Good song for the last summer day: Michail Boyarskiy – Leto Bez Tebya (Summer Without You).
Valery Leontiev “Kto Vinovat?”
Sadly the song was never released on vinyl or CD, and exists only as a TV spot (1982).
This is not that Philadelphian Q of “The Voice Of Q”, but German Q with sole LP of the same name (X Records, 1982) which costs from 100 € at Discogs.
Video is scenes from “Zabriskie Point” and it suits the song, its mood and anxiety quite well.
In my opinion Sofia Rotaru was the most beautiful singer in Soviet Union in 70s. She made her best records in 70s too.
Here’s dramatic disco-funk standart “Temp” (“Tempo” in Russian, 1979) with irreproachable arrangements:
And this is her soul side: heartstopper “Lebedinaya Vernost'” (“Swans Fidelity”, 1974). Each time I listen to this song I can’t hold back the tears.
“Living Sound” is a soul/gospel band from USA, travelled throughout the former Communist Bloc and countries of 3rd world as well. They visited USSR in 1980 and recorded a cover of the anthem of forthcoming Moscow’s Olympic Games.
Here’s original version of the song, performed by Estonian Tõnis Mägi (filmed in Tallinn, in 1980)
Not entirely disco, just a good, noble song from soviet film “Sandu Follows the Sun” (1963). Voice by Maya Kristalinskaya.
Don’t miss a scene in interior of stylish soviet cafe with natural disco-ball (!).
–What’s this garbage? Sounds like a chipmunk with diarrhea.
–l like that.
–What are you doing? Cost me $10.95 plus tax.
–You call that music? This is music.
This way I fell in love with “Right Said Fred” Barry White.
He might be white Barry White (sorry for bad pun), but has chosen German and Italian TV-shows instead of NY clubs.
Sorry for this foolish TV spot, but the song is worthy of it, even in short version (David Mancuso would not give me a lie).
And here’s another, big proto-disco stomper with video even worse than previous. (more…)
Something fresh and funky, cute, and freshly cut. I don’t really know if this sound really fits to the blog right now but this makes me feel soOo good. I’ll let you just take a lick to taste… Listen here @ soundcloud.com
And even more because I can’t resist ! (more…)
2 fragments from 1979 TV benefit of soviet disco ensemble “Zdravstvuy Pesnya” (“Hello Song”).
Disco-funk number in schlager traditions “Love was nearby”:
Cover of Neil Sedaka’s “One way ticket” (a year later after Eruption’s take):
And some more: ensemble’s trumpet-player, Sergey Baulin (unfortunately, he is not on video) taught me to drum in late 80s.
Fragment of forgotten film “Flashing Lights” (aka “Monique”, aka “New York After Dark”, USA/France, 1978) featuring a club performance of Dennis Parker — the one and only true sex-symbol of disco epoch.
His another marvellous video is here.
Soviet electronic disco from “Flights in Dreams and in Reality” film (1982, composer — Vadim Khrapachyov).
You also may see here a typical house-party of soviet creative “intelligentsia”.
First there were The Yardbirds with 1965’s “Still I’m Sad” – 1st goth song ever (as some believe).
Boney M. made its heartfelt version in 1977.
But we took hairy & marasmic hard-rock cover made by Ritchie Blackmore’s hand (1975). Fantastic cowbell work turns it into sparkling funk-rock stick of dynamite.
Rainbow “Still I’m Sad” (How_Beezar Mad Cow Edit)
Everyone saw classic rasta-movie “Rockers” or, at least, this snippet with a battle between Soul Music and Roots Rock Reggae:
A name of the winning song isn’t much interesting for visitors of this blog (just in case, this is The Jays and Ranking Trevor’s “Queen Majesty”).
Second place is taken by acid-disco track (in style of Horse Meat Disco) “Get On Up (Get On Down)” (1978) of Roundtree:
Here’s maestro Yury Chernavsky again. You might hear his earlier groovy disco classic “Discs Are Circling (How_Beezar Re-Edit)” performed by Krasny Maki band.
3 years later, in 1983 Chernavsky recorded his 1st solo album “Banana’s Islands” which never has been officially released. In 1987, at the height of the Perestroyka, track “Hello, Bananan Boy” was included in film “ASSA” OST. This film is the cult for every kid grown up in 80s in USSR. I, for example, decided to become a musician right away after the final credits of the film.
“Hello, Bananan Boy” illustrates Disco-Not-Disco influence on indie dance enthusiasts in Soviet Union: bass, drums, infectious guitar riff and freaky vocal with absurd lyrics about little boy Bananan living in a telephone receiver.
In this How_Beezar Instrumental Re-Edit words are cut out, and we can delight with pure rhythm and amazing guitar riff.
John (The Monster) Davis’s breakbeat classic is covered by soviet ensemble “Disco”. Yes, simply “Disco”. The chorus sings just one word in russian: “Orchestra!”.
This rare clip is taken from soviet TV music film “Urban Fantasy” (1978) and demonstrates that there are no frontiers for music.
Better late than never…
Stefano Zitto himself put them online on YouTube.
Maybe you’ve already seen them a long time ago, but, as usual, I’m a bit late.
Presumably Helen (the actual track singer), Stefano Zitto’s wife.
The unnamed Australian bloke known as Mr. Master.
It’s the exact same cheap TV set and overall feeling of complete improvisation, not to mention that the camera work is boldly nauseous… but the music excuses everything.
Note that Stefano Zitto dates the Dog In The Night videoclip in 1981, not 1983.