Jun
24
2010

Tonica & Dominante

 

tigre

Tonica e Dominante – Tigre

This one has been under the radar for a while now, and one of my major secrets that it’s now time to reveal to the world…..another obscure true italian gem from 1979, Tonica & Dominante’s “Tigre” 7″ on the similarly obscure Dominant label, is really a unique track: it is pure disco power sung in Neapolitan dialect.

This little pearl is filled with orchestra parts and amazing winds, and belongs to the next-big-thing in the disco scene revival: the Neapolitan afro (jazz-funk-ethno-pop-disco) scene of the middle 70s-to-early 80s, that gave birth (and a fruitful career) to the likes of  Tullio de Piscopo, Tony Esposito, Teresa de Sio and the now ultra mainstream cheese-spreader Pino Daniele. Therefore you can easily imagine there must be some more real disco masterpieces still buried under the ashes of the Vesuvio………

Oddly (or luckily) enough, even the flipside, “Gennarino O’ Sioux” is ultra killer material.

Tonica e Dominante – Gennarino O’ Sioux

This is one of the rarest and most expensive italian disco releases, as it was a private press in small numbers, pretty ignored at the time!

UPDATE: Tracks uploaded to the radio playlist

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13 Comments »

  • Comment | 17/03/2010

    i would looooove to get my hands on this one…

  • Comment | 17/03/2010
    jussi

    There’s a street vendor btw Via Monteolivieto and the Nettuno fountain in Napoli, across the street from the main post office. He sells totally obscure, made-in-Italy 7-inch disco singles, in addition to just about anything you could not expect to come across. I’ve only been there during summertime but it’s not snowing in Napoli so he could be standing behind those stalls right now.

  • Comment | 17/03/2010

    …when do you plan to release your “disco tourist guide” jussi? I can already pre-order some copies

  • Comment | 17/03/2010
    italocarlito

    can I join the pre-order trip? and guys, we need to send someone on a disco mission to Naples……..

  • Comment | 17/03/2010
    jussi

    The Disco Tourist Guide Series was published in the now-defunct Canadian site Discostyle. The pages appear still to be accessible, though:

    http://www.discostyle.com/disco_records_shopping_milan.html

    I covered all sorts of destinations from Tokyo to Torino. The info is already 2 or 3 years old now so some those stores listed may be gone now.

  • Comment | 17/03/2010

    honestly, I was half-joking when I first said that… but, wow, you did it. Do you mind if I link your guide to the sidebar? I’ve been looking for this kind of info for eons

  • Comment | 18/03/2010
    jussi

    Go ahead, the Milan addresses are still in operation. However, some of the places are gone by now, like Metropoli Rock in Roma. Also, the Tokyo section is outdated, a number of the stores have closed but new ones are in their place. I’ll check the Japan situation again in May.

    If you want I can easily update all of the stuff.

  • Comment | 18/03/2010
    italocarlito

    i can’t believe you actually did it! do you have tips for Berlin? I’ll be there in a couple weeks……………..

  • Comment | 18/03/2010
    jussi

    Berlin has lots of so-so stores but one quaranteed place: Comeback Records, address Hasenheide 9

    030 6940-1433.

    This is in the Kreutzberg part of town. Time needed for browsing min 2 hours, massive amounts of obscure 7-inch disco singles, going cheap. Note that it’s not possible to listen to the stuff from the back room, but vinyls stored in the front room are ok.

    I myself went to Berlin 6 times during 2009. That sort of got rid of the most severe itch but now I’m feeling it again. After getting my clothes dirty at the Comeback,I head for the cafe Oliv, Münzstraße 8, or if I’m really hungry, for the best Vietnamese in town at Monsieur Wong’s, Alte Schönhauser Straße 46. The bigger, main Hugo flagship store is in the next block, by the new Camper Hotel. NOTE all shops close ridiculously early in Berlin, Saturdays around 13 or 14 at latest. Sundays everything is closed.

  • Comment | 18/03/2010
    jussi

    It’s Monsieur Vuong, not Wong.

  • Comment | 18/03/2010
    italocarlito

    thanks jussi, I’m counting the days…..I’ll share the fruits of the hunt here on the blog 🙂

  • Comment | 24/06/2011

    At last, the long quest is over, thanks a million Italoc! A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

  • Comment | 23/01/2012
    Fraser

    Any possibility I could get the full MP3 for this track? And the B side? It’s Amazing! But nearly impossible to locate…

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