Whats your preferred way to spend saturday night- classy discotheque or campfire dancing?
Biddu Orchestra – Chic-Chica-Chic-Chica-Chic
Sevda Karaca – Çık ortaya
What to dada on a saturday night – go to disco or watch it again after 25 years to see if the magic still exists? Silly, but effective b-side grooviness from Germany lures to choose the latter.
As many collectors know, searching in flea markets is a pleasure that so often can bring you surprises, or great disapponitments too!! I have never stopped, wherever i am, trying to search my “Graal” in dirty boxes, with other people that are seeing in the same boxes hating me, as everyone would want to search quietly and without other hands over the same records they are looking for. Ok, there is plenty of websites to buy the most sought after vinyls, at home, in front of a glass of wine, but the pleasure to do new discoveries in dusty markets is something only many collectors can understand. So, you can imagine what a surprise it was to discover that just below home, in a small and not interesting village, was held one of these markets. It was easter day, and i was not eating any chocolate easter egg, but walking around the waterfront of my city. I noticed an easter market with some stalls selling food and, stifled by these, a small stall with records of all kinds and age piled chaotically. Here’s how to spend a perfect non-easter day! Rummaging through old records, and just below home! I came back with two bags containing 100 vinyls. No gems or perhaps particular rarities, but i enjoy it here to post some of the records found. Have fun !
-Brooklyn Dolls – Hey, We’re Gay! – B-side of a 7″ – label Gaiee Records – Italy – 1977
-Cheero – Stop That Boy! – B-side of a 7″ – label RCA Victor – France – 1978
-Detlev – F.K.K. (Spaßversion Von >>Dschinghis Khan<<) – A-side of a 7” – label Hansa – Germany – 1979
-Irvin Et Indira – Amour Disco – A-side of a 7″ – label Disc’Az – France – 1978
As one drifts through the soundscapes occasionally there’s a curious feeling of something lacking, even with most sound elements present in at least some capacity. Could it be you need to get funked more, early 70s style? Try the Midnight Movers as they recorded in 1972.
Ah, Greece, the birthplace of western civilization! The epic tragedies, the poetry, the history. The philosphers, the Olympics, the anal sex. Here’s a 1980 Creek tune, the title of which could have something to do with any of those things.
“You’re standing in an open field. Suddenly there’s music in all directions. Your bones resonate as if you’re listening to beautiful music in front of a powerful home stereo system. But there’s no radio in sight, and nobody else hears what you do.”
That’s how they tried to market the Bone Fone, an extremely odd gadget that transmitted sound through collar bones. Developed originally by Bang & Olufsen, the product hit the stores in 1979. The sensation was amazing – the music seemed to throb deep inside your body. Bass in the chest, strings screeching up towards the eyeballs, moaning and groaning caressing the private parts. It was fantastic. So why did this thing not catch on big time? A complete mystery.
The music is the familiar film theme, slowed down for maximum effect.
On very thin ice here with imminent danger of falling into schlager waters. Still, we must study material like this on occasion.
Glamorously coiffured sisters Lecia and Lucienne Jonsson from Denmark were at it very early on, their first album came out in 1964. Later they got produced by none other than Tommy Seebach himself, and here then is a prime example what the results sounded like. Extremely lightweight cabaret disco, perhaps. Worth picking up should you come across a copy? Have a listen.
It had to happen – a disco record by Up With People! This American troupe of all-singing all-dancing young people with permanent smiles had it’s roots in the Sing Out shows presented by the right wing Moral Re-Armament movement during the sixties. The groups toured around the world – I myself was dragged to see one at a tender age here.
The Up With People organization was funded by companies like General Motors and Exxon. The objective was to counter the hippie subculture – a threat to western civilization – with clean, wholesome stage productions suitable for all ages. The members were mainly from the states but were also lured in from the countries the group toured. To qualify as a member, a recruit had to live with a host family and participate in service projects and educational workshops. Arranged marriages could also be part of the deal. Actress Glenn Close was reportedly part of the cult at one point.
Rather horribly, I’ve found myself humming the Up With People disco record quite a few times, feeling the world smile around me.
Check the drag queen in the middle of the image.
Studying the self-observation exercises of G.I. Gurdjieff as well as the works of Aleister Crowley, Alfred Korzybski and Timothy Leary. Yoga, Sun Ra, weed and quantum mechanics. All relevant approaches to understanding the world around us. As is dancing to space disco.
Bollywood tune from the ’83 album Pratibha . I find the vocals very charming on this one, contrary to my girlfriend who absolutely hate them. In that case an instrumental is also to be found on the album.
Heike Barth from Frankfurt changed into Heike Titmann and under that fabulous new name began to sing and praise Jesus on Lord Records, a small label dedicated to Christian realeses. She has a bit of a cult hit with Wie Ein Baum, made in 1979. The track is also known as Wie Ein Baum Will Ich Sein – on it she imagines herself as a tree.
“First there is the innocently stupid, the insipid song; then the intentionally stupid, the song ornamented with all the stupidities that the singer takes into his head to make. Next comes the vicious song, which corrupts the public and lures it into bad musical paths by the attraction of certain capricious methods of performance, brilliant but with false expression, which is revolting to both good sense and good taste.”– Hector Berlioz, a French Romantic composer c 1840, most famous for Symphonie Fantastique and Grande Messe des Morts.
Well, Hector, and everybody like you today, here’s to you the often quoted message from the wise man: Fuck Art, Let’s Dance.
Norway has a rich tradition of myths, throbbing with supernatural beings like trolls and sexually ferocious nymphs. You may also have heard of stories of Norse mythology focusing on Odin, the chief Norse God and his son Thor. Still, there’s no legend as intriguing and mysterious than that of the 12″ of Kong Vinter, the 1979 realese by one Frank Aleksandersen. Now, behold, listen, and believe.