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
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
2

Running Up That Hill (For Cover)

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Everybody (?) knows Kate Bush, talented English artist and behind loads of hits in the eighties. I do really appreciate her Running Up That Hill, released in 1985, and I’ve recently noticed that it’s been covered by a wide array of Electronic producers, a lot.

Some are pure garbage to my ears but others are quite excellent, not surprisingly the ones I prefer are those that kept the simple melody, the strong reverb and all the things that made the original release great.

The Original:
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (Extended Version)

A slight Electro redux:
Datassette – Running Up That Hill (2005)

A more Housey outfit:
Housego – Running Up That Hill (2006)

And finally a gentle commercial House reconstruction not using the main chorus as the gimmick:
Infusion – Running Up That Hill (2002)

Edit by Kundalini:
AND finally a slow italo synth-pop because Italians Do It Better (as you should know by now).

Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (2007)
(Listen to the full track)

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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
03
2007
2

International Karate

I know it’s pretty rare and not really my preferred genre but this time I’d like to introduce a… chiptune. A great chiptune. And also a great cover version of this track at the same time.

Ron Hubbard was the #1 chiptune maker for an early-eighties 8bit computer called Commodore 64. In 1986, for the release of the game International Karate by System 3, he geniusly re-arranged and chopped up a few patterns from Ryuchi Sakamoto‘s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and it then became one the most memorable video game soundtrack

Rob Hubbard – International Karate

Here is a 2005 acappella version of this song too. This one is also one of the best in its genre

Visa Röster – International Karate

BTW and if you like both and can’t choose, there’s a mashup of the two which is available under the name White Belt – International Karate (mixed along with a few Sakamoto’s beats)

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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
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
30
2007
1

Dancing In The Street

Peter Jacques Band, a seminal band in the eighties, released in 1985 the Dancing In The Street LP, a perfect blend of American and Italo Disco. Ecstatic.

Peter Jacques Band – All Right Let’s Go

Peter Jacques Band – This Night

Peter Jacques Band – Drives Me Crazy

On a side note, it is worth noting that Change – Let’s Go Together is actually the exact same song as the first one. Jacques Fred Petrus is the producer of both bands.

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Nov
26
2007
0

Keep On Holding On

Another fine tune from the Midwest duo Josh Barnes and Justen Parris aka Automatic & Silk. Chicagoan House all the way. Bouncing and cheerful.

Automatic & Silk – Keep On Holding On (2007)

which BTW samples sections from:
Margaret Reynolds – Keep On Holdin’ On (1982)

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