Apr
08
2014
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Eisbär

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Grauzone – Eisbär

Grauzone – Ich Lieb Sie

Delightful furry animal disco track from Deutschland, made in 1981.

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Apr
06
2014
1

Night People Mix (Times Square, October 1976)

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Night People Mix

The 3rd in the series based on the club lists in Vince Aletti’s book The Disco Files. The time is October 1976, the music tracks like Night People by Fantastic Four that were introduced at discos earlier as promos and imports. Now out commercially, the records are being pumped thru radios all over, in cars, stores, cocktail bars, hair salons, especially in New York.

The heart of New York is awash with the sound. Talking about Times Square area, the neon-lit urban jungle of blocks around Broadway and Seventh & Eight Avenue, stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Massage parlours, fast food joints, cinemas showing grotesque exploitation and porn films 24 hours a day, every day of the year. People pushing and shoving, loitering around doorways, pimps, pushers, prostitutes, junkies and alcoholics everywhere. Weird smells, smoke, deafening noise, sirens, screams, disco music.

This rich undergrowth of American culture is all gone now, nothing remains of the once vibrant, dangerous and exciting scene. All the cinemas are either gone or transformed and the filth is all cleaned up. Where once films like Rump Humpers or Trap Them And Kill Them lured in the curious or the homeless the latest Pixar animations now play for whole families. Everything is destroyed forever.

The Story is best told in Tales Of Times Square by Josh Alan Friedman, out by Feral House Books as an expanded edition:
“A six-foot-tall black hooker in a blond wig comes strutting down Eighth Avenue. “Wanna go out?” she asks to businessmen walking by. No response. “Looking for a date?”. No-one acknowledges her presence. She stands more aggressively in the middle of the sidewalk, grabbing pedestrians. “Wanna date, honey? Lookin for some sex? Wanna good time? How ‘bout a suck and fuck?”. Everybody just brushes her aside. She feels desperate and screams “DON’T NO ONE WANNA PAY FOR MAH PUSSY?”.

You get to go to Platos’s Retreat, live shows offering couples on stage, greasy restaurants, whorehouses, strip clubs plus all the grindhouses and pornies like The Harem on 249 West: “A double bill of second-run porn is showing, Titillation and Never Enough. Two long, narrow rows of seats are occupied by black transvestites, pre-op transsexuals, subway toilet queens, and confused Japanese tourists. Night and day, they live here for five bucks. Not one empty seat. Ghastly, open-mouthed faces lie unconscious, others are smoking, wheezing, spitting, festering in the warmth of each other’s disease.”

I so want to go back to Times Square but can’t. We still have the music, though.

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Apr
03
2014
1

Jungle Flower

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Fontenas – Jungle Flower

Fontenas – Whipping Post

We are not worthy we are not worthy. Irené and J.Fontaine of Fontenas from Belgium possess arcane musical knowledge and make any departure from their rules of argument senseless. They consolidate the fact that our kind of music is the best there is and this 1973 record proves it with absolute certainty.

The heavy Whipping Post has been heard here on a couple of occasions already. The Jungle Flower b-side is no less essential.

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Apr
02
2014
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Oboso

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I couldn’t find a single Manu Dibango track from the blog. Never mind if it’s too obvious, this cheap 7″ from 1972 has that correct voodoo feel for the dance floors underground.

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Apr
01
2014
1

Red Lamp

patucchicoverDaniele Patucchi – Red Lamp

Another rare groove ost 7″ from the maestro (Spain, 1977).

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Apr
01
2014
0

Push

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Lesser known b-side of Dr. Beezar from the classic school of sleazy funk (US, 1975).

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Apr
01
2014
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Be What You Wanna Be

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Biddu Orchestra – Be What You Wanna Be

Biddu Orchestra – Aquarius

Biddu Orchestra – All Right Now

As the British hipster Oscar Wilde said the only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Be What You Wanna Be from the 1978 album Disco Gold is the classic of the month.

Is that a teabag hanging next to his crotch?

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Mar
31
2014
0

DJ’s Group

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DJ’s Group – Wyoming Station

France 1979. Perhaps Wyoming sounded more exciting than Gare Du Nord.

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Mar
29
2014
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Ich Liebe Deutschen Disco-Sound mix

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Ich Liebe Deutschen Disco-Sound

Here is the disco-scene. Origineller Frischer Sound. Original New Hit-Parade-Sound.
Viele riesige Discothekenscheiben, besonderes dürfte eventuell die instrumentale Rückseiten bei Discotheken ankommen.

Presenting U.A. JONATHAN aus München, SARABANDE aus Düsseldorf, sowie SEXY JUNGE DAME VERY SEXY GIRLS aus Hamburg, London, Köln, Berlin, Wiesbaden, Paris. Ihre Disco-Musik geht in die Beine!

All have potential for an International Career.
Alle haben Voraussetzungen fur einem Internationalen Erfolg.

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Mar
27
2014
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Skylab

skylabDaniel Grau – Skylab

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” – Oscar Wilde

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Mar
27
2014
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Oasis

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Sound Express – Oasis

“O wanderer of the desert, dancer of the tent! This is indeed a period of my joy! Oh! Is it a voice, or the breeze, warbling over the desert, that sings to me? Is it a flash of lightning over the oasis?” – from Antar in the Land of Zeebeed.

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Mar
27
2014
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Funk Samba

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Ambros Seelos – Funk Samba

Hot semi-authentic Brazilian funk grooves made in Southern Tyrol. In the picture, fabulous lounge chairs designed By Oscar Niemeyer, the legendary Brazilian architect who died in 2012 aged 105.

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Mar
27
2014
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Sicilian Nights

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Cosa Nostra Disco Band – Sicilian Nights

All the beloved musical instruments from Sicily are here including the scacciapensieri, the friscalettu and the tammurinu but the record was made in Brazil in 1978.

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Mar
26
2014
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Detroit City

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“Hear the disco sounds of Philadelphia in the streets of Detroit”. I don’t know if this was common back in ’76, or even if Danish band M.K.T. experienced it themselves while visiting the city, but i do know that this is a very overlooked track from the “first wave” of Danish disco. The sound from this period was generally warmer and much more interesting than the stuff that came around and after the release of Disco Tango, and this bimbo-esque song is a good example of it I think. I included a mainly instrumental sample here, but the vocals aren’t bad at all really.

M.K.T. – Detroit City

And now for some fun facts:

The main guy behind the group, Jens Brixtofte, later went on to create the group Brixx, who scored a big hit with their Eurovision entry “Video Video”. But more worthy of mention is that he is also the brother of Peter Brixtofte, who was behind one of the biggest scandals in modern Danish politics. During the years Peter Brixtofte was mayor of Farum (incidentally the town where Nixxon is from), he wasted an enormous amount of taxpayer money on booze and fancy restaurant visits, and was often seen dandying around town with his brother Jens. This track doesnt quite make up for all that, but it will do for now.

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Mar
23
2014
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M*A*S*H

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This one is very much on the light side, but hey it’s sunday. The essential New Marketts disco releases to get are the Looking For Mr. Goodbar 12″ and Step On It LP, but this 7″ just might fit in at the right place and time, especially if you are feeling nostalgic.

New Marketts – Theme From M*A*S*H
New Marketts – Whistle Song

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Mar
22
2014
2

You Know The Way

299998397639683893Pino Presti – You Know The Way

Classic Pino Presti 12″ has as perfectly balanced sound as CB750 with original 4 into 4 exhaust (US, 1979).

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Mar
22
2014
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Curare

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Afric Simone – Curare

Above picture was from a party i attended some weeks ago. Had i been behind the decks that night, sounds like this would have been the primary force on the floor.

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Mar
22
2014
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Alimatha

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Expo – Alimatha

Even though Walkie Talkie is a pretty fine tune, i would flip the record for this one in the heat of the night. The energy this track drives can make any floor explode! Germany ’77.

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Mar
22
2014
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Surf Fascination

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Riding on a new wave of disco sound, Christian Bruhn delivered this smokin’ surf-themed tune for HB Tobacco back in 1982, when smoking was still considered cool. Both sides of the 12″ are basically rearrangements of the same theme, but i personally prefer to play part 1. You can almost get this one for free on discogs, so why not jut go ahead and put it in the basket along with the other stuff you’re ordering.

Christian Bruhn – Surf Fascination (Part 1)

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Mar
20
2014
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Free Move

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Bribosia – Free Move

After Anssi’s post a few days ago here’s another Gerry Bribosia tune from Canada, this time from 1977.

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