Mar
16
2014
0

12 West Mix

disco-inferno-title

12 West Mix

The 2nd mix in the series based on the club charts of Vince Aletti’s book Disco Files. This one contains records spinned at the legendary New York gay club 12 West during the last week of 1975 and the first ones of 76, seemingly the culmination point of a particularily bizarre period in music history. This is when the disco remake subgenre was at it’s peak and all kinds of dance versions of hits and unlikely hitettes flooded the market from all over the globe.

One would have thought the shirtless guys at places like 12 West and The Flamingo would go for tough tracks but no, they embraced the camp excesses of “Baby Face” by The Wing and A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps and “My Way” by The Bobby Azeff Orchestra. Talking of which, even Frank Sinatra himself decided to update his repertoire with a discofied interpretation of the standard “Night And Day”, included here along with then-hot diva dance tunes by flamboyant gay icons Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Mar
16
2014
0

The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

033_sugar_hill

Tony Eyers – The Witch Queen of New Orleans

Tony Eyers – Sultana

GB 1972. Tony Eyers was the man behind the 5000 Volts megahit I’m On Fire.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Mar
15
2014
0

Nimele Bolo

29999897696987Charly Kingson – Nimele Bolo

Electrifying afro disco classic still sets floors on fire.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Mar
12
2014
0

Ayala Red

2999970979376978693869The Mighty – Ayala Red

Even if you spend countless hours at the gym, have a flawless haircut and a perfectly tailored velvet suit… some ladies just can’t resist the sound of the early sixties Ferrari F1 engine or the mystic call of the safari disco sound (France, 1972).

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Mar
11
2014
0

La Martinique, New York

b41111ecd4a27d4c7395ab9bde33522a

La Martinique, New York

Starting a new series focusing on playlists featured in Vince Aletti’s book Disco Files.

On page 49 dj Raymond Goynes lists his top ten for the week of December 28 1974 at La Martinique in New York. The titles include kickass boogiestyle cuts like Philadelphia by B.B. King, Express By B.T.Express and both the Gene Page and Love Unlimited Ork versions of Barry White’s Satin Soul. Many of the other records popular in clubs during the week like Get Dancin’ by Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, one of the biggest hits of the season, don’t get mentioned but it’s quite possible that at least this hilarious/awful/fascinating fave got spinned at La Martinique as well. Hear some of Get Dancin’ in the mix and see what you think. Crap or grand?

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , , , ,
Mar
10
2014
0

Disco-Sound Super Deluxe

paris_secret_2_paakuva

Disco-Sound Super Deluxe – McArthur Park

Why so few disco versions of this bombastic tune focusing on angst and a park in Los Angeles? There must have been more acts that covered it apart from Camouflage and Donna Summer and this one from Japan, made in 1978.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Mar
08
2014
0

In A Persian Market

1000x1000

Los Valentinos – In a Persian Market

Nothing lends an air of intelligence like really knowing the score, be it Verdi or Los Valentinos. Check the great tempo change half way thru.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Mar
07
2014
0

More Lyda

lyda-zamora

More Lyda

Did you watch the horribly lame spectacle that is The Oscars and see the once cutting edge Bette Midler debasing herself by performing a hommage to the people in her industry who died during last year? It was unbearably saccharine and as Hollywood is it gets. Many disagree, though. “But that’s a great song and every normal person would say she sings wonderfully” replied one of my so-called friends.

Is it even desirable in the first place to stake a claim to being “normal”, isn’t a transgressive stance far better? Overfitting Disco says NO to normalization. It celebrates the radically different, and that difference needs to be embraced and supported. So, instead of bowing down to any common denominators let’s hear it for one of the true great performers with an alternative and eccentric sensiblity, Lyda Zamora from Colombia. The intro for her medley When The Sun Goes Down has already been posted but here is more of the track with LOTS more throaty purring, bold vibrato singing and grandioso emoting, along with stuff from Sabine Sauvant and Veronica Unlimited, both in the excessive, bollocks-to-good-taste disco medley subgenre.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Mar
03
2014
0

Pop 2000

917146

Pop 2000 – Pop 2000

France 1974. Affordable, collectible and hard to improve upon.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Mar
03
2014
0

Enoch Light And The Light Brigade

en17270

Enoch Light and The Light Brigade – I Feel Love

Enoch Light and The Light Brigade – The Mad Russian

Yet another eccentric version of I Feel Love, by an American violinist and bandleader. The Mad Russian is a mix of Disco and Dixieland. Is that Putin in the lower left hand corner?

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Mar
03
2014
0

Viramundo ’78

3878374887_cee6073656_z

Sergio Mendes – Viramundo Live

The original 1970 version of Viramundo is a protodisco classic – only just when it gets going the track is over. The 1978 update is over 6 minutes long. It’s difficult to tell where “live” playing ends and studio begins but with percussion this intense you’ll hardly care.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Mar
03
2014
2

Modele 76

29999737639730873Christophe – Modele 76

Coffee moment at Montparnasse in 1976. Disco sounds later in the night.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , , ,
Feb
27
2014
0

Piel De Bronce

2999809780976070389Los Pekenikes – Piel De Bronce

It is highly recommended that you use common sense when worshipping the sun (Spain, 1977).

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Feb
26
2014
0

Léo-Pol

brasilia carnaval

Léo-Pol – Mamy Jane

Léo-Pol – Brasilia Carnaval

The infectous Brasilia Carnaval from 1975 is probably the most covered disco tune since El Bimbo, the mother of all holiday classics. Is this the best of the cover versions, or even better than the original?

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Feb
26
2014
1
Feb
25
2014
0

To Be Or Not To Be

2999087087037087Pop Poetry – To Be Or Not To Be

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

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Feb
23
2014
0

Mandingo War Dance

war dance

Mandingo – War Dance

Mandingo – Kiss Of Death

Classics of the month.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Feb
23
2014
2

Darkroom Disco Mix

room

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.”

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,
Feb
20
2014
0

In OVNI

1622575_217466218454571_911279973_o

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.

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: ,
Feb
19
2014
3

Mephisto’s Nightmare

2999990970975678Catch featuring Marilyn Middleton – Mefisto’s Nightmare

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

Written by:   | Filed in: Highlight | Tags: , ,

Webcast powered by Shampoo and Liquidsoap
Weblog powered by WordPress / Theme adapted from TheBuckmaker