Dec
23
2007
1

I Want

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I’m in the mood for that kind of thing today, so here’s another unpretentious and cheerful Italo Disco tune in the same breathe as the one in the previous ticket. And BTW I do really dig this one.

Anneclaire – I Want (1986)

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Dec
23
2007
1

Faces

faces.jpg Released in 1985 on Crash Records (and arranged by Pineapples himself): it’s Italo Disco at its best.

Clio – Faces

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Dec
22
2007
0

Nami Shimada

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Nami Shimada was (she retired from singing in 1990) a J-Pop artist and although I’m not fond of that genre, a few tracks she did, like Sun Shower released in 1989, are really more Garage or House than Pop. And they are good.

Nami Shimada – Sun Shower (H-Track Edit) (2006)

Nami Shimada – Sun Shower

On a side note, Nami Shimada now appears to be DJing in Japan.

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Dec
21
2007
0

Two Of Hearts

2-of-heart.jpg Uplifting and breezy tune for today, every Italo Disco fan knows this one…

Stacey Q – Two Of Hearts (Extended Mix) (1986)

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Dec
19
2007
0

Spaced Out

spaced-out.jpg Catchy bassline, funky guitar riff, silly lyrics, high-pitched chorus, robotic chipmunk vocals… what else do you want?

Pure Energy – Spaced Out (1983)

(thanks to blackberrie for the disco-very)

BTW, did you know that two of the Pure Energy team, i.e. Curtis Hudson and John Benitez, are also involved in Madonna’s first LP? The first one has even written Holiday. Neat, huh?

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Dec
19
2007
0

Spring Rain

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One hell of a cheerful Disco tune! One of the best symphonic Disco releases of the seventies, suffice to say.

Bebu Silvetti – Lluvia De Primavera (1976)

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Dec
19
2007
1

Vivien Vee

vivien-vee.jpg Vivien Vee started her career in the late 70s with plain (Italian-flavoured) Disco and moved into the 80s with Italo Disco. Her most notable hit is IMO the incredible Higher, very melodic and well produced.

BTW most of her songs are arranged and produced by the duo behind smash-hit bands such as Capricorn and Kasso and composed of Giancarlo Meo and Claudio Simonetti. (More on Claudio and his OSTs soon, in an upcoming ticket)

Vivien Vee – Give Me A Break (1979)
Vivien Vee – Higher (1983)
Vivien Vee – Heartbeat (1987)
Vivien Vee – Cross My Heart (Club Mix) (1989)

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Dec
18
2007
0

Appointment In Space

house-of-the-future-1953.jpg A fun attempt at quirky futurism, by the crazy Belgian trio Telex in 1988. From their great Looney Tunes album.

A track looking towards both the late 70s Space Disco and the typical 80s bleepy Synthpop. Mixed with the obvious Belgian touch one would expect from Telex.

Telex – Rendez-Vous Dans L’espace

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Dec
14
2007
1

Stardance

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I must admit I know nothing about John Forde. Except that he used to produce some kind of weird and spacey slow-motion Disco songs.

Seriously (or not), they must have all taken LSD in the recording studio.

John Forde – Stardance (1977)

EDIT: John Forde appears to be an alias (or a typo on the covers) of John Ford.

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Dec
14
2007
0

Okay Okay

roller-disco.jpg Direct follow-up to Me Quale Idea and released one year later in 1981. It’s almost the same song… which means it is good.

Same bouncy bassline and same laser twirls.

Pino D’Angiò – Okay Okay

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Dec
12
2007
0

Disco Star Wars

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In order to end the weird space-opera-to-disco chapter (first initiated with Star Trek and then with Battlestar Galactica), now here’s finally Star Wars. Same recipe as the others, the result ends up being as approximate (maybe worse) but it’s quite fun in its own way.

Re-arranged by Meco Monardo and Harold Wheeler in 1977, it’s their second fair try in the genre (after an album inspired by Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) and even if it ultimately falls short it is still enjoyable to some degree.

Meco – Star Wars Title Theme

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Dec
12
2007
0

Votchik

70.jpg Votchik is a Polish newcomer recently signed on 23 East Deep Recordings and specialized in moody House. Surely someone to check out in the future.

Votchik – Make First Step (2007)

Votchik – Aurora In The Sky (2007)

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Dec
11
2007
0

You Got My Soul

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Released in 1984 on the mythic Crash Records, You Got My Soul is a very fine piece of Italo Disco. And now I know (see previous post) that the first Valerie Dore team is behind this great tune actually.

Domina – You Got My Soul

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Dec
11
2007
5

The Story Behind Valerie Dore

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Thanks to a recent post by Johan Agebjörn I’ve discovered that Valerie Dore was in reality the name of a studio project, involving a tremendous amount of people, and not just a single band.

Anyway, and because it was too tempting…

Valérie Dore – Get Closer (1984)
Valérie Dore – The Night (1984)
Valérie Dore – It’s So Easy (Maxi) (1985)
Valérie Dore – Lancelot (1986)

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Dec
11
2007
0

Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica fans don’t have to envy their Trekkie counterparts (see previous ticket). They have their own theme makeover too.

Released in 1978, the Music From “Battlestar Galactica” And Other Original Compositions contains remakes of the series themes on the A side (mostly written by Glen Larson and Stu Phillips) and produced by Harold Faltermeyer while on the B side Giorgio Moroder provides a 15-minute-long original composition. Not the very best of their work but worth it nonetheless.

Harold Faltermeyer – Theme From “Battlestar Galactica”

Harold Faltermeyer – It’s Love, Love, Love

Giorgio Moroder – Evolution

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Dec
11
2007
3

Disco Warp 7

dj-spock.jpg They did it. And the almighty The Universal Robot Band is responsible for this, not mindblowing but rather fun.

In fact, not much has changed compared to the original Alexander Courage‘s version… it’s just more Disco. From their Freak In The Light Of The Moon album in 1978.

The Universal Robot Band – Disco Trek (Star Trek Theme)

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Dec
10
2007
3

Shake Your Tambourine

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This is what happens when robots go Disco. All hail The Universal Robot Band for this boogie track!

The Universal Robot Band – Dance And Shake Your Tambourine (1976)

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Dec
10
2007
2

Running Up That Hill (For Cover)

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Everybody (?) knows Kate Bush, talented English artist and behind loads of hits in the eighties. I do really appreciate her Running Up That Hill, released in 1985, and I’ve recently noticed that it’s been covered by a wide array of Electronic producers, a lot.

Some are pure garbage to my ears but others are quite excellent, not surprisingly the ones I prefer are those that kept the simple melody, the strong reverb and all the things that made the original release great.

The Original:
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (Extended Version)

A slight Electro redux:
Datassette – Running Up That Hill (2005)

A more Housey outfit:
Housego – Running Up That Hill (2006)

And finally a gentle commercial House reconstruction not using the main chorus as the gimmick:
Infusion – Running Up That Hill (2002)

Edit by Kundalini:
AND finally a slow italo synth-pop because Italians Do It Better (as you should know by now).

Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (2007)
(Listen to the full track)

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Dec
09
2007
0

No Sleep

goya-sleep-reason.jpg Just because I really love this one…

Anthony Rother – Sleep (2006)

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Dec
08
2007
1

Lady Valentine

monte-kristo.jpg Monte Kristo‘s second release in 1986. A perfect instance of the Italo Disco production of that era.

Some vocal intonations remind me of Valerie Dore, but it is less spacey and more pop here.

Monte Kristo – Lady Valentine

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