Jan
29
2008
0

Hands In The Dark

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Produced in 2005 but only properly released in 2007 by the dark italo ‘revivalist’ record label Italians Do It Better, Hands In The Dark is a cool track to relish on headphones. A perfect mood enhancer.

Chromatics – Hands In The Dark

It is in fact a kind of strange and unlikely mashup:
the lyrics and the melody are originally from
R.L. Crutchfield’s Dark Day – Hands In The Dark (1979)

while the instrumental part is sampled from
Chromium – Caribbean Air Control (1979)

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Jan
27
2008
1

Forces Of Light

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This one is simply awesome, the main chorus is so entertaining.

It’s been released quite confidentially in 1979 on Infinity Records. From the fantastic LP Star To Star. Enjoy.

Chromium – Forces Of Light

A huge thank you to blackberrie!

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Jan
11
2008
0

When You Wake Up

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A very funky Candi Staton‘s tune from 1979, along with a slightly edited and bouncy House version made in 2006.

Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow

Soul Revenger – Wake Up Tomorrow

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Jan
02
2008
5

Magic Fly

sputnik_teck-751540.jpg THE tune that launched a Disco sub-genre on its own (but short-lived mind you, what a pity).

The video clip is fun too. All hail robots from space! Your music rocks BIG times.

Space – Magic Fly (1977)

and its cover version by Kebekelektrik, released a few years afterwards (which is sadly not as brilliant and innovative as the original was)

Kebekelektrik – Magic Fly (1981)

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Dec
19
2007
0

Spring Rain

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One hell of a cheerful Disco tune! One of the best symphonic Disco releases of the seventies, suffice to say.

Bebu Silvetti – Lluvia De Primavera (1976)

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Dec
19
2007
1

Vivien Vee

vivien-vee.jpg Vivien Vee started her career in the late 70s with plain (Italian-flavoured) Disco and moved into the 80s with Italo Disco. Her most notable hit is IMO the incredible Higher, very melodic and well produced.

BTW most of her songs are arranged and produced by the duo behind smash-hit bands such as Capricorn and Kasso and composed of Giancarlo Meo and Claudio Simonetti. (More on Claudio and his OSTs soon, in an upcoming ticket)

Vivien Vee – Give Me A Break (1979)
Vivien Vee – Higher (1983)
Vivien Vee – Heartbeat (1987)
Vivien Vee – Cross My Heart (Club Mix) (1989)

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Dec
14
2007
1

Stardance

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I must admit I know nothing about John Forde. Except that he used to produce some kind of weird and spacey slow-motion Disco songs.

Seriously (or not), they must have all taken LSD in the recording studio.

John Forde – Stardance (1977)

EDIT: John Forde appears to be an alias (or a typo on the covers) of John Ford.

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Dec
12
2007
0

Disco Star Wars

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In order to end the weird space-opera-to-disco chapter (first initiated with Star Trek and then with Battlestar Galactica), now here’s finally Star Wars. Same recipe as the others, the result ends up being as approximate (maybe worse) but it’s quite fun in its own way.

Re-arranged by Meco Monardo and Harold Wheeler in 1977, it’s their second fair try in the genre (after an album inspired by Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) and even if it ultimately falls short it is still enjoyable to some degree.

Meco – Star Wars Title Theme

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Dec
11
2007
0

Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica fans don’t have to envy their Trekkie counterparts (see previous ticket). They have their own theme makeover too.

Released in 1978, the Music From “Battlestar Galactica” And Other Original Compositions contains remakes of the series themes on the A side (mostly written by Glen Larson and Stu Phillips) and produced by Harold Faltermeyer while on the B side Giorgio Moroder provides a 15-minute-long original composition. Not the very best of their work but worth it nonetheless.

Harold Faltermeyer – Theme From “Battlestar Galactica”

Harold Faltermeyer – It’s Love, Love, Love

Giorgio Moroder – Evolution

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Dec
11
2007
3

Disco Warp 7

dj-spock.jpg They did it. And the almighty The Universal Robot Band is responsible for this, not mindblowing but rather fun.

In fact, not much has changed compared to the original Alexander Courage‘s version… it’s just more Disco. From their Freak In The Light Of The Moon album in 1978.

The Universal Robot Band – Disco Trek (Star Trek Theme)

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Dec
10
2007
3

Shake Your Tambourine

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This is what happens when robots go Disco. All hail The Universal Robot Band for this boogie track!

The Universal Robot Band – Dance And Shake Your Tambourine (1976)

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Dec
07
2007
0

Spank

elvis-spanking.jpg Naughty Jimmy, very naughty… he just can’t stop slapping bottoms. Here we have the original version by Jimmy “Bo” Horne in 1978 and a cover version from someone specialized in such activities and released in 1981

Jimmy “Bo” Horne – Spank

Brooklyn Express – (Spank) Sixty Nine

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Dec
03
2007
0

Grace Of God

A very danceable track, full of ‘boogieness’, from Machine in 1979.

Machine – There But for The Grace Of God Go I

Senor Coconut did a cover version one year later and lots of recent House productions sample or pay a tribute to the original in one way or another.

e.g. One Hit Wonders – Grace Of God (Raul Rincon Remix) (2005)

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Dec
02
2007
1

Droid From Space

Pre-Italo Disco from space, it is the first track on the B side of the impressive Automat album.

Automat – Droid (1978)

It appears a lot of cover versions have sprung over the years

Mito – Droid (1982)

Hipnosis – Droid (1987)

Even Legowelt gave it a fair try

Venom 18 – Globo Theme (2005)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Incantations

Mike Oldfield‘s latest (and famous) installment in modern classic, called Incantations, and its obscure synthpop cover song.

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part One) (1978)

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part Four) (1978)

G.A.N.G. – Incantations (1983)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Saint Tropez

Only one single known from this band with an odd name, Oyster, in 1979. Could easily have been the main theme for a European B-grade comedy movie from that era…

Oyster – Saint Tropez

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Dec
01
2007
1

Deep Red

The very first OST from Goblin for Dario Argento‘s Profondo Rosso and its disco cover song.

Goblin – Profondo Rosso (1975)

City Center – Profondo Rosso (1984)

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Nov
29
2007
0

Le Messager

Not disco at all, not even electronic, but nonetheless worth listening. The OST of Joseph Losey‘s The Go-Between by Michel Legrand.

Michel Legrand – Theme From “Le Messager” (1972)

Interesting trivia, the main theme from the French TV documentaries Faites Entrer L’Accusé is directly inspired by this piece of work. The piano melody from the intro is almost identical (section not included in the preview).

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