A sleazified version of the 1975 Roberta Kelly/Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte classic.
Best things in life might be free, but expensive things can bring moments of happiness every now and again.
It’s been Besame Mucho fever lately, in case you haven’t noticed, and here are two more versions to add to the catalogue. One is Turkish and, as is often the case, has a completely different title and set of lyrics to go along with it. The other is an instrumental by Swedish dansband Rospiggarna Med Brudar who, as far as I can gather, were just one short step from being Raggare. This is the biggest surprise of the two – a really unique, slow instrumental psychedelic take on the classic.
On any given day, dozens of exciting news come out, testimonies of integrity, victory and Heroic Valor. This dance record was made by our friends in Sweden – Tillsammans means Together! – in 1975 to celebrate the approaching moment when our Leader wins and holds control over all economic, political and cultural institutions of the world, and when human race will be propelled to its highest accomplishments.
The cream cut off the Oto Gelb 3 12″ is a long, spectacular slightly re-titled edit of a British steel drum laced club fave from 1982 – think the Notting Hill carnival, Boy George and Marilyn flaming on a float, dancers wearing t-shirts screaming Fuck off Margaret you dumb twit.
Despite the cataloque number the brand new record is the first vinyl realese by the Oto Gelb project, helmed by Brooklyn dj Eugene Tambourine and Danny The Dancer, another Brooklyner now residing in Berlin. Eugene has collaborated with Overfitting a couple of times in fact, check out his gorgeously smooth soulful style here: http://overfitti.ng-dis.co/?s=eugene+tambourine&x=6&y=10
“Katherine moaned, first in outrage, then in helpless surrender. He recognized her capitulation within a heartbeat, his demanding tongue ceasing to be a plunderer and becoming a lover, coaxing the cherry lips of her mouth to ecstasy. By slow degrees, her struggles ceased, her body relaxed, molding itself to his, reshaping itself to fit his steely contours. Katherine, thrilled with Eduardo’s magnificent strength, burst into a rousing rendition of “Besame Mucho”, with joy and supreme satisfaction.”
YES – hotter than any version of the tune unearthed before if you ask me. A tumultous arrangement, bold guitars. The buildup near the end of the clip is especially stunning. This seems to be the only actual disco record Apollo 100 made but what a record it is!
A wonderfully purring mediterranean track, “Sciarada” is a terrific mixture of vocalization, tropicalismo and designer disco shortly appeared on the market as a 7″ flipside in 1974. The recipe of the Sciarada cocktail goes like this: 3/10 dark rhum Captain Morgan, 3/10 cold Pineapple juice, 1/10 Bitter Campari, 1/10 Papaia Boero, 2/10 Brut Testa Rossa La Versa. Mix directly in the Long Drink glass with ice. Decorate with pineapple and maraschino cherry. To be served with a background of meowing synthesizers, possibly at the cocktail party you’re throwing at your 70s space age villa, in your private saucer-shaped discotheque and DJ booth.
In 1979, Jack Levy, Ron Carran and Bill Heller made a handful of disco productions under various monikers, and for some reason the best of them ended up in the Psycho-inspired DON’T Go In The House, released in theaters that same year. The Richard Taninbaum co-produced “Late Night Surrender” features right after the human BBQ afficionado, Donald (played by future Sopranos star Dan Grimaldi), finds his mother dead, and then again later, during a fiery dancing scene.
“Struck By Boogie Lightning”, which was posted on the blog back in 2009, appears both in the disco-shopping scene and during the end credits. Both nice songs, but maybe a bit too feel-good and inappropriate for the movie.
Klaus Doldinger of Passport serving up a few dishes of discofied progressive synth here. “Loco-Motive” was also released on the Passport LP “Ataraxia”, but I think “Night Special” is only found on Doldinger’s solo 7″ release of the same title. Enjoy the ride, and don’t forget your passport.
Perfecter of the “Special Soft Sound” (lol), Roy Boston, here under the moniker TBSSO (The Boston Soul Sound Orchestra – what a mouthful), with 2 cool tunes for each end of the party spectrum. “Love, Love Me Baby” is a late night kinda number, reminiscent of “Do It All The Night” which R.B. released under the name Powerplay. “Do It Now” is more on the funky minimalistic side, and best suited for the early hours of the evening.
Huge kudos to Rutes for sharing this fantastic DJ set with us
Greetings from the amazing city of Tartu, Estonia! Looking for some action? It’s obvious to start from Rüütli for food and drinks. You want something else? Talk to the friendly locals to find the underground. They’ll guide you towards Lai. First you might find irresistibly delicious crêpes at Päris Pariis, but it was action you wanted? Check Zavood to make new friends and then it’s time to go down the Lai. There’s suspicious looking alley after Uus Teater. Follow the light into the darkness and you’ll find the legendary Genialistide Klubi. To my eyes and ears GenKlubi seemed custom made for our kind of disco sound with the right amount of patina, psychedelic projections and most important – the right people. There wasn’t disco dj’s last weekend, but I bet someone has played Alexandre Gradski’s amazing ?! (USSR, 1981) there. After you’ve danced yourself to the other dimension it’s time to check the mysterious cathedrals with those friendly locals. Repeat next weekend.
Can’t remember who tipped me off about this but here’s Ricky Shayne now, certain to become a new style icon and role model to many of us. Ricky has a website of his own so you can dwell into the Shayne mystique there: “I’m sure you would love to have more details and gossip on my adventures, cars, girls, extravagances…”