Not to be taken too siriusly.
Vittorio Caccia – Atmosfere (198?)
The natural reaction here would (and should) be: “oh no, Jesus disco, really??”. But I think you will agree that it ain’t all that bad. In fact its quite groovy. And after all, if even Jesus can get down, there’s still hope for mankind.
Merry Overfitting X-Mas
There is something so absurdly discouraging in living in Finland in November that you should definitely try it. Anyone can lose hope and enthusiasm of better tomorrow in this endless darkness. It feels like escapism is de rigueur to survive. This dreamy lysergic soundscape from 1978 (Lebanon/Greece) is my drug of choice. I want to escape to those dark warm nights of late August. Maybe a weekend with the chosen few at the cottage. Psychedelic light projections in the forest. Sauna all the night. Quality absinthe and talk, talk, talk. Dancing to the full version of Abu Ali at 5.37 ante meridiem. Only 270 days.
Nixxon posted the amazing disco mix of Come Maddalena. Tune so beautiful, that I remember crying for the first 27 times I heard it. I can resist everything but temptation to post one of my all time faves from the original 1971 soundtrack. I’ve played Erotico Mistico a couple of times as an opening track. Naturally it’s been played for your aural pleasure, but also to make a point. Please don’t bother to ask for the usual club hits. Still, there will always be people, who think I should own stuff like Prince or Madonna and what’s even more disturbing – play them in public. Unsurprisingly I’ve been deeply in the underground with my records.
To my surprise this wasn’t to be found in our archive, so i guess it’s my duty to upload it now. It’s maybe my favourite Morricone tune. Original from the ’71 Maddalena movie but this version came later on the disco 78 record.
This vaguely Village People-ish tune is off a compliation album filled with theme music and short sound snippets from 70s Japanese superhero tv shows like Kamen Rider. There are no words in English on the sleeve.
This 1978 American track not only operates with the exact same musical keys as the Italian-made Tom Dooley Story posted here earlier, it also seems to belong to the same difficult-to-describe category of music making. There is evidence of definite workmanship and talent involved in the arrangements and the Singers Unlimited-styled vocal performances. Yet, despite the hard playing, it’s all way too middle-of-the-road for even to those clubbers who enjoyed disco versions of standards like Baby Face, and too strange for the James Last & Frank Valdor crowd. Upon their realese records like this did not make anyone dance or make anyone roll around engulfed in throes of unbridled lust. They did not really work in any other way either. The records just laid there completely forgotten. Until now!
Ricky’s syndrums & synths & steel guitar surf disco hit “Monkey Dance” is well known. High Noon, a perhaps less familiar 1976 version of the western theme is not half bad either.
I’m happy to report this kind of German product was extremely popular in my country. According to Wikipedia Frank Valdor’s album King Size sold 25,000 copies here and was awarded gold status.
I drop the needle on the record and immediately, to my shock and surprise, the face of Frank Valdor seems to thrust foward from the sleeve, almost touching my forehead. He grabs my throat, eyes blazing in fury, voice booming: You thought you had heard the last of me, ja? Nein, nein! I haff more ways to make you dance than you kann imagine! Now dance, you idiot, dance!”. It’s too late to run, all I can do is Obey. Faster and faster I prance, begging for mercy, the diamonds of my tears flying to all directions. I lose my balance and fall, head crashing thru the Eileen Gray glass table. Seconds before it’s all over for me on this earth I register Frank howling with laughter, over the fantastic music.
Sometimes it can be frustrating to wait until the floor takes off. The nods, elegant hand gestures and turning heads when Zyklonentanz was playing last Saturday kept telling me it’s gonna be a good night.
I hereby like to offer a refund for the lack of a decent Halloween contribution. As Black Dracula has been posted here before, I added the flip slightly pitched down, whose rather unusual instrumentation scores in weirdness.
A 1982 French library album with kicking synth versions of Ennio Morricone’s film themes. The sleeve credits Morricone himself as the performer but I can’t find concrete proof of this anywhere.