Feb
25
2008
2

Why

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It could have only been a great Pop song but there is definitely too much flanger and the beat is really too funky for a straight Pop song. It’s also good Disco. Chic wrote and produced it, hence why.

Carly Simon – Why (1982)

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Feb
24
2008
2

Corona?

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On the left, Giovanna Bersola, the actual singer of This Is The Rhythm Of The Night and on the right, Sandra Chambers, the voice behind Baby Baby and Try Me Out.

Did you know that This Is The Rhythm Of The Night by Corona was actually a cover version? I didn’t.

Here we have THE obvious hit:
Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night (1993)

Now just replace the main lyrics “This is the rhythm of the night” with “Save me save me” and listen to:

Say When! – Save Me (1987)
Alright… the “cover” version has been extensively rewritten (if not from scratch) and only part of the original lyrics have been finally kept.
Anyway, thanks to Vanity6 for the info.

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Feb
23
2008
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Feb
23
2008
0

War Dance

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War Dance” is a long and percussive ascension in space. So join the tribe and dance for the cosmos.

Kébekélektrik – War Dance (1977)
(Listen to the complete version)

Kebekelektrik (read “Quebec Electric”) made big hits with tracks such as “Magic Fly” famous cover of Space (see the post) .

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Feb
22
2008
0

We Can Make It

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A sort of sped-up Synthpop ballad from Montreal, released in 1984 by one half of Pluton & Humanoids.

Purple Flash – We Can Make It

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Feb
22
2008
2

Spacer Woman

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If you’ve never heard of this piece of music before then maybe it’s worth noting first that it’s considered to be some kind of a ‘state-of-the-art benchmark’ among early-Italo Disco enthusiasts.

So many people think this track is a perfect example of a successful blend of Electro, Synthpop and Italo Disco… I do agree, wholeheartly: very few songs can brag they achieved that level of greatness.

Charlie – Spacer Woman (1983)

Watch out for more about Maurice Cavalieri soon.

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Feb
21
2008
0

Margherita

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Light-hearted bassline with a distinctive latin flavour. ¡Ai caramba!

Massara – Margherita (1979)

Worthless trivia: Boney M. re-used this theme a few years later in their Felicidad (Margherita)

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Feb
21
2008
3

City Of The Dead

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Yet other home-made tracks, meant to be ghastly this time. Some kind of a Post Apocalyptic Z Day setting mixed with a John Carpenter-infused soundtrack. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Logan + Ménard – City Of The Dead (2007)

Logan + Ménard – Wastelands (2007)

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Feb
21
2008
2

Defense Remixes

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Two home-made remixes of The Ghost That Walks‘ Defense. The first one is a kind of fierce and glitchy techno track where the main loop is tortured to death, while the second takes on a darker edge and is relatively electro regarding the form.
The mixing has been rushed and is really weak, you’d better reduce the bass levels and turn up the volume a tad if you wish to hear anything.

The Ghost That Walks – Defense (Kernighan + Ritchie Remix 1) (2008)

The Ghost That Walks – Defense (Kernighan + Ritchie Remix 2) (2008)

All the best to The Ghost with his new record label.

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Feb
21
2008
1

Put The Freeze On

bmkhan.jpg A great track released on Alfie Silas’s first album: Alfie. (Unfortunately) The only song with a strong electronic layer on the album. Too bad, I like this specific one.

Alfie Silas – Put The Freeze On (1982)

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Feb
21
2008
0

Don’t Chop Banana

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It appears I’m unable to grasp the depth and range of the lyrics to their full extent, however the instrumental part sounds good enough.

Dan-I – Monkey Chop (1979)

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Feb
20
2008
4

Who’s “Lena” ?

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2 Belgen – Lena (1985)
(Listen to the “Extended version”)

2 Belgen‘s belgian duo is characterised by Rembert De Smedt‘s singing style and a guitar-synthesizer’s use for bass & rhythm. Hit single released on Vogue Belgique.

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Feb
20
2008
2

The Sparrow

567131-6809-cp.jpg The B side of the indefinable Crème De La Crème, this piece of music is unsurprisingly as bizarre as the first one. I still don’t know if I love it or hate it. One thing for sure: Waylon leaves no one indifferent.

I’m just saddened he didn’t produce anything else in the same vein.

Two words: beyond strangeness.

Waylon – The Sparrow (1979)

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Feb
19
2008
0

Space Disco

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Universal Robot Band‘s debut LP

Dance And Shake Your Tambourine” was released after the single (see the post). The main piece more than 11min. long which is also my favorite because of its progression is so cosmic. Take this rocket!

Universal Robot Band – Space Disco (1977)

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Feb
19
2008
1

Dance / I Was Born This Way

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To my knowledge, Dance is most probably the first Disco House tune (i.e. based around a sample from a Disco song) ever produced. A breakthrough at the time of its release and quite visionary in a sense, pre-dating the Disco House production climax that happened around the end of this past decade. It also turned out to be a true underground sell-out rapidly.

Earth People – Dance (1989)

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Feb
19
2008
4

Danuta

danuta_1.jpg Following the footsteps of Sabrina and Samantha Fox ,
Danuta Lato is a Polish erotic-model-turned-singer who
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In my view the best track from the lot is unquestionably the Touch My Heart B side : I Need You. The other ones are a bit too Pop… but never ‘unpleasant’.

Danuta – Touch My Heart (1987)
Danuta – I Need You (1987)
Danuta – Whenever You Go (1989)
Danuta – Nobody’s Woman (1989)

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Feb
18
2008
0

Disco Train

radio_tube_train.jpg Dance Reaction‘s major hit, released in 1981.

Get on the Disco train!

Dance Reaction – Disco Train

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Feb
18
2008
3

The Runner

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The Three Degrees – The Runner (1978)

The Three Degrees are a female Philly soul and disco vocal musical group formed in 1963. The members changed many times. (more informations)

After a few disappointments the album “New Dimension” arrived right in time for a renewal: new producer with Giorgio Moroder and new label with Ariola.

First the single “Giving Up, Giving In” hits the top of the club charts. Then a second single “The Runner” came to complete the real success.

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Feb
17
2008
4

Crème De La Crème

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Produced by one half of Dance Reaction, this tune is so weird it’s intriguing.

Minimalist production and ridiculous voice: la crème de la crème? Maybe 😀

Waylon – Crème De La Crème (1979)

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Feb
16
2008
0

Makin’ Music

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Over 9 minutes of pure dubby and trippy goodiness, thanks to Joe Tucci‘s know-how.

The Vocal version is fine too, but IMO the Dub Mix is really the standout track on this release.

Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub Mix) (1983)

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