Jun
13
2016
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Places Of Light

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This classic psych tune started to play in my head when wandering at the endless beaches of Kolka, Latvija. Black Sand from the same album is more dancefloor oriented with beautifully bounding drum and wah-wahs.

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Jun
13
2016
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E.V.A.

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Discotheque sounds from 1970.

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Jun
13
2016
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Space Surfers

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Space Surfers – Movin’

A third 1978 version of the Notteke surf disco tune, big in Japan.

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May
29
2016
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Flyin’ Bolero

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GAG – Flyin’ Bolero @ 45 rpm

33 or 45? More is more, I prefer both.

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May
26
2016
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Carlos Paião – Zero-a-Zero

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You probably won’t understand a word of what this guy’s shouting other than ‘zero’. Well, that’s all he ever wasn’t. One of the most celebrated Portuguese pop artists, Paião put aside a career as a doctor of Medicine to fully devote himself to music, his true passion; and, oh boy, was he an outstanding songwriter. Wish you could understand how he magically always got the words together.

 

Died in a car crash aged 30, on his way to a show.

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May
26
2016
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Zalatnay Sarolta – Szettort Tukorkep

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Two things come to mind when we check this album cover: Singin’ in the Rain and girls stripping at biker shows. But could its songs make a good soundtrack to any of these two? Well, check the clip and let us know.

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May
26
2016
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Rub Out

rub outJeff Britton & The Spitfires – Rub Out

Psyched break classic rocks any floor.

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May
26
2016
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Signaux Codes Non Identifiés

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Michel Magne – Signaux Codes Non Identifiés

Hypnotic cosmic beats from France, 1978.

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May
26
2016
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California Dreaming

california dreaming pictureDenial – California Dreaming

I’ll be spinning vinyls at the 4th of June at my favourite spot in the universe – the Uus Õu garden in Tartu, Estonia and later in the night at the vibrant Genialistide Klubi. Even if everything is most likely going to be totally awesome all the time with happy people everywhere, maybe it’s still ok to play some melancholic records? In the picture California fashions of 1967.

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May
25
2016
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Wild Safari

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Music Operation – Wild Safari

An alternative version, Italy, 1972.

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May
24
2016
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Pagurus

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1976 is the year i was born. During that summer Italy was already invaded by a countless number of disco tunes. Some went mainstream, others are now forgotten, and are being slowly rediscovered. It was also a period when the boom of local or clandestine radio stations was at its glorious beginning. We have to thanks these small, often improvised activities, if some local or less famous disco records arrived to our days, resurfacing as cult items. In fact it was more usual that this kind of tunes were played where there was not a sort of market to follow, but only the taste of a DJ, or radio host. This was probably the case of a record i discovered one month ago. I was in my hometown, Carrara, and there was a small flea-market. Not a lot of interesting things in it, but i noticed a small desk crammed with posters and old records. Many were 7″, and some quite obscure. Not a lot of disco, but i found 9 records which satisfied my research. Asking to the seller where he had found all these rare stuff, he said me he acquired the entire stock of an old local radio station. Among the records i found there was one which by now is not yet on Discogs website. It is a 7″, with track Amor Amor Amor by Andy Morgan on A-side, a very cheesy cover of Rod McKuen classic, and one called Pagurus, by Hermit Bernard Band, on B-side. Label is Rifi, and year of release is 1976. Ah, cult composer Enrico Intra is behind this last track. This is the one i will let you listen now. So, just go back to Carrara in 1976, and discover what a local radio host could’ve made my fellow citizens listening in the summer of 1976 (in the picture, a late 60s postcard of Carrara beachfront, with a dancing on the left).

 

Hermit Bernard Band – Pagurus

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May
23
2016
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Escape

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Magnetic System – Escape

Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera ost 45 sounds fast and furious even when pitched down a lot. Godzilla from the a-side has been one of my all time faves ever since it was featured here back in 2009.

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May
22
2016
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Juicy

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Sandy Bull – Got To Be Juicy

“ah… you’re one with and part of an ever-expanding, loving, joyful, glorious, and harmonious universe” – a line from The Trip (1967)

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May
20
2016
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Karakara Sabaku

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Akiko Tsuge – Karakara Sabaku

This psychedelic masterpiece from japan 1975 really makes my hair rise. The weird vocal effect, the amazing surf(ish) guitar and the smashing drums. I can’t ask for more!

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May
18
2016
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Classic British

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Classic British

According to a recent poll by the British Council, culture and history are seen as UK’s most attractive features. Weather and food are the worst. The Brits are very polite but they have bad drinking and eating habits.

Shakespeare, the Queen and David Beckham are their biggest cultural icons. We disagree. Far more important: Biddu Orchestra.

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May
17
2016
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Fruhling In Hanoi

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Orkester International – Fruhling in Hanoi

Everyone supports the freigeistige Weltanschauung (free-spirited ideology) and Arbeiterbewegung (labor movement), and celebrates the coming of spring with an offical Blumenstrauß (bunch of flowers), Grußkarte (greeting card) and Amiga label funk tracks like this one.

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May
13
2016
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Sydämen Puutarha

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Danny – Sydämen Puutarha

A horrific source of hilarity and embarrasment for Finns in 1977, this cover of the Biddu-penned Now Is The Time by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds kicks off merrily with “Shove straight in, straight into action!”. Vulgarity like that was no big news during the era – on the radio singers were shouting out lines like “I got he biggest firehose around and I’m diving into the fire!” and “Greetings from my asshole!”.

In the picture Danny poses with his barely legal girlfriend Armi. She couldn’t handle the lifestyle and drank herself to death.

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May
12
2016
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Who’s That Lady With My Man?

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Kelly Marie – Who’s That Lady With My Man

Kelly was a Diva who never dismissed the drama.

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May
07
2016
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King Boxer

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Chen Yung Yu – Tian Xia Di Yi Quan

Delirious battering rams for the senses, the best of the Shaw Brothers kung fu epics were a huge influence on the art of Pierre&Gilles. It’s all there in the likes of King Boxer/The Five Fingers of Death (Tian Xia Di Yi Quan, 1972), The New One-Armed Swordsman and The Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan – check the glittering surfaces, the candyfloss colors, the decorous compositions and the golden skin tones of the good guys.

Musically, the themes were a mad mix of Morricone-y melodies, burning hot beats and crazy arrangements. Disco was one leap away.

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May
05
2016
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Vecchio’s Raptus

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Michele Del Vecchio – Raptus

As yet, we do not have Overfitting Disco Awards, an event that could be recognized as the preeminent multi-cultural awards show from the outsider point of view. The awards could celebrate the accomplishments of the less ordinary in the fields of music, literature and film and also honor individuals or groups who promote or promoted disco-ness through creative endeavors. Listeners could vote on the winners.

The disco artist of the year – Madonna? Never, she was always all about money and generally being a cow. I could well imagine Michele Del Vecchio getting quite a few votes with this 1979 track, though.

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