Mar
18
2015
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Eleventh Hour

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Eleventh Hour – Hollywood Hot

Around the same time producer/songwriter Bob Crewe unleashed his Street Talk disco album late in 1975 with it’s infamous Cherry Boy track – check the lyrics like “your ass is your ticket to paradise…so nice” – he scored a another medium-sized disco hit with this one. The focus is again on the sleazier side of life with stuff such as a conversation between a client and a chicken, an underage prostitute.

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Mar
16
2015
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Proxima Centauri

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I Signori Della Galassia – Proxima Centauri

The classic of the month – from a slightly different angle. The focus here is on the haunting final part of the long 1979 track, with just a snippet of the central theme in the beginning.

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Mar
15
2015
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If You Want Tell Me

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B-side, France, 1979.

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Mar
15
2015
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Back To Paris the album version

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Bernheim – Back To Paris (lp version)

The still active Francois Bernheim from France worked with Berlin cabaret icon Ute Lemper, Brigitte Bardot and Patrick Juvet. He also realesed a disco 12″ Back To Paris in 1979, with French version on one side and English language version on the flip. Nine minutes long each, they are lush, fast tempo big production numbers in the episodic suite tradition.

The song begins with introduction, setting the tone for the the remainder of the movements and presenting the main thematic material. This takes the form of theme groups, linked via a modulating transition, or bridges, rather than break passages heard in most long disco records. In the succeeding development sections, the thematic material is presented in new harmonic and textural contexts. The 16 minute album version out in Canada adds entirely new material, some of which is heard in the clip, bringing more depth and drama into the track. Finally the developments transition smoothly into the recapitulation, where the main themes are presented in an intensified form. Spectacular.

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Mar
12
2015
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Basic Laws

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Miroslav Vitous – Basic Laws

“Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance.” – James Howe

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Mar
11
2015
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Funky Dj

GG's Barnum Room, NY, NY, December 1978
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Richie Heinen – Funky Dj

Dedicated to Dj Frankie who played the greatest mix of sleazoid tunes possibly ever heard in NYC at the infamous GG Barnum Room during the late 70s. GG Barnum’s was situated at 128 West 45th Street, right off the vortex that was Times Square at it’s heyday and what is a place of zero importance today. The club was originally called The Peppermint Lounge during the twist craze years of the sixties when it attracted a basically wholesome, clean and fun-loving crowd. Nothing risque or in any way questionable went on there at all. From July 1978 onwards, a different clientele started to flock into the now gone-into-glorious-seed premises: drag queens, transexuals, boys wearing nothing but jockstraps. Gentlemen in expensive three piece suits prowled in the bar area while the toilets were used mainly for purposes they were not built for. What made the difference however was that there was a safety net over the dance floor and above it, live trapeze artists flew back and forth. There was also a contraption resembling a spider’s web in which artistes of undefined gender contorted themselves, often wearing next to nothing and flaunting their private parts in the faces of the crowd.

Funky Dj from 1977 was no doubt never played there but it would have fitted the-weirder-the-better ambiance perfectly.

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Mar
09
2015
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The Rescue

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Birth Control – The Rescue

Relentlessly driving fast 1979 sci-fi krautrock disco hybrid got quite a reaction at the club last Friday night.

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Mar
09
2015
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Capitole Dancing

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Capitole – All Right Now

Snippets of this French twelve were included here in a mix back in the day but the main body of the track, a bouncing 1978 version of the rock classic, has been mysteriously overlooked. And as you can see the sleeve ain’t bad, either.

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Mar
08
2015
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Merlin

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Rasputin – Merlin

B-side, Germany, 1979. Plays well with Adolf Stern.

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Mar
04
2015
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Paul Feels Love

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Paul Mauriat – I Feel Love

HELPFUL TIPS
•If you choose to go out to a bar or a disco club seeking company, set a limit as to how many drinks you will have, and stick to that limit. Part of your decision-making process should also take into account that you can tell a lady by the company she keeps. Recognize however that looks can be decieving.
•Having sex is a serious step; take it only when you are ready for the impact and the responsibilities.

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Mar
03
2015
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Andromeda

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We are proud to announce the vinyl repress of a track that Overfitting Disco presented here exclusively for your listening pleasure since its very initial discovery in 2008: Andromeda.

One of the biggest disco unearthings of the latest years, italocarlito tells us a bit of story about it.

Q: Tell us more about the story of Andromeda.

A: I found this record in 2006, quickly overlooked it and left it there lying around until 2009, when I started playing it in my gigs around Europe. I distinctly remember playing it one of the very first times at Albion’s Camp Cosmic and the audience was shocked, with many coming to the dj booth to ask what this tune sung in italian was. The track was originally published on the small “Papaya” label in Italy in 1981 and of the 500 7″s originally pressed, most got unsold and sent back to the label to be stocked, where – due to complaints regarding sound quality of the pressing – they ended up being destroyed. Then I decided out of the blue I wanted to (try) repressing it, but it wasn’t an option for me to just make a repress out of a vinyl rip, as much as high-quality that could be. Ends up it took close to five years to track down the rights owner and obtain the license for a legit pressing. Surprisingly, when all hopes were lost, also the 24 tracks analog mastertape was found and dubbed electronically with the latest technology. But that was a complicated stage, too, as the tape suffered the “sticky shed syndrome” and had to be cleaned and treated in order to be digitized.

Q: Why a 12″ and which tracks contains?

A: The 12″ offers more grooves space, and I could have the chance to work with the best Italian artisans: Cesare Marchesini did the delicate tape transfer stage and lacquer artisan Roberto Barbolini did a very special lacquer as the durations allowed to make a 22 and 1/2 mastering one, which is the top level. Senio Corbini at Narada Studio was my Pro Tools wizard doing the magic in the studio with the tracks.
There was no original 7″ mixdown in the tape, so I chose to just present the original version culled from the 7″ as a historical document, plus two new versions: a slightly extended one that respectfully maintains all the original mixdown choices, but revealing the violin parts, previously unhearable in the 45.  So, the 12″ contains an extended version,  the og 7″ version as well as a remix by italian legend DJ Beppe Loda, who loved the track and embarked very happily in this project.  He worked “Andromeda” in his “afro-electronic” taste, that we all know through his mythical “Afro” tapes serie and his productions under the monikers Egotrya and MC1.

Q: Tell us about the famous sample you can hear in the track

A: When we opened the tracks in the studio for the first time, it was hearable someone just recorded the first two bars from the vinyl and made a tape loop out of it. Incredibly, and this is one of the strongest peculiarities of such track, it turns into something completely different and has a value of its own, possibly becoming the definitive version everybody would have wanted to play out back the days: a relentless space disco-ish track, with dreamy lyrics talking about a creature called Andromeda, coming from a galaxy far far away.

Q: Who is Andromeda?

A: Andromeda is the singer of the track, but it’s not the author of the track. I know her name through the author, but this part of the story will be told in the documentary that I’m trying to have produced.

Q: A documentary?

A: Yes, on the italian overlooked disco scene of the 70s. Back in the days these disco tracks suffered the stigma of being pure-entertainment ones VS politically engaged ones. This heritage – once considered garbage – is now a major goldmine of obscure gems and – as similarly as happens with the tracks posted on this blog – resurfaces thanks to the hard diggin’ work of passionate DJs, trying to educate a newer audience to “odd” disco tracks which have nothing less in quality to mainstream disco productions. On the contrary, it’s a very interesting display of the super-experimental work of independent authors trying to make themselves themselves known in previously corporate-ruled field of business.

Q: Any other releases on “Disco Segreta” soon?

A: Yes, stay tuned!

“Andromeda” is out on a limited numbered vinyl edition of 500 copies, sold on discosegreta.it. Pre-sales started February 28th, official release date will be April, 30th.

“Andromeda” original version will be on rotation *exclusively* on Overfitting Disco 24/7 radio until its official release.

Andromeda (Respectful extended)

Andromeda (Beppe Loda remix)

Mar
03
2015
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American Woman

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Manuel Gas – American Woman

Proto disco from 1970. Cover of hendrix’s American Woman.

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Mar
02
2015
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More Hiltonaires

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It’s those anonymous hitmakers (and stealers) again, bringing you back to the days when fancy and extravagant luxury hotels were seen as the epitomy of western civilization. A bit of a mixed bag, but there you go.

The Hiltonaires – A.I.E. Mwana
The Hiltonaires – Can’t Break Away
The Hiltonaires – Man’s Best Friend

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Mar
02
2015
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24 Hours More

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I posted the original version of 24 Saat last summer. This newer version is from a later Rıza Silahlı Poda solo album. Slower, more electronic, and a lot more hypnotizing.

Rıza Silahlı Poda – 24 Saat

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Mar
02
2015
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Love Me Now

lmrnWilliam Oneyabor – Love Me Now

You don’t necessary need a soulmate to be in love. It’s perfectly fine that your relationship is based on impeccable taste in clothing (Nigeria, 1979).

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Feb
26
2015
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Up Around The Bend

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SWF Orkester – Up Around The Bend

Just like disco music early discothéque music is characterized most easily by what it isn’t. It isn’t rock, it isn’t soul or funk and it’s not really pop music either, sounding often “wrong” to ears accustomed to the stereotypes that populate the more familiar genres. The fans of discothéque music were hedonists, swingers (wanna-be or real) and other outcasts from both well-behaving society and the accepted alternative rock scenes. They were individuals who unashamedly reveled in the excess, the dramatic contrasts of dynamics, the exaggarated instrumentation and the wild movements of sound from left channel to right and back again. Instead of an a lead singer, an electric guitar or a sax, the often familiar melody of a discothéque tune like this version of the CCR standard is carried by a Hammond organ, brass instruments, a girl chorus or a huge wash of strings, and propelled by a funky bass line. Throw in some additional cool from bossa nova, fire from latin soul, stomp from yé yé and boogaloo, and there it is: THE WILD DISCOTHÉQUE SOUND!

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Feb
25
2015
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Free Africa

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Tribù Bantù – Free Africa

If we were a bit more business minded we’d introduce an Overfitting Disco Car Service. You could just place a call and a well-maintained, highly trained, multilingual driver would appear in a Lamborghini Countach, ready to take you on a made-to-measure tour. A glass of Bollinger in one hand and a spliff in the other, you’d be driven off the usual beaten track to a host of exclusive galleries, cinemas, vinyl stores, bars and finally to a club to dance to music like Free Africa. Pick ups would be directly from the specified address – including airport terminals. You could also request a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.

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Feb
24
2015
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Ballet Dancers

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A ballet dancer (Italian: ballerina fem., ballerino masc.) is a person who practices the art of ballet.
Traditional, gender-specific titles are used for ballet dancers.
Since ballerino is not used in English, it does not enjoy the same connotation as ballerina. A regular male dancer in Italy is called a danzatore, while ballerino usually denotes a male ballet dancer in Italy. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as (male) ballet dancers. Often “ballerino” is used in English-based countries as slang.

Lollipops – Ballerina

Le Streghe – Ballerino

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Feb
23
2015
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Montanari Band

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Montanari Band – Zoo Sound

With a few demonic exceptions like Damien in the original 1976 version of The Omen, children should not be seen and they should not be heard. Same goes for music featuring kids or sounds targeted at them. There are very few acceptable examples such as Blacky or Robotertanz, both posted here earlier. This here now is a borderline case – perhaps there is something je ne sais quoi in the downbeat elephant stomp of the groove?

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Feb
20
2015
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Love Dawn

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In the age of compulsive happiness it’s sometimes strangely liberating to loath in melancholia. Browsing for surreal art photos and listening to sad keys. Naturally it’s liberating only if you also have a chance to choose the walks in the sun, hear the birds sing and talk endlessly with your friends. Music and lyrics: Sivy Foster, Italy, 1980. Image: Claude Cahun, France, late 1920s.

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