Jun
25
2017
0

Space Drive

Space Drive – Star Wars

Space Drive – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

If there was no Star Wars we probably wouldn’t have to suffer seeing dreck like Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman or Spider Man Part Whatever at the top of the box office charts, and Brian DePalma films would still be playing in theatres worldwide. Still, the title tune for the bloody thing is kind of great and this Japanese one made in 1978 takes it to a slightly new direction, even. The Close Encounters track isn’t half bad either – if you can tolerate the melody.

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Jun
20
2017
0

Sadistics

Sadistics – Kannst Du Jodeln

The sadist. He or she graves a feeling of sexual excitement resulting from administering pain, suffering, or humiliation to another person.  The one receiving the abuse may or may not be a willing partner. Willing or not, you must now submit to the sound of the Sadistics!

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Jun
18
2017
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Jun
18
2017
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Jun
18
2017
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Flying Higher

Crosswinds – Flying Higher

French hands in the air disco from the eighties sounds like a heroic rock act from the seventies.

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Jun
14
2017
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トランザム, トランザム – フライ ことりフライ

トランザム, トランザム – フライ ことりフライ

Do it, Japanese style! In a somewhat regimented country line dances were always the most popular, allowing the individual to blend with the crowd on the floor, endlessly repeating the exact same steps as everybody else, walking back and forth and sideways as one and then turning 90 degrees to the left to face a new wall.

The dances themselves were imported from America but in the case of the instructions seen above, something got Lost in Translation.  One or two persons in Japan may have attempted to do the bus stop following those instructions but most must have learned it from  tourists or Gis or while abroad. I saw masses of people do the dance last week in Kyoto during a disco event at the Flamingo, a stunning flashback to the 70s complete with orange carpeting, mirrors on the walls and get this: banguette seating arrangements in brown velour. The moves of the bus stop there were close to the original foot patterns, with interesting regional additions.

Funky four corner and the soul step seem to be something home made someone thought up back in the day. (note: not so! as Gary Wild pointed out the dance does exist. Whether the instructions above give you the right moves is another matter.)

With the point the actual purpose of the dance has been altered as it  was not about just hand moves and shuffling about. Originally the point was done as a means of throwing shade or presenting exclamations: look at that! Wow! No, you’re not doing it right. You’ve got a pair of legs there for sure!

The instructions for the bump are accurate. For the hustle, they certainly are not.

Now, get dancing! Note though that in a Japanese discothéque the dj would not only be spinning the records. He or she would relentlessly shout to the mike over the music, giving advice and encouragement. This relentless verbal assault would go on and on. Of course public announcements have always been everywhere in Japan, you can’t escape them because they also come in English. This is an escalator! This is an escalator! Please be careful while riding the escalator. Please do not cross the yellow lines, hold the hand rail at all times. Thank you for taking the Tokyo City Bus! Please do not rush while making your exit. This is an ESCALATOR!

Last week at the Flamingo, the dj kept the tradition with the mike going but thankfully took a breather during some tracks.

The posted tune is a great, surprising take on Fly Robin Fly.

 

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Jun
12
2017
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Beppe Loda’s Elettronica Meccanica

Beppe Loda Elettronica Meccanica

A clip from another stunner of a cd from the mighty Members label, courtesy of Norio Sato of Osaka.

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Jun
11
2017
0

Marcel – Livre!

How cheesy can a Portuguese immigrant in Germany get? You’re about to find out. Well, as he says, he is livre/free to do whatever he wants.

Cover of a popular Exile song.

 

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Jun
11
2017
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Daniela Romo – Pobre Secretária

Daniela Romo – Pobre Secretária

A song about a poor secretary. Oh, she needs to excell in all the chores her boss gives her..

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Jun
09
2017
2

Dancing Doll

Digital Concept – Dancing Doll

Unknown Japanese Disco gem. This song is included in EP “ARELE-CHAN DISCO”. ARALE-CHAN is a famous Japanese cartoon character. But this EP is hard to find. Though vocal is comical, the sound of this song is dope.

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Jun
01
2017
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High-Ball

Fabio Fabor & Antonio Arena – High-Ball

“On occasion I danced for nights on end, ever madder about people and life. At times, late on those nights when the dancing, the slight intoxication, my wild enthusiasm, everyone’s violent unrestraint would fill me with a tired and overwhelmed rapture, it would seem to me – at the breaking point of fatigue and for a second’s flash – that at last I understood the secret of creatures and of the world. But my fatigue would disappear the next day, and with it the secret; I would rush forth anew. I ran on like that, always heaped with favors, never satiated, without knowing where to stop, until the day – until the evening rather when the music stopped and the lights went out.” – Albert Camus, The Fall

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May
29
2017
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Drum Sequence

Raja Zahr – Drum Sequence

Yes, I love you too dear disco drum. Featured Lebanese cult track is for those willing and able to throw themselves into the groove and dance like nobody’s watching. Hooray for social awkwardness.

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May
25
2017
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Love Train

Dagmara D. – Love Train

She thought about Mitka, his long eyelashes, his perfect toes. The day they ran through the freezing rain to the Armaments Museum and hid inside a tank and the museum guard found them after the place had closed. They ended up sitting up all night with him in the guard’s booth clinking champagne glasses.” – Rosa Liksom, Compartment No. 6

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May
22
2017
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Everybody’s Talkin’

Sky Crackers – Everybody’s talkin’

1977. The only known disco version of Nilsson’s hit single from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy ost.

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May
21
2017
1

Afeik ir Nueik

Afeik ir Nueik

Afeik ir Nueik means the Awakening of the Senses.

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May
19
2017
0

Sultan’s Dance

Ismael and the Minaretts – Sultan’s Dance

“It is related that Ab’Allah, the son of Nousur Kilabeh, went forth to seek a camel that had run away, and while he was proceeding over the deserts of El-Yemen and the district of Seba, where the most delicious dates are cultivated by the calif of B’Bhour and his seven daughters, he chanced to arrive at a vast city encompassed by enormous fortifications, around the circuit of which were pavilions rising high into the sky. So when he approached it, he imagined that there must be inhabitants within it, of whom he might inquire for his camel; and, accordingly, he advanced, but on coming to it he found that it was desolate, without any one to cheer its solitude.

“I alighted,” says he, “from my camel, and tied up her foot; and then, composing my mind, entered the city. On approaching the fortifications, I found that they had two enormous gates, the like of which, for size and height, have never been seen elsewhere in the world, set with a variety of jewels and jacinths, white and red, and yellow and green; and when I beheld this, I was struck with the utmost wonder at it, and the sight astonished me. I entered the fortifications in a state of terror and with a wandering mind, and saw them to be of the same large extent as the city, and to comprise elevated pavilions, every one of these containing lofty chambers, and all of them constructed of gold and silver, and adorned with rubies and chrysolites and pearls and various-coloured jewels. The folding-doors of these pavilions were like those of the fortifications in beauty, and the floors were overlaid with large pearls, and with balls like hazel-nuts, composed of musk and ambergris and saffron. And when I came into the midst of the city, I saw not in it a created being of the sons of Adam; and I almost died of terror. I then looked down from the summits of the lofty chambers and pavilions, and saw rivers running beneath them; and in the great thoroughfare-streets of the city were fruit-bearing trees and tall palm-trees. And the construction of the city was of alternate bricks of gold and silver; so I said within myself, No doubt this is the paradise promised in the world to come. And suddenly dancers appeared, dressed in robes interwoven with gold and adorned with precious jewels such as cannot be described nor calculated nor defined, and for all eternity there was singing and dancing.” – the Delirevance of Nousur Kilabeth

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May
18
2017
1

No means no?

Why do bans draw us so irresistibly? Give to any child in this world a no as an answer around his interest to wake up. A tip to the concealed truth that nothing can substitute for the value of self-lived experience. Now go have some fun!

Greek Salad with Gus Kamaras – Taboo

 

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May
17
2017
0

Gypsy Sky

Another geat record from the cheapo bins. Conducted by french singer/guitar player Alain Labacci, who also appears on Toni Van Duyne’s Cosmic Dancer album. The spanish guitar and my Discos Movieplay pressing initially led me to the conclusion it’s español, however français it is.

Heredia & Co. – Gypsy Sky

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May
17
2017
0

Colour Generator

This bagel has been lounging around for quite some time, but it’s still tender and luscious. Released in ’76, it has all the right ingredients- infectious groove, seraphic voice and oh these Moogs! It won’t break the bank either and gets the deck sharks going.

The Lime & Lemon Co – Colour Generator

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May
14
2017
0

Arena Caliente

Arena Caliente – Oh Faby

For something completely different try Arena Caliente, four extremely hot looking, possibly dangerous girls from Madrid. They’re looking at you and measuring you up so you better dance to this b-side of their hit ballad Matame – or else!

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