Mar
19
2012
0

Jump

It lacks a bit of oomph and maybe a good chorus, but it’s quite good in my book though.

Simone – Jump (1984)

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Mar
18
2012
0
Mar
14
2012
3
Feb
12
2012
4

Disco Laser

The title contained the words ‘disco’ and ‘laser’, the cover sleeve was hideous, it was released on a Belgian record label, it had everything to make it a serious winner, I even thought it could be as good as Waylon – Crème de le crème (silly me.)

The reality is: it’s just bad… REALLLLY bad.

So just pretend it never existed.

Rony Emanuel – Disco Laser (1980)

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Jan
21
2012
0

Assez Super

Mino – Assez Super (1980)

The lyrics go on like this: “that’s pretty great to have sex”, on repeat, during more than 4 minutes

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Jan
18
2012
0

Royal Society

Go – Royal Society

More from GO and the illustrious J.C.Pierric.

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Jan
09
2012
5

Soucoupes Volantes

Moon Child – Soucoupes Volantes (1979)

Totally awesome.
It’s sung in French but the crew is Italian. Sorry for the sound quality, the copy is damaged beyond repair.

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Jul
20
2011
1

“Back From Flea Market” 20/07/11

French or French Canadian Disco Funk only. The kitsch factor is pumped up to the maximum.

Various Artists – Back From Flea Market 20/07/11

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Jul
07
2011
2

Quand tu danses

Micky Milan – Quand Tu Danses (Y’a Tout Qui Bouge, Qui Balance !…) (1982)

This one was written by François Feldman, a skinny white guy who used to produce awesome electronic funk in the early 80s and then, for unknown reasons, only utter pop garbage at the end of the decade.

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Jul
07
2011
1
May
11
2011
1

Discomedia

Try hard to ignore the out-of-place vocals, and rather focus on the background music. It was composed by part of the Voyage band and Roland Romanelli. On the record it’s written that this instrumental is based on a track called “Love Tonight”. I’d love to know more about this mysterious tune. Anyone?

Guy Bedos – Discomedia (1978)

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May
11
2011
1

Croque-moi tout de suite

Don’t judge, don’t hate. It’s a bit blend and light-hearted, but I’ve got a thing for this tune though, I really don’t know why. Apparently it’s a remake but I don’t know the original.

Sylvia Crivelli – Croque-Moi Tout De Suite (1979)

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Apr
30
2011
4

Die Unersättlichen

Various Artists – Die Unersättlichen

A false sequel to Hard Dixo.

The first half is dedicated to hard electronic basslines and French stompers, the other one slows down a bit and features some oddities and exotic curiosities.

The tracklisting follows: (more…)

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Apr
21
2011
1

Pense pas et danse

Marie Chaptal – Pense pas et danse (1979)

No, the lady on the picture is not Marie Chaptal. On the record cover sleeve, Marie is jogging with her hooded sweater. I definitely prefer this picture.

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Apr
09
2011
1

Sunset

Jean Gamet – Sunset (1981)

Clearly less disco than Danseur De Slow (indeed, there’s only this sharp 4×4 beat that could potentially make this track dancefloor-friendly)… but the synth pads are very nice, and typically early-80s.

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Mar
27
2011
5

Faites quelque chose pour moi

Adrienne Ste-Claire – Faites quelque chose pour moi (1975)

Infectious groove! The authors are likely Canadian.

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Jan
09
2011
1

The Handsome Man On His Chopper

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Les Marylènes – Le beau tétard sur son cigare (1978)

Ok, it’s not disco. But it displays a four-to-the-floor beat, an electronic bassline, and it was composed by Les Martin Circus.

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Nov
16
2010
4

Contact Has Just Been Made

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Checking out the musicians on the recent Madame post by Jussi, I noticed Joël Fajerman, a French musician, born in 1948 in Paris was involved. Joël started out in the sixties and seventies as a backing musician with various French bands before a fateful introduction to the god like power of the polyphonic synthesizer changed his life forever.

In 1978 he composed his first instrumental piece for Nippon Japan and in France, he opened Phonorgan, one of the first stores selling organs and synthesizers in Paris with Korg synth importer Dominique Alas. His career took off at the turn of the 80s, after he composed the end credits of the French game show ‘Treasure Hunt’. He is perhaps most famous for the soundtrack he did for the seventies French nature documentary series L’Aventure Des Plantes by the botanist Jean-Marie Pelt and journalist Jean-Pierre Cuny, especially the title track, the ambient classic Flowers Love released in 1982.

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Nov
10
2010
1

We Are The Children

kids-with-guns1The J.P. Massiera & Bernard Torelli freaky deaky French madness continues with a 1982 Italian remix of the 1981 single by the duo called Misa Criolla. The original track is an an adaption of the ‘Gloria’ hymn section of Misa Criolla, written in 1964 by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez as a non-Latin catholic mass combining Spanish text with indigenous Argentinean instruments and rhythms.

It was first released in 1981 as a 7 inch single on the Général Music France record label under the artist name Usted Del Fuego (see separate post for the other single release by Massiera & Torelli under this name) and then subsequently released in both 7 inch & 12 inch form by Montage Records in Canada and America (for this release the Usted Del part of the name was dropped). (more…)

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Nov
08
2010
9

Massiera & Torelli On Fire

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In 1981 our two favourite French sonic cosmonauts J.P. Massiera & his half-brother Bernard Torelli released two singles on the label Général Music France using  the artist name Usted Del Fuego. Perhaps the more well known of the two releases is Misa Criolla, an adaption of the ‘gloria’ hymn  by Ariel Ramírez. The other single is Cancion Del Fuego and though credited to Massiera and Torelli on the record label, it seems to be an adaption of the twelth movement from the ballet El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla written in 1915

According to the sleeve notes, the track appeared on the soundtrack to the 1982 French film Espion, lève-toi directed by Yves Boisset. The film itself, a political thriller has been described as a cross between the Alan J Pakula 1974 conspiracy-noir The Parallax View and the John Frankenheimer original The Manchurian Candidate. As these are two of my all time favourite films, I have wanted to see Espion, lève-toi for quite a while. (more…)

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