Jul
24
2017
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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
0

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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Jun
30
2017
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La Condition Masculine

Francis Bebey – La Condition Masculine

Notorious French track with gangsta style lines like “she raised her voice, as if she was a man”.

Tu ne connais pas Sizana
Sizana, c’est ma femme
C’est ma femme puisque nous sommes mariés
Depuis plus de 17 ans maintenant
Sizana était une très bonne épouse auparavant
Je lui disais : “Sizana, donne-moi de l’eau”
Et elle m’apportait de l’eau à boire
De l’eau claire, hein! Très bonne!
Seulement, depuis quelque temps, les gens-là
Ils ont apporté ici la condition féminine
Ils paraît que là-bas chez eux
Ils ont installé une femme dans un bureau
Pour qu’elle donne des ordres aux hommes
Aïe ! Tu m’entends des choses pareilles?
Et depuis, toutes les femmes de notre village
Parlent seulement de la condition féminine
Maintenant je dis à Sizana : “Donne-moi à manger, j’ai faim”
Elle ne m’écoute même pas hein
Elle me parle seulement de la condition féminine
Si je dis : “Sizana, donne-moi de l’eau”
Elle me répond seulement que… heu…
La condition féminine… heu…
Il faut que j’aille chercher l’eau moi-même
Bref ! Il faut te dire que ma condition masculine est devenue très
Malheureuse ici
Alors moi j’ai dit à Sizana :
“écoute, moi je ne connais qu’une seule condition féminine:
La femme obéit à son mari, elle lui fait à manger, elle lui fait des enfants
Voilà tout”
Tu sais que Sizana s’est fâchée?
Elle est venue me parler à haute voix! Comme si elle était un homme!
Moi je l’ai battue hein !
Elle a crié pour appeler tout le village
Moi je lui dis seulement : “Ne crie pas, ne crie pas hein
La condition féminine, la condition féminine
Tous les jours tu me parles de la condition féminine
Moi je te donne maintenant la condition masculine
La condition féminine… la condition féminine…
Hé! Dis donc! La condition féminine
Est-ce que c’est même plus grand que la condition masculine!?”

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Jun
28
2017
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The Rockies

The Rockies – Mon Amour

He sounds depressed as she had an abortion and then left him.

The 1976 track is French. Would be really interesting to see the Spanish film, made 3 years earlier when general Franco was still in power.

 

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Jun
25
2017
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Space Drive

Space Drive – Star Wars

Space Drive – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

If there was no Star Wars we probably wouldn’t have to suffer seeing dreck like Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman or Spider Man Part Whatever at the top of the box office charts, and Brian DePalma films would still be playing in theatres worldwide. Still, the title tune for the bloody thing is kind of great and this Japanese one made in 1978 takes it to a slightly new direction, even. The Close Encounters track isn’t half bad either – if you can tolerate the melody.

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Jun
20
2017
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Sadistics

Sadistics – Kannst Du Jodeln

The sadist. He or she graves a feeling of sexual excitement resulting from administering pain, suffering, or humiliation to another person.  The one receiving the abuse may or may not be a willing partner. Willing or not, you must now submit to the sound of the Sadistics!

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Jun
14
2017
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トランザム, トランザム – フライ ことりフライ

トランザム, トランザム – フライ ことりフライ

Do it, Japanese style! In a somewhat regimented country line dances were always the most popular, allowing the individual to blend with the crowd on the floor, endlessly repeating the exact same steps as everybody else, walking back and forth and sideways as one and then turning 90 degrees to the left to face a new wall.

The dances themselves were imported from America but in the case of the instructions seen above, something got Lost in Translation.  One or two persons in Japan may have attempted to do the bus stop following those instructions but most must have learned it from  tourists or Gis or while abroad. I saw masses of people do the dance last week in Kyoto during a disco event at the Flamingo, a stunning flashback to the 70s complete with orange carpeting, mirrors on the walls and get this: banguette seating arrangements in brown velour. The moves of the bus stop there were close to the original foot patterns, with interesting regional additions.

Funky four corner and the soul step seem to be something home made someone thought up back in the day. (note: not so! as Gary Wild pointed out the dance does exist. Whether the instructions above give you the right moves is another matter.)

With the point the actual purpose of the dance has been altered as it  was not about just hand moves and shuffling about. Originally the point was done as a means of throwing shade or presenting exclamations: look at that! Wow! No, you’re not doing it right. You’ve got a pair of legs there for sure!

The instructions for the bump are accurate. For the hustle, they certainly are not.

Now, get dancing! Note though that in a Japanese discothéque the dj would not only be spinning the records. He or she would relentlessly shout to the mike over the music, giving advice and encouragement. This relentless verbal assault would go on and on. Of course public announcements have always been everywhere in Japan, you can’t escape them because they also come in English. This is an escalator! This is an escalator! Please be careful while riding the escalator. Please do not cross the yellow lines, hold the hand rail at all times. Thank you for taking the Tokyo City Bus! Please do not rush while making your exit. This is an ESCALATOR!

Last week at the Flamingo, the dj kept the tradition with the mike going but thankfully took a breather during some tracks.

The posted tune is a great, surprising take on Fly Robin Fly.

 

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May
25
2017
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Love Train

Dagmara D. – Love Train

She thought about Mitka, his long eyelashes, his perfect toes. The day they ran through the freezing rain to the Armaments Museum and hid inside a tank and the museum guard found them after the place had closed. They ended up sitting up all night with him in the guard’s booth clinking champagne glasses.” – Rosa Liksom, Compartment No. 6

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May
22
2017
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Everybody’s Talkin’

Sky Crackers – Everybody’s talkin’

1977. The only known disco version of Nilsson’s hit single from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy ost.

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May
21
2017
1

Afeik ir Nueik

Afeik ir Nueik

Afeik ir Nueik means the Awakening of the Senses.

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May
17
2017
0

Gypsy Sky

Another geat record from the cheapo bins. Conducted by french singer/guitar player Alain Labacci, who also appears on Toni Van Duyne’s Cosmic Dancer album. The spanish guitar and my Discos Movieplay pressing initially led me to the conclusion it’s español, however français it is.

Heredia & Co. – Gypsy Sky

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May
17
2017
0

Colour Generator

This bagel has been lounging around for quite some time, but it’s still tender and luscious. Released in ’76, it has all the right ingredients- infectious groove, seraphic voice and oh these Moogs! It won’t break the bank either and gets the deck sharks going.

The Lime & Lemon Co – Colour Generator

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May
14
2017
0

More Cicciolina

Radio Vendetta, you wished! Let’s just pretend, Ilona “Cicciolina” Staller has been a co-host like she pretends “I Was Made For Dancing” (some gents know better)

Ilona Staller – I Was Made For Dancing

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May
13
2017
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Vetrina Di Hit Parade

Back after a god knows how long offline period with a promise. And a hit. Ofcourse everybody in the multiverse knows it but how about this version by The Droogs (if I remember right)? The tune is taken from Vetrina Di Hit Parade Vol.10 and the sleeve doesn’t offer any artist info. In any case, you know what you should do until your soles glow like mine. It’s saturday!

Dancing

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May
10
2017
0

Gluck Track

Gluck Track – Love Concert

Do we really need another version of Tchaikovsky’s piano concert number one? Yes if it’s this good, if it’s produced By Detto Mariano and if it comes with a triumphant chicken noise intro.

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May
09
2017
0

Thorleifs

Thorleifs – American Generation

Strapping bunch of Swedes take on the Ritchie Family summer classic. As my H1 got low battery this was recorded with the old Iriver for inferior sound quality.

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Apr
29
2017
1

Gruzia: Iveria

Gruzia: Iveria

You must celebrate the 1st of May with the comrade workers of the Soviet Republic of Gruzia. Here’s your flight ticket (one way).
The group is apparently called Iveria. After the rousing, heroic opening number keep dancing to the (un)related music that follows.

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