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Vangelis

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The Resume

    (March 29, 1943-May 17, 2022)
    Birth name is Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou
    Best known for recording ‘Chariots of Fire'
    Composed the scores to ‘Blade Runner' and ‘Alexander'
    Scored several underwater specials for Jacques-Yves Cousteau
    Wrote the themes to the Football World Cup (2002) and NASA's Mission to Mars (2003)
    Music from his album ‘Heaven and Hell' used as a soundtrack for Carl Sagan's ‘Cosmos'
    Member of the groups Formynx and Aphrodite's Child

Why he might be annoying:

    He's criticized for not being able to (or wanting to) read or write standard music notation.
    His name is often mispronounced (should be pronounced with a hard ‘g' sound, as in ‘angle').
    On the ‘Chariots of Fire' soundtrack, the popular theme song was simply called ‘Titles.'
    He is rather reclusive and rarely grants interviews.
    Like many Greek Gods before him, he goes by the presumptuous single name.

Why he might not be annoying:

    His music is unique, described as everything from ‘new age' to ‘synthesizer rock' to ‘symphonic.'
    His song, ‘Chariots of Fire,' is one of the few instrumental songs to hit #1 on the US pop chart.
    He won the Academy Award for Best Original Movie Score.
    He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece.
    He began composing his own music and playing the piano at the tender age of 4.

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 174 Votes: 51.72% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 30 Votes: 30.0% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 13 Votes: 15.38% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 4 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 11 Votes: 18.18% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 20 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 15 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 20 Votes: 35.00% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 35 Votes: 34.29% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 47 Votes: 38.30% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 55 Votes: 50.91% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 110 Votes: 52.73% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 213 Votes: 53.52% Annoying