Jul
11
2016
0

Marco Polo

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Simo Laiho – Marco Polo

Absolutely the most heroic disco track ever attempted by any Finn.

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Jun
26
2016
0

Total Eclipse

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Klaus Nomi – Total Eclipse

Klaus Nomi – Wasting My Time

The high operatic notes reached by Waylon on his record Crème de la Crème have been documented here several times as has been the output of Sylvester. Now let’s hear it for Klaus Nomi, born as Klaus Sperber in Immerstadt, Bavaria. Nomi was a one-time usher at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, as well as a performer at a gay discothèque Kleist Casino, before moving to New York in 1972 where he became legendary in the city’s art and club scenes.

The voice you hear is a falsetto, not a castrato. A castrato singer’s voice is the result of a castration done before puberty.

The creation of castrati singers became popular first in Rome during the mid-16th century, when the pope banned women singing in churches or on the stage. Italian boys with promising voices would be taken to a back-street barber-surgeon, drugged with opium, and placed in a hot bath. The expert would snip the ducts leading to the testicles, which would wither over time. By the early 1700s, it is estimated that around 4,000 boys a year were getting the operation. Some lived thru the mutilation and many died from complications. Few became celebrated singers.

The high notes of a pre-pubescent boy wafting from the lungs of an adult were said to sound magical and ethereal. The prowess came from an increased breath capacity. The lack of testosterone allowed the skeleton to continue to grow beyond what was normal. Limbs would elongate. As would ribs. This was why castrati had such exceptional lung power. Nobody now actually knows what a castrato singer sounded like, as the practice became illegal in 1861, before recordings could be produced.

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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
14
2016
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Space Magic

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Shohjo-tai – Space Magic

Shohjo-tai – Flamingo Island

Japanese girl group was typically all about かわいい (Kawaii = exaggarated cuteness celebrating furry little animals, manga characters with big eyes and pink everything) until 1986 when they got surprisingly tough.

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May
29
2016
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Flyin’ Bolero

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GAG – Flyin’ Bolero @ 45 rpm

33 or 45? More is more, I prefer both.

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May
26
2016
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California Dreaming

california dreaming pictureDenial – California Dreaming

I’ll be spinning vinyls at the 4th of June at my favourite spot in the universe – the Uus Õu garden in Tartu, Estonia and later in the night at the vibrant Genialistide Klubi. Even if everything is most likely going to be totally awesome all the time with happy people everywhere, maybe it’s still ok to play some melancholic records? In the picture California fashions of 1967.

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Apr
11
2016
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Money & Love

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Pinups – Money & Love

Tough tune from 1980.

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Apr
10
2016
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In The Disko

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Papertiger And The Cat Cammerorchestra – In The Disco

Cult item for those into danger.

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Apr
08
2016
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Disco-Phase

discophaseDig It Al – Disco-Phase

The spring is here soon which most importantly means that you can go camping in non-breathing polyester fashions and pass out anywhere in the forest without freezing to death.

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Apr
03
2016
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Why (Don’t We Live In Peace?)

waySchaltkreis Wassermann – Why Don’t We Live In Peace

A Personal favourite for seated dancers and always a valid topic instead of one’s bench press record or personal development.

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Apr
03
2016
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Mam Dość

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Lombard – Mam Dość

Lombard – Ckliwy Melodramat

1985 was a good year for this Polish band.

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Mar
29
2016
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Suite Amazónica

kol1Finis Africae – Suite Amazónica

I’ve done my best in dismissing the balearic sound. So it’s been somewhat surprising to find a classic Finis Africae long play spinning on my Technics for the past few weeks. I blame it on the spring, the sun and the friendly people for making me feel this happy again. No worries though, November will be here soon. A Couple with tasty poolside fashions shot by Ouka Leele.

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Mar
23
2016
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Go Go Golem

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Golem Orchestra – Go Go Golem

Golem Orchestra – Memphis Tennessee

It’s all about the outré sleeve really but two of the tracks on the 1985 album made in Praque – where a Golem was reportedly created from clay by a 16th century rabbi – have a certain charm if you can take the brass section. The 2nd tune is a take on a Chuck Berry evergreen. Chuck Berry is a rock and roll legend who at one point got involved with a fourteen-year-old Apache waitress at his nightclub. When questioned about this he replied “She was anything but innocent”. Berry later had a huge hit “My Ding-a-Ling”, an infectious sing-along song about penises.

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Mar
04
2016
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In Crowd

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In Crowd seems to respond quite well to cosmic for dummies treatment i.e. a 45 played at 33+8.

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Mar
03
2016
0

Snake King

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Synopsis – Snake King

Synopsis – Romantic Ballad

One for those nights when the only people in the house are headbangers in cross necklaces and denim wests, mixing up “dramatic” and “utterly fucking hideous”. Rough but still danceable. The second track Romantic Ballad is a quite accomplished pulse groove. The record is Estonian.

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Feb
28
2016
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Noise In The Attic

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The Spotnicks – Noise From The Attic.

Twangy 1981 disco from everybody’s favourite surf band.

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Feb
19
2016
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Golden Beat

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Illi Broman – Golden Beat

Illi says silence isn’t golden, beats are. This Finnish record is from 1981.

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Feb
18
2016
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自覚

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伊藤詳 – 自覚

Hypnotic object of desire to be experienced at avant-gardist club environments.

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Jan
30
2016
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New (Red) Roses

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Yukihiro Takahashi – New (Red) Roses

Japan 1981. There’s no less than Haruomi Hosono and Riuchi Sakamoto playing keyboards, so pay close attention.

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Jan
13
2016
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Around The World

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BB – Around The World

Yes, concentration music, studying music, relaxing music, brain enhancing music, lounging-around-doing-nothing music and the best possible dancing music.

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