Jan
31
2008
7

Zombie!

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That’s a fact, I’m a Fabio Frizzi (living?) dead fanboy. I’ve already posted about my true fascination towards his work a few months ago, but I couldn’t stop just there. Frizzi has scored Lucio Fulci‘s so-called Living Dead trilogy from A to Z and only one of these three impressive themes has been previously presented in these pages. Now I hope the mistake is properly corrected.

The first track is probably his most famous score and can be heard in the movie Zombi 2 while the second one, which is a variation on the same theme, is used in Paura nella città dei morti viventi.

Fabio Frizzi & Giorgio Tucci – Zombie (1979)

Fabio Frizzi – Apoteosi Del Mistero (1980)

Of course, I could not decently post on the subject without mentioning the splendid tribute produced by Legowelt to one of the greatest masters of the Horror soundtrack genre.

Legowelt – Congo Zombie (2005)

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Jan
31
2008
3

Space Woman

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This very groovy track’s been first released with the Herman’s Rocket moniker, then under the Venus Gang guise a few years later; but don’t be fooled, it’s really the exact same song. Whatever its name, the bassline is quite hypnotic.

Herman’s Rocket / Venus Gang – Space Woman (1977 / 1981)

Interesting trivia, this is in fact a ‘spacey’ cover version of a funky song released only one year earlier.

La Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway (1976)

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Jan
31
2008
0

Robotnick

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Released on the excellent Ce n’est qu’un début EP, this track builds a very disctinctive and retro-futurist aesthetic that sounds like no other Synthpop productions of that era. IMO a true gem that has not lost any of its appeal since its initial release.

As a noted bonus, the whispered vocals perfectly fit in the atmosphere created by the instrumental part.

Alexander Robotnick – Dance Boy Dance (1984)

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Jan
30
2008
1

Starlight

Early 80s disco wtih delicate-tenuous & hazy synths., released in 1982.

Risque – Starlight

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Jan
29
2008
7

Space Lady

Exceptional obscure deep space-cosmic disco track

AMPLIFIED ORCHESTRA – Space Lady

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Jan
29
2008
0

Hands In The Dark

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Produced in 2005 but only properly released in 2007 by the dark italo ‘revivalist’ record label Italians Do It Better, Hands In The Dark is a cool track to relish on headphones. A perfect mood enhancer.

Chromatics – Hands In The Dark

It is in fact a kind of strange and unlikely mashup:
the lyrics and the melody are originally from
R.L. Crutchfield’s Dark Day – Hands In The Dark (1979)

while the instrumental part is sampled from
Chromium – Caribbean Air Control (1979)

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Jan
28
2008
0

Aliens

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Fairly enjoyable piece of music, nothing outstanding though but I like the bassline.

Android – Aliens (Special Dimension) (1986)

(All the edits sound very similar, I could have picked any of them you wouldn’t have been able to notice the differences)

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Jan
27
2008
1

Forces Of Light

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This one is simply awesome, the main chorus is so entertaining.

It’s been released quite confidentially in 1979 on Infinity Records. From the fantastic LP Star To Star. Enjoy.

Chromium – Forces Of Light

A huge thank you to blackberrie!

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Jan
24
2008
0

Face To Face

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Maybe the best known tune from the German pop band The Twins, a simple and naive melody you simply can’t forget.

The Twins – Face To Face – Heart To Heart (1982)

Shy Rose re-used the melodic line a few years later in what became in turn her greatest hit:

Shy Rose – I Cry For You (1987)

Another fine example of the appeal of this melody can be heard in a rather House-ish song from the mid-nineties:

Mozaic – Rays Of The Sun (Electric Beach Mix) (1996)

Please keep me posted if you happen to know a song using this melodic pattern and released before The Twins’ version.

(more…)

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Jan
11
2008
2

S.O.S

noel_neill_1.jpg A quirky Disco tune from the exuberant singer Dee D. Jackson and its simple yet efficient House cover version. The distress call has been received.

Dee D. Jackson – S.O.S. (Love To The Rescue) (1983)

Pierre De La Touche – SOS (2007)

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Jan
11
2008
0

When You Wake Up

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A very funky Candi Staton‘s tune from 1979, along with a slightly edited and bouncy House version made in 2006.

Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow

Soul Revenger – Wake Up Tomorrow

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Jan
10
2008
0

Oh Romeo

2g.jpg Yet another alias for Bobby Orlando‘s productions. Oh Romeo is a fine piece of italo disco with the obvious “O” touch. This is what Hi-NRG is all about.

Oh Romeo – These Memories (1983)
Oh Romeo – Only A Memory (1984)
Oh Romeo – Living Out A Fantasy (Dub) (1985)
Oh Romeo – Light Of Love (1985)

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Jan
06
2008
0

Ikeya Seki

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Possibly one of my favourite Kano‘s pieces of music.

Follow the comet…

Kano – Ikeya Seki (1983)

On a side note, Kavinsky remade it with a contemporary touch for his 1986 EP

Kavinsky – Grand Canyon (2007)

Thanks to Kundalini for spotting this specific version.

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Jan
04
2008
1

V.I.P.

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Let’s face it, this track is quite an oddity within Françoise Hardy‘s discography. Hardly fitting into the genres she used to play and never followed up by any other similar productions.

It also happens to be my personal favourite from her repertoire.

Françoise Hardy – V.I.P. (1986)

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Jan
04
2008
2

O

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I sincerely believe it’s a great song. On the one hand with its roots both tied in Italian Synthpop and slow paced New Wave, but also heading forward with a rather modern twist.

Nevertheless, and since it is home-made I’m in the end no judge, criticisms welcome and even required.

Reagan + Carter – O (Part 1) (2007)

Reagan + Carter – O (Part 2) (2007)

The Ghost That Walks was kind enough to provide me a smashing remix. Everything has been destructured, distorted and twisted in order to create a true killer track! All Hail The Ghost!

Reagan + Carter – O (ReAnimated By The Ghost That Walks) (2007)

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Jan
03
2008
0

Another Life

travolta-saturday-night_std.jpg One of the most incredible smash hits from the über brilliant Disco-act Kano (no, not that Grime poser 😉 the one and only Kano), namely Another Life, and released in 1983. Some mere 20 years afterwards, the house tunes that sample it are even as outstanding as the original version. True dancefloor killers.

“Another life another lover, where in the world do lonely dreams ever go?” So incredibly dazzling and catchy that it’s impossible to get it out of your head.

Kano – Another Life

Two different portions of the original song sampled or re-created, two different artists and styles, two insane House reduxes.

Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis (Alan Braxe Remix) (2006)

Junior Jack – Life (2007)
(The Banshee Rocktron rules)

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Jan
03
2008
2

Angie Care

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Another great introspective tune from the original Valerie Dore team. 1984 was a very special year for Italo Disco.

Angie Care – Your Mind (Vocal Version)

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Jan
02
2008
0

Portuguese Electro

rudi_grenreich1.jpg Moulinex and Xinobi are both ‘distortion-knob electro’ bands from Lisbon, Portugal. And it appears they like to remix each other’s songs

Moulinex – Break Chops (Xinobi’s Pork Chops Remix) (2007)

Xinobi – BMX (Moulinex Remix) (2007)
which samples Break Machine – Street Dance (more…)

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Jan
02
2008
5

Magic Fly

sputnik_teck-751540.jpg THE tune that launched a Disco sub-genre on its own (but short-lived mind you, what a pity).

The video clip is fun too. All hail robots from space! Your music rocks BIG times.

Space – Magic Fly (1977)

and its cover version by Kebekelektrik, released a few years afterwards (which is sadly not as brilliant and innovative as the original was)

Kebekelektrik – Magic Fly (1981)

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Jan
02
2008
0

Tanzania

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A very slow paced Cosmic Afro track released by Helen.

Helen – Zanzibar (Afro Mix) (1985)

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