Aug
27
2016
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Habanera

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Union All Stars Band – Habanera

The Habanera means a “Dance from Havana.”  This musical style originated in Cuba’s capitol in the middle of the 19th century and soon spread like syphilis through the rest of the Spanish speaking regions. In 1872 the Habanera captivated European composer Bizet who borrowed the style for his opera Carmen and made it known across the globe.

This odd 1976  disco version of the Bizet hit is of Japanese origin.

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Aug
26
2016
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榊原郁恵 – 燃え尽きるまで (This Is Hot)

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榊原郁恵 – 燃え尽きるまで (This Is Hot)

An improved version of the Pamala Stanley classic.

 

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Aug
23
2016
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The Unnamed Avenger Minimix 2

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It’s essentially the spiritual sequel to The Unnamed Avenger Minimix. It’s still as strange and for sure totally lacks direction. This time we trade cosmic luchadores and Bollywood fighters for Afro super sentais. Sort of. Enjoy.

The Unnamed Avenger Minimix 2 (right-click to save)

Kudos to Jussi and Discotruper for part of the selection. (more…)

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Aug
22
2016
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Besame

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Antonia Rodriquez – Besame

A record played a lot at the sensory twilight zone that was the Budapest discothéque, the oddest chance ever to dance in Helsinki. Originally a failed Hungarian restaurant, the place went disco in 1977 with minimal effort – they simply got a so-so sound system and dragged out the furniture apart from a couple of random wooden chairs. No special disco lights were installed to this zero budget dance palace, or anything else resembling decoration.

Shoving the entrance fee across a table placed in the bare downstairs lobby where the doors to the toilets were, you climbed up a winding staircase and entered a world of loud music and almost inpenetrable blackness. The club was so dark your eyes had trouble adjusting and all you could do is either stay there standing until they did or try to stagger towards a single dim lightbulb flickering across the hall. On your way you’d bump into apparations shaking in the dark like lost souls trapped in some sort of hellish urban cave, announcing their existence with lit cigarettes. When you reached the only illuminated part of the shapeless smoke filled space you noticed the light came from a narrow hole in a wall, cut something like one meter high. This is what constituted a “bar” at the Budapest. On the other side in an equally dimly lit room there was a table next to the hole, with two kinds of bottles lined up: regular beer and Lonkero, a local foul tasting blue-tinged long drink mixture that has, in 2016, suddenly acquired  cult status in Japan. A grim faced matron sat by the table, taking your money without a word.

You’d only hear about thirty different tracks played at the Buda, as it was known among it’s habituées, during any night as the dj favoured the longest possible records. This must have been out of necessity as the booth had one tiny blue spot of light above the decks. Romeo and Juliet, Get On The Funk Train, Watch Out For The Boogie Man, From Here To Eternity, I Love America, here was the place to fully get lost in the sound. You kept on dancing, oscillating and jerking in a state of virtual blindness, hoping your need to piss would go away.

The Buda is STILL there, under a different name and management and with more light.

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Aug
21
2016
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Disco Dance 7

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Icons Florinda Bolkan, Cat Stevens and Helmut Berger photographed outside a discothéque. It can’t be Le Sept in Paris as there was no canopy to announce the club at 7 Rue St Anne, just an anonymous black door. It’s not the Voom Voom either in Juan Les Pins judging by the clothes they’re wearing as nobody went there off season. Perhaps what we’re seeing is the entrance of the famous Piper club in Rome or the Audium in Madrid?

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Aug
17
2016
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Aug
17
2016
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Turkey Turkey

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Dizzy Man’s Band – Turkey Turkey

They sing about shish kebab and raki but forget about the great Turkish sex films from the seventies. Even president Erdoğan must love those.

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Aug
09
2016
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Movin’

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Simba – Movin’

Searing back to 1973 with buzzsaw guitars and everything else you need to feel like a rebel.

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Aug
04
2016
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Luna Luna

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Passionata – Luna Luna

“Recorded at AD & AD Studio, Metro, Manila, Philippine [sic] and Victor Studio, Tokyo, Japan.”

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Aug
02
2016
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Tiksh Billa

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Grutz – Tiksh Billa

“You look ridiculous if you dance
You look ridiculous if you don’t dance
So you might as well
dance.”
― Gertrude Stein

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Jul
30
2016
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スーパー戦隊シリーズ Super Sentai

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スーパー戦隊シリーズ 1

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Two rousing themes from legendary, long running Japanese television series スーパー戦隊シリーズ Sūpā Sentai Shirīzu, or Super Sentai series in English. The adventures of the heroic seven were produced by the equally legendary Toei studios, who shamefully later sold the concept to the Marvel Company, rubbish merchants hell-bent on reducing everyone to the intellectual level of a suburban American 13-year old boy. Naturally, the resulting new Power Rangers had none of the charm of the original.

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Jul
26
2016
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Turkisch Mann

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Yusuf – Turkisch Mann

Words fail me here.

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Jul
24
2016
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Unfinished Journey @ 33

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A few days ago I spotted a leaking hydraulic pipe in my car. Naturally my first reaction was that all things come to an end and my beloved magic carpet would be dead forever. Thankfully cigarettes, alcohol and happy people encouraged me to fix it. It was sort of fun to wallow in LHM-fluids under the car in order to attach a replacement pipe to the system. Now the road is open again! So, where next? Maybe to spot some castle ruins or abandoned buildings in the forest. As much as I love road tripping, I’d really really love to try cycling again (a motivation deprivation after all those years with bad knees and still bad knees). Everything is such addictive fun with bicycles. For example as a child I remember riding through the sheets. Unfortunately there’s no picture to prove it, but it did happen… maybe once, until it was forbidden as about anything that was fun. That’s why you have to settle for a still from Vera Chytilovás Ovoce stromu rajských jíme (Fruit of Paradise). Soundscape from a classic Biddu 45 played at wrong speed.

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Jul
15
2016
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A Few More For The Road

moreroadNights are gradually getting darker and the nightly trips to the nearest lakes feel much more dreamy. My favourite swimming spot is located about one hour drive from Turku. The road includes a short highway passage and twisty floating roads in the forest. Here are a few grooves tested on those roads. Some already approved on the dance floor too.

Charlie Hillson – Disco Flight 905

Krackers – Machines

A Band Called “O” – Coasting

TCP – Oasis

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Jul
12
2016
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Sindbad

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Honey B – Sindbad

A fabulous Christian Bruhn production from 1978, a theme song from an animated tv series calling the character Sindbad with two Ds.

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Jul
04
2016
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Dyn-O-Mite

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Billy Strange – Dyn-O-Mite

Guitarist does the right thing with his version of the Bazuka track.

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Jul
01
2016
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Devil’s Woman

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D’JS – Devil’s Woman

Under the radar until recently this 1978 Belgian obscurity is fast gaining fame. Thanks to Adrian Lindez for pointing it out to me.

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Jun
28
2016
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大和 (Space Battleship Yamato)

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大和 (Space Battleship Yamato)

The Earth is under attack from the Gamilas, alien invaders who are causing radioactive asteroids to rain down into Earth’s oceans and threatening to make our planet uninhabitable. Our last hope for survival is the New Space Battleship YAMATO which will be built inside the wreckage of the legendary WW2 battleship YAMATO, now buried beneath the sea!

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Jun
21
2016
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Groovy Records For Driving At Night

groovy records photoI had nothing better to do tonight than drive pointlessly around the small country roads. Usually I like to go for a refreshing swim, but tonight I was feeling too lazy for anything that sensible. As I can’t afford a car with sexy engine noises it was something from the stereos then. If it sounds groovy in the car it sounds groovy anywhere? Here are a few examples tested. Sound qualities vary from vg- to near mint. Enjoy!

Igor Savin i Orkestar Stanka Selaka – U Mukama Rođena

Philippe Chany – Lettre À Monsieur Le Législateur (De La Loi Sur Les Stupéfiants)

Tribu Bantu – Elephants In Love

Grand Prix – Grand Prix

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Jun
21
2016
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Hustler Corporation

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Big Johnatan And The Hustler Corporation – Hustler Corporation

Dancefloor friendly mixture of funky wah-wahs and hard hitting drums.

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