Great Silvetti track from 1978, and 2 fun videos to go along with it. Had to put it up here as it wasn’t posted yet.
A British one from 1979, published earlier inside a mix but not mentioned properly in the text.
Francois Villon (1431-1461) was an all around hellraiser, bon vivant and one of the most admired French poets. His often suggestive rhymes got the club treatment during the late 1980s, first by Culture Beat & Jo Van Nelson with Der Erdbeermund and immediately after by Lyric Expedition & Romy Haag with Susse Kirschen. Both are here and belong to the classic Berlin cabaret tradition, originally pioneered by acts like Marlene Dietrich and Max Hansen after WW1.
The clerk at the Mint Records in Copenhagen gave an approving nod when I handed over the Los Valentinos album, made in Danemark in 1977. You sell a lot of these, I asked. No, everybody thinks they’re trash but I think they’re kinda cool, he said. Damn right they are.
A slow-disco project from Michael Kunze. Neither of these songs are dancefloor killers, but still nice and well produced. Side A is a cover/rework of the theme from the WW2 movie Dangerous Moonlight, side B is more in the Silver Convention vein, and could very well be a discarded track originally meant for the trio. Not sure about the overall concept here, which seems a bit random to me. Maybe the idea was an introduction to Egyptology, classical film music and the stock market all in one single package?
Classic greek melody from the 1920′s, which became a popular meme and stuck (as well a mutated) over the years. Most famous of course is one of Dick Dale’s versions that appeared in Pulp Fiction, but here are two nice and very different disco-takes on the tune. There are more disco versions out there, but these are the ones i have (so far).
Apparently “shimmy” can mean several things, even when referring to dancing. I am guessing that the type of shimmy dancing Clay is singing about here is the dance that originated sometime in the 1920′s, and not the belly-dance or more erotic kind. I am fairly certain that it has nothing to do with the Ol’ Dirty Bastard song though, as this one is from 1979. Check the nice drum intro.
About time i posted this one. It’s one of my best danish disco finds so far, with a strong and much more “international” sound than others at the time. It seems that this 7″ from 1979 is scarce, even though it was released on big time Mercury Records. The reason for this has led to a lot of speculation in the disco underworld, but the consensus is that due to a pressing error discovered post-distribution, most of the copies might have been called back again for instant termination. And while it is true that it wont play with certain types of stylus needles, its a shame that it had to happen. Tore and his producers should have had some success with this song…but instead they had to just keep on typing.
The enigmatic Cuba, always so close and so distant of the Occidental traditions. The cradle of several Latin rhythms that were spread through diverse cultures. In the late 70s the island also got inseminated of the glamorous Disco vibes, and some musicians decided to explore the then-new genre. One of them was Vicente Rojas, a prolific composer, arranger and producer, who was a key member of the legendary EGREM factory (the main local record company). In 1978 he released the brilliant “A Las 2 A.M.” album, whose music was integrally composed by him (four tracks in collaboration with Alberto Vera, who formed a solid tandem with Rojas). A total of 12 seasoned musicians participated in these recordings, whose members included guitarist Omar Barroso, and pianist Pedro Coto, among others. The highlights of the album are: En La Nieve, En La Orbita and Esto No Es Para Bailar. This was Roja’s only solo-work in the 70s.
When G.T.O approaches in the rear mirror and shoots past, The Driver and The Mechanic are too cool to be provoked. A 454 equipped with a tunnel-ram and an aggressive solid lifter cam pushes the red line to 7500 rpm and gives them the confidence not to be bothered with the obvious challenge of the lesser car. Still, The Girl wanted a ride in the GTO… Two-Lane Blacktop is my favorite road movie and I was lucky to see the original wide screen copy here in Turku a few years ago. Too bad Joseph Llobell’s Enterprise wasn’t featured on the original soundtrack.