Crazy swedish hippie drum madness from 79. I’m not really sure what the woman is chanting about but the title means “In the last minute”. The track somehow reminds me a bit of the Coro Delle Lavandaie tune by Roberto de Simone. Love this one!
Spring IS here and dancing right now to Viva America and the rest from my recently posted list of faves is a good start to warm up those lazy winter bones. The sound is summer disco, made of of latin and bossa-flavoured easy listening, library music (recordings for so called music libraries from where film, radio and TV producers could license titles for their productions), psychedelia, soundtracks, lightweight pop and lollipop soul.
First up is Banzai featuring les Glodettes whose Viva America is the ultimate summer song if you ask me. The Glodettes were the backup dancers of legendary late French singer Claude Francois and they probably never sang a note on any record, only appearing on sleeves and promo videos. No matter as this tune is fantastic. The synths swirl and flash around on a highly energetic rhythm base topped by a hypnotic bass line, explosive percussion and an animated lead vocalist shouting in Spanish. Impossible not to groove along. You’ll sense the Glodettes all around you twirling madly.
The power of the rhythms increases, some playful intersections appear and the chorus assumes a less hysterical but more seductive tone in the next tune Ninas by Los Bomberos. All following tracks are in a similar vein and definitely a joy to dive into for any devotee of El Bimbo-influenced mondo disco.
Prince Albert Orchestra’s Try To Satisfy Me was included in the list but as this post is all about summer and fun I didn’t want to promote anything too expensive and hard to get. So, it had to give way to others more easily available, like Ela Ela by the Greek band Axis. And it’s just as good. This thing grooves and steams and freaks out throughout the whole record, with a mindripping fuzzed out bouzouki break that pushes you into a quick state of trance you’d want to go on for hours, melting your soul while your body shakes from the impulses and the psychedelic flow of colors. Campasino! Disco Piper! Couldn’t stop and had to throw in Chinese Kung Fu by Banzai as well, and Lalabye, and naturally the OUTSTANDING Magic Combo By African Magic Combo! But does this mix make sense and is it all well mixed in the traditional way? No, it’s more like a frenzied outburst of insane happiness, like oh how I love this music and yes the coming summer will be great!
Fashionably late entry from Estraadiansambel Laine. Apparently it was recorded already in 1980 judging from a TV apperance where they walked on music in the sunset. To my knowledge the vinyl version materialized in ’83. Easy to find in Estonia and not that difficult in Finland either. And yes, despite being a cover version of one of the most overplayed disco classics, I would dare to play it in public.
Lonely streets, electric nights, neon lights, dark ladies walking, solitary, searching for some unspeakable pleasure, or pain. These are the ingredients of the track Ragazza Della Sera, sung entirely in Italian by Eva Nora, but released in 1985 by French label Trema. It’s a quite weird tune, which varies from a slow Italo disco to a dark synth pop style. The authors are Laurence Matalon and Jean Musy, who are the composers even of the A-side from this 7″, the track Vagabonda, previously included in the movie La Palombière (Jean-Pierre Denis, 1983). Central part is maybe less interesting, but the opening and ending minutes, with their dark lyrics and a slow, hypnotic rhythm, are worth a listening.
It’s pretty obvious where the inspiration for this one came from, but nevertheless a nice slow dancer with some good ideas in between. Definetely not one to drop at the height of the evening, but maybe towards the end it could make for a (over)fitting closure.
And now I’m off to the gym
Bloggers list their current or eternal faves. It’s all here, from cheap one euro finds to collectable obscurities to tracks mirroring their hard-to-explain personal obsessions.
Rinaldo’s Band – Campasino (instrumental)
Desert Express – Disco Piper
Los Bomberos – Ninas
Banzai & Les Glodettes – Viva America / Rythm America
Prince Albert Orchestra – Try To Satisfy Me (12”)
I’ve done my best in dismissing the balearic sound. So it’s been somewhat surprising to find a classic Finis Africae long play spinning on my Technics for the past few weeks. I blame it on the spring, the sun and the friendly people for making me feel this happy again. No worries though, November will be here soon. A Couple with tasty poolside fashions shot by Ouka Leele.
Morris Albert aka Maurício Alberto Kaisermann is a Brazilian singer whose 1975 hit Feelings got covered by everyone, including The Salsoul Orchestra. This hot latin disco track from the same year is way better of course.
It’s all about the outré sleeve really but two of the tracks on the 1985 album made in Praque – where a Golem was reportedly created from clay by a 16th century rabbi – have a certain charm if you can take the brass section. The 2nd tune is a take on a Chuck Berry evergreen. Chuck Berry is a rock and roll legend who at one point got involved with a fourteen-year-old Apache waitress at his nightclub. When questioned about this he replied “She was anything but innocent”. Berry later had a huge hit “My Ding-a-Ling”, an infectious sing-along song about penises.
Broadcast last Saturday night on Newton Radio in NYC in D.C.LaRue’s Disco Juice show, this is 75 minutes of tracks, clips of which were posted at Overfitting Disco ages ago, posted quite recently or, as in a few cases, posted not yet at all. We’re going back to basics here a lot, into content which has always related to our target audience. Encouragement and musical motivation to drop-outs, outcasts and outlaws, people like you and me. That’s the ticket, right? No fucking Abba here.
That’s got to be Erika Blanc in the pic, btw.
Ok, i have for sure a taste for kitsch and camp stuff, but days ago i was on the web, and found myself totally fascinated looking at old Brazilian TV shows with local disco artists as guests. One of the most featured on Youtube was the Programa Carlos Imperial, hosted by world-famous actor, filmmaker, television presenter, songwriter and music producer Carlos Imperial (who helped launching the career of, among others, Roberto Carlos, Elis Regina, Tim Maia and Clara Nunes). This show, aired every saturday night, opened on 12th august 1978, on TV Tupi; it was mostly devoted to promote Brazilian pop and disco acts, like Gretchen and Dudu França, with a studio audience of teen-agers, and a bevy of dancers ready to welcome every guest artist with disco oriented choreographies (not always well done, i admit). The show had good audience, but hampered by the precarious situation of the Tupi TV, was transferred to the TVS. Here, as Carlos Imperial Show, opened on 9 June 1979 and, as it was recorded in São Paulo, had more local attractions. On one of the many clips from Carlos Imperial late 70s shows, performed the group Caras e Bocas, composed by four charming ladies, formerly Michele Naili, Ana Maria Kreisler (better known as actress in such movies as Fantasias Sexuais, Sadismo – Aberrações Sexuais, and A Reencarnação do Sexo), Loide and Chandra Couto. The song was Souvenir de Bombons, a track as sugary as a fruit cocktail tasted on the Copacabana seafront. Coincidentally 6 days ago, while i was on holiday in Lisbon, i found a dusty, very bad preserved copy (i found it in a flea market, under piles of vintage erotic magazines) of the 7″ containing this track. So, do not hate me if it is not a cosmic gem, but these 4 girls needed to have some space here.
An interesting American semi-obscurity from 1979 that never got any attention and most probably never got listed in any chart in the world. There was most certainly no sign of it in Billboard magazine’s offical disco one which was a bit of a shame.
The latest Billboard charts were handed over to a young crowd just past legal age in xeroxed form every Thursday night at the Disco 33, one of the leading clubs in Helsinki. People could then vote their favourites which the dj proceeded to spin the next week, after having counted the votes. Quite often the faves of them Finns were different from those of the American clubbers. The Rivers of Babylon at number one in NYC or Atlanta? Didn’t happen.
The 33 used to be on the second floor of the building on the left hand side. Weekends there were also very popular thanks to or despite the djs being quite adventurous – this was the only place in town I ever heard a Finnish record getting spinned. No, it wasn’t Emilia’s Satan in Love, it was Auringonmaa By Anneli Pasanen. Naturally, people kept dancing during the instrumental opening part but turned their noses up when the vocals kicked in. Times sure have changed. Play it now and it’s hands in the air on the floor for sure.
Tonight at 8 CET direct from Lowpass/Stengade in Copenhagen, Nixxon the disc jockey! Join the party!
“Ever since I was a young boy,
I’ve been into the disco ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have seen them all.
But I ain’t seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall…
That weird, odd and sick kid
We’re sure gonna have a ball!
He never stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall.
That weird, odd and sick kid
We’re all gonna have a ball!”
(with apologies to Pete Townshend)