Sep
14
2017
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This is how you Dance

John Barry – This Is How You Dance

You do know the essential dance moves, guys? Let Adalgiso guide you.

The Sexy Rolling Body: “This is a move that kind of looks like you are a snake,” says Adalgiso. Stand with your feet roughly a foot apart, and start with your head. Bow it forward and roll it back as if you were looking up toward the ceiling. With your head arching back, follow this same movement with your shoulders, rolling through the chest and down to the hips.

The Hot Thrusts: Isolate only your hips and pump them forward quickly or to the beat of the record. (this record is from the soundtrack of the 1972 film “Follow Me”)

The Crazy Bottom Shake: Isolate your bottom and shake it fast by rapidly moving your hips and upper thighs.

When you master these moves, you can start to remove your clothes slowly.

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Sep
11
2017
0

Le Jour Du Seigneur

Maximilien – Le Jour Du Seigneur

Judgement Day is almost here and that means eternal  damnation for the likes of you and I. We should have listened earlier to this stern warning from Maximilen Hadefi, off his 1976 album realesed in Canada.

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Sep
08
2017
0

Theresa reloaded

Re-issue: Theresa Waiter’s version of La Vie En Rose,  never commercially released.

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Sep
08
2017
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Memai

Knocking Down Disco – Memai

“Thighs asphyxiating
Around neck and shoulders
Squeezing like a heart attack.”
-haiku  from the Edo period.
Track written by  村井邦彦.
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Aug
24
2017
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Is Anybody There?

Rah Band – Is Anybody There

There was hardly anyone ever inside the Lower Ruth whenever you had a look. Still, somehow the large venue kept grinding for five decades in Jyväskylä, the town I grew up in. The club was always underappreciated, always in the shadow of more successful competition. “What are you saying, the Lower Ruth, you mean it’s still open?”

The place started as a cocktail lounge and like so many other venues, turned into a disco during the mid 70s. Thru the years the Ruth went thru countless name changes in useless attempts to create interest but it was always known by it’s name of birth. Now, the end has arrived for the old girl as the building is about to be demolished.

During the seventies the management realized no matter what they couldn’t lure in the hardcore clubbers so they went for the lower end of the market. This meant the music was a relentless medley of hits by the likes of Dshinghis Khan, Baccara, Boney M and all thru 1978 and even beyond, every track off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack apart from Ralph McDonald’s Calypso Breakdown. That had a way too complex structure for the clientele of the Ruth.

The club was on the second floor of the building. The large windows were darkened with increasingly peeling black paint that let the midnight sun in during the summer. Come the winter the club was heated to the maximum, resulting in uncomfortable sauna-style ambiance.

Originally, things were not so bad. The design of the place during the sixties had a cool modern look to evoke a subtle James Bond-style experience. When disco hit, the expensive furniture was thrown out and the place was transformed into a hideous wild west saloon nightmare, complete with crudely drawn images of gunfights, dancing girls and cactus plants on cardboard walls that were erected on the premises to divide the space and supposedly create more visually interesting geometries. There were the swinging doors too of course, leading to the toilets that became a nightmare of their own.

So, when you for one reason or another walked up the stairs to check what’s going on at the Ruth, you’d first see there was nobody dancing to say, Eeny meeny miny moe by Luv. Along the walls, solitary figures would be sitting in booths, hunched over their beers. Beer was cheap there.  At the bar counter there were always small drunken groups of guys on the verge of asking the few girls in attendance to dance, never summoning up the courage. I myself actually played records there a couple of times – don’t ask why – and never saw anyone Get Up And Boogie.

Now that it’s curtain time, locals feel sad of course.

The track is an attempt to make Rah Band’s tune interesting by playing it at 45 rpm. In the spirit of the Lower Ruth, it didn’t really work.

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Aug
21
2017
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Aug
18
2017
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Africa Bump

Sta. Cecilia Group – Africa Bump

Off the original Mexican pressing from 1975.

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Aug
15
2017
0

War & Peace

Dark Tan – War & Peace

Disco, 70’s.

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Aug
13
2017
0

Santa Cruz String Band

Santa Cruz String Band – Funky Flamenco

Not to be confused with the Soul Iberica Band track of the same name. This one is obviously heavily in debt to Santa Esmeralda but not bad at all an sich.

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Aug
12
2017
0

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics pt 1

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics pt 2

Political awareness, passion, universal love, chauvinism and warped sexual politics – it’s all here in disco tracks sung by some of the greatest voices ever.

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Aug
10
2017
0

Mitchie Fever

Mitchie – Mitchie Fever The Tombi

The sleeve says Mitchie Fever but the sticker inside got just Mitchie printed as the artist. The man – apparently a television personality – presents typically melancholic Enka-style singing over MFSBish backing by Terry Terauchi Super Grand Orchestra. The even more dramatic b-side Bye Bye Horse (?) is near the end of my Disco Dance 10 mix, check it out there.

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Aug
09
2017
0

Guest mix: Geoffrey LaRue

DETROIT, the home of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, the birthplace of Motown and techno. Unexpectedly there’s dark and dangerous disco throbbing there too, as can be heard in this  mix from Detroit dj Geoffrey LaRue. Now, strip to your underwear and take a trip to (Ho)Motor City.

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Aug
06
2017
0

Disco Dance 10

 

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Aug
06
2017
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Emotions of Love

Dark Victory – Emotions of Love

She told him that emotions are meant to be enjoyed, not feared.

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Jul
31
2017
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Jupiter

Odysseus – Jupiter

It’s August soon. The most beautiful month here in Finland with dark warm nights and exciting lights.

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Jul
24
2017
0

Blue Bahamas

Blue Bahamas – Bobo Step

One of the endless versions, and one of the best (?).

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Jul
20
2017
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Jul
15
2017
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Cocaine Classics

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
05
2017
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Aquatic

Chadcar – Aquatic

Deep sounds from France, made in 1978.

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Jul
03
2017
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Cinderella Honeymoon

Hiromi Iwasaki – Cinderella Honeymoon

Oh this 1978 song by Hiromi, it’s so Kawaii, so cute!

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