Feb
24
2008
2

Corona?

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On the left, Giovanna Bersola, the actual singer of This Is The Rhythm Of The Night and on the right, Sandra Chambers, the voice behind Baby Baby and Try Me Out.

Did you know that This Is The Rhythm Of The Night by Corona was actually a cover version? I didn’t.

Here we have THE obvious hit:
Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night (1993)

Now just replace the main lyrics “This is the rhythm of the night” with “Save me save me” and listen to:

Say When! – Save Me (1987)
Alright… the “cover” version has been extensively rewritten (if not from scratch) and only part of the original lyrics have been finally kept.
Anyway, thanks to Vanity6 for the info.

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Feb
23
2008
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Feb
22
2008
0

We Can Make It

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A sort of sped-up Synthpop ballad from Montreal, released in 1984 by one half of Pluton & Humanoids.

Purple Flash – We Can Make It

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Feb
22
2008
2

Spacer Woman

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If you’ve never heard of this piece of music before then maybe it’s worth noting first that it’s considered to be some kind of a ‘state-of-the-art benchmark’ among early-Italo Disco enthusiasts.

So many people think this track is a perfect example of a successful blend of Electro, Synthpop and Italo Disco… I do agree, wholeheartly: very few songs can brag they achieved that level of greatness.

Charlie – Spacer Woman (1983)

Watch out for more about Maurice Cavalieri soon.

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Feb
21
2008
1

Put The Freeze On

bmkhan.jpg A great track released on Alfie Silas’s first album: Alfie. (Unfortunately) The only song with a strong electronic layer on the album. Too bad, I like this specific one.

Alfie Silas – Put The Freeze On (1982)

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Feb
20
2008
4

Who’s “Lena” ?

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2 Belgen – Lena (1985)
(Listen to the “Extended version”)

2 Belgen‘s belgian duo is characterised by Rembert De Smedt‘s singing style and a guitar-synthesizer’s use for bass & rhythm. Hit single released on Vogue Belgique.

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Feb
19
2008
1

Dance / I Was Born This Way

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To my knowledge, Dance is most probably the first Disco House tune (i.e. based around a sample from a Disco song) ever produced. A breakthrough at the time of its release and quite visionary in a sense, pre-dating the Disco House production climax that happened around the end of this past decade. It also turned out to be a true underground sell-out rapidly.

Earth People – Dance (1989)

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Feb
19
2008
4

Danuta

danuta_1.jpg Following the footsteps of Sabrina and Samantha Fox ,
Danuta Lato is a Polish erotic-model-turned-singer who
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In my view the best track from the lot is unquestionably the Touch My Heart B side : I Need You. The other ones are a bit too Pop… but never ‘unpleasant’.

Danuta – Touch My Heart (1987)
Danuta – I Need You (1987)
Danuta – Whenever You Go (1989)
Danuta – Nobody’s Woman (1989)

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Feb
18
2008
0

Disco Train

radio_tube_train.jpg Dance Reaction‘s major hit, released in 1981.

Get on the Disco train!

Dance Reaction – Disco Train

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Feb
16
2008
0

Makin’ Music

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Over 9 minutes of pure dubby and trippy goodiness, thanks to Joe Tucci‘s know-how.

The Vocal version is fine too, but IMO the Dub Mix is really the standout track on this release.

Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub Mix) (1983)

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Feb
16
2008
0

Megatron Species

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A huge classic from one of the creators of Hi-NRG, along with a limited pressing cover version which is fairly good on its own.

Patrick Cowley – Megatron Man (1981)

Native Love – Megatron Woman (1983)

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Feb
15
2008
0

Protection

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Limited pressing from 1985, nothing really memorable but pretty fun nonetheless.

The Poptown Syndicate – Protection

The Poptown Syndicate – Keep On Lovin’

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Feb
14
2008
0

Annie Anner

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Anne-Lie Thorslund aka Annie Anner is a Swedish girl specialized in italo disco.

Night In The City is one of the first songs of her rather short career and undoubtely the most successful. Other tracks such as Robotman or The Human Race (either three are co-written with Lars Fjellström) are however as enjoyable as they are well produced and maybe retrospectively even better IMO.

Annie Anner – Night In The City (1985)

Annie Anner – Come On And Dance (1986)

Annie Anner – Robotman (1986)

Annie Anner – The Human Race (1987)

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Feb
13
2008
0

Hills Of Katmandu

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This track is an epic and progressiv 16 minutes trip. Masterpiece from “The Double Album” released in 1980.

A “megamix” from Patrick Cowley has been released in 1988 and for sure many other versions to discover… (in spanish for example)

Now attach your belt and listen carefully the sample to make up your mind.

Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu
(Listen to an edit version)
(Read the lyrics)

Celso Valli, also involved in the project Azoto and others, is responsible for some hits of italo-disco scene like “San Salvador” or “Exalt-Exalt” on the LP “Disco Fizz” in 1979.

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Feb
12
2008
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Feb
06
2008
2

Au Paradis

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Originally released in 1982 on Chagrin D’Amour‘s only album, it is one of those tracks meant to make love to: repetitive patterns, funky riff and spoken words of a couple in the background.

Sadly, the song is really too short to be appreciated to its full extent and, as such, Loud-E did a perfect job extending the original 2 minutes and a half to a mere 6 minutes long cut (who said it is still too little ;)).

Chagrin D’Amour – Au Paradis (LoudEfied Edit) (2007)

It appears that this track has been wrongly attributed to LoudEfied alone when it was first aired on the CBS Top 100 show.

Just for fun, here are the roughly translated (and silly) lyrics, from French to English:

Grégory : Tell me « apple »
Valli : « apple… apple »
Grégory : once more…
Valli : « apple »… it’s good !
Grégory : the apple ?

Chorus : Don’t say a word you know that, we can’t believe it
No more words you know that, it’s better this way (x2)

Valli : I can’t believe it ?
Grégory : hush…
Valli : What about : « hush » ?
Grégory : Just because : hush !
Valli : Because I can’t believe it ?
Grégory : Don’t say a word…
Valli : But…
Grégory : No no, no more words : hush !

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Feb
05
2008
1

Philharmony

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Philarmony is a great experimental LP, full of pulsating Ambient keyboard hooks and with a very welcome exotic touch for every westerner. It’s been released in 1982 by the head man behind the incredible Yellow Magic Orchestra, but as a solo project from end to end.

The sample in preview is really mesmerizing and sounds quite surprisingly ‘modern’ for its age.

Haruomi Hosono – Platonic

More on YMO in a forthcoming ticket, soon.

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Jan
31
2008
7

Zombie!

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That’s a fact, I’m a Fabio Frizzi (living?) dead fanboy. I’ve already posted about my true fascination towards his work a few months ago, but I couldn’t stop just there. Frizzi has scored Lucio Fulci‘s so-called Living Dead trilogy from A to Z and only one of these three impressive themes has been previously presented in these pages. Now I hope the mistake is properly corrected.

The first track is probably his most famous score and can be heard in the movie Zombi 2 while the second one, which is a variation on the same theme, is used in Paura nella città dei morti viventi.

Fabio Frizzi & Giorgio Tucci – Zombie (1979)

Fabio Frizzi – Apoteosi Del Mistero (1980)

Of course, I could not decently post on the subject without mentioning the splendid tribute produced by Legowelt to one of the greatest masters of the Horror soundtrack genre.

Legowelt – Congo Zombie (2005)

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Jan
31
2008
3

Space Woman

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This very groovy track’s been first released with the Herman’s Rocket moniker, then under the Venus Gang guise a few years later; but don’t be fooled, it’s really the exact same song. Whatever its name, the bassline is quite hypnotic.

Herman’s Rocket / Venus Gang – Space Woman (1977 / 1981)

Interesting trivia, this is in fact a ‘spacey’ cover version of a funky song released only one year earlier.

La Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway (1976)

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Jan
31
2008
0

Robotnick

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Released on the excellent Ce n’est qu’un début EP, this track builds a very disctinctive and retro-futurist aesthetic that sounds like no other Synthpop productions of that era. IMO a true gem that has not lost any of its appeal since its initial release.

As a noted bonus, the whispered vocals perfectly fit in the atmosphere created by the instrumental part.

Alexander Robotnick – Dance Boy Dance (1984)

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