Jul
15
2016
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A Few More For The Road

moreroadNights are gradually getting darker and the nightly trips to the nearest lakes feel much more dreamy. My favourite swimming spot is located about one hour drive from Turku. The road includes a short highway passage and twisty floating roads in the forest. Here are a few grooves tested on those roads. Some already approved on the dance floor too.

Charlie Hillson – Disco Flight 905

Krackers – Machines

A Band Called “O” – Coasting

TCP – Oasis

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Jul
15
2016
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Huggin’ On The Express

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Dream Express – Huggin’ On The Express

From romantic steam locomotives of old to the sleek bullet trains of today, travelling by train still holds a certain romanticism and excitement. A train is the ideal environment for an illicit encounter, or for commiting a crime. A closed society that is relatively isolated for certain periods of time. Think of all the possibilities: private and semi-private compartments, sleeping cars, baggage cars, dining area, public cars and lounges to stage action in. For a quickie, a toilet. There are borders to be crossed, exotic cities to reach, dangerous and elegant trestles to cross…

This tune is another unmissable item for train enthusiasts worldwide.

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Jul
12
2016
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Sindbad

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Honey B – Sindbad

A fabulous Christian Bruhn production from 1978, a theme song from an animated tv series calling the character Sindbad with two Ds.

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Jul
11
2016
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Marco Polo

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Simo Laiho – Marco Polo

Absolutely the most heroic disco track ever attempted by any Finn.

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Jul
06
2016
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Deltaplan

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Valeriy Leontiev – Deltaplan

Russia, 1983. Great tune. Do yourself a favour, tough: DO NOT look for the 2008 version.

 

 

 

I knew you would.

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Jul
06
2016
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Suppa Duppa Trasboat

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Lartigau & de Tiviera – Super Trasboat

Some boats – unlike some ships – will never sink. France, 1983.

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Jul
04
2016
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Dyn-O-Mite

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Billy Strange – Dyn-O-Mite

Guitarist does the right thing with his version of the Bazuka track.

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Jul
01
2016
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Devil’s Woman

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D’JS – Devil’s Woman

Under the radar until recently this 1978 Belgian obscurity is fast gaining fame. Thanks to Adrian Lindez for pointing it out to me.

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Jun
28
2016
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大和 (Space Battleship Yamato)

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大和 (Space Battleship Yamato)

The Earth is under attack from the Gamilas, alien invaders who are causing radioactive asteroids to rain down into Earth’s oceans and threatening to make our planet uninhabitable. Our last hope for survival is the New Space Battleship YAMATO which will be built inside the wreckage of the legendary WW2 battleship YAMATO, now buried beneath the sea!

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Jun
26
2016
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Total Eclipse

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Klaus Nomi – Total Eclipse

Klaus Nomi – Wasting My Time

The high operatic notes reached by Waylon on his record Crème de la Crème have been documented here several times as has been the output of Sylvester. Now let’s hear it for Klaus Nomi, born as Klaus Sperber in Immerstadt, Bavaria. Nomi was a one-time usher at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, as well as a performer at a gay discothèque Kleist Casino, before moving to New York in 1972 where he became legendary in the city’s art and club scenes.

The voice you hear is a falsetto, not a castrato. A castrato singer’s voice is the result of a castration done before puberty.

The creation of castrati singers became popular first in Rome during the mid-16th century, when the pope banned women singing in churches or on the stage. Italian boys with promising voices would be taken to a back-street barber-surgeon, drugged with opium, and placed in a hot bath. The expert would snip the ducts leading to the testicles, which would wither over time. By the early 1700s, it is estimated that around 4,000 boys a year were getting the operation. Some lived thru the mutilation and many died from complications. Few became celebrated singers.

The high notes of a pre-pubescent boy wafting from the lungs of an adult were said to sound magical and ethereal. The prowess came from an increased breath capacity. The lack of testosterone allowed the skeleton to continue to grow beyond what was normal. Limbs would elongate. As would ribs. This was why castrati had such exceptional lung power. Nobody now actually knows what a castrato singer sounded like, as the practice became illegal in 1861, before recordings could be produced.

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Jun
21
2016
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Groovy Records For Driving At Night

groovy records photoI had nothing better to do tonight than drive pointlessly around the small country roads. Usually I like to go for a refreshing swim, but tonight I was feeling too lazy for anything that sensible. As I can’t afford a car with sexy engine noises it was something from the stereos then. If it sounds groovy in the car it sounds groovy anywhere? Here are a few examples tested. Sound qualities vary from vg- to near mint. Enjoy!

Igor Savin i Orkestar Stanka Selaka – U Mukama Rođena

Philippe Chany – Lettre À Monsieur Le Législateur (De La Loi Sur Les Stupéfiants)

Tribu Bantu – Elephants In Love

Grand Prix – Grand Prix

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Jun
21
2016
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Hustler Corporation

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Big Johnatan And The Hustler Corporation – Hustler Corporation

Dancefloor friendly mixture of funky wah-wahs and hard hitting drums.

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Jun
21
2016
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Viking

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5 Carat – Viking

“Wanted” by The Dooleys gets transformed into a heroic theme for a viking warrior.

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Jun
19
2016
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Gun Master G 9 in Surakksha

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Bappi Lahiri – Music (Surakksha ost)

You always were a cunning linguist so brush up on your Bollywood and get ready to meet Gun Master G 9. He’s the deadliest and the hottest and on the sleeve that’s a tsunami, NOT a massive enema.

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Jun
18
2016
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Chaos

paris chaosQuartz – Chaos

One of those all too common disco tracks everyone has and that’s why I’ve never dared to play it in public. Kinda sad thinking how good it sounds hearing it over and over again while watching rain dancing on my windowsill. Might sound the part at the parties on 120 db at 6.17 a.m. In the picture something horribly chaotic, but disturbingly peaceful at the same time. Library books floating on the streets of Paris after the catastrophic floods in 1910.

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Jun
18
2016
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Instrumental Queen

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The Soul Symphony Orchestra – The Queen of Chinatown

Yes, it’s an instrumental version of La Lear’s immortal hit. Here’s the lyrics. Now release your inner Diva:

It was down in Chinatown that I met the opium Queen
babyface girl from Shanghai never smile and never cry.
She now rules the underworld down in Chinatown
she runs all the opium dens down in Chinatown.

Bring her your gold bring her your worries
and when life gets a bit too dreary to stand
give a ring to the Queen of Chinatown.

Go down go down
to the Queen of Chinatown
she’ll pick you up when you’re feeling down.
Go down go down
to the Queen of Chinatown
and she’ll soon blow your blues away!

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Jun
18
2016
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Chorus Line

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TT. Sotto – Chorus Line

Obviously intended as the ultimate line dance anthem this American track by the always interesting producer Titti Sotto was a flop in 1975. Sure sounds funky now.

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Jun
15
2016
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Diamond Head

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Disco Ventures – Diamond Head

Disco Ventures – Walk Don’t Run

Surf seven from 1979 has a strong cult rep. B-side not half bad, either.

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Jun
14
2016
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Space Magic

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Shohjo-tai – Space Magic

Shohjo-tai – Flamingo Island

Japanese girl group was typically all about かわいい (Kawaii = exaggarated cuteness celebrating furry little animals, manga characters with big eyes and pink everything) until 1986 when they got surprisingly tough.

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Jun
13
2016
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Places Of Light

kolka picBrainticket – Places Of Light

This classic psych tune started to play in my head when wandering at the endless beaches of Kolka, Latvija. Black Sand from the same album is more dancefloor oriented with beautifully bounding drum and wah-wahs.

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