SWF Orkester – Up Around The Bend
Just like disco music early discothéque music is characterized most easily by what it isn’t. It isn’t rock, it isn’t soul or funk and it’s not really pop music either, sounding often “wrong” to ears accustomed to the stereotypes that populate the more familiar genres. The fans of discothéque music were hedonists, swingers (wanna-be or real) and other outcasts from both well-behaving society and the accepted alternative rock scenes. They were individuals who unashamedly reveled in the excess, the dramatic contrasts of dynamics, the exaggarated instrumentation and the wild movements of sound from left channel to right and back again. Instead of an a lead singer, an electric guitar or a sax, the often familiar melody of a discothéque tune like this version of the CCR standard is carried by a Hammond organ, brass instruments, a girl chorus or a huge wash of strings, and propelled by a funky bass line. Throw in some additional cool from bossa nova, fire from latin soul, stomp from yé yé and boogaloo, and there it is: THE WILD DISCOTHÉQUE SOUND!