Oct
13
2014
3

?!

0742c051081180a2e800baf0598c0245Alexandre Gradski – ?!

Greetings from the amazing city of Tartu, Estonia! Looking for some action? It’s obvious to start from Rüütli for food and drinks. You want something else? Talk to the friendly locals to find the underground. They’ll guide you towards Lai. First you might find irresistibly delicious crêpes at Päris Pariis, but it was action you wanted? Check Zavood to make new friends and then it’s time to go down the Lai. There’s suspicious looking alley after Uus Teater. Follow the light into the darkness and you’ll find the legendary Genialistide Klubi. To my eyes and ears GenKlubi seemed custom made for our kind of disco sound with the right amount of patina, psychedelic projections and most important – the right people. There wasn’t disco dj’s last weekend, but I bet someone has played Alexandre Gradski’s amazing ?! (USSR, 1981) there. After you’ve danced yourself to the other dimension it’s time to check the mysterious cathedrals with those friendly locals. Repeat next weekend.

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Oct
12
2014
0

Ramadan

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Ricky Shayne – Ramadan

Can’t remember who tipped me off about this but here’s Ricky Shayne now, certain to become a new style icon and role model to many of us. Ricky has a website of his own so you can dwell into the Shayne mystique there: “I’m sure you would love to have more details and gossip on my adventures, cars, girls, extravagances…”

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Oct
12
2014
1

Cumbre

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Lello Santori – Cumbre

The Western All’Italiana track of the month. If it’s a Western All’Italiana it don’t mean they smuggle cappuccinos to rebels in it.

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Oct
10
2014
0

Close To The Wall Of Sevilla

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Carmen – Close to the Wall of Sevilla

We do serve cheese here but never any ordinary stabilizer-added Port Wine Cheddar from the supermarket. This is quality 1978 vintage Manchego for those with liberated tastebuds and no word “no” in their vocabularies.

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Oct
09
2014
0

Dancing at Piranha

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Dancing at Piranha

Capri, Italia, August 9th 1977
21.00: meeting up at Caffe Caso in the piazza
21.30: pizzas at Aurora, 18 Via Fuorlovado
22.30: several doppios at Caffe Vuotto in the piazza
23.55: the night begins at the Piranha
05.00: back to the piazza to buy slices of leftover bread
05.30: passing out

The music: big tracks at the Piranha 2nd week of August 1977. The images, above: an approximation from memory of the club. Below: Via Camerelle at nightfall. The Piranha was in the 3rd building from the left.

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Oct
06
2014
3

Family Gay – Bulldozer

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Who says that gay families are only a recent thing? Here is the track “Bulldozer” by…Family Gay, an italian pop-disco project issued in 1978 by Bergamo based Emmebi Records. The 7″ contains “Love Man” track on A-side, which is a pop ballad, and this “Bulldozer” on B-side, more discofied. I personally discovered this record in a small flea market in North of Italy, which continue to be my favourite spots for disco records hunting. This is my first post on Overfitting Disco, and i am proud to be part of this superfab collective.

Family Gay – Bulldozer

 

 

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Oct
05
2014
0

Gene Zone

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Gene Farrow – Danger Zone

The Gene Farrow album from 1978 (GB) is nothing but good cuts like “Can You Keep It Up”(!) but this one is the top tune. More of the track can be heard in the Zoom mix: http://overfitti.ng-dis.co/archives/9226

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Oct
05
2014
0

Danger Zone

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Uranium – Danger Zone

Uranium – Gimme Some Lovin’

Two more banging Uranium tracks, these two from 1979.

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Oct
05
2014
0

Earlier Eleanor

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Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps – Eleanor Rigby

The first, moody disco version of the Beatles tune was out already in 1975, by the studio orchestra who bought the world the insanely happy Baby Face. Both Wing&Prayer tracks were big club hits especially in the USA.

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Oct
05
2014
1

Eleanor Rigby

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Played this at -8 on Friday. Familiar melody with pounding bass and insanely loud effects caused a few curios questions.

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Oct
05
2014
2

I Cugini Di Campagna

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I Cugini Di Campagna – I Suoi Consigli

I Cugini Di Campagna – Come To Canterbury

Even though these guys are folk rockers Disco requirements are met in their “I Suoi Consigli”. The Canterbury tune is the theme from Canterbury Proibiti, one of the low budget softcore sex comedies made to cash in on the success of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s bawdy Canterbury Tales in 1972. Sort of danceable too, in a vaguely barefoot hippie-ish manner.

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Oct
05
2014
0

The Jan Davis Guitar

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Jan Davis Guitar – Maiden Spain

Jan Davis Guitar – Lady Marmalade

Everybody needs to ground down, turn it all off, slow down once in a while – but this is not the time or the place.

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Oct
05
2014
0

Freddi and Henchi

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Freddi and Henchi – Cartoon People

Long time we dropped science so here’s a sure shot to make up for it.

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Oct
03
2014
2

Stress

stressAndré & Leslie – Stress

To define is to limit.

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Oct
03
2014
1

Slim Line

Slim Line - You can dance, you can do it (Part 1)
“Thou shalt not forget the real classics”

I first heard this song in a Loud-E mix nearly a decade (yikes) ago, but recently dug it out again and thought it deserved to be re-highlighted. The sample below is from the 7″, but the 12″ has longer versions with a nice long breakdown part, so I recommend you purchase that one if you wanna really stay slim.

Slim Line – You can dance, you can do it (Part 1)

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Oct
03
2014
0

Gui-tico

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Another Tico-Tico cover, this time in duelling guitar disco style. Found it on an old AMIGA compilation, in Istanbul of all places. Reminds me of Guitar Twins – Amorada.

Die Goldene Gitarre – Tico Tico

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Oct
03
2014
1

Valdorado

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Two songs from the prolific and slightly menacing (though generally uninteresting) hornblower Frank Valdor. Tico Tico should be known to most, but comes here in a nice version. Batida do Samba might just be Frankie’s best song.

Frank Valdor – Tico Tico
Frank Valdor – Batida Do Samba

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Oct
02
2014
3

Kleeblatt Pt. 2

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Another great tune on same LP like yesterdays Familie Silly post and as much Disco as you can get from any East German outfit. Apart from two exceptions, all lyrics on this LP are written by Kurt Demmler, with about 10000 songs reliable workhorse of the republic, who committed suicide in 2009 due to pedophilia charge. If the vocals are not your tea, an instrumental version can be found under a different moniker.

G.E.S. – Titanic

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Oct
01
2014
1

Nick The Chopper

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Whoever Nick The Chopper was, he must have lived an utterly miserable life. Strange campfire groove was later discofied on a rare c-cassette release. This is a more common 7″ version.

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Oct
01
2014
4

Wer tanzt Boogie?

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DDR 1980. A young ambitious band releases their first songs along with two other young ambitious bands within the Kleeblatt series on Amiga, where else. The same group should become within a few years one of the most beloved East German Super Combos. Here, the former accompanying text:

In its current form “Familie Silly” has existed since the spring of 1978. Versatile use of keyboards and vocal harmonies characterize the band’s sound, which is based on Funky and Rock. The musicians played before any of these “Phoenix”, the “College Formation”, the Gerd Michaelis Chor as well as in the Horst Krüger Band. “Familie Silly” so far produced 10 tracks for radio. Guest appearances in various European countries, including three times in Romania.

Familie Silly – Tanzt Keiner Boogie

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