Magic forest pop from Germany (1972).
This white label 12″ hit the stores in October 2009. What, by who, from where?
Just like disco music early discothéque music is characterized most easily by what it isn’t. It isn’t rock, it isn’t soul or funk and it’s not really pop music either, sounding often “wrong” to ears accustomed to the stereotypes that populate the more familiar genres. The fans of discothéque music were hedonists, swingers (wanna-be or real) and other outcasts from both well-behaving society and the accepted alternative rock scenes. They were individuals who unashamedly reveled in the excess, the dramatic contrasts of dynamics, the exaggarated instrumentation and the wild movements of sound from left channel to right and back again. Instead of an a lead singer, an electric guitar or a sax, the often familiar melody of a discothéque tune like this version of the CCR standard is carried by a Hammond organ, brass instruments, a girl chorus or a huge wash of strings, and propelled by a funky bass line. Throw in some additional cool from bossa nova, fire from latin soul, stomp from yé yé and boogaloo, and there it is: THE WILD DISCOTHÉQUE SOUND!
If we were a bit more business minded we’d introduce an Overfitting Disco Car Service. You could just place a call and a well-maintained, highly trained, multilingual driver would appear in a Lamborghini Countach, ready to take you on a made-to-measure tour. A glass of Bollinger in one hand and a spliff in the other, you’d be driven off the usual beaten track to a host of exclusive galleries, cinemas, vinyl stores, bars and finally to a club to dance to music like Free Africa. Pick ups would be directly from the specified address – including airport terminals. You could also request a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.
A ballet dancer (Italian: ballerina fem., ballerino masc.) is a person who practices the art of ballet.
Traditional, gender-specific titles are used for ballet dancers.
Since ballerino is not used in English, it does not enjoy the same connotation as ballerina. A regular male dancer in Italy is called a danzatore, while ballerino usually denotes a male ballet dancer in Italy. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as (male) ballet dancers. Often “ballerino” is used in English-based countries as slang.
Lollipops – Ballerina
Le Streghe – Ballerino
With a few demonic exceptions like Damien in the original 1976 version of The Omen, children should not be seen and they should not be heard. Same goes for music featuring kids or sounds targeted at them. There are very few acceptable examples such as Blacky or Robotertanz, both posted here earlier. This here now is a borderline case – perhaps there is something je ne sais quoi in the downbeat elephant stomp of the groove?
In the age of compulsive happiness it’s sometimes strangely liberating to loath in melancholia. Browsing for surreal art photos and listening to sad keys. Naturally it’s liberating only if you also have a chance to choose the walks in the sun, hear the birds sing and talk endlessly with your friends. Music and lyrics: Sivy Foster, Italy, 1980. Image: Claude Cahun, France, late 1920s.
This is just a bunch of Turkish songs that I didn’t feel like writing seperate posts for. “Lokum” is not to be interpreted in the Danish way, mind you.
First one on the menu is a cover version of Sabine Sauvant’s Casbah In Cairo. There are other really nice tunes on this album by the way.
Next is a synth and bass heavy jam, from a guy who looked like a Turkish version of the Danish singer Richard Ragnvald.
Last up is from the trio of girls known as Cici Kızlar. I love those wrenching synths in the chorus part.
“Karişik” means mix, and yes, this is another one of those Turkish disco medley records that mixes new sounds with old. Not quite as good as the Osman İşmen stuff, but there are certainly highlights to be found. This sample is from the first parts of side A.
It’s the mighty Usha Uthup from India of course, here delivering an early eighties tune typically and totally out of sync with the zeitgeist of it’s era. This one comes on like something out of the psychedelic sixties, with added seventies disco vibe. Which, naturally, is a perfect combination.
From the Momento Intra LP from Italy ’78. A true disco masterpiece. If you’re into strings, synth wobbling space sounds, groovy repetitions and perfectly orchestrated arrangements, this record belongs in your shelf.
This instrumental version of the 1978 Luv hit has nothing to do with prefabricated, ironic, critically sanctioned, synthetic bad taste a la Madonna or Jeff Koons. This is the real deal, for those who demand all-embracing engagements in all their shameless emotions.
Can it be – no Hollywood 7 here at the Overfitting blog until now? High time for this tremendous Dutch disco drama from 1980, about the Omaha Beauty Queen who journeyed to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune in the Film Business. Only the cruel Fates of Tinseltown failed to recognize her talent and so, alone and disillusioned, she was soon forced to change gears and pursue a career in prostitution.
The 80s: black on black, John Woo heroic bloodshed films and lots of synthesizer music like this. Westway was already included in my birthday mix.