Dec
15
2008
0

V: The Final Battle

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Earth has surrendered… we repeat: Earth has surrendered.

 Barry de Vorzon – V The Final Battle (part 2)
(Listen to the full track)

This theme was composed by B. de Vorzon and Joseph Conlan for the cult sci-fi serie “V” in 1984.
Just to remember

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Dec
09
2008
0

New York’s Movin’

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No dancing !? … it’s crazy!
When politics are getting really dumb
here comes the time to remember those crazy moves.

Ahzz – New York’s Movin’ (1981)

So here’s a freakin’ funky disco instrumental by Ahzz (collaboration between Osborne Hunter, the producer, and Steve Boston, writer, percussionist…).

Awesome guitar riffs, groovy bassline, twisted drums, whirling violins, all the essential for me.

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Dec
08
2008
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Ginny Can’t Be Serious

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Ginny – Can’t Be Serious (1985)

Ginny Clee was a serious singer and party headbanger. Here’s a good new wave sound produced by Chris Baylis & Hugh Murphy with a light touch of disco.

This is the original song covered more recently by A Mountain Of One (related post). I didn’t even know that and this song is sooo chilling out.

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Dec
06
2008
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Dec
06
2008
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Agboju Logun

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Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – Agboju Logun

Something warm for this winter: a great afro beat, funky vibes and exotic vocals.

Originally released in 1984 for the label Earthworks, selected for the compilation “Nigeria 70 The Definitive Story of 1970’S Funky Lagos” in 2001 and more recently for Supersound.

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Nov
25
2008
0

China Star

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Kano – China Star (1983)

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Nov
24
2008
0

Ann Margret

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Ann-Margret Olsson
(and the King, incidentally)

Check out the second track in particular, it sounds like the best of Sister Sledge.

Ann-Margret – Love Rush – E Minor (1979)

Ann Margret – Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part 1) (1981)

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Nov
22
2008
0

Dracula Goes To Disco

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Following Kundalini’s footsteps I crawled deep down into my crypt and found those “tunes” – ranging from quite good or funny (if you’re a vampire yourself or in a good mood maybe) to plain horrific bad taste:

Empire / Methusalem – Ooh Dracula (1980)
Piramis – Dracula (1977)
Gerry Bribosia – Dracula Disco (1977)
The Jimmy Castor Bunch – Dracula Pt. I (1975)

(more…)

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Nov
22
2008
0

Deep Breakfast

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Raymond Lynch‘s 2nd album “Deep Breakfast” was released independently in 1984 and became soon a platinum record. (biography)

It’s made of synthetic pop melodies and deep waves that can lift you very high.

Ray Lynch – Celestial Soda Pop
Ray Lynch – The Oh Of Pleasure
Ray Lynch – Falling In The Garden
Ray Lynch – Tiny Geometries

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Nov
21
2008
0

Unveiling The Secret

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Psyche – Unveiling The Secret (1986)

This song appears on the socalled 2nd LP from the cult band Psyche (with Darrin C. Huss).

A tune like EBM with a mysterious atmosphere that makes me groove for sure.

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Nov
17
2008
2

Gotta Go

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One of my favourite tunes coming from the repertoire of Giancarlo Meo‘s girlfriend (see this post for other tracks), and musically fairly different from anything she has ever released.
I still believe the rolling bassline sounds really close to Imagination‘s BTW.

Vivien Vee – Gotta Go (1983)

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Nov
13
2008
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Funk You Up

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The Sequence – Funk You Up (1979)
(Listen to the full track)

Another classic on Sugar Hill Rec. known as the 1st rap record by a female band. The Sequence has also worked with Spoonie Gee for their monster hit in 1980.

Spoonie Gee Meets The Sequence – Monster Jam
(Listen to the full track)

 

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Nov
10
2008
0

Funk Is On

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Funky Family – Funk Is On

Are you ready ?… Here’s an obscure song released in 1984 that recently appeared on the “Confuzed Disco” compilation.

Funky Family is in fact another project of the Valerie Dore crew with Dora Carofiglio (lead singer with Novecento in between).

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Nov
05
2008
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Jungle Fever

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Chakachas – Jungle Fever (1972)
(Listen to the full track)

It’s getting hot in here ! (X-Rated) A warm and sunny sound for the winter coming. This is the original sexy hit from the ChakachasJungle Fever LP.

Kinkina‘s cover is not very different except principally the electronic production and different voices:

Kinkina – Jungle Fever (1982)

Kinkina – Jungle Fever (Megamix) (1987)

“Little” Louie Vega made also his own version (listen to the full track) to introduce the album “Elements Of Life” in 2004.

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Nov
02
2008
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Strangers From The Light

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Baltinore – Strangers From The Light (1985)

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Oct
30
2008
0

Ladys first…

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A tiny selection of sweet female voices in italo:

Helen – Witch (1983)

Clio – Eyes (1984)

Rose – Memories (1986)

Tyrants In Therapy – Too Tuff To Cry (1986)

Daydream – In The Night (1986)

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Oct
25
2008
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The End

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First released as the B-side of the conventional but well produced Lover’s Holiday, this little gem is really different from anything Change has ever done.

This one has been written by the regular guitarist of the band, Paolo Gianolio, alone, which means that the notorious Malavasi or Romani touch is nowhere to be found in this track. It also appears to be one of his first songs ever as a writer and the end result is frankly awesome: the main melody, carried by a kind of over-processed choir-like sound and supported by lots of syncopated bleeps and electronic soundscapes, is simply gorgeous (but never over-the-top, mind you.)

Change – The End (1980)

P. Gianolio became a regular writer for the band after this song and was then involved in most of Change “electronic”-only tracks.

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Oct
25
2008
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21
2008
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Do I Do

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Thunderous piece of funky music, 100% made in Italy.

Maurice Mc Gee – Do I Do (1983)

Lead by the guy behind the catchy Mrs Moon and who is also known for his work on Mr Flagio’s Take A Chance. Great pedigree.

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