Dec
03
2011
0

Touchez Pas

Jumping Beans – Touchez Pas

France 1976. Indefensible by any normal standards.

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Dec
02
2011
0

Come To Bahia

On The Rocks – Come To Bahia
On The Rocks – I Will Wait For You

French seven-inch from 1978. The b-side is the Michel Legrand tune from Les Parapluies De Cherbourg.

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Nov
30
2011
0

Mr Morse

Mr Morse – S.O.S. I’m In Love

Hear this 1977 one on Thursday 8th at MBar, the absolute coolest venue in central Helsinki. That week I’ll be spinning at the afterparty of the Gay Street Dance at Dynamo in Turku on Tuesday the 6th as well, with djs Anssi, Naughtycake etc. What’s in the bag there, probably “Safari” by McNamara & Pedro Almodovar – ?
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Nov
24
2011
0

For You

Neil Pointer – For You

A Pino Presti-style semi-obscure throbber.

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Nov
23
2011
1

Rotation

Rotation – Rotation 1

One of the several “Rotation” records by the German band Rotation. This could sound good in a cave disco, with light effects by translucent jellyfish floating under an acrylic dance floor.

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Nov
22
2011
1

Blue Nights Of Valencia

Isabel – Blue Nights Of Valencia
Los Lobos – Disco Del Sol

Another timeless lisping nymphette classic from 1977 plus a bonus track in the same alluring package holiday style.

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Nov
20
2011
0

Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again

Night Fever – Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again

A 1978 German disco revamp of the Fortunes hit.

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Nov
20
2011
1

Music In The Air

Emily Starr – Music In The Air

Check the guy on his knees in the left hand corner, what is he doing, giving head? Emily from The Netherlands must have been thrilled to have her hitette realesed on this Discomania 9 album.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Balla Balla

Baden Baden – Balla Balla

This 1978 German track by the team Keith Forsey-Jurgen Korduletsch-Thor Baldursson does not sound like it has anything to do with the quaint Schwarzwald spa town Baden Baden, more like something Ulrike Meinhof of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group could have danced to, had she ever invaded a disco club. Check the Japanese artwork – fits the sounds or what.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Disco J.J.S.

Disco J.J.S.- V.S.O.P. American

The 1978 edit of a tune used to promote VSOP cognac in Japan. Every year, a slightly different version came out. This is the poshest sounding one.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Wanted

Cosmic Gal – Wanted

Every now and then someone asks about this one so here it is. A few copies are available in the net.

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Nov
13
2011
0

Richard Sanderson

Richard Sanderson – Never Let You Go

1979 French track by a British singer.

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Nov
11
2011
0

Obsession

Ringo – Obsession

This imo pretty outré 1975 cut should have been there in the Ringo mix posted a few weeks back but I only found it a couple of days ago at Lucky Records in Reykjavik.

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Nov
11
2011
0

Bon Bon

J.D.V & Friends – Bon Bon

Shuffling Canadian hi-hat track from 1976. According to Vince Aletti’s book it was big at Circus Maximus club of Los Angeles early in 1977. In the image, Miss Candy Darling with Andy Warhol.

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Oct
31
2011
0

Out Of Limits

New Marketts – Out Of Limits
African lightning

Two titles from the 1977 American album Step On It.

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Oct
30
2011
2

So Excited

Mandy B Jones – So Excited

One of the best sounds of the year in my opinion – 1977 of course. The track has it all. The beat is moody and the vocalist is about to give in to demonic pleasures of the flesh. – I’ll put the whole tune into a mix, asap.

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Oct
24
2011
0

Dancing

Spooky & Sue – Dancing

Some may remember (while most choose to forget) an early 70s pop tune called “Sugar Baby Love” by the British band The Rubettes. There were also those who wished the band had made a disco record at some later phase of their career. This is what such a record could have sounded like. A saccharine melody over floating midtempo rhythm, strings and sighs and then, the Rubettes speciality: the ear-shattering castrato howl!

“Dancing” is the semi-instrumental version of the Dutch duo Spooky & Sue’s 1976 hit “Do You Dig It”.

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Oct
13
2011
2

Assassination

Calderon – Assassination

Calderon – Latin Lover

And now something from Spain for those not too concerned with political correctness. After some five minutes the ominously throbbing Assassination reaches a lurid final sequence that goes on for quite a while – did they really play this in clubs in 1979, complete with the sobbing, screaming and slobbering? I’ll most certaily spin the whole 7 minutes tomorrow in Helsinki. – Latin Lover is more traditionally tasteful but not half bad at all.

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Oct
11
2011
0

Garden Party

Francis Lai – Garden Party

Cool track off the ost of a 1978 comedy film called “Les Ringards”, starring Mirelle Darc. There is a film called Torture Garden as well but that has unfortunately nothing to do with the infamous cult book seen above.

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Oct
11
2011
0

Boogie Walk

Funky Bureau – Boogie Walk

A 1976 tune apparently available only in Japan.

The moves to the Walk are printed at the flip of the 7″ but what you get is a ridiculously simplified variation. The Walk was originally done a lot to Soul City Walk by Archie Bell & The Drells, and involved lines of people surging back and forth in unision as one unstoppable force on the dance floor. Every step took one beat. No improvising, you HAD to perform every move like everybody else, or else.

This is how the Walk was done. Starting with your right foot take 3 steps backwards. Right, left, right. On the count of 4, do a tap to the back with your left foot. That’s one-two-three-and-a tap. Then starting with the foot you just tapped with, the left foot, take 4 steps forward. Left, right, left, right. Next, repeat this whole pattern, stepping back and forth during 8 counts of music, starting with the same right foot you completed the first phase of the moves with. Next, keeping your body facing foward, take 3 sideways steps to the right like a crab, starting with your right foot that you just stepped foward with. That’s step to the right with your right foot, step to the right with your left foot which goes BEHIND your right one during this count of music, and then a step to the right with your right foot. On count 4, do a tap to the right with your left foot, in front of your right foot. Then do 4 steps back to the starting position to the left, starting with your left foot you just tapped with. When you do the steps to the left, spin completely around, clapping your hands on the final beat/step four.

Now you’re back in the starting position. To complete the action take step forward with your right foot and then step foward with your left foot. Repeat the same only stepping backward – back with the right, back with the left. Then staying in place in the starting position click your heels twice during 2 beats. Finally do 2 tap steps foward – not stepping anywhere, just tapping in place – with your right foot. That’s two taps foward during two counts of music, then two taps to the back. Then one tap foward, one tap back, one tap to the right side, and now we come to the tricky bit. For the next beat/tap step done during the 8th beat/count of this final phase of the series of moves, kick with your right foot in front of you while turning 90 degrees to the left, to face a new wall. Start the whole sequence again with your right foot, and repeat. After completing the patterns, you always turn 90 degrees to the left. Carry on doing this for hours till you reach the intended line dance nirvana.

The Walk later became the Bus Stop, the Los Angeles Hustle, and then the offical Line Hustle. In 1976/early 1977, the moves got capitalized by the makers of the Saturday Night Fever film fiasco who added naff stuff like pointing upwards with your finger. Of course, by that time nobody in their right minds would dance in a line anymore. Too bad as moving in a line with other people is not that bad at all. Now of course we’re back at it with the Zumba thing. I’ve been to a class twice. The moves are much more complicated than The Walk and you’ll start sweating like a pig after some 10 minutes. That’s the whole point. In other words a really good way to lose fat fast.

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