May
25
2016
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Wild Safari

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Music Operation – Wild Safari

An alternative version, Italy, 1972.

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May
23
2016
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Escape

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Magnetic System – Escape

Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera ost 45 sounds fast and furious even when pitched down a lot. Godzilla from the a-side has been one of my all time faves ever since it was featured here back in 2009.

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May
18
2016
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Classic British

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Classic British

According to a recent poll by the British Council, culture and history are seen as UK’s most attractive features. Weather and food are the worst. The Brits are very polite but they have bad drinking and eating habits.

Shakespeare, the Queen and David Beckham are their biggest cultural icons. We disagree. Far more important: Biddu Orchestra.

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May
17
2016
0

Fruhling In Hanoi

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Orkester International – Fruhling in Hanoi

Everyone supports the freigeistige Weltanschauung (free-spirited ideology) and Arbeiterbewegung (labor movement), and celebrates the coming of spring with an offical Blumenstrauß (bunch of flowers), Grußkarte (greeting card) and Amiga label funk tracks like this one.

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May
12
2016
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Who’s That Lady With My Man?

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Kelly Marie – Who’s That Lady With My Man

Kelly was a Diva who never dismissed the drama.

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May
05
2016
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Vecchio’s Raptus

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Michele Del Vecchio – Raptus

As yet, we do not have Overfitting Disco Awards, an event that could be recognized as the preeminent multi-cultural awards show from the outsider point of view. The awards could celebrate the accomplishments of the less ordinary in the fields of music, literature and film and also honor individuals or groups who promote or promoted disco-ness through creative endeavors. Listeners could vote on the winners.

The disco artist of the year – Madonna? Never, she was always all about money and generally being a cow. I could well imagine Michele Del Vecchio getting quite a few votes with this 1979 track, though.

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May
03
2016
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Amicus Gaudété

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Amicus – Gaudété

Music education supporters advocate the importance of exposing young people to a variety of instruments, choral arrangements, and styles of music to enhance their educational experience and foster their academic, social, and emotional growth. Ulla is currently learning music theory and participating in her school band playing works of religious nature, such as Gaudété. This is a piece published in 1582 as a part of the Piae Cantiones, a collection of sacred Finnish/Swedish songs.

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May
03
2016
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Classic European

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Classic European

Two thirds of the men in our test group rated eurodisco as their favorite. It’s shaped exactly right (to allow more movement) and is lubricated inside and out. Testers said it flexed well and the action lasted a long time.

Our eurodisco provides lasting pleasure for both you and your partner(s) with warm, tingling sensations that allow for the highest possible level of sensitivity.

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Apr
27
2016
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L’Orange Bleue

laverdajota1000John Ozila – L’Orange Bleue

Too obvious? It sure kicks like a triple espresso! Pointless remarks on Laverda Jotas: They look cooler on blue backgrounds and stripped nude for the café races.

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Apr
24
2016
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Fear Of Vocals

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A newly discovered improved version of Anno Domini and other unsettling tracks, plus a whole lot of instrumentals.

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Apr
23
2016
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One Man Ain’t Enough

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Jabara – One Man Ain’t Enough

Jabara is Paul Jabara of course and this is his first recording, made in 1975. The vinyl is in terrible condition but perhaps the hiss and the scratches only add to the questionable charm of the thing?

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Apr
20
2016
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Listen To The Moonpig

dlightsThe D.-Lights – Listen To The Moonpig

Those spaced-out Germans again.

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Apr
19
2016
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Catalina

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Cusco – Catalina

Cusco – Alcatraz

Not only were they the biggest fashion crime of the 80s, the Decade That Taste Forgot, they were the biggest fashion crime ever. Anyone who was alive during that era cannot repress the mortifying memory of the Catalina jacket. Did you own one? If so your sin cannot be washed away.

The jackets were already around during the sixties when they may have been novel and sporty with nylon mesh vents to stop the wearer from overheating. During the early 80s, with the advent of the Jogging Chic, the jackets made an unwelcome comeback in satin or any cheaper variant. Worn with baggy blue jeans, or worse, with hideous gym trousers in retina-searing neon colors, they made the decade pure hell from beginning to end. In fact, the Catalinas persisted well into the 90s and you can see them even today, especially in Germany and Russia.

The actual music is great and obviously wasn’t made with the hellish jackets in mind. The titles refer to tourist spots in California. Still, chances are you’ll spot potbellied men in Catalina jackets there, too.

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Apr
14
2016
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Light Flight

iddsmodelpicMagical Ring – Light Flight

Many cars are considerably faster, make sexier noises and have better proportions than a Citroën DS, but if you want to float in peace on almost any kind of road texture, then there’s no better choice than a DS (or CX). In case looks are not that important then any vintage Citroën with hydropneumatic suspension will do the magic. Soundscape best matched with cosmic French libraries. Magical Ring long play is also available as a cassette. Please remember that home taping is not killing music, the greedy dealers are.

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Apr
13
2016
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Aur Paas Aa

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Bajpai – Aur Paas Aa

Bollywood disco tune has a tinge of hopeless hopefulness.

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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
07
2016
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Los Bomberos & otros

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Los Bomberos & otros

Spring IS here and dancing right now to Viva America and the rest from my recently posted list of faves is a good start to warm up those lazy winter bones. The sound is summer disco, made of of latin and bossa-flavoured easy listening, library music (recordings for so called music libraries from where film, radio and TV producers could license titles for their productions), psychedelia, soundtracks, lightweight pop and lollipop soul.

First up is Banzai featuring les Glodettes whose Viva America is the ultimate summer song if you ask me. The Glodettes were the backup dancers of legendary late French singer Claude Francois and they probably never sang a note on any record, only appearing on sleeves and promo videos. No matter as this tune is fantastic. The synths swirl and flash around on a highly energetic rhythm base topped by a hypnotic bass line, explosive percussion and an animated lead vocalist shouting in Spanish. Impossible not to groove along. You’ll sense the Glodettes all around you twirling madly.

The power of the rhythms increases, some playful intersections appear and the chorus assumes a less hysterical but more seductive tone in the next tune Ninas by Los Bomberos. All following tracks are in a similar vein and definitely a joy to dive into for any devotee of El Bimbo-influenced mondo disco.

Prince Albert Orchestra’s Try To Satisfy Me was included in the list but as this post is all about summer and fun I didn’t want to promote anything too expensive and hard to get. So, it had to give way to others more easily available, like Ela Ela by the Greek band Axis. And it’s just as good. This thing grooves and steams and freaks out throughout the whole record, with a mindripping fuzzed out bouzouki break that pushes you into a quick state of trance you’d want to go on for hours, melting your soul while your body shakes from the impulses and the psychedelic flow of colors. Campasino! Disco Piper! Couldn’t stop and had to throw in Chinese Kung Fu by Banzai as well, and Lalabye, and naturally the OUTSTANDING Magic Combo By African Magic Combo! But does this mix make sense and is it all well mixed in the traditional way? No, it’s more like a frenzied outburst of insane happiness, like oh how I love this music and yes the coming summer will be great!

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Apr
06
2016
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Lõpulaul

laineLaine – Lõpulaul

Fashionably late entry from Estraadiansambel Laine. Apparently it was recorded already in 1980 judging from a TV apperance where they walked on music in the sunset. To my knowledge the vinyl version materialized in ’83. Easy to find in Estonia and not that difficult in Finland either. And yes, despite being a cover version of one of the most overplayed disco classics, I would dare to play it in public.

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