Jul
10
2015
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We can dance

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Unbelievably overlooked Rue Caldwell 1978 production on the very-much-european-sounding A.J. Cervantes’ Butterfly Records imprint, that over a 3 years span (77-80) pulled out some truly great ones (e.g. the excellent THP Orchestra). A 7″ only release which wasn’t unfortunately given a 12″ possibility, features two parts on each side, and guess which is the best one. The message is right, and those swirling synths sure do the rest.

Cheetah – We can dance pt.1

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Jul
09
2015
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Gregory – Space Trip

Space dustI saw there was a previous post in this blog talking of the track “Space Trip” by Gregory, but as there were no samples, i provide here. This track, done together with Cerrone Malligator label, was distributed as 7″ and 12″ by RCA in 1980 (and in Germany, as 12″, by TELDEC). It was used the same year as theme of  two radio programmes, “Boom Hollywood” and “Hit Parade des Clubs” (the second conducted every sunday afternoon by Yann Hegann), both on french Europe1 radio. Gregory himself, in 1981, will provide another theme for the same two programmes with the track “Obsession”. A curious thing about “Space Trip” is that on labels the title is “Knight Music for Space Trip (part. 1 and 2)”. The person of Gregory deserves attention too, as after 1982 he created his own FM-radio, and started doing radio programmes in the Paris clubs of which he became art director, the Metropolis, the Midnight Express and the Pacha-Club, but most of all he became the manager of FR David, helping him to build his millions reccords sold career. Here is the sample of part 1 from the french RCA 12″.

So, prepare your best space-disco outfit, close your eyes, and let your body fly to the stars!

 

Gregrory – Knight Music For Space Trip (Part I)

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Jul
07
2015
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Mandera – Arena

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The Arena was a San Francisco gay leather bar, established at 399 9th Street and the corner of Harrison, opened in 1978 as a ‘Leather Bar with a Masculine Attitude.” It was a part of the third major wave of leather bar openings which opened in San Francisco between 1978 and 1983, and included the Black and Blue, The Trench, The Cave, Headquarters, The Stables, The Eagle and Chaps. The area around Folsom Street, in San Francisco, at the end of the 70s featured 30 gay leather bars, to get an idea of how this gay subculture was vaste.
The Arena closed in 1985 and was re-opened around 1987 as The Stud, which is still in that location.

Here is the track “Arena”, by german disco group Mandera, b-side of a 7″ issued by Jupiter Records in 1980. The group, leaded by Freddie Mandera (who did, under his name, some synth-pop tunes during the 80s), is composed by five guys who are depicted on the sleeve as trashy leathermen, over their motorcycles.

Ops, i was forgetting….a-side is “Requiem to Studio 54″ track, but i prefer leather bars….

Mandera – Arena

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Jul
03
2015
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Gimme Some Danish Lovin’

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John Spagnum and the Earthquakes – Calamares My Love

John Spagnum and the Earthquakes – Gimme Some Lovin’

Herring dishes, potatoes (introduced to Denmark in 1720 by French Huguenots) and furniture made of wood exemplify the style known as Danish modern. They also produce interesting contemporary music. These pieces are from 1979.

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Jul
01
2015
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Samir Yazbeck

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Samir Yazbeck – Tourist Melody

Lebanon! Hummus, grilled vegetables and hot hunks like Samir Yazbeck singing tracks like this. Tourists hungry for love won’t be disappointed. The vinyl is in terrible condition but the message gets across.

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Jun
29
2015
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Disco Paradise

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Teddy Dan and the World Champions – Disco Paradise

Tiki exotica (Hawaiian division) 70s style.

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Jun
23
2015
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This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

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Simon Park – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us

Big strings add a touch of grandeur to this cover of the Sparks classic. From the 1975 album Venus Fly Trap.

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Jun
19
2015
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Mucho Bimbo

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Banzaii II – Super Bimbo pt 2

This is an alternative, full FIVE MINUTE version of the Crackers Classic, apparently of French origin though only realesed in Japan.

Bimbo of course means a baby. For those contemplating having one there’s the Kansai Museum of Childbirth, see brochure above the sleeve. The museum presents all kinds of information on mainly extremely complicated deliveries and related medical procedures. There are hideous looking instruments and plenty of deformations floating in jars. This museum is just one of those local places there, like the Tokyo Parasite Museum which has a collection of worms pulled from inside humans, some for sale inside slabs of transparent plastic.

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Jun
18
2015
0

Discs Go Round

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Krasnye Maki – Discs Go Round

Propaganda is the result when an organized group has a systematic goal of behavioral or attitude change. Disco music added a new dimension to the anti-communist movement as it targeted workers in more dangerous ways than other forms of western propaganda. Even some Soviet musicans produced it.

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Jun
16
2015
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Kungfu The Magic

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Dragon – Bluce Three In Goodbye

Dragon – Kungfu The Magic

Pronouncing the sound of the letter L used to be very difficult for many Japanese because they didn’t really have it in their language. Whenever a western word contained an “L” most Japanese pronounced it “R”. This apparently accounts to the bizarre way Bruce Lee is written on the sleeve of this one.

A-side is a chugging midtempo item bordering on gritty funk. Again, there seemingly was a slight problem in the grammar.

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Jun
14
2015
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The Great Fighting 11

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The Great Fighting 11 – One Of These Days

Musica por los luchadores con mayor ranking en el Mundo! Luchadores en Inglés = Fighters.

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Jun
12
2015
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The Cockpit

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The Cockpit – The Cockpit

Yes, a cockpit is the area in the front of an aircraft from which a pilot controls the plane. It has nothing to do with cocks as such. The sumptiously orchestrated music is from 1978.

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Jun
12
2015
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Iqbal Siddiqi

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Iqbal Siddiqi – Dilbar Mera Kaisa Ho

Iqbal Siddiqi – Hoor-E-Arab

“The tunes are Asian, the youthful beat is Disco!” – two tunes described on the sleeve as being of Arabian origin but sounding pretty much Bollywood. In any case, both are ecletic assortments conjuring up images of feral surf bums, khaki jungle ramblers and all kinds of exotic nightclub wildlife. The first one is a version of Mustafa, of course.

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Jun
12
2015
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Isao Bitoh & Dawn

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Isao Bitoh & Dawn – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

A 1978 cover whizzed thru the disco Moulinex, emerging tastier than ever.

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Jun
12
2015
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Game

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Game – Track 10

Theme for a tough guy, from a famous long running Japanese television show.

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Jun
10
2015
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Disco Dream

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Fancy – Disco Dream

The impossibly intoxicating final sequence of Disco Dream from the Fancy long play urges to study and experiment lucid dreaming. Maybe someday I’ll be dancing to percussive disco at Le Palace in the summer of ’78. Red hot Le Mans II with the loudest Lafranconis waiting on Rue du Faubourg Montmartre. One and half hours of high speed touring with the Kerouac quoting significant other I’ve just met. Cooling down the cylinders in Ardennes. Wondering where to find more gasoline for the heavy drinking ‘Guzzi plus coffee and cognac for the riders. Blaah. Maybe no sleep at all tonight as there’re so many other interesting things to do. Like reading On The Road again after too many years.

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Jun
08
2015
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(I Like) Sado-Music

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Sandy Samuel – (I like) Sado-Music

I didn’t even know it was a genre. But now that i know, i like it too!
Sandy Samuel kicks off a terrifying groovy track with an insisting chanting of how much she likes to whip the shit out of you. The drumming is also kind of fascinating. Don’t know if the drummer didn’t wanted a click to play along or maybe he just thought tightness was overrated. In that case i agree (on this tune anyway). You can hear the full version on my latest mix

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Jun
01
2015
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Feeling Good, Being Bad

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Last summer I was at the magical isle of Jurmo on a retreat. Next level travellers had told me that the island will reveal the meaning of life if your receptors are properly tuned in. There are plenty of methods for that in Jurmo. After having ingested an appropriate amount of vegan delights and exquisite Ethiopian coffee I went for a walk. All those rocks and white sand eventually led me into the forest. There the birds and trees were humming in seductive harmonies. It would have been challenging to feel any happier. After a few hours walk my feet started to ache. Soft corduroy shoes might not be the best option for hiking. Glimpses of desperation started to enter my mind. Where’s the beaming light that will guide me to never ending happiness? I was ready to give up and return to the camp. All the sudden an alpaca emerged from nowhere and started to wander towards me. Naturally I thought she/he is going to kill me, even though there’re most likely vegans. I tried to stay calm and show no signs of fear. Instead of attacking me the alpaca started to sing with an overtly sweet voice: feeling good, feeling good, being bad… I’m anxiously to experience what the island will reveal tomorrow.

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May
24
2015
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Oh Calcutta!

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Ferrante & Teicher – Oh Calcutta!

Never enough of sportscar music with espionage guitars and barefoot party beats, especially right now with summer almost here. Before you know it the song is disco, born of a cha-cha or a bossa nova or a mambo.

Here’s another cool & hot version of the title theme from the late 60s stage revue, a talk of the town wherever it opened.

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May
23
2015
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Gianfracasso Ensemble

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Gianfracasso Ensemble – Music On My Mind

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can buy music like this?

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