Jun
26
2016
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Total Eclipse

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Klaus Nomi – Total Eclipse

Klaus Nomi – Wasting My Time

The high operatic notes reached by Waylon on his record Crème de la Crème have been documented here several times as has been the output of Sylvester. Now let’s hear it for Klaus Nomi, born as Klaus Sperber in Immerstadt, Bavaria. Nomi was a one-time usher at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, as well as a performer at a gay discothèque Kleist Casino, before moving to New York in 1972 where he became legendary in the city’s art and club scenes.

The voice you hear is a falsetto, not a castrato. A castrato singer’s voice is the result of a castration done before puberty.

The creation of castrati singers became popular first in Rome during the mid-16th century, when the pope banned women singing in churches or on the stage. Italian boys with promising voices would be taken to a back-street barber-surgeon, drugged with opium, and placed in a hot bath. The expert would snip the ducts leading to the testicles, which would wither over time. By the early 1700s, it is estimated that around 4,000 boys a year were getting the operation. Some lived thru the mutilation and many died from complications. Few became celebrated singers.

The high notes of a pre-pubescent boy wafting from the lungs of an adult were said to sound magical and ethereal. The prowess came from an increased breath capacity. The lack of testosterone allowed the skeleton to continue to grow beyond what was normal. Limbs would elongate. As would ribs. This was why castrati had such exceptional lung power. Nobody now actually knows what a castrato singer sounded like, as the practice became illegal in 1861, before recordings could be produced.

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From the archives:
Hokuto No Ken

From the OST of an old Japanese cartoon where a guy, looking like Bruce Lee, and dressed like Mad Max, makes people literally explode just by pointing his fingers on their bodies (!)

The album contains lots of tracks based on the same theme, with funky rhythms, and four-to-the-floor beats.

[Unknown] – Hokuto no Ken (1984?)

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Jun
21
2016
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Groovy Records For Driving At Night

groovy records photoI had nothing better to do tonight than driving pointlessly around the small country roads. Usually I like to go for a refreshing swim, but tonight I was feeling too lazy for anything that sensible. As I can’t afford a car with sexy engine noises it was something from the stereos then. If it sounds groovy in the car it sounds groovy anywhere? Here are a few examples tested. Sound qualities vary from vg- to near mint. Enjoy!

Igor Savin i Orkestar Stanka Selaka – U Mukama Rođena

Philippe Chany – Lettre À Monsieur Le Législateur (De La Loi Sur Les Stupéfiants)

Tribu Bantu – Elephants In Love

Grand Prix – Grand Prix

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Jun
21
2016
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Hustler Corporation

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Big Johnatan And The Hustler Corporation – Hustler Corporation

Dancefloor friendly mixture of funky wah-wahs and hard hitting drums.

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Jun
21
2016
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Viking

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5 Carat – Viking

“Wanted” by The Dooleys gets transformed into a heroic theme for a viking warrior.

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Jun
19
2016
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Gun Master G 9 in Surakksha

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Bappi Lahiri – Music (Surakksha ost)

You always were a cunning linguist so brush up on your Bollywood and get ready to meet Gun Master G 9. He’s the deadliest and the hottest and on the sleeve that’s a tsunami, NOT a massive enema.

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Jun
18
2016
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Chaos

paris chaosQuartz – Chaos

One of those all too common disco tracks everyone has and that’s why I’ve never dared to play it in public. Kinda sad thinking how good it sounds hearing it over and over again while watching rain dancing on my windowsill. Might sound the part at the parties on 120 db at 6.17 a.m. In the picture something horribly chaotic, but disturbingly peaceful at the same time. Library books floating on the streets of Paris after the catastrophic floods in 1910.

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Jun
18
2016
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Instrumental Queen

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The Soul Symphony Orchestra – The Queen of Chinatown

Yes, it’s an instrumental version of La Lear’s immortal hit. Here’s the lyrics. Now release your inner Diva:

It was down in Chinatown that I met the opium Queen
babyface girl from Shanghai never smile and never cry.
She now rules the underworld down in Chinatown
she runs all the opium dens down in Chinatown.

Bring her your gold bring her your worries
and when life gets a bit too dreary to stand
give a ring to the Queen of Chinatown.

Go down go down
to the Queen of Chinatown
she’ll pick you up when you’re feeling down.
Go down go down
to the Queen of Chinatown
and she’ll soon blow your blues away!

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Jun
18
2016
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Chorus Line

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TT. Sotto – Chorus Line

Obviously intended as the ultimate line dance anthem this American track by the always interesting producer Titti Sotto was a flop in 1975. Sure sounds funky now.

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Jun
15
2016
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Diamond Head

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Disco Ventures – Diamond Head

Disco Ventures – Walk Don’t Run

Surf seven from 1979 has a strong cult rep. B-side not half bad, either.

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Jun
14
2016
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Space Magic

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Shohjo-tai – Space Magic

Shohjo-tai – Flamingo Island

Japanese girl group was typically all about かわいい (Kawaii = exaggarated cuteness celebrating furry little animals, manga characters with big eyes and pink everything) until 1986 when they got surprisingly tough.

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Jun
13
2016
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Places Of Light

kolka picBrainticket – Places Of Light

This classic psych tune started to play in my head when wandering at the endless beaches of Kolka, Latvija. Black Sand from the same album is more dancefloor oriented with beautifully bounding drum and wah-wahs.

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Jun
13
2016
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E.V.A.

fly evaJean-Jacques Perrey – E.V.A.

Discotheque sounds from 1970.

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Jun
13
2016
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Space Surfers

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Space Surfers – Movin’

A third 1978 version of the Notteke surf disco tune, big in Japan.

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May
29
2016
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Flyin’ Bolero

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GAG – Flyin’ Bolero @ 45 rpm

33 or 45? More is more, I prefer both.

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May
26
2016
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Carlos Paião – Zero-a-Zero

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You probably won’t understand a word of what this guy’s shouting other than ‘zero’. Well, that’s all he ever wasn’t. One of the most celebrated Portuguese pop artists, Paião put aside a career as a doctor of Medicine to fully devote himself to music, his true passion; and, oh boy, was he an outstanding songwriter. Wish you could understand how he magically always got the words together.

 

Died in a car crash aged 30, on his way to a show.

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May
26
2016
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Zalatnay Sarolta – Szettort Tukorkep

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Two things come to mind when we check this album cover: Singin’ in the Rain and girls stripping at biker shows. But could its songs make a good soundtrack to any of these two? Well, check the clip and let us know.

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May
26
2016
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Rub Out

rub outJeff Britton & The Spitfires – Rub Out

Psyched break classic rocks any floor.

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May
26
2016
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Signaux Codes Non Identifiés

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Michel Magne – Signaux Codes Non Identifiés

Hypnotic cosmic beats from France, 1978.

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May
26
2016
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California Dreaming

california dreaming pictureDenial – California Dreaming

I’ll be spinning vinyls at the 4th of June at my favourite spot in the universe – the Uus Õu garden in Tartu, Estonia and later in the night at the vibrant Genialistide Klubi. Even if everything is most likely going to be totally awesome all the time with happy people everywhere, maybe it’s still ok to play some melancholic records? In the picture California fashions of 1967.

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May
25
2016
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Wild Safari

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Music Operation – Wild Safari

An alternative version, Italy, 1972.

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