Apr
19
2016
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Catalina

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Cusco – Catalina

Cusco – Alcatraz

Not only were they the biggest fashion crime of the 80s, the Decade That Taste Forgot, they were the biggest fashion crime ever. Anyone who was alive during that era cannot repress the mortifying memory of the Catalina jacket. Did you own one? If so your sin cannot be washed away.

The jackets were already around during the sixties when they may have been novel and sporty with nylon mesh vents to stop the wearer from overheating. During the early 80s, with the advent of the Jogging Chic, the jackets made an unwelcome comeback in satin or any cheaper variant. Worn with baggy blue jeans, or worse, with hideous gym trousers in retina-searing neon colors, they made the decade pure hell from beginning to end. In fact, the Catalinas persisted well into the 90s and you can see them even today, especially in Germany and Russia.

The actual music is great and obviously wasn’t made with the hellish jackets in mind. The titles refer to tourist spots in California. Still, chances are you’ll spot potbellied men in Catalina jackets there, too.

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Apr
14
2016
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Beranek – Dra Til Hælvete

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I really have to thank my “disco-friend” Italocarlito for having let me know of this record few days ago, as the A-side of it (track Dra Til Hælvete), has been remixed recently by two world-famous DJs and, maybe, i would have been able to find it at a much higher price, in the future. Dra Til Hælvete (literally Go To Hell) was released as a 7″ in 1981, by Norwegian label Mind Expanding Records, with lyrics, music, and interpretation by Beranek (Espen Beranek Holm, born 1960), a comedian and musician quite well-known in Norway, where he hosts the still running weekly radio satire show Hallo i uken, and for being a frequent presence on TV show Løvebakken (a version of comedy panel game show If I Ruled the World). In the early 1980s he also hosted a pop-show on NRK radio, called Happy Hour. The present track talks about a man cruising the streets searching for drugs, but short of money, fells prey of the dealer and heroin, and goes to hell. The controversial lyrics made this song banned by many radio stations, making it a sort of cult among Scandinavian DJs. It was in fact  repressed in Sweden too, after it reached the number 1 in Norwegian records chart, and there is even a 12″ version, not on label. Ah….track of B-side is Balls & Calls, which i like less, and tells that all men are fixated with….men balls.

 

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Apr
14
2016
0

Light Flight

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Many cars are considerably faster, make sexier noises and have better proportions than a Citroën DS, but if you want to float in peace on almost any kind of road texture, then there’s no better choice than a DS (or CX). In case looks are not that important then any vintage Citroën with hydropneumatic suspension will do the magic. Soundscape best matched with cosmic French libraries. Magical Ring long play is also available as a cassette. Please remember that home taping is not killing music, the greedy dealers are.

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Apr
13
2016
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Los Puntos – Asi Eres Tu

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The Los Puntos track is a discovery that i´ve made during a spain holiday. The band is a psych rock combo they made some really cool tracks, it´s time to explore them.

Los Puntos – Asi Eres Tu

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Apr
13
2016
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Aur Paas Aa

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Bajpai – Aur Paas Aa

Bollywood disco tune has a tinge of hopeless hopefulness.

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Apr
12
2016
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The Five Blackies

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The Five Blackies – Summer’s Almost Over

The Five Blackies – Disco Nights

There’s been a lot of talk about this German private pressing the last couple of years, so i thought it was time to get it on Overfitting. Rumours said that only few copies exists and they originally was giving out at a concert as some kind of promo.
A side “Summer’s almost over” which i like the most is in some way more a rock tune. First time i heard it i couldn’t really understand the fuzz about it, but i got sucked into it’s vibe and it became very addictive.
Flip side is a real disco banger and if you’re into the more cheesy German style you will love this! Aren’t we all feeling as the king of the disco night sometimes? i know i am..

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Apr
11
2016
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Money & Love

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Pinups – Money & Love

Tough tune from 1980.

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Apr
10
2016
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Schwul

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Warmer Sudwind – Schwul

Warmer Sudwind – Der Schwule Markt

Having problems pronouncing German words like “Ficken” and “Bumsen” and “Arschloch”? The main reason behind our mispronunciations is that, when we speak, we’re not used to pressing our lips as tightly shut as Germans are. Another tip is to always break down a long word like
Fünfhundertfünfundfünfzig,
which means five hundred fifty-five. Shorter words are easier, plus there are a lot of anglicisez words like Fisting.

The record was made in 1977 and contains two funky danceable tracks. The upper image is the inner sleeve. Had to modify it a bit with the yellow squares as this is a smut-free blog for the whole family.

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Apr
10
2016
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In The Disko

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Papertiger And The Cat Cammerorchestra – In The Disco

Cult item for those into danger.

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Apr
08
2016
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Disco-Phase

discophaseDig It Al – Disco-Phase

The spring is here soon which most importantly means that you can go camping in non-breathing polyester fashions and pass out anywhere in the forest without freezing to death.

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Apr
07
2016
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I Sista Minuten

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Musiktruppen Guran – I Sista Minuten

Crazy swedish hippie drum madness from 79. I’m not really sure what the woman is chanting about but the title means “In the last minute”. The track somehow reminds me a bit of the Coro Delle Lavandaie tune by Roberto de Simone. Love this one!

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Apr
07
2016
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Los Bomberos & otros

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Los Bomberos & otros

Spring IS here and dancing right now to Viva America and the rest from my recently posted list of faves is a good start to warm up those lazy winter bones. The sound is summer disco, made of of latin and bossa-flavoured easy listening, library music (recordings for so called music libraries from where film, radio and TV producers could license titles for their productions), psychedelia, soundtracks, lightweight pop and lollipop soul.

First up is Banzai featuring les Glodettes whose Viva America is the ultimate summer song if you ask me. The Glodettes were the backup dancers of legendary late French singer Claude Francois and they probably never sang a note on any record, only appearing on sleeves and promo videos. No matter as this tune is fantastic. The synths swirl and flash around on a highly energetic rhythm base topped by a hypnotic bass line, explosive percussion and an animated lead vocalist shouting in Spanish. Impossible not to groove along. You’ll sense the Glodettes all around you twirling madly.

The power of the rhythms increases, some playful intersections appear and the chorus assumes a less hysterical but more seductive tone in the next tune Ninas by Los Bomberos. All following tracks are in a similar vein and definitely a joy to dive into for any devotee of El Bimbo-influenced mondo disco.

Prince Albert Orchestra’s Try To Satisfy Me was included in the list but as this post is all about summer and fun I didn’t want to promote anything too expensive and hard to get. So, it had to give way to others more easily available, like Ela Ela by the Greek band Axis. And it’s just as good. This thing grooves and steams and freaks out throughout the whole record, with a mindripping fuzzed out bouzouki break that pushes you into a quick state of trance you’d want to go on for hours, melting your soul while your body shakes from the impulses and the psychedelic flow of colors. Campasino! Disco Piper! Couldn’t stop and had to throw in Chinese Kung Fu by Banzai as well, and Lalabye, and naturally the OUTSTANDING Magic Combo By African Magic Combo! But does this mix make sense and is it all well mixed in the traditional way? No, it’s more like a frenzied outburst of insane happiness, like oh how I love this music and yes the coming summer will be great!

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Apr
06
2016
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Lõpulaul

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Fashionably late entry from Estraadiansambel Laine. Apparently it was recorded already in 1980 judging from a TV apperance where they walked on music in the sunset. To my knowledge the vinyl version materialized in ’83. Easy to find in Estonia and not that difficult in Finland either. And yes, despite being a cover version of one of the most overplayed disco classics, I would dare to play it in public.

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Apr
04
2016
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Ragazza Della Sera

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Lonely streets, electric nights, neon lights, dark ladies walking, solitary, searching for some unspeakable pleasure, or pain. These are the ingredients of the track Ragazza Della Sera, sung entirely in Italian by Eva Nora, but released in 1985 by French label Trema. It’s a quite weird tune, which varies from a slow Italo disco to a dark synth pop style. The authors are Laurence Matalon and Jean Musy, who are the composers even of the A-side from this 7″, the track Vagabonda, previously included in the movie La Palombière (Jean-Pierre Denis, 1983). Central part is maybe less interesting, but the opening and ending minutes, with their dark lyrics and a slow, hypnotic rhythm, are worth a listening.

Eva Nora – Ragazza Della Sera

 

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Apr
04
2016
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Fitness Fever

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It’s pretty obvious where the inspiration for this one came from, but nevertheless a nice slow dancer with some good ideas in between. Definetely not one to drop at the height of the evening, but maybe towards the end it could make for a (over)fitting closure.

Sweet Muscles – Fitness Fever

And now I’m off to the gym

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Apr
03
2016
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Why (Don’t We Live In Peace?)

waySchaltkreis Wassermann – Why Don’t We Live In Peace

A Personal favourite for seated dancers and always a valid topic instead of one’s bench press record or personal development.

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Apr
03
2016
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Mam Dość

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Lombard – Mam Dość

Lombard – Ckliwy Melodramat

1985 was a good year for this Polish band.

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Mar
30
2016
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The Charts

Bloggers list their current or eternal faves. It’s all here, from cheap one euro finds to collectable obscurities to tracks mirroring their hard-to-explain personal obsessions.

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Chambizango:
Franco Tomassini – Gli Ultimi Tempi
Samira Bensaid – Bitakat Bob
Drums Music Show – Samedi Soir
Babette – Libre Comme Le Vent
Edma – A Depi Ki Tan Roun Etranje

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Spaceorgy:
Cento – Photocrome
Danyel Gérard – Le Vieux de la Montagne
Love Rose – Tickle Me
Regina Shakti – Ishivara Hare
The Freedom Machine – Free Love

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Anssi:
Zdenka Kovačiček – Elektra
Aлександр Градский – ?!
Ken Elliot – Body Music
Schaltkreis Wassermann – Hyperspace
New Sound – Summernight Dance

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Nixxon:
Inka – Schritte
Gli Opera – 1000 Anni Luce
Christian Bruhn – Zora La Rousse
Cogwheel – Perpetuum Parallaxis
Duncan Mackay – Gin Seng

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Italocarlito:
Cocktail Naif – Love Concert
Feliciano – Ricordi
Miro – Safari of Love
Afro Rhythm Group – Sexy Safari
Nico Fidenco – Make Love On The Wing

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Jussi:
Rinaldo’s Band – Campasino (instrumental)
Desert Express – Disco Piper
Los Bomberos – Ninas
Banzai & Les Glodettes – Viva America / Rythm America
Prince Albert Orchestra – Try To Satisfy Me (12”)

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Mar
29
2016
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Suite Amazónica

kol1Finis Africae – Suite Amazónica

I’ve done my best in dismissing the balearic sound. So it’s been somewhat surprising to find a classic Finis Africae long play spinning on my Technics for the past few weeks. I blame it on the spring, the sun and the friendly people for making me feel this happy again. No worries though, November will be here soon. A Couple with tasty poolside fashions shot by Ouka Leele.

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Mar
29
2016
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Here Comes The One

here comes the oneFunktion – Here Comes The One

German V.I.P.-Recordings easily qualifies as a private label as they most likely released just this 7″.

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