Sep
12
2014
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Oriental

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Peru – Oriental

Peru – Caves

Like Orientalist subjects in western art in general, exoticism in disco was associated with fantasies of opulence and barbaric splendour. During the seventies the tracks were in the expected orchestral mould, such as the previous post illustrates. The trend continued during the early 80s when Arabic themes were interpreted with synths, finding fans in the New Romantic movement. These examples are from 1983, made in Holland.

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Sep
12
2014
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Lawrence D’Arabie

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Raymond Levefre – Lawrence D’Arabie

Raymond Lefevre – Star Wars

Epic in scope but perhaps still not a serious rival for the Ritchie Family version? However, old Raymond did manage what sounds like the definitive take on the theme for Star Wars, with a hot, absolutely kicking arrangement.

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Sep
12
2014
3

Isabel’s Sandstorm

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Isabel – Sandstorm

Here’s another Sandstorm from Greece, by Isabel of the One Night Love Affair and I Love Disco fame. This is a version of the Desert Express tune, not the one By La Bionda of course.

Isabel’s 1978 album has an elaborate folding sleeve for no other apparent reason than to impress us with a large image of a HELICOPTER.

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Sep
11
2014
1

F.B.I.

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Strangely attractive 7″ from ’77.

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Sep
11
2014
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The Bees

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Kero – The Bees

Nice hippie’ish surf vibe from Daniel Sentacruz. Italy ’74

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Sep
11
2014
1

Akin I Lbhar (Au-delà Des Mers)

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Akin I Lbhar

A bit more 80s, this one, with a strong Les Bains Douches vibe – think Philippe Starck furniture, w i d e shoulderpads, everybody wearing black. Tracks include Djamel Allam: Akin I Lbhar (Au-delà Des Mers), B.E.F: The Secret Life of Arabia, Richard Strange and the Engine Room: Damascus, Ande Popp: Mondo Popp, plus misacellaneous bits and pieces from people like Bernard Lavilliers.

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Sep
10
2014
4

Blowing

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Veto Matchill – Blowing

I was tipped by my good friend Vomatron about this one, and what a surprise i got when it arrived. Aquatic Italian prog when it’s best. I can’t really find any info on the artist, but he/they were really ahead of their time. Italy ’76

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Sep
09
2014
1

Verfolgung

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This track is on a random library i found last year on a fleamarket in munich. It´s called Verfolgung and was produced in 1987.  A german delight sounds like a heavy techno bass line, i pitched it down for more pleasure…

Verfolgung

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Sep
09
2014
0

Crazy Spider

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Gum Bisquit – Crazy Spider

This is how psych should sound. If it was injectable, i believe it would be the strongest and most addictive drug on the market. Watch out for this spider, it’s lethal! Italy ’74

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Sep
08
2014
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Who Does?

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Disco for the one in a vintage Oscar Wilde t-shirt (b-side, Italy, 198?).

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Sep
08
2014
1

Dog Days

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Frank Widling – Dog Days

France ’74.

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Sep
08
2014
0

Flangin’T

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The Danish group Rainbow has been mentioned once before here on the blog, in connection with their disco version of Ghost Riders In The Sky. I’m not sure who originally told me that they released a full LP (maybe i saw it on Discogs). In any case, I found it a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised that it contained yet another, even better, song than Ghost Riders….Flangin’T (yes, that is how it is spelled) is a nice guitar-equlibristic disco-inspired piece, with fusion jazz elements – overall a great mix of ideas.

Rainbow – Flangin’T

Not that much info is available about Rainbow on the internet, and they are strangely omitted from any of the more popular Danish music biographies, but this site refers to them as a kind of “party band” that doubled as studio musicians. It also reveals that more than one pressing exists of “At Last” (my copy is on yellow vinyl, but sound quality is pretty good).

The site also mentions that the group disbanded after the release of the LP, but if you flip to the back cover of “Disco Tango”, you will see that Seebach essentially lists the group as his studio band for the album. It should also not come as a surprise that Seebach had a hand in “At Last”, being credited both as co-producer and percussionist (but not as songwriter).

According to living library of music knowledge, Michael Denner (of Mercyful Fate fame, and in whose shop i found the LP), Rainbow’s guitarist Torben Johansen went on to have a big international carreer in the 1980’s, but exactly how and where is a bit unclear. What is sure is that he was very active on the Danish music scene for many years, and could have used his guitar skills for other interesting projects. We shall see what might eventually appear.

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Sep
07
2014
1

Jet Flight Number 3

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Jon Petersen & Skyliner – Jet Flight Number 3

Jon Petersen & Skyliner – Funky Fever

Before settling for an airline, check that the films are satisfying and the pampering bag up to scratch. As they are bound to disappoint, fly with our sounds from Overfitting Disco instead as we definitely provide first class in-flight entertainment, more effectively than the latest Marvel superhero flick or Peppermint breath fresheners from Aveda.

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Sep
07
2014
0

Energy

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Poncho Pueblo – Energy

The biggest, the priciest and the brashest don’t necessarily equal the best, as this inexpensive little number from Editions Makossa label (1975) effectively proves.

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Sep
07
2014
0

Caprice

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Jon Lord – Caprice

Another prog rocker gets seduced by a steady 4/4 groove, ending up on the dancefloor.

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Sep
07
2014
2

Γιορτή Αγάπης (Greek Sandstorm)

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I’m sure that many Greek versions of Sandstorm will come to light in the future, but the classic and most well-known interpretation for the disco age is this one, by the flamboyant entertainer Giannis Floriniotis. I don’t know too much about Giannis, but the first thing that springs to mind is Adriano Celentano meets Elvis, with a touch of Jon Voigt. He seems to be still going strong these days, aided by a few plastic operations.

The recording is from 1979, and is even faster than La Bionda’s version. Lyrics are different too. It is also less heavy on the production side, but still a nice tune for those warm summer nights that are already extinct by now.

Γιάννης Φλωρινιώτης – Γιορτή Αγάπης

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Sep
05
2014
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El Smurfo

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There are Spanish, German, Japanese, Turkish and even Afghani versions of El Bimbo, so of course there exists a Smurf version too. The big surprise here is that it’s actually good, even playable outside your living room! I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best Bimbo covers I’ve heard yet.

The song was apparenty featured in a banned and long since deleted Smurf episode, “Polis smurfan”, where it is played during a scene inside the Blue Oyster Bar. Or maybe I just made that last part up.

Klasse Möllberg & Smurfarna – El Smurfo

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Sep
04
2014
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I Am A Star

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Uh-oh, looks like somebody’s been playing with their synths again! Check out this Yello-inspired tune, featured in the cheesy Swedish 80’s movie “Gräsänklingar”: Experimental slow-burner, with synths flying back and forth, up and down – even going into acid reflux at times. Listen to this on a pair of good headphones, and you are in for a real treat.

From looking at the sleeve of this one, you really wouldn’t expect such a hardcore track. But something inside of me was urging myself to pick it up anyways…and boy am I glad that I did.

John J. Olson – I Am A Star

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Sep
04
2014
2

Leroy Vohn and his stars

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Record it’s years you have, but you never had the chance to play.
So, before today you thought you had Leroy Vohn and Money, and Puppet, Gang and Orchestra. How could you therefore miss Leroy Vohn and his stars? One of the many incarnations-monikers of Renato Ulvioni (Ulvioni’s show and Babysitter), from 1979. A mystery why two versions: A side features Kiki Smith (not that Kiki Smith I guess) and is sung in english, flipside is sung in spanish by Sandy B. Once again, if anyone had any doubt, is a concentrate of most stylistic elements of disco: campish off-key singing is on the cheese side, but the track shows enough variety in its elements all through: female moans, drum solos and synths mainly, but (male) moanings and more can be heard in the full length on the radio.

Leroy Vohn and his stars featuring Kiki Smith – Carolina (english version)

Leroy Vohn and his stars featuring Sandy B – Carolina (spanish version)

Sep
04
2014
0

Superhero

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Superhero

The exact title of this tune is unknown due to a language problem but it is a theme from a 70s Japanese superhero tv show.

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