Nov
16
2015
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At Halston’s

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bpm 101 – 105

We would very much like to arrange a party at one of the most iconic townhouses in New York, the Paul Rudolph-designed building at 101 East 63 Street. In 1974 the property was bought by American fashion designer Halston who turned it into a playground for the likes of Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, all sorts of fashionistas and rentboys and Liza Minnelli.

It would be fitting to start the event with music illustrating the early years of the decadent N.Y disco scene, first with fast beats and tracks with luxurious orchestration. Then, during Bolly and hors d’oeuvers, we could play something more relaxed. The fast section contains the great, very long half-instrumental version of the often injustly ignored Claudja Barry tune “Why Must A Girl Like Me”.

The house is currently for sale. The price is 40 million dollars.

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Nov
11
2015
0

Ciao Ciao (instrumental)

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Vita Romana – Ciao Ciao (instrumental)

Ah, Rome, you old whore! Here’s a hymn for your sagging but still alluring charms from 1976, made in France.

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Nov
09
2015
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Nov
06
2015
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Diabolo

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Cech Schlagerstar Helena Vondrackova delivers this slow motion bullet in 1978

 

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Nov
06
2015
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Manhattan

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Michael Holm – Manhattan

“We became addicted to disco. We went to the Toilet. We went to Crisco’s. These were the places. Toilet, Crisco’s, the Vault, the Mineshaft, the Anvil. Mineshaft had tubs where people would defecate into the tubs with men in them, and there were levels of, like, Dante’s Inferno. So you went lower and lower, and some men wore masks because they were doing such terrible sex acts they wanted no one to see their faces.

Once, friends of mine were getting married, and I remember I went to the temple and the rabbis were all blessing the people, and I couldn’t go right in because I had to check my face for pubic hairs.” – Flaunt magazine.

Yes, Manhattan was great in 1976 when Michael Holm (real name Lothar Bernhard Walter) realesed his Zwei Gesichter album.

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Nov
06
2015
0

Super Max-B

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Max-B – Super Max-B

1979 track is a medley of hits by the mighty Max, including Bananaticocó.

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Oct
30
2015
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Nic Nie Może Wiecznie Trwać

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Anna Jantar – Nic Nie Może Wiecznie Trwać

Anna Jantar – Do Żony Wróć

Everyone in Poland knows all about Anna Jantar so it’s about time the rest of the world gets hip to her too. Here are two of the top tunes from the last album she made, recorded in 1979 before her death in a plane crash. Thanks to Weronica Banaszek and Adrian Lindéz for giving me the wax.

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Oct
19
2015
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Big ones

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Pt 1.

Pt 2.

Pt 3

Number two includes the 101 Strings disco version of Maleguena, a huge dose of extravagance – think exotic romanticism of Andalucia, fine wines, strong haschisch and Rossy De Palma.
For easier access and due to the length of the tracks the mix is divided into 3 parts.

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Oct
14
2015
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Special Ero

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Best enjoyed with cheap brandy and expensive tobacco.

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Oct
14
2015
0

Free Again

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Mandy – Free Again

“Richtig – Barbara Streisand und Vicky Leandros haben diesen Titel schon auf-genommen, doch MANDY’s Version ist die erste discothekengerechte Version.” in:fo 3/79

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Oct
14
2015
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It’s My Party

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Karla Jayne & The Boogie Man Orchestra – It’s My Party

We don’t usually go for slick sounding American disco productions at Overfitting Disco but this 1975 version of the sixties Lesley Gore classic may be strong enough to cause mass hysteria in teenage girls and outbreaks of Tourette syndrome in others, so it cannot be overlooked. The vocalist later became Karla DeVito, a big name in the music business putting out rock albums and hanging out with Andrew Lloyd Webber. The song was also covered by Amy Winehouse but of course that woman could never top either the original or this fabulous seventies disco take.

Here are the lyrics so you can sing along and act out the drama:
It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
You would cry too, if it happened to you

Nobody knows where my Johnny has gone
But Judy left the same time
Why was he holding her hand
When he’s supposed to be mine?

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
You would cry too, if it happened to you

Play all my records, keep dancing all night
But leave me alone for awhile
Till Johnny’s dancing with me
I’ve got no reason to smile

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
You would cry too, if it happened to you

Judy and Johnny just walked through the door
Like a queen with her king
Oh, what a birthday surprise
Judy’s wearing his ring

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
You would cry too, if it happened to you

Oh, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
Cry if I want to
You would cry too, if it happened to you

Oh, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.

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Oct
12
2015
0

Hit Machine (UK)

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Hit Machine – Hit Machine

No relation to the Kyohei Tsutsumi And His 585 Band album apart from the year of release, 1976. This one is British and the b-side of a boring tune called Would You Dance.

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Oct
12
2015
0

Mia Martini

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Mia Martini – Corazon

Mia may not have been too well known outside Italy but her 15 minutes of widespread fame arrived in 1977 when she took part in the Eurovision contest. One year after that she felt compelled to flash her assets in Playboy Italia, following the example of most female singers in her country around that time.

This 1974 track is a rare one, not listed in most databases at all.

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Oct
10
2015
0

Disco From A Space Show

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“Free them

Free yourself

Help to free me

Free us

DANCE”

– Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letters.

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Oct
07
2015
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City Beast

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Sweet Exorcist – City Beast

More from the 1977 French album realesed in Japan only.

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Oct
07
2015
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The Variety Orchestra of the Bulgarian Radio

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The Variety Orchestra of The Bulgarian Radio – Everlasting Love

The one person who made it all possible for the Bulgarian jazz funk scene is Dr. Emil Iliev, also a well known dermatologist and acupuncturist.

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Oct
03
2015
0

Les Feuilles Mortes

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Jon-Wite Group – Autumn Leaves

A 1975 disco version of Autumn Leaves – another one of them – doesn’t groan under deep melancholia.

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Oct
03
2015
0

Jesahel – more of her

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Paul Mauriat – Jesahel

Yesterday’s youthful revolutionaries turn to today’s businessmen – but not always. Occasionally, Paul did the opposite.

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Sep
29
2015
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Devil Dance

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Quilty pleasure from Germany, 1978.

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Sep
29
2015
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Soul Dontac

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Valentine Kaneko – b-side

Valentine Kaneko – Soul Dontac

The Soul Dontac is a Japanese disco dance – the flip of the sleeve of the 7″ has a tiny illustration of a simple series of moves: step back with your right foot, step back with your left foot, step to the right side with the right, step to the right side with the left, shake your hips, jump into the start position. To make sure you get it right there’s also something like 1400 words on how to perform the thing. It’s highly unlikely that anyone ever did the Soul Dontac in public, though.

The real action is once again on the b-side.

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