Jul
31
2015
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Emerald Forest

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Junior Homlich – Emerald Forest End Titles / Eagle Break

John Boorman, the director of Point Blank, Zardoz and Deliverance, goes soft with a heavily didactic film about a father seeking his son in the Amazon jungle. Instead of encounters with gutmunching cannibals the film is concerned with the earth’s ecological balance, preserving the life of the rain forest and yes, the process of growing up to be a man.

The music works, though.

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May
05
2011
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From the archives:
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Fiddy & Burdson – Corporate Images
A 1979 British track illustrating advanced, logical thinking.

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Jul
30
2015
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Octopuses Garden

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M. Uehara and his Disco-Makers – Octopuses Garden

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Horrifying/surprisingly groovy Japanese disco versions of Beatles songs, made in 1976 when this kind of stuff became a craze after Ritchie Family’s Brazil and Baby Face by Wing and a Prayer Fife & Drum Corps hit big everywhere.

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Jul
28
2015
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Disco Dance 4 – corruption by an alien source

Heroic themes for space travel and alien insemination, including many tracks heard during my set at Camp Cosmic last Saturday night.

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Jul
26
2015
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Love To Night

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Double denim disco 12″ for fast road trippin’.

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Jul
18
2015
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Azteca

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Zorro – Azteca

Austrian space disco from an (to me anyway) unknown artist. This could very well look like a small private pressing, but the label (Rst records) have released too many records for it to qualify as private. A big surprise however is that it’s from ’86. I would have guessed 77/78 if i didn’t knew better. Anyway it’s a really cool track

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Jul
16
2015
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Jabula

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Assagai – Jabula

South African-British radness from 1973. Perfect hot summer sounds any year anywhere.

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Jul
15
2015
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Ricordi

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Staying on the Napoli theme, which is undoubtedly one of Italy’s music capitals, with a hugely influential disco production during the 70s.
You can easily understand why, if listening to Feliciano’s “Ricordi”. A total disco monster that has always a place in my bag as a regular spin: fast-paced drums, plus a heavenly string arrangement, with the cherry on top of squeaking synthesizers, all made in 1978 as a flipside of a cheap ballad. Nothing in the market today reaches the height of such tracks in terms of …….everything! “Ricordi” means “Memories”….and the singer goes “no, no don’t tell me who you are…I already know what you want…Memories”.

Feliciano – Ricordi

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Jul
14
2015
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Napoli

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Beppe Maniglia – Napoli

Napoli, or Naples as it is sometimes known, is a destination certain to excite everyone: from the art and history enthusiast to the nature and sea lover, from connoisseurs of gastronomy to those of ancient traditions. The vitality of Neapolitan music extends from the operas of Rossini to such popular songs as ‘O Sole Mio and Funiculì Funiculà. There’s also the somewhat secretive subgenre of Napoli Disco, of which this track here is a splendid example.

The dance of Napoli is the Tarantella. This was reportedly born around the region of Taranto, Apulia, where the bite of a spider named tarantula after the region caused people to fall into a hysterical condition known as tarantism. The victims would dance uncontrollably, trying to to sweat the poison out. This action can be seen in the film Flavia the Heretic / Flavia, La Monaca Musulmana, a French-Italian nunsploitation film directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi in 1974.

How to do the dance? Here are the basic steps.

•Facing front, cross your right foot in front of the left. Cross your left foot in front of the right. Step your right foot to the side, step your left foot to the side. Repeat this while the woman shakes the tambourine in a clockwise circle in front of her body.

•Place your hands on your hips, kick the right foot out to the front keeping it low to the ground, then step on the right foot putting weight on it, slightly in front of the left foot. Touch the ball of your left foot to the ground (without putting your full weight on it) then step in place with the right foot. This sequence is called the tarantella step. Repeat this sequence beginning with a left-foot low, front kick. Repeat again beginning right, then repeat once more beginning with the left. Perform this sequence three more times, traveling backward slightly.

•Face your partner. The woman hits the tambourine to her left shoulder, her left hip, then her right hip. Repeat this, making a triangle across the body. Tap the left hand twice with the tambourine. Perform the tarantella step forward twice, beginning with the right foot kick, so that your right shoulders pass each other. Dance the tarantella step twice moving backwards to return to the starting position. This back and forth sequence can be referred to as a “do-si-do.” Moving the tambourine twice as quickly, the woman taps her left shoulder then right hip. Repeat this tambourine sequence, then tap the left hand twice with the tambourine. Repeat the “do-si-do.”

•The man holds the tambourine in his left hand and kneels on his right knee, tapping the tambourine for seven counts of music on his right hip. On count eight, tap it twice. The man continues to kneel for eight more counts of music. Meanwhile, the woman places her hands on her hips and dances eight tarantella steps in place.

•The man remains in the kneeling position for the next 16 counts of music, but with the tambourine now shaking above his head. The woman performs eight Tarantella steps forward in a counterclockwise circle around the kneeling man.

•Two couples stand opposite each other with right hands reaching center, holding hands, forming a star shape, with left hands holding the tambourines. The couples perform eight tarantella steps simultaneously, the group rotating in a circle clockwise. Clap the tambourine on the last step. Everyone turns to join left hands in the center. Perform the eight tarantella steps again, now turning in the opposite direction. Clap the tambourine on the last step.

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Jul
12
2015
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Delirium

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Delirium – Jesahel

The Jesus movement spread widely in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Elements of the hippie counterculture were mixed with confused religious fervor. The acolytes, often called Jesus freaks, testified to supernatural experiences and speaking in tongues. Jesus music, which grew out of the movement, was embraced by the general public too for a brief period of time. One of the calculated hits was Jesahel, presented by the beardos-in-caftans boys of the Italian band Delirium in 1972. Despite the mawkish mock spirituality of the tune the record manages to get down.

Check the later disco version proper by Kim Rider here: http://overfitti.ng-dis.co/archives/5914

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Jul
12
2015
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Fly with the Samba

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Izhar Cohen And Alpha Beta – Fly with the Samba

Let’s continue the flying with Israeli singer Izhar Cohen. From the ’78 LP “Make a little love”. This is a great summer tune. No violations of any christian morals on this one, just a warm and happy vibe all the way through

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Jul
11
2015
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Jet Set Fly

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Pete Tex Company – Jet Set Fly

My favourite tune of the moment, a Telstar-style ride thru the clearest skies. The cabin is obviously all orange & brown.

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Jul
10
2015
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We can dance

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Unbelievably overlooked Rue Caldwell 1978 production on the very-much-european-sounding A.J. Cervantes’ Butterfly Records imprint, that over a 3 years span (77-80) pulled out some truly great ones (e.g. the excellent THP Orchestra). A 7″ only release which wasn’t unfortunately given a 12″ possibility, features two parts on each side, and guess which is the best one. The message is right, and those swirling synths sure do the rest.

Cheetah – We can dance pt.1

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Jul
09
2015
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Gregory – Space Trip

Space dustI saw there was a previous post in this blog talking of the track “Space Trip” by Gregory, but as there were no samples, i provide here. This track, done together with Cerrone Malligator label, was distributed as 7″ and 12″ by RCA in 1980 (and in Germany, as 12″, by TELDEC). It was used the same year as theme of  two radio programmes, “Boom Hollywood” and “Hit Parade des Clubs” (the second conducted every sunday afternoon by Yann Hegann), both on french Europe1 radio. Gregory himself, in 1981, will provide another theme for the same two programmes with the track “Obsession”. A curious thing about “Space Trip” is that on labels the title is “Knight Music for Space Trip (part. 1 and 2)”. The person of Gregory deserves attention too, as after 1982 he created his own FM-radio, and started doing radio programmes in the Paris clubs of which he became art director, the Metropolis, the Midnight Express and the Pacha-Club, but most of all he became the manager of FR David, helping him to build his millions reccords sold career. Here is the sample of part 1 from the french RCA 12″.

So, prepare your best space-disco outfit, close your eyes, and let your body fly to the stars!

 

Gregrory – Knight Music For Space Trip (Part I)

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Jul
07
2015
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Mandera – Arena

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The Arena was a San Francisco gay leather bar, established at 399 9th Street and the corner of Harrison, opened in 1978 as a ‘Leather Bar with a Masculine Attitude.” It was a part of the third major wave of leather bar openings which opened in San Francisco between 1978 and 1983, and included the Black and Blue, The Trench, The Cave, Headquarters, The Stables, The Eagle and Chaps. The area around Folsom Street, in San Francisco, at the end of the 70s featured 30 gay leather bars, to get an idea of how this gay subculture was vaste.
The Arena closed in 1985 and was re-opened around 1987 as The Stud, which is still in that location.

Here is the track “Arena”, by german disco group Mandera, b-side of a 7″ issued by Jupiter Records in 1980. The group, leaded by Freddie Mandera (who did, under his name, some synth-pop tunes during the 80s), is composed by five guys who are depicted on the sleeve as trashy leathermen, over their motorcycles.

Ops, i was forgetting….a-side is “Requiem to Studio 54″ track, but i prefer leather bars….

Mandera – Arena

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Jul
03
2015
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Gimme Some Danish Lovin’

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John Spagnum and the Earthquakes – Calamares My Love

John Spagnum and the Earthquakes – Gimme Some Lovin’

Herring dishes, potatoes (introduced to Denmark in 1720 by French Huguenots) and furniture made of wood exemplify the style known as Danish modern. They also produce interesting contemporary music. These pieces are from 1979.

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Jul
01
2015
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Samir Yazbeck

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Samir Yazbeck – Tourist Melody

Lebanon! Hummus, grilled vegetables and hot hunks like Samir Yazbeck singing tracks like this. Tourists hungry for love won’t be disappointed. The vinyl is in terrible condition but the message gets across.

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Jun
29
2015
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Disco Paradise

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Teddy Dan and the World Champions – Disco Paradise

Tiki exotica (Hawaiian division) 70s style.

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Jun
23
2015
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This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

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Simon Park – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

Big strings add a touch of grandeur to this cover of the Sparks classic. From the 1975 album Venus Fly Trap.

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Jun
19
2015
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Mucho Bimbo

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Banzaii II – Super Bimbo pt 2

This is an alternative, full FIVE MINUTE version of the Crackers Classic, apparently of French origin though only realesed in Japan.

Bimbo of course means a baby. For those contemplating having one there’s the Kansai Museum of Childbirth, see brochure above the sleeve. The museum presents all kinds of information on mainly extremely complicated deliveries and related medical procedures. There are hideous looking instruments and plenty of deformations floating in jars. This museum is just one of those local places there, like the Tokyo Parasite Museum which has a collection of worms pulled from inside humans, some for sale inside slabs of transparent plastic.

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Jun
18
2015
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Discs Go Round

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Krasnye Maki – Discs Go Round

Propaganda is the result when an organized group has a systematic goal of behavioral or attitude change. Disco music added a new dimension to the anti-communist movement as it targeted workers in more dangerous ways than other forms of western propaganda. Even some Soviet musicans produced it.

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