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Mar
14
2010
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Nefertiti

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Sands – Nefertiti

Vogue label, France 1975

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Mar
14
2010
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Strip Nude For Your Killer

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Berto Pisano – Strip Nude For Your Killer

Italy 1975 - A Shaftesque theme from a classic giallo starring Edwige Fenech, the true Queen of Italian cinema.

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Mar
12
2010
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Mar
12
2010
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Space Man

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Ayisha – Space Man (1978)

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Mar
10
2010
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The Spaced Out “Italo” Session March 2010

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For all who liked our last Italo-set: you can get it as usual as a stream from the following link:

The Robot Scientists – The Spaced Out Disco Session – March 2010

Please let us know if you would like us to do another Italo-set for the next Spaced Out Disco Session in April. We really appreciate your feedback.

Otherwise we’ll compile a “normal” Spaced Out-set.

Best wishes

TRS

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Mar
09
2010
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The Boogey Song

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Dr Robotnik – The Boogey Song

Finland 2001

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Mar
08
2010
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Giorgia Lauda – Mandolino mandolino

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One more italian long-forgotten hot babe for your pleasure and……..I can’t tell you how much i totally ADORE this tune!

This comes from the vaults of the essential italian Discopiù label, “Mandolino mandolino” (uncensored cover up here as you see) is a 1978 total masterpiece, and one of the very few disco tracks entirely sung in italian too. Not Giorgia’s voice on this release, a typical use of the era was to just have a perfect match with a sexy cover, a dance tune and some backsingers actually able to sing a tune in a studio.

As far as I know Giorgia did just a handful of singles, including the highly sought-after italodisco single “Taci”, German folks should also check her 1984 hit: “Jeder muss sein leben”.

This one has the perfect balance between a melancholic feel and a mad pulsing beats coupled with infectious voice, the whole result really drives me insane….if anyone is interested in having the transcript of the lyrics just let me know…..copies are still around over the net for cheap, I warmly suggest you get them before the hunt begins!

Giorgia Lauda – Mandolino mandolino

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Mar
08
2010
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Cathode Mamma

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Krisma – Cathode Mamma (1980)

And yes, Hans Zimmer was playing the keyboard for the band.

Hong Kong Counterfeit – Cathode Mamma (2003)

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Mar
07
2010
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Boogie Tonight

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M & G – Boogie Tonight (1986)

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Mar
06
2010
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Tunisian Ride

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Sticky Jones Gang – Tunisian Ride

Germany 1976.

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Mar
06
2010
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One Two Cha Cha Cha

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Usha Uthup – One Two Cha Cha Cha

Another ultra-stereophonic Usha Uthup masterpiece, this time from the big budget 1978 Bollywood extravaganza Shalimar. “All the action is here, man!”.

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Mar
06
2010
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Rape

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The Rippers – Rape

An obscure bongo/shake/hippie disco track from god knows where, label text is in German.

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Feb
28
2010
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Under The Ice

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Lovely Italo Disco track with loud beats. The main performer on this record is credited as a toy for geeks from the eighties known as Topo the robot. This vintage piece of so-so hardware lends its limited text-to-speech synthesis skills for a few vocals on the track.

Topo and Roby – Under The Ice (1984)

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Feb
28
2010
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Two Heads Are Better Than One

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Cube – Two Heads Are Better Than One

Italy, 1982. In the picture, two sassy signorinas from the Amnesia club of Milan, filled with fashionistas, models, punks and punkettes, rich girls, and boys in Armani, Armani and Armani. The Amnesia was one of the flashiest venues to try out the emerging italo tracks( and not to be confused with the place of the same name in Milan now).

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Feb
28
2010
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Planet Claire

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B-52s – Planet Claire

American made new wave-disco fusion from 1979.

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Feb
25
2010
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Gloria – Ping Pong Space

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“Italian babes” serie, continued: here it comes Gloria (Piedimonte).

A one hit wonder starlette that made three singles back in the days. “Ping Pong Space”, the only one which actually had some airplay, was the opening soundtrack of the popular fiction “Il Commissario Verrazzano” (Deadly Chase). This 7″ from 1978 appears to be selling for quite a lot of money on the market, though it is relatively obscure. I guess you still can be lucky enough to land yourself a copy for cheap on ebay. As far as i know it is one of the very few Durium releases which sported a (very nice indeed) gatefold sleeve. On the flipside of the single there is the instrumental version, which is quite a good reason to look for this one. Gloria did another very nice disco single in 1978, “Chi sei?”, arranged by Celso Valli plus an italodisco minor hit on the small Gualtiero Gatto’s “Gattocicova” label, “Ma che bella serata”, in 1983.

Gloria – Ping Pong Space

Feb
25
2010
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Don’t Give Up

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The Simon Orchestra – Don’t Give Up (1979)

Trivia: it features the exact same melodic line (wait for the second half of the sample) as found in one of my all-time disco favourites, French Kiss – Mischief. But there’s no plagiarism involved, just a composer being lazy and recycling it in two different songs.

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Feb
25
2010
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Hold-Up

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Alain Band/Hot City Simphony – Hold Up (1977)

The B side of the Alain Band 7” record features a conventional piece of instrumental disco, with drums and horns.

Louis Chedid, the composer, remade Hold Up in 1984, but it’s honestly not as good as the original one. A much better remake was recently done from samples off this 1984 track by the great LoSoul:

Louis Chedid – Hold Up (LoSoul Re-Edit) (2010)

It also appears that a very first version of this tune exists, dating back from 1974: I really don’t know whether it’s the same as the 1977 one.

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Feb
25
2010
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Grendizer Themes

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The Italian theme of an old Japanese anime from the mid 70s called Grendizer (aka UFOロボ·グレンダイザー, Grandizer, Goldrake, and Goldorak.)

Not really groundbreaking in any way – but well produced, the Atlas UFO Robot LP appears to be in high demand though, for some odd reasons.

Actarus – Shooting Star (1978)

Actarus – Vega (1978)

According to Tempera and Albertelli, they were asked in January 1978 by a RAI executive to write the theme songs for a new program for kids: a Japanese cartoon (i.e. Grendizer). They were given no information about the story, but they could see some scenes of the anime in Japanese some days later and understood more or less it was about a “good” robot fighting against some “bad” space invaders. This was enough for Albertelli to write the – somehow surreal – lyrics of “Ufo Robot” and “Shooting Star” (which originally was intended by the authors to be the song for the initial credits, but was refused by RAI executives for the role so becoming the ending theme), while Tempera involved Tavolazzi in the music writing process and thought to musical themes that could be played by an orchestra and sung by everybody so avoiding solo parts (a big novelty in Italian songwriting for theme songs, particularly referring to programs for kids). The whole writing and recording process of both two first theme songs lasted circa one month.

Excerpt courtesy of Goldotriomphe.

For comparison purposes, here’s an alternate disco-ified version of the Grendizer theme, especially made for the French-speaking Canadian market:

Michel Smith – Disco Goldorak (Vocal) (1980)

The sole credits of this second-rate theme are the rarity of the record on the market.

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Feb
22
2010
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Telephones

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Danny Darrow – Telephones

USA 1979.  Off a ten minute 12″ with a howling synth, a repeated male vocal and several phone calls.

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