Jan
14
2015
0

Dillon’s Downtown

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Dillon’s Downtown

Dillon’s Downtown was an enormous upmarket disco in the corner of West 5th Street and South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. The venue, a converted hotel with a ballroom and meeting areas, had three floors with slightly different music in each. The main space throbbed with a mix of popular hustle beats, anthemic big-room bass, sleek ’n’ shiny synths, strings, cosmic arps, grand pianos, huge FX and Epic Drama. The crowd was somewhat dressy but they certainly danced. Going up the stairs from the main hall to the smaller rooms you would see people teaching each other the latest moves in the lounges. The too-tired-to-move-anymore were slumped on the carpeting, rubbing their feet or leaning silently against the walls.

Apart from the intro the music in the mix contains big hits played at the club during the second week of June 1978. Check the final track I Wanna Dance by Marathon, an El Bimbo on speed kind of frantic pounder from Pete Bellotte & co. Quite a tune.

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Jan
10
2015
2

Emilienne

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Nino Ferrer – Emilienne

Emilienne was based on an already existing novel but no doubt rushed into production in 1974 to cash in on the enormous success of Just Jaeckin’s Emmanuelle. The less lavishly budgeted Guy Casarel film focuses on a concerned-looking forty-something housewife with bourgeous values, her moustachioed sleazebag of a husband and a bisexual hippy chick ready to rock their boat.

The first half of the film proceeds somewhat sluggishly until the director throws in his pièce de resistance, obviously calculated to top the big shocker sequence in Emmanuelle in which a hooker smokes a cigarette with her vagina. Here, Emilienne the housewife, having been introduced to the delights of Sapphic amour, visists a luxurious bordello for lesbians. In a large room a line of completely naked girls are inspected and fingered by chic old dykes in formal outfits in a harshly lit Helmut Newton-style tableau, while Emilienne looks on. Then, one of the prostitutes is ordered to lay down, and a huge Alsatian dog is called by it’s name. What follows is indeed a bit of a jawdropper.

Later on, Emilienne and the husband are stranded on a rainy coast, seeking refuge in the house of an old hag who naturally turns out to be another dyke. Only she has a harem made of blond, decidedly non-model-like women who stare ahead like The Children of The Damned grown up to be rampant lesbians.

In the picture, the Finnish poster for the film.

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Jan
10
2015
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He’s A Man

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Transatlantic Soul Express – I’m A Man

Transatlantic Soul Express – Sunshine Superman

Transatlantic Soul Express – Let’s Get On

So, Macho’s disco version of I’m A Man wasn’t the first one after all. Here’s a Dutch take from 1975 plus two more cuts from the album.

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Jan
09
2015
0

Take Off ’77 Part II

take off 2Crazy Boom Sisters – Take Off ’77 Part 2

Wonder why it doesn’t read 33 rpm + 8% on the label, because then this innocent looking 7″ transforms into a cosmic monster. Apparently models in the picture have found the rare 12″ version.

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Jan
09
2015
0

Paranoid

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Rolf Kuhne – Paranoid

Finally this tune becomes listenable, and danceable.

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Jan
06
2015
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Special message to all who are Disco

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Ben Thomas – Sooleymon

Midnight Movers Unltd – Follow The Wind pt 1.

Face it. You’re no saint so indulge to the max in your vices at least once a year. In the evening of 16th of January A.D. 2015, give in to gluttony, lust and greed and celebrate with us all that is excessive, over-the-top and brilliant in the music we love, for hours and hours. Italo, funk, disco and beyond. Rare tracks and anthems. It’ll all be there to really wallow in, from exotic, sophisticated hothouse flowers to indescribable, sick sonic funghi from hell. From deep powerful vocals by mighty Divas to the flimsiest sighs from young girls who look like they’re sixteen but act like they’re twenty-one. No holds barred. Top tunes from a top lineup. The event will be re-broadcast on the 17th in case it’ll all become too much for you – though of course too much of a good thing is the best thing ever.

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Jan
04
2015
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The Fifth Movement

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The Fifth Movement

It was clear Percy Faith’s demonic dance version of “Tubular Bells: The Fifth Movement / The Theme From The Motion Picture The Exorcist” needed relating tracks in front of it for maximum impact, so here’s also some Sky and Birth Control for additional anguish.

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Jan
03
2015
0

Raga In Asia Minor

mind raga picCybotron – Raga In Asia Minor

Cult track from the second Cybotron long play (Australia, 1978).

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Jan
03
2015
0

Communications Breakdown

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Driver 67 – Communications Breakdown

Despite the title this one from 1978 sounds like something sequeing smoothly in or out of the Tom Dooley Story cowboy disco outrage posted by Carlo a while back.

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Jan
03
2015
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Mister Disco

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Petula Clark – Mister Disco

Yes, the 1977 track is by THE Petula Clark and no, of course it’s not her posing with Sterling St Jacques, a popular 1970s male model and disco singer himself.

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Jan
03
2015
2

Ooh Uggerdoo

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Revolution System – Ooh Uggerdoo

Another 1972 one to play to the besserwissers claiming it all started with Soul Makossa.

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Dec
31
2014
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Dec
27
2014
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Let Me Love You Tonight

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Vicky Edimo – Let Me Love You Tonight

(1980, Zagora ‎- FR / Mariann ‎- SWE)

Daddy Daft Punk on board, I mean Mr. Vangarde aka Daniel Bangalter is behind this funny production for Victor Edimo. Please don’t say cheesy, it’s a simple song like a marshmallow neither less nor more. And I like it just the way it is… mmm Don’t take it too seriously disco is D.I.S.C.O. SooOo good.

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Dec
22
2014
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Johnny Lover

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Barbara Potts – Johnny Lover

A J.P Massiera production from 1977, brought to my attention by Marta Montes of Madrid.

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Dec
22
2014
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Bump The Bach

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Carl Barok – Bump The Bach

A percolating 1975 realese by the man behind the The Blue Nights Of Granada.

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Dec
18
2014
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The House of Truth

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Jay C. Corry – The House of Truth

There’s something sinister about this tune. Gazing into the darkness of the revolving vinyl platter you get a feeling that in the depths of the grooves, something perverted holds sway. Did the master tape somehow get contaminated by the artists during the recording session and subsequently, all the pressings?

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Dec
18
2014
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Manolo, Un Poquito Mas

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Manolo Gas & Tinto Band Bang – Quizas Quizas Quizas

1976

This version by the much-in-demand Manolo Gas does not that much differ from the rest of the disco remakes of standards that were massively popular in 1976 – until he starts to throw in peculiar synth noises.

“1976” has more tunes from the period in question, most with the then-current latin hustle feel. For an alternative vibe also much in evidence on the floors in 1976 check out Brass Construction’s monster hit Movin’- you need to know it so you don’t get humiliated when the title turns up in conversation.

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Dec
17
2014
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Mile Do Badan

babla pictureBabla and His Orchestra – Mile Do Badan

Hippie discofied theme from the movie Blackmail brings a glimpse of light into this eternal darkness (India, 1977).

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Dec
16
2014
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Dec
14
2014
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1975

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1975

“Melissa realized they were heading out of Manhattan. “Where are you taking me?” she demanded. “Home to meet mother?” Her perfume and the rustling of her tighs as she turned to check his reaction were sharp intrusions in the quietly purring Rolls. “No,” Larry drawled, driving steadily. “Not to mother. Just to a big, comfortable place. My summer house. As you already know I happen to be a terrific cook.”
He sounded like a kid. Melissa’s eyes were blazing. “Stop the car. I am taking the subway downtown, to Busby’s. I am going disco dancing like I told you. Without you. And Larry dear, it’s just as well, as your dancing is as bad as your cooking.”

Jacqueline Cole: Deadly Devotions (1975).

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