Mar
24
2015
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Franz Lambert Galaxis Orgel Sound

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Franz Lambert Galaxis Orgel Sound – The Girls From Paramaribo

“First there is the innocently stupid, the insipid song; then the intentionally stupid, the song ornamented with all the stupidities that the singer takes into his head to make. Next comes the vicious song, which corrupts the public and lures it into bad musical paths by the attraction of certain capricious methods of performance, brilliant but with false expression, which is revolting to both good sense and good taste.”– Hector Berlioz, a French Romantic composer c 1840, most famous for Symphonie Fantastique and Grande Messe des Morts.

Well, Hector, and everybody like you today, here’s to you the often quoted message from the wise man: Fuck Art, Let’s Dance.

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Mar
23
2015
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Kong Vinter

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Frank Aleksandersen – Kong Vinter

Norway has a rich tradition of myths, throbbing with supernatural beings like trolls and sexually ferocious nymphs. You may also have heard of stories of Norse mythology focusing on Odin, the chief Norse God and his son Thor. Still, there’s no legend as intriguing and mysterious than that of the 12″ of Kong Vinter, the 1979 realese by one Frank Aleksandersen. Now, behold, listen, and believe.

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Mar
23
2015
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Denis King And His Orchestra

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Denis King and His Orchestra – Regan’s Theme

GB. A tough-as-nails tune from the 1977 original. Accept nothing less.

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Mar
22
2015
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Simbora

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B-side, US, 1978.

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Mar
18
2015
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Eleventh Hour

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Eleventh Hour – Hollywood Hot

Around the same time producer/songwriter Bob Crewe unleashed his Street Talk disco album late in 1975 with it’s infamous Cherry Boy track – check the lyrics like “your ass is your ticket to paradise…so nice” – he scored a another medium-sized disco hit with this one. The focus is again on the sleazier side of life with stuff such as a conversation between a client and a chicken, an underage prostitute.

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Mar
16
2015
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Proxima Centauri

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I Signori Della Galassia – Proxima Centauri

The classic of the month – from a slightly different angle. The focus here is on the haunting final part of the long 1979 track, with just a snippet of the central theme in the beginning.

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Mar
15
2015
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If You Want Tell Me

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B-side, France, 1979.

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Mar
15
2015
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Back To Paris the album version

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Bernheim – Back To Paris (lp version)

The still active Francois Bernheim from France worked with Berlin cabaret icon Ute Lemper, Brigitte Bardot and Patrick Juvet. He also realesed a disco 12″ Back To Paris in 1979, with French version on one side and English language version on the flip. Nine minutes long each, they are lush, fast tempo big production numbers in the episodic suite tradition.

The song begins with introduction, setting the tone for the the remainder of the movements and presenting the main thematic material. This takes the form of theme groups, linked via a modulating transition, or bridges, rather than break passages heard in most long disco records. In the succeeding development sections, the thematic material is presented in new harmonic and textural contexts. The 16 minute album version out in Canada adds entirely new material, some of which is heard in the clip, bringing more depth and drama into the track. Finally the developments transition smoothly into the recapitulation, where the main themes are presented in an intensified form. Spectacular.

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Mar
12
2015
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Basic Laws

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Miroslav Vitous – Basic Laws

“Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance.” – James Howe

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Mar
11
2015
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Funky Dj

GG's Barnum Room, NY, NY, December 1978
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Richie Heinen – Funky Dj

Dedicated to Dj Frankie who played the greatest mix of sleazoid tunes possibly ever heard in NYC at the infamous GG Barnum Room during the late 70s. GG Barnum’s was situated at 128 West 45th Street, right off the vortex that was Times Square at it’s heyday and what is a place of zero importance today. The club was originally called The Peppermint Lounge during the twist craze years of the sixties when it attracted a basically wholesome, clean and fun-loving crowd. Nothing risque or in any way questionable went on there at all. From July 1978 onwards, a different clientele started to flock into the now gone-into-glorious-seed premises: drag queens, transexuals, boys wearing nothing but jockstraps. Gentlemen in expensive three piece suits prowled in the bar area while the toilets were used mainly for purposes they were not built for. What made the difference however was that there was a safety net over the dance floor and above it, live trapeze artists flew back and forth. There was also a contraption resembling a spider’s web in which artistes of undefined gender contorted themselves, often wearing next to nothing and flaunting their private parts in the faces of the crowd.

Funky Dj from 1977 was no doubt never played there but it would have fitted the-weirder-the-better ambiance perfectly.

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Mar
09
2015
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The Rescue

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Birth Control – The Rescue

Relentlessly driving fast 1979 sci-fi krautrock disco hybrid got quite a reaction at the club last Friday night.

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Mar
09
2015
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Capitole Dancing

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Capitole – All Right Now

Snippets of this French twelve were included here in a mix back in the day but the main body of the track, a bouncing 1978 version of the rock classic, has been mysteriously overlooked. And as you can see the sleeve ain’t bad, either.

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Mar
08
2015
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Merlin

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Rasputin – Merlin

B-side, Germany, 1979. Plays well with Adolf Stern.

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Mar
04
2015
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Paul Feels Love

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Paul Mauriat – I Feel Love

HELPFUL TIPS
•If you choose to go out to a bar or a disco club seeking company, set a limit as to how many drinks you will have, and stick to that limit. Part of your decision-making process should also take into account that you can tell a lady by the company she keeps. Recognize however that looks can be decieving.
•Having sex is a serious step; take it only when you are ready for the impact and the responsibilities.

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Mar
03
2015
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American Woman

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Manuel Gas – American Woman

Proto disco from 1970. Cover of hendrix’s American Woman.

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Mar
02
2015
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More Hiltonaires

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It’s those anonymous hitmakers (and stealers) again, bringing you back to the days when fancy and extravagant luxury hotels were seen as the epitomy of western civilization. A bit of a mixed bag, but there you go.

The Hiltonaires – A.I.E. Mwana
The Hiltonaires – Can’t Break Away
The Hiltonaires – Man’s Best Friend

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Mar
02
2015
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24 Hours More

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I posted the original version of 24 Saat last summer. This newer version is from a later Rıza Silahlı Poda solo album. Slower, more electronic, and a lot more hypnotizing.

Rıza Silahlı Poda – 24 Saat

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Mar
02
2015
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Love Me Now

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You don’t necessary need a soulmate to be in love. It’s perfectly fine that your relationship is based on impeccable taste in clothing (Nigeria, 1979).

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Feb
26
2015
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Up Around The Bend

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SWF Orkester – Up Around The Bend

Just like disco music early discothéque music is characterized most easily by what it isn’t. It isn’t rock, it isn’t soul or funk and it’s not really pop music either, sounding often “wrong” to ears accustomed to the stereotypes that populate the more familiar genres. The fans of discothéque music were hedonists, swingers (wanna-be or real) and other outcasts from both well-behaving society and the accepted alternative rock scenes. They were individuals who unashamedly reveled in the excess, the dramatic contrasts of dynamics, the exaggarated instrumentation and the wild movements of sound from left channel to right and back again. Instead of an a lead singer, an electric guitar or a sax, the often familiar melody of a discothéque tune like this version of the CCR standard is carried by a Hammond organ, brass instruments, a girl chorus or a huge wash of strings, and propelled by a funky bass line. Throw in some additional cool from bossa nova, fire from latin soul, stomp from yé yé and boogaloo, and there it is: THE WILD DISCOTHÉQUE SOUND!

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Feb
25
2015
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Free Africa

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Tribù Bantù – Free Africa

If we were a bit more business minded we’d introduce an Overfitting Disco Car Service. You could just place a call and a well-maintained, highly trained, multilingual driver would appear in a Lamborghini Countach, ready to take you on a made-to-measure tour. A glass of Bollinger in one hand and a spliff in the other, you’d be driven off the usual beaten track to a host of exclusive galleries, cinemas, vinyl stores, bars and finally to a club to dance to music like Free Africa. Pick ups would be directly from the specified address – including airport terminals. You could also request a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.

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