Jul
20
2017
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Tuna Disco

Tuna De Ingenieros De Montes – La Morena De Mi Copla

A Tuna is a group of Spanish university students who wear traditional dresses and wander around the town, playing old instruments and serenading pretty senoritas and everybody else they see.  This thing is something everybody in the country is familiar with, and the songs have been passed on from generation to generation since the 13th century.

The singers  got glorified in one of my favourite neo-slashers,  the gorgeously photographed Tuno Negro / Black Serenade – a senior member of a tuna is a “tuno” – directed by the team Barbero & Martin in 2001. A sinister masked killer stalks the streets of the university town Salamanca, following an ancient sinister pattern and targeting on students too interested in drugs, sex and partying. In one astonishing sequence, a guy tripping on acid is stabbed in the arm by the psychopath. In the eyes of the fascinated druggie his own squirting blood turns into a red Chinese-style dragon that gracefully floats around his dying carcass.

Tuna De Ingenieros De Montes could be the only group of it’s kind to discofy the big tunes of the genre so the album is an important one for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
15
2017
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Cocaine Classics

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
12
2017
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Vulcano

Vulcano vs Doris D

The Dutch group’s 1981 Shut Up track goes well with Doris D’s Shine Up, from the same country & year.

 

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Jul
10
2017
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Ac Nelaukian

Nerija – Ac Nelaukian

Lithuanian hunks went one better with Joe Dolan’s Midnight Lover. 

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Jul
06
2017
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Jul
05
2017
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Aquatic

Chadcar – Aquatic

Deep sounds from France, made in 1978.

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Jul
05
2017
0

Everybody Needs It

Orient Express – Everebody Needs It

“I long for those rare moments when I shiver with the rush of altered consciousness. In an ephemeral blast of time’s breath, it’s like the universe reveals itself and there is a mutual recognition of all things. But as quick as it manifests it slams shut it’s window, only leaving the essence like some intoxicating perfume that remains after someone has left the room.” – Stendhal.

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Jul
03
2017
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Cinderella Honeymoon

Hiromi Iwasaki – Cinderella Honeymoon

Oh this 1978 song by Hiromi, it’s so Kawaii, so cute!

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Jun
30
2017
0

La Condition Masculine

Francis Bebey – La Condition Masculine

Notorious French track with gangsta style lines like “she raised her voice, as if she was a man”.

Tu ne connais pas Sizana
Sizana, c’est ma femme
C’est ma femme puisque nous sommes mariés
Depuis plus de 17 ans maintenant
Sizana était une très bonne épouse auparavant
Je lui disais : “Sizana, donne-moi de l’eau”
Et elle m’apportait de l’eau à boire
De l’eau claire, hein! Très bonne!
Seulement, depuis quelque temps, les gens-là
Ils ont apporté ici la condition féminine
Ils paraît que là-bas chez eux
Ils ont installé une femme dans un bureau
Pour qu’elle donne des ordres aux hommes
Aïe ! Tu m’entends des choses pareilles?
Et depuis, toutes les femmes de notre village
Parlent seulement de la condition féminine
Maintenant je dis à Sizana : “Donne-moi à manger, j’ai faim”
Elle ne m’écoute même pas hein
Elle me parle seulement de la condition féminine
Si je dis : “Sizana, donne-moi de l’eau”
Elle me répond seulement que… heu…
La condition féminine… heu…
Il faut que j’aille chercher l’eau moi-même
Bref ! Il faut te dire que ma condition masculine est devenue très
Malheureuse ici
Alors moi j’ai dit à Sizana :
“écoute, moi je ne connais qu’une seule condition féminine:
La femme obéit à son mari, elle lui fait à manger, elle lui fait des enfants
Voilà tout”
Tu sais que Sizana s’est fâchée?
Elle est venue me parler à haute voix! Comme si elle était un homme!
Moi je l’ai battue hein !
Elle a crié pour appeler tout le village
Moi je lui dis seulement : “Ne crie pas, ne crie pas hein
La condition féminine, la condition féminine
Tous les jours tu me parles de la condition féminine
Moi je te donne maintenant la condition masculine
La condition féminine… la condition féminine…
Hé! Dis donc! La condition féminine
Est-ce que c’est même plus grand que la condition masculine!?”

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Jun
28
2017
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The Rockies

The Rockies – Mon Amour

He sounds depressed as she had an abortion and then left him.

The 1976 track is French. Would be really interesting to see the Spanish film, made 3 years earlier when general Franco was still in power.

 

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Jun
25
2017
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Space Drive

Space Drive – Star Wars

Space Drive – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

If there was no Star Wars we probably wouldn’t have to suffer seeing dreck like Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman or Spider Man Part Whatever at the top of the box office charts, and Brian DePalma films would still be playing in theatres worldwide. Still, the title tune for the bloody thing is kind of great and this Japanese one made in 1978 takes it to a slightly new direction, even. The Close Encounters track isn’t half bad either – if you can tolerate the melody.

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Jun
20
2017
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Sadistics

Sadistics – Kannst Du Jodeln

The sadist. He or she graves a feeling of sexual excitement resulting from administering pain, suffering, or humiliation to another person.  The one receiving the abuse may or may not be a willing partner. Willing or not, you must now submit to the sound of the Sadistics!

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Jun
18
2017
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18
2017
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Jun
18
2017
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Flying Higher

Crosswinds – Flying Higher

French hands in the air disco from the eighties sounds like a heroic rock act from the seventies.

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Jun
14
2017
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トランザム, トランザム – フライ ことりフライ

トランザム, トランザム – フライ ことりフライ

Do it, Japanese style! In a somewhat regimented country line dances were always the most popular, allowing the individual to blend with the crowd on the floor, endlessly repeating the exact same steps as everybody else, walking back and forth and sideways as one and then turning 90 degrees to the left to face a new wall.

The dances themselves were imported from America but in the case of the instructions seen above, something got Lost in Translation.  One or two persons in Japan may have attempted to do the bus stop following those instructions but most must have learned it from  tourists or Gis or while abroad. I saw masses of people do the dance last week in Kyoto during a disco event at the Flamingo, a stunning flashback to the 70s complete with orange carpeting, mirrors on the walls and get this: banguette seating arrangements in brown velour. The moves of the bus stop there were close to the original foot patterns, with interesting regional additions.

Funky four corner and the soul step seem to be something home made someone thought up back in the day. (note: not so! as Gary Wild pointed out the dance does exist. Whether the instructions above give you the right moves is another matter.)

With the point the actual purpose of the dance has been altered as it  was not about just hand moves and shuffling about. Originally the point was done as a means of throwing shade or presenting exclamations: look at that! Wow! No, you’re not doing it right. You’ve got a pair of legs there for sure!

The instructions for the bump are accurate. For the hustle, they certainly are not.

Now, get dancing! Note though that in a Japanese discothéque the dj would not only be spinning the records. He or she would relentlessly shout to the mike over the music, giving advice and encouragement. This relentless verbal assault would go on and on. Of course public announcements have always been everywhere in Japan, you can’t escape them because they also come in English. This is an escalator! This is an escalator! Please be careful while riding the escalator. Please do not cross the yellow lines, hold the hand rail at all times. Thank you for taking the Tokyo City Bus! Please do not rush while making your exit. This is an ESCALATOR!

Last week at the Flamingo, the dj kept the tradition with the mike going but thankfully took a breather during some tracks.

The posted tune is a great, surprising take on Fly Robin Fly.

 

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Jun
12
2017
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Beppe Loda’s Elettronica Meccanica

Beppe Loda Elettronica Meccanica

A clip from another stunner of a cd from the mighty Members label, courtesy of Norio Sato of Osaka.

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Jun
11
2017
0

Marcel – Livre!

How cheesy can a Portuguese immigrant in Germany get? You’re about to find out. Well, as he says, he is livre/free to do whatever he wants.

Cover of a popular Exile song.

 

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Jun
11
2017
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Daniela Romo – Pobre Secretária

Daniela Romo – Pobre Secretária

A song about a poor secretary. Oh, she needs to excell in all the chores her boss gives her..

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Jun
09
2017
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Dancing Doll

Digital Concept – Dancing Doll

Unknown Japanese Disco gem. This song is included in EP “ARELE-CHAN DISCO”. ARALE-CHAN is a famous Japanese cartoon character. But this EP is hard to find. Though vocal is comical, the sound of this song is dope.

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