Aug
31
2013
0

Summer without you

Good song for the last summer day: Michail Boyarskiy – Leto Bez Tebya (Summer Without You).

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Apr
22
2013
4

Who is to blame?

Valery Leontiev “Kto Vinovat?”
Sadly the song was never released on vinyl or CD, and exists only as a TV spot (1982).

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Mar
04
2013
2

Another Q

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.

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Jun
14
2012
2

Sofia

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:

Sofia Rotaru – Temp

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.

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Apr
27
2012
5

Meet Ivan Dorn

Yesterday he sampled “Apache” and revived Chicago sound.

 

Tomorrow he’s gonna tear up all the world’s hit-parades.

He is Ivan Dorn from Russia

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Apr
07
2012
3

Olympiada-80

“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.

Living Sound – Olympiada-80

Here’s original version of the song, performed by Estonian Tõnis Mägi (filmed in Tallinn, in 1980)

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Apr
01
2012
3

You have the such eyes

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 (!).

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Feb
25
2012
1

Bullet

–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.

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Feb
23
2012
8

L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me

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…)

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Feb
19
2012
0

On a sun day… “There I Was”.

Chris Malinchak – There I Was (2012)

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…)

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Feb
16
2012
2

Hello Song!

2 fragments from 1979 TV benefit of soviet disco ensemble “Zdravstvuy Pesnya” (“Hello Song”).
Disco-funk number in schlager traditions “Love was nearby”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIH6M-8ftbc&feature=related
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.

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Feb
07
2012
3

New York After Dark

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdwW17sSr94
His another marvellous video is here.

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Feb
04
2012
0

I (Who Have Nothing)

Rare video — official promo of Sylvester’s “I (Who Have Nothing)”, 1979. Uncommon example of non-camp disco-video.

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Jan
27
2012
0

Flights in Dreams and in Reality

Soviet electronic disco from “Flights in Dreams and in Reality” film (1982, composer — Vadim Khrapachyov).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMaiNp-apgU&feature=player_embedded
You also may see here a typical house-party of soviet creative “intelligentsia”.

 

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Jan
11
2012
1

Methusalem “I’ll Get You!”

Methusalem’s “The Black Hole” (1980) in soundtrack  of  “I’ll Get You!” (Nu, Pogodi!) — extremely popular series of Soviet animated shorts (14th episode, 1984).

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Aug
04
2011
3

Still I’m Sad

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)

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/how_beezar/rainbow-still-im-sad[/soundcloud]

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Jun
13
2011
0

Great Battle

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:

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Mar
24
2011
2

Yury Chernavsky “Hello, Bananan Boy!” (How_Beezar Instrumental Re-Edit)

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.

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/how_beezar/yury-chernavsky-hello-bananan[/soundcloud]

Feb
19
2011
0

I Can’t Stop (schlager version)

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.

Thanks to rare soviet groove diggers Musicdawn and zencd.

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Oct
24
2010
1

House Of Music Footages

Better late than never…

The never-aired-before video-clip footages of two seminal House Of Music records – and maybe the two songs that define the best song-writing qualities of early Italo Disco: Stop and Dog In The Night.

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.

(more…)

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