Apr
07
2008
11

Disco Alien

nostromo.jpg A Disco cash-in version of the Jerry Goldsmith‘s original score.
Released the same year as the movie, in 1979.

The long and creepy soundscapes have been removed in favour of plain 4/4 beats. Not memorable but somewhat fun (in a sense).

Nostromo – Alien
Nostromo – Around The World In 80 Seconds

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Apr
06
2008
1

Extraterrestrial Lover

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Recently dug out and promoted by Blackberrie (who inadvertently forgot to post it up here ?) and it’s actually pretty good, she’s right.

Sylvia Love – Extraterrestrial Lover (1979)
Sylvia Love – Instant Love (1979)

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Apr
05
2008
1
Mar
30
2008
0

Amityville

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Lalo Schifrin has composed the score of the original movie “The Amityville Horror“. The soundtrack released on Casablanca Records included a disco remake of the theme with a full re-orchestration and the same disturbing voices.

Lalo Schifrin – Amityville Frenzy (1979)

 

(Listen to the original main theme)

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Mar
26
2008
5

Synthetic Man

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This is some dirty Punk-infused Electro sh*t… and (surprise) it’s from the early 70s actually!

It was obviously some kind of a joke at that time but retrospectively it sounds as if the Electroclash pseudo-genre was invented by this man. Well… by these two men: Jean-Michel Jarre was fiddling with the knobs of his analog gear on this track.

Samuel Hobo – Synthetic Man (1972)

They surely must have stopped drinking soon after but this “song” was a happy accident.

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Mar
25
2008
0

Spaceship Crashing

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“We are a spaceship generation, we don’t need no destination. Are you ready, ready, ready for space? Spaceship crashing, disco flashing” here’s the story, in a nutshell.

Now mix it up with some laser sounds, add a few synthetic layers on top and a steady bassline… ah, and don’t forget to put the flanger on of course. I simply love that recipe because it works every time on me 🙂

Written and produced by the Disco hero Supermax

Bamboo – Spaceship Crashing (1979)

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Mar
20
2008
10

Discocross

156-ff-butterflychick.jpg A one-time collaboration between Gigi Farina and Goblin for a very special LP in 1978, halfway between Prog Rock and plain Disco.
It has been finally re-issued (bootlegged) in 2007 and can now be easily found.

Giorgio Farina – Farina’s Suite (Extract 1)
Giorgio Farina – Farina’s Suite (Extract 2)
Giorgio Farina – Tawawa’s
Giorgio Farina – Suite Slide Return

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Mar
16
2008
1

イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ

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A long time ago I promised a ticket about Yellow Magic Orchestra. Tough job. Really. I did only select 4 tracks; maybe they’re their most Electronic-inspired and well-known tracks. I don’t know.

Yellow Magic Orchestra – La Femme Chinoise (1979)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Rydeen (1982)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis (1979)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Kai-Kou (1983)

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Mar
15
2008
1

World X

per-vivere-meglio.jpg The soundtrack of an unknown comedy to me:
Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi.

It’s great Italian Disco.

Angella Dean – World X (1978)

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Mar
14
2008
2

Underwater

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Harry Thumann was a german composer and sound engineer (see his biography). His first LP “American Express” in 1979 included a classic instrumental disco so cosmic with a lot of effects.

Harry Thumann – Underwater (1979)
(Listen to the complete track)

The second LP “Andromeda” is still a synth-pop classic album with such pieces as “Sphinx” his robotic voice and his space guitar solo at the end of the trip.

Harry Thumann – Sphinx (1982)
(Listen to the complete track)

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Mar
12
2008
0

Hot On The Heels Of Love

page73a.jpg A fairly lighthearted electronic track from the original band of Chris & Cosey, used to be versed in things more Industrial.

Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (1979)

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Mar
10
2008
2

Disco Machine

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A projection from computer scientists in the 50s of what a ‘home computer’ might look like by the year 2004.

Electronic System is the pet project of Daniel Lacksman, better known as one third of the mighty Telex. With the likes of Giorgio Moroder or Kraftwerk (to name only the obvious ones), it is blatant that Dan and his MiniMoog helped shaping the sound of modern Electronic music as we know today. It is also crystal-clear that everything really skyrocketed during this specific period.

The Disco Machine LP was released in 1977, about one year before Telex was officially formed.

Electronic System – Flight To Tokyo
Electronic System – Cosmos Trip
Electronic System – Flight To Venus
Electronic System – Sailing To An Unknown Planet
Electronic System – Time Trip
Electronic System – Rock Machine
Electronic System – Back Home

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Mar
10
2008
0

Voyage

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A sleek and bright ‘souvenir’ from the late 70s. IMO the highlight of their career is definitely the critically acclaimed Souvenirs.

Voyage – Souvenirs (1978)
Voyage – Follow the Brightest Star (1982)
Voyage – Let’s Get Started
(1981)

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Mar
07
2008
4

Who Do You Love?

l_f751802d4fe1ce9b89fe2cc56c692285.jpg This one is seriously rocking hard. From the first measures to the conclusion: everything oozes groove.

THP Orchestra – Who Do You Love? (1979)

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Mar
05
2008
6

Tubular Affair

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Samoa Park – Tubular Affair (1983)
(Listen to the “instrumental version”)

Samoa Park is a disco project led by the very influent executive producers R. Fraschini and S.Annunziata.”Monkey Latino” was the first medley released for the project (Listen to the complete track).

This “affair” is in fact a medley combining two Mike Oldfield‘s classics (same ambient sounds with disco rythm and effects). It was produced by Kandinsky and Multiplayback. (more…)

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Mar
03
2008
2

Cristal

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 Cristal – Phonic (1977)
Cristal – La Nuit Pour Nous (1977)

Behind this Cristal is hiding Marc Cerrone a godfather of european disco. (biography)

His debut was succesful with his band Kongas inspired by the african rythms (biography). And so it was also under his own name thanks to the hits “Love In ‘C’ Minor” and “Supernature” for the french label Malligator.

Kongas – Anikana-O (1974)
Cerrone – Love In ‘C’ Minor (1976)
Cerrone – Supernature (1977)
Kongas – Africanism (1977)

As a side project the single “Phonic” wasn’t as successful maybe because of its colder space sound instead of the disco pop style. B-side is slow more influenced by latin music.

Other Cerrone hits… (more…)

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Mar
01
2008
0

Karen Silver

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The canadian singer Karen Silver debuted as chorister for Star City band in 1978. (biography)

Then John Driscoll their producer and Gino Soccio decided to produce her solo album “Hold On I’m Comin” released in 1979 that hits the charts with the so-called single.

It sounds like the cold side of disco with her voice a bit rock.

Karen Silver – Hold On I’m Comin’

(Listen to the full track)

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Feb
28
2008
1
Feb
26
2008
3

Funky Boogie

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John Ozila – Funky Boogie (1979)

John Ozila is well known in France thanks to the label Disques Vogue which released his first album and later the hit single “La Koumba“.

Mainly influenced by tropical and african music then he recorded with his orchestra a more electronic album “Boogie Salsa” in 1979 including a cosmic disco hit characterized by his own singing style.

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Feb
26
2008
1

The Force

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Put simply, this is most certainly my Space Disco favourite of all time.

The legend tells that Fabrice Cuitad had this revelation after watching Star Wars at the movies. (But in the end it appears F. Cuitad only co-produced this piece of music while Yves Hayat is credited as being the writer.)

Droids – (Do You Have) The Force (Part 1) (1977)

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