Aug
24
2017
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Muérdeme Drácula

I always love myself a good round of Drac Disco, so upon discovering this 7″ in Spain a few months ago I was naturally very excited. So much that I had to play it at this years Camp Cosmic, leading to a great many vampiric dance moves and otherworldly writhings.

Triangolo – Muérdeme Drácula

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Aug
24
2017
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Is Anybody There?

Rah Band – Is Anybody There

There was hardly anyone ever inside the Lower Ruth whenever you had a look. Still, somehow the large venue kept grinding for five decades in Jyväskylä, the town I grew up in. The club was always underappreciated, always in the shadow of more successful competition. “What are you saying, the Lower Ruth, you mean it’s still open?”

The place started as a cocktail lounge and like so many other venues, turned into a disco during the mid 70s. Thru the years the Ruth went thru countless name changes in useless attempts to create interest but it was always known by it’s name of birth. Now, the end has arrived for the old girl as the building is about to be demolished.

During the seventies the management realized no matter what they couldn’t lure in the hardcore clubbers so they went for the lower end of the market. This meant the music was a relentless medley of hits by the likes of Dshinghis Khan, Baccara, Boney M and all thru 1978 and even beyond, every track off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack apart from Ralph McDonald’s Calypso Breakdown. That had a way too complex structure for the clientele of the Ruth.

The club was on the second floor of the building. The large windows were darkened with increasingly peeling black paint that let the midnight sun in during the summer. Come the winter the club was heated to the maximum, resulting in uncomfortable sauna-style ambiance.

Originally, things were not so bad. The design of the place during the sixties had a cool modern look to evoke a subtle James Bond-style experience. When disco hit, the expensive furniture was thrown out and the place was transformed into a hideous wild west saloon nightmare, complete with crudely drawn images of gunfights, dancing girls and cactus plants on cardboard walls that were erected on the premises to divide the space and supposedly create more visually interesting geometries. There were the swinging doors too of course, leading to the toilets that became a nightmare of their own.

So, when you for one reason or another walked up the stairs to check what’s going on at the Ruth, you’d first see there was nobody dancing to say, Eeny meeny miny moe by Luv. Along the walls, solitary figures would be sitting in booths, hunched over their beers. Beer was cheap there.  At the bar counter there were always small drunken groups of guys on the verge of asking the few girls in attendance to dance, never summoning up the courage. I myself actually played records there a couple of times – don’t ask why – and never saw anyone Get Up And Boogie.

Now that it’s curtain time, locals feel sad of course.

The track is an attempt to make Rah Band’s tune interesting by playing it at 45 rpm. In the spirit of the Lower Ruth, it didn’t really work.

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Aug
23
2017
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Wschod Slonca W Stadne Koni

Seweryn Krajewski I Czerwone Gitary – Wschód Słońca W Stadninie Koni

A poet once said: No heaven can heaven be, if my horse isn’t there to welcome me.  This Polish release celebrating the creatures is from 1980.

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Aug
21
2017
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Aug
18
2017
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Africa Bump

Sta. Cecilia Group – Africa Bump

Off the original Mexican pressing from 1975.

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Aug
15
2017
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War & Peace

Dark Tan – War & Peace

Disco, 70’s.

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Aug
14
2017
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Bombay Royale

While most bollywood stuff these days tend to follow modern, global musical production trends, there are still those who seek the sound of those all-but-forgotten, good old days. The Bombay Royale draw on a lot of different sources in their music, but the action mostly revolves around their Indian-speaking male/female vocalists. Backed by an ensemble full of musical skill and creativity, they actually succeed to capture that oldschool, soundtrack-y feeling that we love here on the blog. I can very much recommend their first two albums, there a many good songs on, with influences also from disco, psychedelic rock, surf and much more. Below are just a few examples.

Wild Stallion Mountain
Ankhiyan
Sote Sote Adhi Raat
The Island of Dr Electrico

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Aug
13
2017
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Santa Cruz String Band

Santa Cruz String Band – Funky Flamenco

Not to be confused with the Soul Iberica Band track of the same name. This one is obviously heavily in debt to Santa Esmeralda but not bad at all an sich.

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Aug
12
2017
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Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics pt 1

Epic Deep Male Vocal Classics pt 2

Political awareness, passion, universal love, chauvinism and warped sexual politics – it’s all here in disco tracks sung by some of the greatest voices ever.

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Aug
10
2017
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Mitchie Fever

Mitchie – Mitchie Fever The Tombi

The sleeve says Mitchie Fever but the sticker inside got just Mitchie printed as the artist. The man – apparently a television personality – presents typically melancholic Enka-style singing over MFSBish backing by Terry Terauchi Super Grand Orchestra. The even more dramatic b-side Bye Bye Horse (?) is near the end of my Disco Dance 10 mix, check it out there.

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Aug
09
2017
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Guest mix: Geoffrey LaRue

DETROIT, the home of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, the birthplace of Motown and techno. Unexpectedly there’s dark and dangerous disco throbbing there too, as can be heard in this  mix from Detroit dj Geoffrey LaRue. Now, strip to your underwear and take a trip to (Ho)Motor City.

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Aug
08
2017
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Viens Philosopher

Kuniko Yamada – Viens Philosopher

Hei hei baby Bonjour! This song is composed and arranged by Haruomi Hoshono, who is famous for a member of YMO. This song is included in the B side of “Tetsugaku Shiyo”. Art nouveau decadence! Logique panique oh la la!

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Aug
07
2017
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Barbara Rey

Spain, 1976. One year after the suppression of the Franco censorship, and basically what was happening was: FREEDOOM, LIBERATION, SEX, SEX and more SEX.
Barbara Rey, along with possibly only Susana Estrada and a few more, has been one of the absolute divas of this era, called “destape”.
After being discovered by Valerio Lazarov and becoming super popular on tv, no surprise someone came up with the idea of let her sing on a record. This is the B-side of her only single “Si No Valgo La Pena”, which is a cheesy ballad. Of course the killer tune is on the b-side: “El Libro de Amor” is a Georgie Dann-penned track, and you can totally tell by the blueprint arrangement.
The result is as sleazy as we love, with the cherry on top of Barbara’s off-key singing, which of course, to our eyes, a little pitched up, makes it reach even higher levels of perfection.

Barbara also starred in one of the most successful (and controversial) movies of the era, 1977’s “Me siento extraña”: probably one of the early pioneer movies depicting female homosexuality on a screen in Spain.

Barbara Rey – Mi libro de amor

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Aug
07
2017
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Aug
07
2017
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Thunder

Biwi – Thunder

Brontophilia: Sexual arousal from a thunderstorm.

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Aug
06
2017
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Herzschlag

Mau Mau – Herzschlag

I’ve played this new wave disco(ish) tune a lot this last year and i’ll promise you that every time the needle hits this groove the dancefloor sets on fire! By Michael Kemner and Wolfgang Spelmanns from D.A.F. fame

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Aug
06
2017
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Disco Dance 10

 

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Aug
06
2017
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Emotions of Love

Dark Victory – Emotions of Love

She told him that emotions are meant to be enjoyed, not feared.

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Aug
03
2017
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Sodom

Reinhard Lakomy – Sodom

The Sodomites were destroyed for wickedness which had prompted the Lord to send Angels to the city to investigate, and because the people of Sodom had tried to rape the investigating Angels many times, and because the men of Sodom had tried to engage in homosexual intercourse with the Angels 471 times, and because of inhospitable treatment of visitors sent from the Lord.

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Jul
31
2017
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Jupiter

Odysseus – Jupiter

It’s August soon. The most beautiful month here in Finland with dark warm nights and exciting lights.

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