dedication to music and all his direct assistance in searching through his collection to help me identify some of this music. Mr. Hepburn is a fantastic person to deal with, both personally and professionally!
  • classicthemes.com from their History of Production Music page;
  • www.clifandshads.co.uk for their Brian Bennet discography;
  • My buddy FRANK for helping me connect the dots and giving me my first leads on where to look!

    We still need help! Listed below are 15 second music samples, specifying which 2-XL tapes they come from. If anyone knows ANYTHING about them, PLEASE e-mail me and let me know!

    Originally I said I wouldn't post full-length MP3s, but now that there's free streaming players I've decided to post just the songs that 2-XL sings. I figure those are changed enough from the original library music albums that they shouldn't upset anyone. These are not all of 2-XL's songs but they're all I've converted, so I'll be adding more when I get around to making them.

    However I will NOT distribute these or any other mp3s, so please do not ask. I don't want my first contact with KPM or Bruton to be a cease-and-desist order! The samples below should be small enough so as not to upset KPM but just enough to help you identify the piece of music in question.

    Hit it, Maestro!

  • 2-XL MUSIC LIST WITH CLIPS
    Here's a partial list of all the 2-XL Music used, and what tape it's on. More information will be added as I piece it together and get more sound samples made.
    IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Titles in "italics with quotes" are unofficial titles that Frank and I made up, because we don't know the real title yet...
  • Although the original library music recordings were in stereo, all 2-XL tapes appear to have been made in mono. Also, they appear to run a touch slower on these 8-tracks.
  • Although there are many songs used clean and complete, many others used beep tones to mark how much time had elapsed, and/or had comments by 2-XL. These are noted in the "COMMENTS" box.
  • There are plenty of cases where only 60 seconds of music was needed, so a song is cut short. These are also noted in the "COMMENTS" box.
  • When KPM would release a song, they generally put all the different versions on one record. However Bruton would scatter them, putting each different mix on completely different records. On the plus side, they did at least keep the same song title. As a result, the actual album I have listed might end up being a different mix than the one the version that was used on 2-XL.
  • These clips come from the US releases of these tapes only. I know Canada changed some of the music, but I've never gotten ahold of the UK versions to know if the music was any different on those.
  • If anyone knows ANYTHING about any of these tracks -- be it the composer, the album its from, other places it was used -- PLEASE e-mail me and let me know! Thank you!!

    50s and 60s Nostalgia View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "2-XL & the Time Machine" unknown unknown clean, 30 sec. edit
    "In the Hall of the Space King" unknown unknown clean, sped-up 20 sec. edit

    Amazing Sports Feats View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    VIEWDATA George Fenton KPM 1223
    SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
    clean, 1 min. complete
    Think Big Francis Monkman BRUTON BRG8
    FRESH APPROACH
    (1978)
    clean, 30 sec. complete
    Applejack Mike Vickers BRUTON BRG4
    GOOD TIMES
    (1978)
    clean, 8 seconds. Sounds complete, but is actually just the opening fanfare-- the full version runs 2:05. Special thanks to Andrew Hepburn for looking this one up for me!
    "Get Funky" unknown unknown clean, 30 sec. edit

    Amazing World of the Small View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    Truckin On unknown BRUTON
    BRG-7
    SPREAD YOUR WINGS
    (1978)
    clean, 42 sec. edit
    Chicken Whistle unknown BRUTON BRF2
    COMEDY CORNBALL
    (1978)
    clean, 30 sec. complete
    "Thinking Music" unknown unknown clean, 30 sec. complete
    Olympic Flame Fanfare 1a Keith Mansfield
    KPM-1220
    OLYMPIAD 2001
    clean, 16 sec. complete
    Festivities unknown BRUTON BRG-10
    BRIGHT ORCHESTRA/
    BRIGHT WOODWIND
    clean, 30 sec. complete.
    NOTE: The Bruton album listed may be a longer version.
    Olympic Flame 2 Keith Mansfield KPM-1220
    OLYMPIAD 2001
    clean, 30 sec. complete x2
    This is Keith Mansfield's main "Olympic Flame" anthem, cut down to just the main verse. The full version, "Olympic Flame 1," isn't used on any 2-XL tape, but it's absolutely beautiful. The entire "Olympiad 2001" album is worth buying if you can find it.

    "US Presidents & American History" unknown unknown clean, 30 sec. complete

    Animal World View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Quizzing for Coconuts" unknown unknown clean, 15 sec.. edit? It fades in, so I'm not sure.
    "In the Hall of the Space King" unknown unknown clean, 30 sec. edit

    Basics of ABC's View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Tri-Lex Game Over" unknown unknown 10 seconds, clean and complete.
    "The Basics of ABC's" unknown unknown 34 seconds, clean, edit
    "50s & 60s Nostalgia" unknown unknown 34 seconds, clean, edit
    "Tri-Lex" unknown unknown 12 seconds, clean and complete.

    Challenges of General Science View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Announcement Fanfare" unknown unknown 16 seconds, clean and complete.
    Ball Game Link 6 Keith Mansfield BRUTON
    BRG-1
    SPORTS STADIUM
    8 seconds, clean and complete.
    There's a slightly longer version of this track (Ball Game Link 4) out there somewhere on a different tape, but I have to find out which tape it's on.
    Olympic Flame 3 Keith Mansfield KPM-1220
    OLYMPIAD 2001
    20 seconds, clean and complete.
    This version ties together the main build-up of "Olympic Flame Fanfare 1a" and the ending from "Olympic Flame 2," which were both used on "Amazing World of the Small."
    Night People unknown BRUTON
    BRG-7
    SPREAD YOUR WINGS
    (1978)
    used completely as background music; 2-XL talks over the entire thing, and it's cut off as soon as 2-XL is done.
    "Hot'n'Spicy Duck Sauce BGM" unknown unknown used completely as background music; 2-XL talks over the entire thing, and it's cut off as soon as 2-XL is done.
    Whippersnapper Strut Joe Griffiths KPM 1212
    A CHILD FOR ALL AGES
    used completely as background music; 2-XL talks over the entire thing, and it's cut off as soon as 2-XL is done.

    Exercise with 2-XL
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    Sporting Life Dave Gold KPM 1194
    BIG CITY SUITE/JINGLE JANGLE JINGLES
    (1977)
    Complete, but with 2-XL singing over entire song. This version has different lyrics than the version on General Information (Revised); Frank and I titled this version "Exercise with 2-XL."
    "News Bulletin" unknown unknown 10 seconds, complete.
    Frank said he once heard this one used for a radio station's actual news theme.
    Dawn Motown Miki Antony/
    Barry Blue
    BRUTON
    BRH-4
    DISCO HAPPENING
    (1978)
    Complete, but interrupted twice for special "News Bulletins". It's also been looped a little bit after 2-XL "comes back" from the news bulletin. On a personal note, this is also one of the first songs that Frank wrote lyrics to.
    "In Your Face" unknown unknown Complete and clean.
    "Marching Theme" unknown unknown Complete, but with 2-XL voice-over used twice.
    "Exercise Rock" unknown unknown Appears complete, but with 2-XL voice-over used twice.
    Central Office of Information Mike Vickers KPM 1155
    A MOOG FOR MORE REASONS
    Clean, but fades out before the closing "verse." This music was used in the CBS TV commercial for Adderly in 1986. This is also one of my all time favorite pieces of synth music ever.
    Mrs. Morton Brian Bennett KPM 1119
    LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
    (1973)
    Complete & clean.
    Weeny Bopper Brian Bennett KPM 1119
    LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
    (1973)
    Complete & clean.
    On a personal note, we used this one as the B.P. Buddies Theme Song. To our 12-year-old minds we thought it made us so cool and hip. Now some 20 years later I learn it made us Weeny Boppers. In retrospect it's kind of fitting somehow.

    Lollipop Shop Mike Vickers KPM 1155
    A MOOG FOR MORE REASONS
    Complete & clean. Used in a commercial for Glad Sandwich Bags around 1987. I also saw it in a drivers ed. film around 1985.
    Baby Bouncer Mike Vickers KPM 1155
    A MOOG FOR MORE REASONS
    Complete & clean. I used this one in a lot of stuff, but most recently I made up words to it to sing to my daughter while giving her a bath, and now she sings along to it!
    "The Gangsters" unknown unknown Complete & clean.... and ohhhh, does it jam.
    "Working Elves" unknown unknown Complete & clean.
    "2-XL the Sailor" unknown unknown Complete & clean. Musicly this one seems to be the same tune as "Playing with Sailors" from the Bruton album "BRE-1 PLAYTIME." That song was used as "The 2-XL Song of Numbers" on Talking Calculator and Number Game, but it's a completely different arrangement. Ironically Frank called this one "2-XL the Sailor" before we ever even knew about the "Playing with Sailors" version. I'm betting this one will also turn up on a Bruton album, maybe even under the same song title.

    General Information View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "2-XL & the Time Machine" unknown unknown Very short edit, most likely 15 seconds.

    General Information (Revised) View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    Sporting Life Dave Gold KPM 1194
    BIG CITY SUITE/JINGLE JANGLE JINGLES
    (1977)
    Complete, but with 2-XL singing over entire song. This version has different lyrics than the version on Exercise with 2-XL; Frank and I titled this version "2-XL's Theme."
    "A Disco!" unknown unknown 10 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Chris's Spaceship Fanfare" unknown unknown 10 seconds, complete & clean.
    Cornball John Fiddy BRUTON BRE-3
    KIDS AND CARTOONS
    57 seconds, complete & clean.
    Lollipop Shop Mike Vickers KPM 1155
    A MOOG FOR MORE REASONS
    Complete, but with beep tones every 30 seconds. Used in a commercial for Glad Sandwich Bags around 1987. I also saw it in a drivers ed. film around 1985. Clean version also available on Exercise with 2-XL.
    "And Now... the Punchline" (aka "Heather's Spaceship Fanfare") unknown unknown 7 seconds, clean & complete.
    "Wacky Fanfare" unknown unknown 7 seconds, clean & complete.
    "Frank's Spaceship Fanfare" unknown unknown 7 seconds, complete & clean.
    Funny Bone Steve Gray KPM 1207
    LIGHT AND EASY
    1:00 edit, 2-XL voice over & beep tone at 30 sec. point. Full version is on the Talking Calculator & Number Game program.
    Digital Display George Fenton KPM 1223
    SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
    used completely as background music; 2-XL talks over the entire thing, and it's cut off as soon as 2-XL is done.

    Math and Number Games
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Cop Show Fanfare I" unknown unknown 7 seconds, clean & complete.
    "Cop Show Fanfare II" unknown unknown 10 seconds, clean & complete.
    Quest Don Harper,
    Li De La Ruse,
    Nikki St. George
    KPM 1104
    ELECTROSONIc
    57 seconds, clean but edited.
    "Li De La Ruse" and "Nikki St. George" were pseudonyms for Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, pioneers of electronic music. Delia Derbyshire is of course quite famous for bringing Ron Grainer's compositon of the theme song for "Doctor Who" to life and giving it the distinct sound that we all know and love. The full version of this song really gives you that old-time BBC sci-fi feeling.
    "Tri-Lex" unknown unknown 12 seconds, clean and complete.
    "Sandwich Bread?" unknown unknown 3:00, with beep tones every 30 seconds. Kind of sounds like it's looped -- it has a choppy jump, and despite being 3 minutes long the ending still fades out exactly the same as the 1:20 version used on SUPER-HEROES AND COMIC BOOK CAVALCADE (see below).
    "Frank's Spaceship Fanfare" unknown unknown 7 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Lone Ranger Fanfare" unknown unknown 5 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Mind Games I" unknown unknown 16 seconds, complete & clean.
    A note about the "Mind Games" series: These clips all flow so well back to back that it wouldn't surprise me if all four of them were part of one larger piece of music.
    "Mind Games II" unknown unknown 18 seconds, clean. fades in but I think it's complete.
    "Mind Games III" unknown unknown 15 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Mind Games IV" unknown unknown 19 seconds, clean, but fades out in a way that makes it sound very incomplete.
    "Old-Time Movies III" unknown unknown 15 seconds, clean. Believed complete, but Old-Time Movies IV is used immediately afterwards on the same program, and it sounds like it might actually be the second half of the same song.
    "Old-Time Movies IV" unknown unknown 20 seconds, clean. Definitley incomplete no matter how you look at it-- even if Old-Time Movies III isn't the first half of this song, this part fades out in the middle of a line.
    "Frank's Spaceship Extended Fanfare" unknown unknown 7 seconds, clean & complete.
    "Meanwhile, back on Frank's Spaceship..."
    "And Now... the Punchline" (aka "Heather's Spaceship Fanfare") unknown unknown 7 seconds, clean & complete.
    Bouncing Miki Antony/
    Barry Blue
    BRUTON
    BRH4
    DISCO
    HAPPENING
    (1978)
    1:05, clean but incomplete.
    "Newsbreak Fanfare" unknown unknown 10 seconds, clean & complete.
    "Mellow Fanfare I" unknown unknown 12 seconds, complete & clean.

    Pre-School Bed Time Stories
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Strawberryland" (BGM) unknown unknown Used as BackGround Music for the story "Strawberryland." Narrator talks over all of it.
    "Strawberryland Fanfare" unknown unknown 5 seconds, complete & clean.
    Snowdrops Paul Rey PARRY PML-26
    WARM FEELINGS
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Mary Mary" story; narrator talks over all of it.
    "Mary Fanfare" unknown unknown 12 seconds, complete & clean.
    Purrfection Joe Griffiths KPM-1212
    A CHILD FOR ALL AGES
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Munchkin Land" and "Seymore the Fisherman" stories; 2-XL and the narrator talk over all of it.
    "Munchkin Fanfare" unknown unknown 17 seconds, complete & clean. Used twice.
    Top Dog Joe Griffiths KPM-1212
    A CHILD FOR ALL AGES
    Used as BackGround Music for the "David the Snowman" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    Daisy Chain Harold Smart KPM-1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Strawberryland" story with the narrator talking over all of it;
    Also used by itself, clean & complete. 57 seconds.

    Walking in the Park Harold Smart KPM-1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    Used as BackGround Music for the "It's Better to Give than to Receive" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    Roamin' Around Harold Smart KPM-1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    Used as BackGround Music for the "It's Better to Give than to Receive" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    Pixieland Rag Harold Smart KPM-1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    Used as BackGround Music for the "It's Better to Give than to Receive" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    A clean version of this track can also be found on SCIENCE FICTION II.

    Country Rose Paul Zaza PARRY PML-26
    WARM FEELINGS
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Phoebe" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    Building Intensity Andrew Jackman BRJ 4
    THRILLER
    10 seconds, clean. The full track is over two minutes of dramatic buildups with breaks in between; the one used here is most likely the third part.
    Mock Baroque Joe Griffiths KPM-1212
    A CHILD FOR ALL AGES
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Mouse that Roared" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    "Mouse Fanfare" unknown unknown 15 seconds, complete & clean.
    Rock-a-Bye Cradle Harold Smart KPM-1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    Clean, 39 seconds, edit.
    Poetry of Movement Keith Mansfield KPM-1220
    OLYMPIAD 2001
    Used as BackGround Music for the story "Clarence." Narrator talks over all of it.
    "The King (BGM)" unknown unknown Used as BackGround Music for the story "Clarence." Narrator talks over all of it.
    "Clarence Fanfare" unknown unknown 10 seconds, complete & clean.
    Swings & Roundabouts Joe Griffiths KPM-1212
    A CHILD FOR ALL AGES
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Joey and the Genie" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    Destiny unknown BRUTON
    BRN-2
    IMPRESSIVE SCENES
    Clean 16 seconds. There is also a version of this song on BRI-3: CITY OF THE FUTURE SUITE / EQUINOX. Both of these seem to be longer versions. Either there's another Bruton album out there with a short version, or the 2-XL tape may simply have edited it to fit.
    Tingles Joe Griffiths KPM-1212
    A CHILD FOR ALL AGES
    Used as BackGround Music for the "Stevie and the Treehouse" story; the narrator talks over all of it.
    Going Places Steve Grey BRUTON BRN-3
    PROGRESS
    12 seconds, clean. Although it sounds complete, it starts with a fanfare and then goes into a full two minute version.
    "Parade BGM" unknown unknown Used as BackGround Music for the story "The Parade." 2-XL talks over all of it.

    Robotrivia - Game No. 1
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "A Disco!" unknown unknown 10 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Chris's Spaceship Fanfare" unknown unknown 10 seconds, complete & clean.

    Robotrivia - Game No. 2
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Robotrivia" unknown unknown 30 seconds, complete and used twice, but with 2-XL singing to it the entire time.
    "Frank and Chris Meet the Aliens (Main Title)" unknown unknown 27 seconds, clean & complete.
    I've heard this one used in a lot of different places, one of which was an independant cartoon for an ice cream truck.
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    "Kiddie Music" unknown unknown clean, 15 sec. complete
    Soundfile not yet available.
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    "Robotrivia Marching Music" unknown unknown clean, 1 min.
    Soundfile not yet available.
    Applejack Mike Vickers BRUTON BRG4
    GOOD TIMES
    (1978)
    clean, 8 seconds. Sounds complete, but is actually just the opening fanfare-- the full version runs 2:05. Special thanks to Andrew Hepburn for looking this one up for me!
    Going Places Steve Gray BRUTON BRN-3
    PROGRESS
    12 seconds, clean. Again, it sounds complete but is actually just the opening fanfare-- the full version runs 2:02

    Robotstronomy (breakdowns between Tapes 1 & 2 to come later.)
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    The Wizard's Laboratory Don Harper,
    Li De La Ruse,
    Nikki St. George
    KPM 1104
    ELECTROSONIc
    52 second edit. Clean, but incompete. The full version of this song ends with some wild beeps that were also used as 2-XL sound effects.
    "Li De La Ruse" and "Nikki St. George" were pseudonyms for Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, pioneers of electronic music. Delia Derbyshire is of course quite famous for bringing Ron Grainer's compositon of the theme song for "Doctor Who" to life and giving it the distinct sound that we all know and love.
    Going Places Steve Gray BRUTON BRN-3
    PROGRESS
    12 seconds, clean. Although it sounds complete, this is actually just an opening fanfare. The entire piece runs 2:02.
    Bump and Grind unknown BRUTON BRF2
    COMEDY CORNBALL
    (1978)
    Complete and used twice, but with 2-XL singing to it the entire time.
    This is the same song used for Word and Sound Games Song but with different lyrics.
    "Hey You Frog" unknown unknown 25 seconds, complete and clean.

    Science Fiction II
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Frank's Spaceship Fanfare" unknown unknown 7 seconds, complete & clean.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a variant version of this tape. One version opens with 2-XL being awoken by the "Science Fiction Wizard," which leads into this music. The other version does NOT have the Science Fiction Wizard, so it does not have this music!

    "Suspense II" unknown unknown 32 seconds, clean but incomplete.
    Dawn Motown Miki Antony/
    Barry Blue
    BRUTON
    BRH-4
    DISCO HAPPENING
    (1978)
    30 seconds, clean but incomplete.
    The full version of this can be found on EXERCISE WITH 2-XL.
    On a personal note, this is also one of the first songs that Frank wrote lyrics to.
    Pixieland Rag Harold Smart KPM 1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    (1974)
    35 seconds, clean but incomplete.
    City Centre Dave Gold KPM 1194
    BIG CITY SUITE/JINGLE JANGLE JINGLES
    (1977)
    32 seconds, clean but incomplete.
    I believe that this clip sounds warbly due to my copy being worn out.

    Storyland: 2-XL & the Time Machine View Program Info
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Opening Your Little Booklet to Page 6 Music" unknown unknown 20 sec. complete.
    So titled because that's what 2-XL called it. Frank said this one always made him think of a bunch of people hammering together a house. We also used it as our "great escape" music in "Frank & Chris Meet the Aliens."
    "2-XL & the Time Machine" unknown unknown Clean, but not positive it's complete. Fades out very smoothly.
    (Would LOVE to know for sure, as this is one of our favorite pieces.)
    "In the Hall of the Space King" unknown unknown Clean. Used twice; first time is an edit, second time may or may not be the full version, sounds like it is.
    "Tri-Lex" unknown unknown 12 seconds, clean and complete.
    "50s & 60s Nostalgia" unknown unknown 45 seconds, clean, edit?

    Super Heroes & Comic Book Cavalcade
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Country Drive" unknown unknown 2 minutes, complete, with one beeptone at the 1 minute point.
    "On-Stage Fanfare" unknown unknown 8 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Super Heroes & Comic Books Cavalcade" unknown unknown 65 second edit, clean.
    "Sandwich Bread?" unknown unknown 1:20, clean; fades out but at a good spot so I'm not sure if its complete or not.
    " 'Frank & Chris Meet the Aliens' Fanfare" unknown unknown 20 seconds, clean and complete.

    Talking Calculator & Number Games
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    Hello You Brian Bennett KPM 1119
    LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
    (1973)
    Complete, but with beep tones and a comment from 2-XL every 30 seconds.
    "Action Fanfare" unknown unknown 30 sec. complete, but 2-XL whistles over the ending. He at least apologizes for it afterwards.
    Funny Bone Steve Gray KPM 1207
    LIGHT AND EASY
    Complete, with beep tone every 30 seconds. As a bonus, after the song ends 2-XL also hums it for a few seconds.
    We used this as the theme song to our first audio skit, "Frank's Spaceship." To us, this will always be "Frank's Theme."
    "Rip Van Winkle" unknown unknown Aprx. 65 seconds; can't tell if it's complete or an edit. Also has a snoring sound effect over top of it, which may have been added.
    Asteroide JoŽl Fajerman & Jan Yrssen MUSIQUE POUR L'IMAGE
    MPI-545
    RACINES SYNTHETIQUES
    Apprx. 2:30, beep tone every 30 seconds. Ends with an extended beep tone, which really works, but is actually cutting off about a minute's worth of a longer ending. This track is probably the grandfather to trance music.)
    Playing with Sailors unknown BRUTON BRE1
    PLAYTIME
    (1978)
    Complete x4, but with 2-XL singing over the entire song as "The 2-XL Song of Numbers".

    Tri-Lex
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Tri-Lex" unknown unknown 12 seconds, clean and complete.
    "Tri-Lex Game Over" unknown unknown 12 seconds, complete, but since it's used at the end of the tape where it switches tracks the ending isn't exactly completely clean.

    TV & Movie Challenges
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "TV & Movie Challenges" unknown unknown 12 seconds, clean and complete.
    Earthy Irving Martin
    & Brian Dee
    BRUTON
    BRH-2
    HEAVY ROCK
    (1978)
    2:30 edit, with beeptones every 30 seconds.
    Thanks to Toby for the composer info!
    "Spanish TV Fanfare" unknown unknown 10 seconds complete & clean.
    "Sunrise" unknown unknown 1:55 complete, with a beeptone and 2-XL comment at 1 minute.
    Frank has noticed a similar feel between this track and a song called "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." It turns out that that "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" was originally written by Richard Rogers in the 1930s, and the version that Frank heard was a cover version arranged by Brian Bennett with the band he was in, the Shadows. (Thanks to Robert Thoresby for the additional background info!!)
    So, does this mean that the library piece on this tape is another one of Brian Bennett's KPM pieces, inspired by his previous work on "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"...?
    "Asleep in Mississippi" unknown unknown 1:05 complete & clean.

    Word & Sound Games: Tape No. 1
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    Bump and Grind unknown BRUTON BRF2
    COMEDY CORNBALL
    (1978)
    Complete and used twice, but with 2-XL singing to it the entire time.
    This is the same song used for Robtostronomy Song but with different lyrics.
    Statement 2B- Fanfare Keith Mansfield KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    10 seconds, complete & clean. The KPM album also has a 53-second version.
    Chicken Whistle unknown BRUTON BRF2
    COMEDY CORNBALL
    (1978)
    30 seconds, complete & clean. Used twice in a row.
    Segment 1a Syd Dale KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    14 seconds, complete & clean.
    We always referred to this one as "Giant Footsteps."
    Boogie Strut [g]/
    Boogie Strut [d]
    D. Runswick KPM-1230
    DISCO FEVER
    Aprx. 2 minutes, both complete, with beep tones and one comment at the 1 minute point.
    I LOVE this one, but my friends tease me that it sounds like it came from the movie "Shaft." But this one just jams. And I swear the 2-XL staff must have been deliberately jamming along with it, because everything, the beeptones and 2-XL's comments, just flow with the rhythm.
    The version used by 2-XL is actually the underscore mix, with an additional link repeating the closing line (which works wonderfully, imo). The original mix on the KPM album (Boogie Strut [a]) runs twice as long and has some great strings and a saxaphone. If you like this track, you owe it to yourself to hunt down this album!
    "Crystal Caverns" unknown unknown 55 seconds, complete & clean.
    Statement 10 - Exclamation Keith Mansfield KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    6 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Ghost Stories (Suspense)" unknown unknown 20 second edit, clean.
    Comedy Trailer Syd Dale unknown Clean. Edited down to 12 seconds from its original 30 seconds, but it cuts off at a good closing point.
    Segment 6a Syd Dale KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    20 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Fun with 2-XL" unknown unknown Complete & clean.

    Word & Sound Games: Tape No. 2
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Drums" unknown unknown 14 seconds, complete & clean.
    Tomorrow's Technology George Fenton KPM 1223
    SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
    Aprx. 2 1/2 minutes, complete but with beeptones.
    "Word and Sound Games End Theme" unknown unknown Aproximately 1:15, clean, but may not be complete.
    Heavy Duty unknown BRUTON
    MUSIC BRH-8
    RHYTHM STICK
    (1979)
    30 seconds, complete & clean.
    Statement 10 - Exclamation Keith Mansfield KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    6 seconds, complete & clean.
    Fanfare 1 Niel Richardson KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    13 seconds, complete & clean.
    Commercial Link 4 - Comedy Syd Dale KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    Aprx 1 minute, complete & (for the most part) clean; 2-XL interjects a comment during a break in the song.

    Miscellaneous 2-XL Music I Need to Place
    The following music is definitely taken from 2-XL tapes, but I need to confirm which ones I got them from.
    Play Clip Song Title Composer Source Library Album Title Comments
    "Dramatic Fanfare I" unknown unknown 6 seconds, complete & clean.
    "Old-Time Movies I" unknown unknown 60 sec. edit, ends by being cut off with a beep-tone. This song was also re-used later in the Tiger 2-XL program "Letter Perfect" as the opening theme song.)
    "Mellow Fanfare II" unknown unknown 14 seconds complete & clean.
    Fanfare 2 Neil Richardson KPM 1057
    SCENESETTERS, FANFARES
    AND PUNCTUATIONS
    13 seconds complete & clean. I suspect but haven't confirmed that this is on one of the Robotstronomy tapes.
    Puppets Playtime Harold Smart KPM 1133
    ANIMATION PLAYTIME
    (1974)
    35 seconds, clean but incomplete.
    I know it's a little weird that I know the KPM info for this one but not which 2-XL tape it's on, but here's why: when I was a kid I borrowed a 2-XL tape from a friend, which had this music on it. Before returning the tape to him, I copied the music onto a cassette tape. And I have yet to rediscover which 2-XL tape it was I first got it from! But I recognized it as soon as I heard it again.


    2-XL MUSIC BY OTHER PEOPLE
    'BLUES FOR 2-XL' by J. Yuenger of White Zombie.  Click on this CD cover to view it larger.Guitars That Rule the World Vol. 2: Smell the Fuzz - The Superstar Guitar Album
    BLUES FOR 2-XL
    15-second .wav clip
    In 1996, White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger released a track called "Blues for 2-XL" on the CD Guitars That Rule the World Vol. 2: Smell the Fuzz - The Superstar Guitar Album. And yes, it actually includes clips of 2-XL himself in it!

    You can read J. Yuenger's comments on this song and how he thought 2-XL was perfect for it at the ZombieLand II website.

    The CD is apparently out of print, but ZombieLand II was gracious enough to provide a link to it on Amazon.com where you can still get it used. I got my copy there for just $4.98, and that was after shipping, which is a very reasonable price if you're only interested in it for just the 2-XL song. And if you're into guitar rock in general, the CD also has tracks from Billy Corgan, Ace Frehly, John Christ (formerly of Danzig) and Robert Fripp of King Crimson. Kudos to the folks at Zombieland II for compiling so much information on this one song, so that 2-XL fans could enjoy it too!

    As has also been reported on the Unofficial 2-XL Home Page, there is also a band named 2XL. But their name has nothing to do with the 2-XL robot, and they don't play any of his music.


    OTHER MUSIC BY 2-XL COMPOSERS
    This part still has to be organized, but I can say that Brian Bennett released an CD that includes two of his albums called "Rock Dreams / Voyage" that has some pretty fantastic stuff on it. Much more to come!


    RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SIMILAR STYLE MUSIC
    Again, we need to organize more for this section, but if you like 2-XL music, then right now I can recommend the following albums:

    Much more to come!



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