Feb
25
2014
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To Be Or Not To Be

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Kudos to William Shakespeare and Yann Tregger for these illustrious inner voices (UK late 16th century, France, 1975).

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Feb
23
2014
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Mandingo War Dance

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Mandingo – War Dance

Mandingo – Kiss Of Death

Classics of the month.

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Feb
23
2014
2

Darkroom Disco Mix

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Jussi Kantonen – Darkroom Disco Mix

Originally commissioned to kick off a new series of mixes presented on author Luca Locati Luciani’s FB page for his book “Crisco Disco – Disco Music & clubbing gay negli anni ’70-’80″, this is c 50 minutes of music to be played in a darkened room full of cowboys, cyborgs, nuns and French sailor boys. For the latter, there’s a lengthy segment focusing on Paris, with tracks by Zamulo, Patrick Juvet and Bernheim. The others might go for Bazooka, Disco Dick or Denise McCann bellowing out a disco version of the Marlene Dietrich classic The Boys In The Back Room:
“See what the boys in the backroom will have,
And tell them I’m having the same.
Go see what the boys in the backroom will have,
And give them the poison they name.”

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Feb
20
2014
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In OVNI

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Reginall Palmeri – In OVNI

Reginall Palmeri – Valentino’s Tango Dance

Argentina 1979. In the picture, a famous OVNI-like club thereabouts. Imagine either one of these tunes greeting you as you step thru the door.

The pic is from Terry Strip Disc.

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Feb
19
2014
3

Mephisto’s Nightmare

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In right circumstances this track can be so scary that even the most innocent objects seem possessed.

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Feb
19
2014
3

Les Envahisseurs

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Science fiction music from France, 1978.

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Feb
18
2014
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L’Uomo Dall’Armonica

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Rizzati Orchestra – L’Uomo Dall’Armonica

1978. Walter Rizzati discofies the magnificent Morricone theme from C’era Una Volta Il West / Once Upon A Time In The West.

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Feb
18
2014
1

Goldfinger

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Los Valentinos – Goldfinger

Los Valentinos – Wild Wind

Los Valentinos – The Good The Bad And The Ugly

Another bunch of glittering leopard-print excesses by the fab Los Valentinos from Denmark, off their essential No Vocals album.

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Feb
16
2014
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Freerider

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Class 50 – Freerider

Class 50 – The Timemachine

Britain, 1977. Regina was an American though, an infamous biker flick icon.

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Feb
16
2014
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Alex Savanni

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Alex Savanni – Fly Robin Fly

Massive hits with erotic content like Emmanuelle and Last Tango in Paris were banned in Spain during general Franco’s regime. When he finally bit the dust in 1975 a new era of total permissiveness was expected to be ushered into the country. However what they got was a “period of transition” (la trancition) which began in 1976 and ended in 1983 after which state controlled film censorship was nearly but not entirely abolished. During the transition, softcore sex comedies and violent exploitation films flooded the market, with a cautionary come-on Classificada “S” printed on posters and ads.

Los Anos Desnudos by Felix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso from 2007 focuses on three actresses working in the “S” business. The film is a pitch perfect time machine with great interior design and eyepopping fashions. There are two disco scenes set in what is the most accurate re-creation of a large upscale 70s discothéque yet – or could be they actually found a place still intact enough to shoot in. Acariciame by Susana Estrada, the Celi Bee version of Macho, Hot Blood’d Soul Dracula and Lay Love On Me by Luisa Fernandez are heard playing in the background. In fact Susana Estrada is credited to appear in the film though it’s hard to spot her having no idea what she looked like five years ago. She was probably wearing one of the spectacular wig and hot pant outfits seen in the party scenes.

For once, the realese dates of the music fit the period the film is set in, unlike in the case of say American Hustle which has the original non-Tom Moulton-remixed version of Don’t Leave Me This Way By Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and surprise: I Feel Love being played at Studio 54 in 1978. As if. Still, apart from the impressive acting, the Look and the scenes detailing the shooting process of the S movies Los Anos Desnudos is no great shakes as such. The plot is basically just another Valley Of The Dolls bag of clichés. Characters with hearts of gold get exploited, slide into drug addiction, find redemption or die while lifelong friends mourn by their side. The ending is a disaster, made extra excruciating with the insertion of a contemporary ballad called You Are My Sister with deep “meaningful” lyrics in English. Still, the whole thing is definitely worth watching for the overall visuals and the two jolting disco sequences.

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Feb
14
2014
1

Electronic Heart

299708970983470695Ramasandiran Somusundaram – Electronic Heart

A cult classic for the flute obsessed (Italy, 1974).

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Feb
13
2014
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Feb
13
2014
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Adios Nonino

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Alain Debray – Adios Nonino

This tune from the 1976 Argentina-made lp Discoteca Soul Con Los Grandes don’t spell Adios-anything to me. Sounds more like something they’d play during a party held in a residence seen above. The car of course belongs to Isabel Sarli.

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Feb
13
2014
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Dada Go

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Les Retroviseurs – Dada Go

Immaculately ironed shirts, an obsession with neatness and all-around control freakery, no. Freaky music, yes. This was made in France in 1974.

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Feb
13
2014
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Natura

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Natura – Supersonic Man

I inspect my purchases in a Barcelona cafe and the guy in the next table starts to talk to me. He: What kind of music is that? Me: It’s a soundtrack, a theme from a Spanish film. He: They make movies in Spain? Me: Yes. This is from the seventies, though. He: I don’t know any music or movies from Spain. I represent the great state of Texas here, I was a sophomore class president and voted the most likely to succeed and was in the top 10 percent in the college, and I play basketball.

Supersonic Man (1979) got a general realese in Spain, the US, West Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Turkey and in Norway, where it was allowed to be screened only to those over 16 years of age.

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Feb
12
2014
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White Satin

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White Satin – Lovin’ Fever

Germany, 1977 as you can hear.

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Feb
12
2014
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Earthquake!

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Zenda Jacks – Earthquake!

A 1975 British northern soul stomper slowed down for disco consumption.

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Feb
11
2014
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No Cheese Just Sleaze

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Rutes – No Cheese Just Sleaze

  1. Michel Clement Et Son Orchestre – Citta Violenta
  2. Goom – Good Morning
  3. Ray Gay’s Band – Reggae Reggae
  4. Citroen Melodie – Black Magic Ladies
  5. Persimfans – E.S.P.
  6. The People Next Door – Husband & Wife
  7. Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale – 40 Gradi
  8. Marcello Giombini – Zelda
  9. Daniel Faure – Salut Les Frangines
  10. Graffitti Kids – Running To My Life
  11. John First – Swingaboo
  12. Some Japanese Tune….
  13. Ras Enoch – Money
  14. Pink Lady – Monster
  15. Jack Hammer – My Pretty Baby
  16. Fontenas – Whipping Post
  17. Don Muro – Squash
  18. Prohibition – French Disco Take One
  19. Nico Fidenco – Emanuelle In America Theme

Thanks Rutes. Check out his Soundcloud too.

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Feb
03
2014
2

Spaceman Boy

299909873097308973093Major Tom – Spaceman Boy (Instrumental)

You’ve been invited to an underground disco party and you want to make an impression? Be careful not to overdress (b-side, UK, 1976).

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Feb
03
2014
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Hazy Osterwald Jet Set

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Hazy Osterwald Jet Set – Oumbala – Oumbalo

Coolness has taken on many forms over the years but the culturally astute outsider character has always been fascinating. While being cool is something that can’t be learned, you can learn how to dress and act like a Cool Cat or Kitten paying close attention to the Overfitting Disco blog. Plus attending the parties where our our djs play. Your agenda this coming weekend: Carlo at Down Low @ Altes Wettbüro in Dresden on Friday, Jussi at Slow in Barcelona on Saturday.

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